Seattle Picks: Historical Mysteries

The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies
The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies By Albert, Susan Wittig Book - 2011 MYSTERY ALBERT 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Two former vaudeville dancers move to Darling, Alabama, though one of them denies her past. The town's garden club, the Darling Dahlias, vows to find out the truth when a mysterious man comes to town asking after Nora.

Palace of Justice
Palace of Justice By Alleyn, Susanne Book - 2010 MYSTERY ALLEYN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:While Madame Guillotine is still in action in 1793, a serial killer, who cuts the heads off his victims, is loose in Paris. Aristide Ravel, freelancer to the Paris police, is the only one who can see the killer's agenda.

Strange Images of Death
Strange Images of Death By Cleverly, Barbara Book - 2010 MYSTERY CLEVERL 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Supposedly on vacation in Provence with his niece, Detective Joe Sandilands is on the snoop for the girl’s missing mother. When a statue in a local chapel is defaced, the detective springs into action and winds up seeking a murderer.

The Pericles Commission
The Pericles Commission By Corby, Gary Book - 2010 MYSTERY CORBY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nico, an Athenian investigator, tries to catch whoever killed an eminent statesman while young, aspiring politician, Pericles, avoids political landmines and his pesky little brother, Socrates, in this humorous and historically detailed mystery set in the 5th century, B.C.E.

Nemesis By Davis, Lindsey Book - 2010 MYSTERY DAVIS 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Marcus Didius Falco, PI and bereaved father in 77 AD Rome, takes on his 20th murder investigation, which veers into the personal when dead bodies and Falco’s enemies demand his attention.

Caveat Emptor
Caveat Emptor A Novel of the Roman Empire By Downie, Ruth Book - 2011 MYSTERY DOWNIE 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 4 copies

Annotation:Though Gaius Ruso would rather practice medicine, once again he’s sent to Roman England to find a missing tax collector and his brother—not to mention the King’s money!

Tutankhamun The Book of Shadows By Drake, Nick Book - 2010 MYSTERY DRAKE 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Theban chief detective, Rahotep, searches carefully for the perpetrator of a plot to unseat the young pharaoh, while a serial killer with connections to politicians leads Rahotep in circles around Amarna.

An Evil Eye
An Evil Eye A Novel By Goodwin, Jason Book - 2011 MYSTERY GOODWIN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:The Sultan’s harem may be at the center of a puzzling series of murders and the defection of the Ottoman’s naval admiral, a man who strikes fear in Yashim’s heart as he navigates a tangled web of baffling clues.

The Parisian Prodigal
The Parisian Prodigal By Gordon, Alan Book - 2010 MYSTERY GORDON 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Gordon brings medieval France to life with the animated Fools’ Guild, specifically Theophilos, the jester-sleuth who investigates both a harlot’s murder and the authenticity of the Count’s long-lost “brother.”

Dead Man's Chest
Dead Man's Chest By Greenwood, Kerry Book - 2010 MYSTERY GREENWO 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:The Australian flapper PI Phryne Fisher once again delivers a mystery with wit and panache. Phryne finds herself embroiled in a scheme involving pirates and a couple’s disappearance while on vacation.

Dead and Buried
Dead and Buried By Hambly, Barbara Book - 2010 MYSTERY HAMBLY 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Benjamin January, a free black man in 1830s New Orleans, goes undercover as a piano player in a bordello, despite his French physician’s degree, in order to investigate a plot involving embezzlement, family secrets and murder.

Her Highness' First Murder
Her Highness' First Murder By Herring, Peg Book - 2010 MYSTERY HERRING 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When a lady in waiting to Princess Elizabeth is murdered, King Henry VIII hires Welsh Guardsman Hugh Bellows to find the killer, whose calling card is decaptitation. Hugh is joined on the sly by two teen sleuths; the Princess herself and Simon Maldon. First in series.

31 Bond Street
31 Bond Street A Novel By Horan, Ellen Book - 2010 FIC HORAN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When reputable dentist Harvey Burdell is found brutally murdered, his widow housekeeper, Emma Cunningham, is suspected and a criminal lawyer takes her complicated case. Based on a true story in 1850s New York.

The Detroit Electric Scheme
The Detroit Electric Scheme By Johnson, D. E. Book - 2010 MYSTERY JOHNSON 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:Will Anderson loses nearly everything, including his life, when he discovers his rival dead at the auto factory where he works. This is crime noir—Will is accused and nothing is as it seems.

Requiem in Vienna
Requiem in Vienna By Jones, J. Sydney Book - 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:An attempt on composer Gustav Mahler’s life at Vienna’s Court Opera kills a soprano instead. PI Karl Werthen and criminologist Hanns Gross follow clues into the intrigue and murder behind the music.

