Historical Fiction — The Mystery Edition

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in My bookish life / 0 Comments

Now that I’m no longer posting on my book blog, one of my goals has been to share what I’m reading, especially when it involves books I’ve checked out from the library. If I don’t buy a book, I want to support the author by talking about the book.

(Psst. This is something I encourage you to do, too. If you love an author or her work, support her whatever way you can, even if it’s spreading the word. Every little bit helps!)

I’ve read a couple mysteries lately that have been set in the Victorian era, and they have been fantastic. I hadn’t set out to read historical mysteries, but the library gods work in mysterious ways (heh) and so both of these came in for me in December.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas writes historical romance (and YA), but this book is a bit of a departure in that it’s a Sherlock retelling.

Ever wondered what it would be like if Sherlock were a woman? That’s the premise of A Study in Scarlet Women, and I wholly approved. In fact, I read this in a single day because it’s that good.

A Study in Scarlet Women is not like anything of Sherry Thomas’s that I’ve read before (I’ve read a few of her historical romances), but I recommend it for those who enjoy historical settings and mysteries. Sherlock buffs will also get a kick out of Sherlock as a woman. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book!

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning is a book that’s sat on my Goodreads “to library” shelf for quite a while (it was published in September 2015), and I’m so glad that I finally got around to requesting it!

Veronica Speedwell, the main character, is unlike many Victorian heroines you’ll find. (Except maybe Sherry Thomas’s Sherlock.) Deanna Raybourn isn’t new to historical mysteries—she has another popular series with character Lady Julia Grey—and her writing is strong.

With an intriguing mystery, big revelations, and a fun cast of characters, A Curious Beginning is… well, it’s a damn good beginning to the Veronica Speedwell series. The next book is set to release at January 10th.

I recommend A Curious Beginning for those who enjoy historical settings, mysteries, and a strong-willed heroine. There’s an element of romance, but it’s subtly woven into the plot.


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