All Time Faves: Historical Mysteries: America

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Oh Danny Boy
By Bowen, Rhys
2006/02 - Minotaur Books
9780312328177 Find It

"Absorbing, well-plotted . . . This complex tale comes to a bittersweet and heartfelt conclusion."--"Publishers Weekly" on "In Like Flynn"
"It's hard not to be charmed by this young immigrant woman who fled murder charges in Ireland to become a detective in turn-of-the-century New York."--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" on "In Like Flynn"
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The Old Buzzard Had It Coming: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
By Casey, Donis
2006/09 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590583111 Find It

One winter evening in 1912, in the woods outside of Boynton, Oklahoma, abusive and drunken Harley Day surprises his son John Lee and the neighbor girl Phoebe Tucker in a lovers' tryst. An hour later, when John Lee walks his beloved home, Phoebe's mother, Alafair Tucker, suspects that something is amiss. How could she know her daughter has been involved in a violent confrontation that will make Phoebe and her beau murder suspects? ...More

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The 19th Wife
By Ebershoff, David
2008/08 - Random House
9781400063970 Find It

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This new novel from the author of The Danish Girl and Pasadena is a spellbinding work of literary suspense, set against the history of the Mormon Church, that combines historical fiction with a modern-day mystery.
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The Anatomy of Deception
By Goldstone, Lawrence
2008/01 - Delacorte Press
9780385341349 Find It

A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, this novel follows a young doctor as he grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer. ...More

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Letter from Home
By Hart, Carolyn
2004/10 - Berkley Prime Crime
9780425198827 Find It

In this "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year, set in the summer of 1944, journalist Gretchen Gilman gets a letter from her small Oklahoma hometown, which brings back memories of the people she had once known. But this summer, life there will change forever. ...More

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The Up and Up
By Irby, Lee
2006/06 - Doubleday Books
9780385515009 Find It

With suckers aplenty looking for land in the Sunshine State during the Roaring Twenties, Frank Hearn and his partner, the well-connected son of a former mayor, plan to make a killing in the real estate biz. However, when his partner is brutally murdered, Frank is accused of the crime. ...More

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Lipstick and Lies
By Liesche, Margit
2007/04 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590583203 Find It

Undercover agent Pucci Lewis plans to unmask Grace Buchanan-Dineen as the countess-counteragent suspected of triple dealing and possibly treason. As the story unfolds, Lewis and fellow agent Dante not only expose the espionage ring but also confront an even greater threat to homeland security. ...More

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Dancing to "Almendra"
By Montero, Mayra
2007/01 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374102777 Find It

Havana, 1957. On the same day that the Mafia capo Umberto Anastasia is assassinated in a barber's chair in New York, a hippopotamus escapes from the Havana zoo and is shot and killed by its pursuers. Assigned to cover the zoo story, Joaquin Porrata, a young Cuban journalist, instead finds himself embroiled in the mysterious connections between the hippo's death and the mobster's when a secretive zookeeper whispers to him that he "knows too much." In exchange for a promise to introduce the keeper to his idol, the film star George Raft, now the host of the Capri Casino, Joaquin gets information that ensnares him in an ever-thickening plot of murder, mobsters, and, finally, love. The love story is, of course, another mystery. Told by Yolanda, a beautiful ex-circus performer now working for the famed cabaret San Souci, it interleaves through ...More

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The Shanghai Tunnel
By Newman, Sharan
2008/02 - Forge
9780765313003 Find It

After the murder of her missionary parents in China, Emily marries a shrewd entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. She learns too late that Horace Stratton is cruel. After Horace dies, Emily and their son arrive in Portland and discover a strange and potentially deadly land. First in a new series. ...More

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The Tenderness of Wolves
By Penney, Stef
2007/07 - Simon & Schuster
9781416540748 Find It

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In this brutal, epic debut novel, a man is found murdered and a 17-year-old boy is on the run. While vigilantes and rescue searchers head out to look for the fugitive, all the mother of the boy wants is her son back. She will do anything to see him home safe, even at the peril of her own life.
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Death Was the Other Woman
By Richards, Linda L.
2008/01 - Thomas Dunne Books
9780312377700 Find It

Kitty Pangborn needed a job. She got more than she bargained for. ...More

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The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York
By Rose, Joel
2007/03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393062311 Find It

In 1841 New York, High Constable Jacob Hays is charged with solving the city's murders. At the end of a long and distinguished career, Hays' investigations will involve gang wars, grave robbers, and clues hidden in poems by the minstrel of the night: Edgar Allan Poe. ...More

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The Cliff House Strangler
By Tallman, Shirley
2007/07 - Minotaur Books
9780312357566 Find It

The serenely self-assured 19th-century lawyer Sarah Woolson is still trying to get her life together when she is suddenly involved in a complicated murder plot involving ghosts, gypsies, and City Hall--all while facing off with a fellow lawyer. ...More

 

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