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.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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2 Responses to Historical Mystery Series I Have Loved

  1. Evangeline says:

    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.

  2. Ooh, thanks! I’ll go check it out.

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