Historical Mystery Series I Have Loved

My mystery-reading binge isn’t quite as overwhelming as it was for a while, but I’m still in that mode, especially feeling a craving for historicals. I’m thinking of doing some rereads.

I recommend both of these series very highly.

Sarah Smith’s pre- and post-WWI trilogy that starts with The Vanished Child (this is one series that definitely must be read in order). This would be my third re-read, I think, inspired by 1) not having read them in a while; 2) being in the mood for that period, and that high level of literary style; and 3) having just seen Sarah at Readercon.

The Regency-set Julian Kestrel series, that begins with Cut to the Quick. The author, Kate Ross, died after writing only four of the series; however, the final book contains a number of character revelations that I suspect she’d meant to parcel out more slowly.

I have a lot of new books to read, of course, but sometimes a re-read feels like a vacation.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

2 replies on “Historical Mystery Series I Have Loved”

  1. I adore the Smith trilogy.

    Another historical mystery series I love is Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series. It’s light-hearted and more cozy than gritty, but Georgie is a fun character and the 1930s are a great setting.

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