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Book Recommendations
November 12, 2015

I'm always being asked about my favorite books and authors, so I decided it would be fun to make a list and share it here. All of these authors and/or books are personally recommended by me. By no means is this list exhaustive, and I will continue to add to it. I hope you find some new novels to love. 

A few notes: (n) = novella; (SIT) = a fellow member of Sleuths in Time

Historical Mysteries

Tasha Alexander

Lady Emily Series – late Victorian England, Europe, and Turkey

And Only to Deceive

A Poisoned Season

A Fatal Waltz

Tears of Pearl

Dangerous to Know

A Crimson Warning

Death in the Floating City

Behind the Shattered Glass

The Counterfeit Heiress

Star of the East (n)

The Adventuress

That Silent Night (n)


Tessa Arlen (SIT)

Lady Montford Series – early 20th century England

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman



Susanna Calkins (SIT)

Lucy Campion Series – 17th century England

A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate

From the Charred Remains

The Masque of a Murderer


Tracy/Teresa Grant

Rannoch/Fraser Series – Regency Europe – listed in chronological order

His Spanish Bride (n)

London Interlude (n)

Vienna Waltz

Imperial Scandal

The Paris Affair

The Paris Plot (n)

Beneath a Silent Moon

The Berkley Square Affair

The Mayfair Affair

Secrets of a Lady

The Mask of Night


D.E. Ireland (SIT)

Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Series – early 20th century England

Wouldn’t It Be Deadly

Move Your Blooming Corpse


Anna Loan-Wilsey (SIT)

Hattish Davish Series – late 19th century America

A Lack of Temperance

Anything But Civil

A Sense of Entitlement

A Deceptive Homecoming


Alyssa Maxwell (SIT)

Gilded Newport Series – late 19th century Rhode Island

Murder at the Breakers

Murder at Marble House

Murder at Beechwood


Deanna Raybourn

Lady Julia Grey Series – late Victorian England and India

Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Sanctuary

Silent on the Moor

Dark Road to Darjeeling

The Dark Enquiry

Silent Night (n)

Midsummer Night (n)

Twelfth Night (n)

Bonfire Night (n)

Veronica Speedwell Series – late Victorian England

A Curious Beginning


The Dead Travel Fast – 19th century Romania

Far in the Wilds (n) – precursor to A Spear of Summer Grass

A Spear of Summer Grass – early 20th century Africa

Whisper of James (n) – precursor to City of Jasmine

City of Jasmine – early 20th century Damascus

Night of a Thousand Stars – early 20th century England & Damascus


Kate Ross

Julian Kestrel Series – Regency England & Italy

Cut to the Quick

A Broken Vessel

Whom the God’s Love

The Devil in Music


PB Ryan

Nell Sweeney Series – 1868 Boston

Still Life with Murder

Murder in a Mill Town

Death on Beacon Hill

Murder on Black Friday

Murder in the North End

A Bucket of Ashes


Susan Spann

Shinobi Series – 16th century Japan

Claws of the Cat

Blade of the Samurai

Flask of the Drunken Master


Simone St. James

The Haunting of Maddy Clare – early 20th century England - ghosts

An Inquiry Into Love and Death

Silence for the Dead

The Other Side of Midnight


Charles Todd

Inspector Ian Rutledge – early 20th century Britain

A Test of Wills

Wings of Fire

Search the Dark

Legacy of the Dead

Watchers of Time

A Fearsome Doubt

A Cold Treachery

A Long Shadow

A False Mirror

A Pale Horse

A Matter of Justice

The Red Door

A Lonely Death

The Confession

Proof of Guilt

A Fine Summer’s Day

Hunting Shadows


Christine Trent (SIT)

Lady of Ashes Series – Victorian England

Lady of Ashes

Stolen Remains

A Virtuous Death

The Mourning Bells

Death at the Abbey


Ashley Weaver (SIT)

Amory Ames Series – early 20th century England

Murder at the Brightwell

Death Wears a Mask


Contemporary Fiction

Sarah Addison Allen – North Carolina

Garden Spells

The Sugar Queen

The Peach Keeper

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Lost Lake

First Frost


CA Belmond

Rather Series – England & Europe

A Rather Lovely Inheritance

A Rather Charming Invitation

A Rather Curious Engagement

A Rather Remarkable Homecoming


Jennifer Lee Carrell

Interred With Their Bones – England & US


Susanna Kearsley

Mariana - England

The Rose Garden - England

The Shadowy Horses - Scotland

Sophia’s Secret/The Winter Sea - Scotland

The Firebird – Scotland, France, & Russia

A Desperate Fortune - France

Season of Storms - Italy

Every Secret Thing - France

Named of the Dragon - Wales

The Splendour Falls – France


Julia Spencer-Fleming

Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyn Series – Upstate New York

In the Bleak Midwinter

A Fountain Filled With Blood

Out of the Deep I Cry

To Darkness and to Death

All Mortal Flesh

I Shall Not Want

One Was a Soldier

Through the Evil Days


Mary Stewart – 1950s-1990s

This Rough Magic – Greece

Madam, Will You Talk – France

Wildfire at Midnight – Scotland

Nine Coaches Waiting – France

The Moonspinners – Greece

Airs Above the Ground – Austria

My Brother Michael – Greece

Touch Not the Cat – England

Thornyhold – England

Rose Cottage – England

Thunder on the Right – France

The Stormy Petrel – Scotland

The Ivy Tree – England

The Gabriel Hounds – Middle East


Historical Fiction

Susan Carroll

Dark Queen Saga – 16th century France & England

The Dark Queen

The Courtesan

The Silver Rose

The Huntress

Twilight of a Queen

The Lady of Secrets


Marci Jefferson

Girl on the Golden Coin – 17th century France & England

Enchantress of Paris



Jennifer Ashley

The Madness of Ian Mackenzie – late 19th century England, Scotland, & France


Laura Lee Guhrke

Scandal of the Year – early 20th century England


Georgette Heyer – fits in both romance and mystery

Devil’s Cub – romance – Regency England

Faro’s Daughter – romance – Regency England

Venetia – romance – Regency England

Envious Casca – mystery – early 20th century England

Death in the Stocks – mystery – early 20th century England

Behold, Here’s Poison – mystery – early 20th century England


Kristan Higgins

Catch of the Day – Maine


Victoria Holt

Lord of the Far Island – 19th century England

The India Fan

Mefreya in the Morning

The Shivering Sands


Eloisa James

Essex Sisters – Regency England

Much Ado About You

Kiss Me, Annabelle

The Taming of the Duke

Pleasure for Pleasure


Carla Kelly

The Surgeon’s Lady – Regency England

Beau Crusoe

Marrying the Captain


Lisa Kleypas

Wallflowers Quartet – Regency England

Secrets of a Summer Night

It Happened One Autumn

The Devil in Winter

Scandal in Spring


Sherry Thomas

Ravishing the Heiress

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