Murder by Gaslight

Arthur Conan Doyle

"You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." With these few words, Holmes astonishes Watson for the first, if not the last, time on the occasion of their meeting. A mysterious corpse without wounds and a bloody design on the wall nearby inaugurates their first case of detection.
This is the beginning of Sherlock Holmes' many adventures. It is also available as a graphic novel, video, audio, or as part of most Sherlock Holmes collections.

Peter Lovesey
"The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Bertie will one day be King Edward VII. For the moment, though, his primary responsibility is to enjoy himself, a task at which he excels - bedding society beauties, tormenting his long-suffering wife, and taking his royal bulk off to other people's country estates, there to shoot things, eat enormous meals, and pinch the serving maids. It is at just such an estate that the story unfolds, though this is no ordinary shooting-party, and with a killer afoot, the glittering guest-list is dwindling rapidly. Bertie greets the murders with some delight, as they allow him to exercise his passion for amateur sleuthing (a task at which he doesn't particularly excel)."
M.J. Trow

There is a new broom at Scotland yard: Nimrod Frost. His first little job for Lestrade is to investigate the reported appearance of a lion in Cornwall, a supposed savager of sheep and frightener of men. Hardly a task for an Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department...

Elizabeth Peters

It was the time of the Great Game of European powers. Spies and soldiers traded information, risking betrayal and death. Into this unsettled territory trips Amelia Peabody, intrepid heiress and would-be Egyptologist.
First of the Amelia Peabody series.
Also available as an audiobook.


Robin Paige
For Kathryn Ardleigh and her newly Lorded husband Charles, a seaside holiday in Rottingdean is a needed rest. The cozy hamlet is built on a labyrinth of hundred-year-old tunnels that once were used by smugglers. But when a coast guard's body is found on the beach, the town is suspected of plying its illicit trades of the past. And with the help of a young writer named Rudyard Kipling, they're about to discover something rotten in Rottingdean....
Carole Nelson Douglas

To Sherlock Holmes, she was always "the woman," and truly she was the only woman he ever believed his equal, having smartly outwitted him in "A Scandal in Bohemia." Accompanied by her faithful chronicler, Penelope Huxleigh, this bold American actress mends a broken heart after solving the most regal of crimes.
First of the Irene Adler series.

Caleb Carr

1896 Manhattan is awash in grotesquely mutilated corpses. An alienist (19th century term for psychologist) and a New York Times reporter join forces with chief of police Theodore Roosevelt to put pay to the monster against a backdrop of decadence and corruption. Angel of Darkness is the sequel.

Laurie R. King

This volume introduces Mary Russell, a wealthy orphan, and delightfully explores what happens when she is befriended by her retired neighbor, Sherlock Holmes. The first in a series.

Will Thomas
Investigating a string of murders linked to the Italian mafia, Victorian enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his apprentice, Thomas Llewelyn, assemble a ragtag band of helpers and become suspicious when the government refuses assistance.
Anne Perry

Five girls are brutally murdered on the streets of London. All clues point to the Ellison household where the charming Misses Charlotte and Emily reside. Can Inspector Thomas Pitt discover the truth behind the elegant façade of exquisite manners and societal mores without losing his heart? First of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.

Anne Perry

He's sardonically brilliant, more than a little handsome and possesses absolutely no memory of his former life as a London police detective. He must enlist the aid of the formidable Hester Latterly, lately returned from nursing in the Crimean War, to help him solve the murder of a war hero.
First book of the William Monk series.

Mark Frost

Young Arthur Conan Doyle battles the wicked forces of the Dark Brotherhood to defend the Crown. He is aided by Queen Victoria's best agent, Jack Sparks, a man of keen wit who bears a great resemblance to Doyle's later creation, Sherlock Holmes. Demons, zombies, and the Dweller on the Threshold make this a more pungently purple mystery than many in Victoriana.
From the co-creator of the television series, Twin Peaks. The story is continued in The Six Messiahs.

Amanda Quick

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley lives on the fringes of polite Victorian London society, tending her beloved plants--and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist can detect almost any type of poison, especially those derived from plants. But the murder of a lord has shaken Lucinda: at the scene, she picks up traces of a toxin from a very rare species. So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in England--and it was stolen from her conservatory last month. To keep her name out of the inquest and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires fellow Arcane Society member Caleb Jones, who runs a psychical investigation agency. But as desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society. (From the publisher's description)