The Illusion of Murder
The Illusion of Murder By McCleary, Carol Book - 2011 MYSTERY MCCLEAR 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:While on a trip to break Jules Verne's fictional around-the-world record, reporter Nellie Bly stops over in Egypt only to witness a fatal stabbing. Is it part of a terrorist plot to drive the British out of Egypt?

Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker
Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker By Myers, Amy Book - 2010 MYSTERY MYERS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Victorian London, Tom Wasp, a multifaceted chimney sweep, pursues a mysteriously missing china doll belonging to a convicted killer while simultaneously working undercover with his apprentice Ned and a highly disguisable protector, Mr. Chuckwick.

Let the Dead Lie
Let the Dead Lie A Novel By Nunn, Malla Book - 2010 MYSTERY NUNN 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Ex-detective Emmanuel Cooper sets out to solve a young boy’s murder and becomes a murder suspect himself in this hardboiled story of race and politics in 1950s South Africa. Sequel to A Beautiful Place to Die.

The Fires of the Gods
The Fires of the Gods By Parker, I. J. Book - 2010 MYSTERY PARKER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 11th century Japan, the imperfect and newly demoted sleuth and accused murderer, Sugawara Akitada, throws himself into the investigation when a politico is killed, despite the dangerous position in which he and his family are placed.

Eye of the Raven
Eye of the Raven By Pattison, Eliot Book - 2009 MYSTERY PATTISO 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:When his Iroquois friend and mentor Conawago is accused of murder, Duncan McCallum fliees, hoping to find the real killer. Unfortunately, there's more at stake than their reputations. Sequel to Bone Rattler.

Secret of the White Rose
Secret of the White Rose By Pintoff, Stefanie Book - 2011 MYSTERY PINTOFF 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:The police think Judge Jackson was killed by friends of anarchist Al Drayson, though criminologist Alistair Sinclair thinks otherwise and pulls detective Simon Ziele out of his jurisdiction to help him find the real killer in early 20th century New York.

The Borgia Betrayal
The Borgia Betrayal A Novel By Poole, Sara Book - 2011 FIC POOLE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Court poisoner to the Borgias, Francesca Giordano must keep Pope Alexander VI safe from his enemies (who sometimes seem like friends) while still seeking revenge for her father’s death. Meanwhile, romance calls.

Dark Road to Darjeeling
Dark Road to Darjeeling By Raybourn, Deanna Book - 2010

Annotation:Lady Julia Gray and detective Nicholas Brisbane’s honeymoon in the Himalayas is cut short when news of a shocking death takes them to India to investigate.

The Cloud Pavilion
The Cloud Pavilion By Rowland, Laura Joh Book - 2009 MYSTERY ROWLAND 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 18th-century Japan, ex-detective Chamberlain Sano Ichiro becomes entangled in the crime underworld when his uncle’s daughter goes missing.

The Holy Thief
The Holy Thief By Ryan, William Book - 2010 MYSTERY RYAN 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Captain Alexei Korolev of Moscow’s Criminal Investigation Division finds that the brutal murder of an American nun may have been politically motivated. This thriller set in 1936 Russia marks the beginning of an auspicious series.

Heartstone By Sansom, C. J. Book - 2011 MYSTERY SANSOM 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:Tudor England attorney, Matthew Shardlake, investigates a suicide on the queen’s behalf and becomes embroiled in a complicated and politically challenging murder case.

Last Seen in Massilia
Last Seen in Massilia By Saylor, Steven Book - 2011 MYSTERY SAYLOR 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:While search besieged Massilia for his son Meto, Gordianus, a “finder” for Julius Caesar, witnesses what could be a murder at Sacrifice Rock. A jumble of political threads and disparate characters are deftly brought together as the Finder finds the connection.

A Lonely Death
A Lonely Death By Todd, Charles Book - 2011 MYSTERY TODD 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 17 copies

Annotation:Having survived the WWI trenches in France, three young veterans are murdered when they return home to England. Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge needs to figure out why before another returning soldier is killed.

The Winter Thief
The Winter Thief By White, Jenny B. Book - 2010 MYSTERY WHITE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The 19th-century Ottoman Empire provides the exotic setting for Special Prosecutor Kamil Pasha and his enquiries into illegal firearms, an explosion, a bank heist, a deadly fire and a sadistic, threatening killer.

The Fifth Servant
The Fifth Servant By Wishnia, K. J. A. Book - 2010 FIC WISHNIA 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In 16th-century Prague, a Christian girl is found murdered in a Jewish shop and new sexton Benyamin Ben-Akiva has three days to discover the culprit and save his already persecuted community.

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