Seven Historical Mysteries to Add to Your TBR List.

In a quest to keep myself from becoming overwhelmed by books, I am forever looking at the titles I own (or borrowed) to see which ones I really want to read. We all have impulsive book moments, right? If you say you don’t then I don’t believe you one bit.

Picture this: it’s late at night. You want to go to a bookstore but they’re all closed for the day. What do you do to remedy that? You open your chosen ebook reading app and browse to your little heart’s content.

This is exactly how my ebook TBR list grows by leaps and bounds. And, if I download too many, then they get added to a “Books Wanted” wish list for later perusing. I mostly use my ereader for light romances, NetGalley finds and discovering new-to-me authors. The following list is very much representative of those three…criteria. For today’s blog post topic, here are seven historical mysteries to add to your TBR list.

Synopsis: Some years ago, Oliver Darkshire stepped into the hushed interior of Henry Sotheran Ltd (est. 1761) to apply for a job. Allured by the smell of old books and the temptation of a management-approved afternoon nap, Darkshire was soon unteetering stacks of first editions and placating the store’s resident ghost (the late Mr. Sotheran, hit by a tram).

A novice in this ancient, potentially haunted establishment, Darkshire describes Sotheran’s brushes with history (Dickens, the Titanic), its joyous disorganization, and the unspoken rules of its gleefully old-fashioned staff, whose mere glance may cause the computer to burst into flames. As Darkshire gains confidence and experience, he shares trivia about ancient editions and explores the strange space that books occupy in our lives―where old books often have strong sentimental value, but rarely a commercial one.

By turns unhinged and earnest, Once Upon a Tome is the colorful story of life in one of the world’s oldest bookshops and a love letter to the benign, unruly world of antiquarian bookselling, where to be uncommon or strange is the best possible compliment.

Synopsis: Enter the London of hansom cabs and gas lights where a secret society combats crime and brings killers to justice.

Georgia Fenchurch is a demure Victorian spinster and part of the secretive investigative group the Archivist Society. She is both a quiet antiquarian bookseller and adventurous hunter of killers and thieves.

When a woman comes into Georgia’s bookshop asking for the Archivist Society’s help in finding her neighbor, she sends Georgia and her friends onto a perilous path where aristocrats lie to them, thugs attack, and the dashing, enigmatic Duke of Blackford appears to be involved in thwarting them at every step.

Add the sighting of a man wanted for murdering Georgia’s parents a dozen years before, and Georgia and the Archivist Society will struggle to solve this case while trying to catch a killer and remain alive.

Synopsis: Georgia Fenchurch is a demure Victorian spinster and part of the secretive investigative group the Archivist Society. She is both a quiet antiquarian bookseller and adventurous hunter of killers and thieves.

The enigmatic Duke of Blackford returns to Georgia’s life asking for her help and that of the Archivist Society in retrieving stolen blueprints. The plans are for an advanced battleship that will preserve Britain’s mastery of the seas. Spies from various countries are descending on London in the hunt for the blueprints, ready to enter into a bidding war.

Blackford wants Georgia to play an old love of his, newly widowed and returned from the colonies to move among high society. He sends her out to search in Mayfair’s glittering ballrooms and opulent drawing rooms. As they try to learn which spy has killed to gain the plans that will destroy Britain’s dominance on the oceans, Georgia receives messages saying her secret is known and she won’t live to find the killer.

Synopsis: It was the most fashionable place to stay in London, until murder made a reservation. Solve the puzzle in this new cozy historical mystery from USA Today bestselling author of the Glass and Steele series.

December 1899. After the death of her beloved grandmother, Cleopatra Fox moves into the luxury hotel owned by her estranged uncle in the hopes of putting hardship and loneliness behind her. But the poisoning of a guest on Christmas Eve throws her new life, and the hotel, into chaos.

Cleo quickly realizes no one can be trusted, not Scotland Yard and especially not the hotel’s charming assistant manager. With the New Year’s Eve ball approaching fast and the hotel’s reputation hanging by a thread, Cleo must find the killer before the ball, and the hotel itself, are ruined. But catching a murderer proves just as difficult as navigating the hotel’s hierarchy and the peculiarities of her family.

Can Cleo find the killer before the new century begins? Or will someone get away with murder?

Synopsis: The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London’s most popular satirical cartoonist, A.J. Quill, skewers them both. But then the clergyman is found slain in a church—his face burned by chemicals, his throat slashed ear to ear—and Wrexford finds himself the chief suspect.

An artist in her own right, Charlotte Sloane has secretly slipped into the persona of her late husband, using his nom de plume, A.J. Quill. When Wrexford discovers her true identity, she fears it will be her undoing. But he has a proposal—use her sources to unveil the clergyman’s clandestine involvement in questionable scientific practices, and unmask the real murderer. Soon Lord Wrexford and the mysterious Mrs. Sloane plunge into a dangerous shadow world hidden among London’s intellectual enclaves to trap a cunning adversary—before they fall victim to the next experiment in villainy . . .

Synopsis: Lady Ludmilla Windmere is mortified. The spinster extraordinaire has fallen in love with her best friend, and that cannot be. The problem? She hasn’t met him. Not once. For they have only ever corresponded by letter. When she sets out to uncover his identity, her world shatters. For Addy turns out to be none other but London’s worst rake.

Adrian St.Addington is perturbed. The rakehell extraordinaire is developing a marked tendre for a spinster, and that cannot be. The problem? She might be mistaking him for someone he is not. Or, what is worse, know precisely who he is. A depraved heart like his surely cannot fall in love…least of all with a plain, outspoken spinster.

Determined to discover the truth behind the man she loves, Lu does what she does best: she sits down and writes a letter…

If you crave a humorous romp with witty banter and surprising twists, you will love Sofi Laporte’s charming masquerade.

Synopsis: London 1815. Though newly-widowed Lily Adler is returning to a society that frowns on independent women, she is determined to create a meaningful life for herself even without a husband. She’s no stranger to the glittering world of London’s upper crust. At a ball thrown by her oldest friend, Lady Walter, she expects the scandal, gossip, and secrets. What she doesn’t expect is the dead body in Lady Walter’s garden.

Lily overheard the man just minutes before he was shot: young, desperate, and attempting blackmail. But she’s willing to leave the matter to the local constables–until Lord Walter bribes the investigating magistrate to drop the case. Stunned and confused, Lily realizes she’s the only one with the key to catching the killer.

Aided by a roguish navy captain and a mysterious heiress from the West Indies, Lily sets out to discover whether her friend’s husband is mixed up in blackmail and murder. The unlikely team tries to conceal their investigation behind the whirl of London’s social season, but the dead man knew secrets about people with power. Secrets that they would kill to keep hidden. Now, Lily will have to uncover the truth, before she becomes the murderer’s next target.

So that’s not all the books still on my ereader, but I think it’s enough for a blog post. A good many of them are historical mysteries, and I’m quite all right with that! Some are cozy mysteries, some have a bit of romance mixed in, and others might be on the “heavier” side of things. Still, I think it’s a good collection of historical fiction subgenres. Did any of the titles pique your interest? Hopefully this shortened list will encourage me to actually read through these titles before I buy any more books. Happy reading!

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