The Irish are out of favor in 1870s London. When a packed pleasure steamer named the Princess Alice going up the Thames crashes into a coal barge, the papers and the public are ready to blame the Irish Republican Brotherhood for terrorism. Acting police superintendent Michael Corravan has enough to do with the violence going on his home streets threatening the neighborhood shop of his adoptive family the Doyles, but now he must contend with double-crossing Irish street gangs, political intrigues surrounding the plan for Irish Home Rule, and questions about his own loyalties….
When the Knightleys of Donwell Abbey decide to hold a house party with the Darcys, the Wentworths, the Brandons, and the Bertrams, they’re not expecting an uninvited guest of Mr. Wickham’s ilk to come knocking on the door. Ever since his scandal of seducing Lydia Bennet, Wickham has been up to one scheme after another, and his latest scheme involves a speculation that’s swindled half of these good people out of their money…
Klassen’s novels are always shot through with strands of mystery, but this is the first one that I remember being a straight-up murder mystery….
A writer for her aunt’s Marriage Gazette, Miss Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic who has fallen for one of the newspaper’s clients, Mr. Harold Radcliffe (or should I say, Mr. Dashing?). When police detective Michael Baker approaches Amelie about an investigation on Mr. Radcliffe, Amelie agrees to go undercover to help him in order to clear Mr. Radcliffe’s name. But the closer she gets to her dashing suitor, the more questions are unearthed…
superstitions in Tudor England were actually based in fact? What if animals could talk and fairies roamed free, ready to wreak their mischief on hapless town folk?
Canterbury. One of the holiest sites in twelfth-century England, and one of the unluckiest. Not only has the lead-lined roof of the monumental cathedral melted to ash in a conflagration, but now one of the stonemasons repairing the building has been murdered in a horrific manner…
See my review for a new spy thriller by Anne Perry set during the prelude to WWII.
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