All Time Faves: Historical Mysteries: America

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Oh Danny Boy Oh Danny Boy
By Bowen, Rhys
2006-03 - Minotaur Books
9780312328177 Check our catalog


"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" "Rhys Bowen continues her evocative look at the immigrant …More

The Old Buzzard Had It Coming: An Alafair Tucker Mystery The Old Buzzard Had It Coming: An Alafair Tucker Mystery
By Casey, Donis
2006-09 - Poisoned Pen Press
9781590583111 Check our catalog

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 …More

The 19th Wife The 19th Wife
By Ebershoff, David
2009-06 - Random House Trade
9780812974157 Check our catalog

This work 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.

This work 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. …More

Letter from Home Letter from Home
By Hart, Carolyn
2004-10 - Berkley Prime Crime
9780425198827 Check our catalog

World-renowned journalist G.G. Gilman does her best not to think of the past. But one day she gets a letter--sent from the small Oklahoma town where she grew up--that brings it all back. Memories of people she had once known and loved dearly--and of the sultry summer when her life changed forever. …More


The Up and Up The Up and Up
By Irby, Lee
2006-06 - Doubleday Books
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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. Returning to the boisterous, colorful world he created in his critically acclaimed crime novel, "7,000 Clams, "Lee Irby opens a unique and exhilarating window on the Roaring Twenties. Charming yet ill-fated Frank Hearn is ready to leave behind his high-stakes lifestyle and finally stake his claim in the world--and no place promises a quicker route to the good life than Miami. With suckers aplenty looking …More

Dancing to Dancing to "Almendra"
By Montero, Mayra
2007-01 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374102777 Check our catalog

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 …More

The Shanghai Tunnel The Shanghai Tunnel
By Newman, Sharan
2008-02 - Forge
9780765313003 Check our catalog

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


The Tenderness of Wolves The Tenderness of Wolves
By Penney, Stef
2007-12 - Thorndike Press
9781410403308 Check our catalog

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.. …More

Death Was the Other Woman Death Was the Other Woman
By Richards, Linda L.
2008-01 - Thomas Dunne Books
9780312377700 Check our catalog

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

As the lawlessness of Prohibition pushes against the desperation of the Depression, there are two ways to make a living in Los Angeles: join the criminals or collar them. Kitty Pangborn has chosen the crime-fighters, becoming secretary to Dexter J. Theroux, one of the hard-drinking, tough-talking PIs who pepper the city's stew. But after Dex takes an assignment from Rita Heppelwaite, the mistress of …More

The Cliff House Strangler The Cliff House Strangler
By Tallman, Shirley
2007-07 - Minotaur Books
9780312357566 Check our catalog

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.

Nineteenth-century attorney Sarah Woolson is still trying to get her life together. Against her family's wishes, she opens her own San Francisco law firm, only to find that clients---paying clients, that is---are wary of allowing a woman to manage their legal affairs. Just when her patience, as well as her money, are about to run out, Sarah and her friend and former colleague, Robert Campbell, attend …More