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Out of Time in Wan Chai

by Fan Tong

From a not too distant past in Wan Chai district, Hong Kong, take:

1. An idealistic revolutionary: a dreamer but nevertheless a bright young lady. 2. A heavy set French man: a quiet, aging arms dealer. 3. A...


The Formula for Murder

Nellie Bly #3

by Carol McCleary

The world’s most famous reporter, the intrepid Nellie Bly, hunts down a murderer in Carol McCleary’s The Formula for Murder.

 History, mystery, murder, and mad science accompany plucky Victorian newspaper...


The Illusion of Murder

Nellie Bly #2

by Carol McCleary

History, mystery, murder and magic accompany Nellie Bly – Victorian Age detective, reporter, and feminist – as she takes up a challenge by Jules Verne to beat the eighty days it took his fictional hero Phileas...


Shadows in the Night: An Aurelia Marcella Mystery

by Jane Finnis

Roman Britain in 91 AD is a troublesome part of the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Tension is especially high in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young innkeeper from Italy, runs the Oak Tree Mansion...


Nine for the Devil: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead, the victim of cancer. Or so everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, believes. Everyone except Emperor Justinian who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain,...


Two for Joy: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Reed and Mayer combine the scholarship of Steven Saylor with the humor of Lindsey Davis. Starred review in Booklist 12/00.It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the...


Three for a Letter: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

High jinx in the imperial court mixes with lowlife in Constantinople's mean streets... "If the perfect historical mystery is one that uses the past to let us see the present from a new angle, then this is darned...


Six For Gold: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Why are sheep in a remote Egyptian village cutting their own throats?...That's the mystery Emperor Justinian in-explicably sends his Lord Chamberlain John the Eunuch to solve, at the very time John desperately...


Seven For a Secret: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Who killed the mosaic girl? As Lord Chamberlain, John spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic...


One for Sorrow: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Byzantium, capitol of the 6th century Roman Empire, simmers a rich stew of creeds, cultures, and citizens with a sprinkling of cutthroats and crimes. John the Eunuch, Emperor Justinian's Lord Chamberlain, orders...


Four For A Boy: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

In 525 Constantinople nothing is as it should be. The winter is unnaturally cold, and the palace has fallen under the sway of both the shade of the wife of the dying Emperor Justin and Theodora, the former actress...


Five For Silver: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

The year is 542. While plague stalks Constantinople, an angel sets John the Eunuch on the trail of a human killer. Peter, John's elderly servant, claims a heavenly visitor revealed a murder to him. It transpires...


Eight for Eternity: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

In January 532 mobs ruled Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire. Against a murderous backdrop lit by raging fires, John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to use the Nika Riots...


The Spook Lights Affair

Carpenter and Quincannon #2

by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini

In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don’t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter.  But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a...


Penumbra

by Carolyn Haines

Jade Dupree is a beautician and an undertaker's assistant with a gift for smoothing the ravages of death from the faces of her clientele. But her strange talent isn't the only thing that sets her apart from...


The Last Titanic Story

by Chris Angus

What could possibly connect the famous sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and a WWII German U-boat loaded with a mysterious cargo? In this tribute to the 100th anniversary of the famous disaster, Chris Angus takes...


Interrogation Tango

by Donald Schwarz & Victoria King-Voreadi

Interrogation Tango is an anti-detective story, based on real events and people, about an assassin who drove the Gestapo crazy because they could not explain him away.


Out of the Black Land

by Kerry Greenwood

Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. Ptah-hotep, a young peasant...


Unnatural Habits

Phryne Fisher #19

by Kerry Greenwood

1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting...


The Bull Slayer

Plinius Secundus Mysteries #2

by Bruce Macbain

A turbulent frontier province, rotten with corruption and seething with hatred of Rome-a barbarian god whose devotees may include a murderer -a clever and unscrupulous faith healer who knows everyone's secrets-a...