Historical Thrillers

Expect Betrayal by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth

A college friend offers advice on staying safe in war-torn England to the naval commander overseeing the US psychic team and to its team leader (a US WAVES clairvoyant) while they search…

The Lost Boys of London by Mary Lawrence

Set in the final years of King Henry VIII’s reign, an alchemist’s daughter uses her skills to aid the living and help seek justice for the dead… While her husband fights the…

The Woodstock Murders by James D. Robertson

Detective “Doc” Wiley, an ex-Army Ranger medic, a veteran of Vietnam and the Nassau County Homicide Squad, no longer knows what he wants, only that what he has falls short. Madeline Maclear,…

Mortal Music by Ann Parker       

By Karen Harper Ann Parker is a fine writer with an unusual backstory that pays dividends in her new novel, MORTAL MUSIC, as well as for her great backlist. She is generous…

Bones of the Innocent by John A. Connell

Former U.S. Army investigator Mason Collins grapples with a web of lies, secrets, and murder as he races against time to save the lives of abducted teenagers in a case as twisted…

The Good Cop by Peter Steiner

By Cathy Perkins Peter Steiner is the author of the critically acclaimed Louis Morgon series of crime novels. He’s also a cartoonist for The New Yorker and is the creator of one…

The Preserve by Steve Anderson

By Nish Amarnath The Second World War and its aftermath continue to epitomize the evils of dehumanization, all the way from mass genocide and medical experiments on prisoners of war across Nazi-occupied…

The Alchemist of Lost Souls by Mary Lawrence

Disgraced alchemist Albern Goddard has just discovered flamula vitae–a dangerous element with deadly potential–and intends to win back his favor with King Henry VIII. However, before he can act on his intentions,…

No Salvation by Jeffery Hess

By David Healey If there’s such a thing as navy noir, navy veteran and author Jeffery Hess has created just that atmosphere in his taught thriller NO SALVATION, set aboard an aircraft…

Once More Unto the Breach by Meghan Holloway

Rhys Gravenor, Great War veteran and Welsh sheep farmer, arrives in Paris in the midst of the city’s liberation with a worn letter in his pocket that may have arrived years too…

The Flagler Hunt by Jeremy Burns

A vacation to the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida, quickly turns deadly for brothers Jon and Michael Rickner as an antiquities dealer is brutally murdered in his shop just minutes after…

The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes

In the dying days of World War II, Pavel Romasko and his Red Army colleagues pick their way through the detritus of a dying Berlin. Stumbling upon the smoking remains of a…

The Ghost Manuscript by Kris Frieswick

Carys Jones is a rare book authenticator working for a prestigious Boston auction house whose fondest wish is to be left alone to pursue her single-minded love of old manuscripts. Her life…

The Girl With 39 Graves by Michael Beres

Rose Buckles, murdered near the Wyoming-Utah line in 1939, isn’t quite buried. Decades later, men from an FDR CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp cling to strands of hair. Legends surrounding Rose’s death…

Dragonfly by Tom Lowe

By Charlie Cochrane Writing historical stories without falling into cliché takes a bucketload of skill. Tom Lowe demonstrates that dexterity in his latest thriller, DRAGONFLY. The ninth book in the Sean O’Brien…

The Widows by Jess Montgomery

THE WIDOWS is a gripping historical mystery about two women whose lives collide when the man they both love is murdered. When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town’s…

Edinburgh Dusk by Carole Lawrence

By Nancy Bilyeau With the arrival in 2017 of Edinburgh Twilight, a historical mystery featuring as its protagonist Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton, Carole Lawrence won a large, enthusiastic readership. Also writing as…

The Monastery Murders by E. M. Powell

By Wendy Tyson E. M. Powell, author of the bestselling Fifth Knight medieval thrillers, has returned with the second installment of her Stanton and Barling Mysteries, THE MONASTERY MURDERS. In THE MONASTERY…

The Blues Walked In by Kathleen George

In 1936, life on the road means sleeping on the bus or in hotels for blacks only. After finishing her tour with Nobel Sissel’s orchestra, nineteen-year-old Lena Horne is walking the last…

Fear the Reaper by David Simms

A psychologist unearths America’s darkest secret through the terrors of an asylum in 1933 Virginia, where the elite aim to eliminate millions of “unfit” citizens. The truths that have been erased from…

Final Resting Place by Jonathan F. Putnam

Twenty-nine year old Abraham Lincoln has spent his entire adult life running from his past — from the poverty of the dirt-floor log cabin where he was raised, from the dominion of…

The Fairfax Incident by Terrence McCauley

By David Healey Set in 1933, THE FAIRFAX INCIDENT by Terrence McCauley seems at first to be a traditional noir detective story with a Raymond Chandler-like vibe. However, it soon becomes apparent…

The Long Silence by Gerard O’Donovan

February, 1922. Hollywood is young but already mired in scandal. When a leading movie director is murdered, Irish-American investigator Tom Collins is called in by studio boss Mack Sennett, whose troubled star,…

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