Detective and mystery stories

Must the Maiden Die?

By Miriam Grace Monfredo

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"Basing her Seneca Falls mystery series on actual historical events, Miriam Grace Monfredo has received critical acclaim for her vivid depiction of nineteenth-century America, when women, abolitionists, and other social reformers fought to reshape the nation... In the spring of 1861, only whispers of the Civil War are heard in New York state, until Seneca Falls's librarian Glynis Tryon tries to save an indentured servant girl from a murder charge--and gets tangled in a tapestry of lust, high treason, and legal treachery that brings the stark reality of the growing Civil War close to home..."
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Unholy Fire

By Robert J. Mrazek

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After a young Union officer from Maine is terribly wounded in one of the first major battles of the Civil War, he is recruited to serve in the Provost Marshal's office. While handling the paperwork for a routine court martial case, he becomes embroiled in the murder of a beautiful young woman who attended the birthday party of General Joseph Hooker, a notorious playboy. The investigation leads Kit through a series of adventures-both on the battlefield and in intrigue-filled Washington-until he ultimately uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy.
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The Ghost of Major Pryor

By Donald Honig

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"Barley Newton is cold sober the day he walks down the dusty street in the gold-mining town of Baddock in the Montana Territory. The year is 1870, and Barley knows he couldn't have seen what he just saw: the man who passes him on the street is Major Andrew Pryor.

"But this is impossible! Pryor was Barley's commander in one of the bloodiest of all Civil War battles. And Pryor was killed in battle in 1864, more than five years ago. His body was found and buried.

"So why is Barley so sure it's Pryor he sees in the remote town of Baddock? And, stranger still, why is Barley Newton found dead soon after the mysterious encounter?"

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Murder at Manassas

By Michael Kilian

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In July 1861, Harrison Grenville Raines investigates the cold-blooded killing of a Union major during the Northern forces' retreat from the Confederates at the Battle of Manassas

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Canaletto and the Case of the Westminster Bridge

By Janet Laurence

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When famed Italian artist Canaletto ventures to England on a business jaunt, he encounters more difficulties than just the language barrier. Upon arriving, Canaletto is attacked and robbed twice in the same day by a relentless pickpocket. When he is left for dead in a dark alley, the young woman who helped Canaletto earlier rescues the artist again. The visitor to England meets Jane Austen at dinner, helps uncover a spy, and finds that he has a talent for detective work.

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The Samurai's Daughter

By Sujata Massey

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"Antiques dealer Rei Shimura is in San Francisco visiting her parents and researching a personal project tracing the story of 100 years of Japanese decorative arts through her own family's experience. Her work is interrupted by the arrival of her boyfriend, lawyer Hugh Glendinning, who is involved in a class action lawsuit on behalf of aged Asian nationals forced to engage in slave labour for Japanese companies during World War II.

"These two projects suddenly intertwine when one of Hugh's clients is murdered and Rei begins to uncover unsavoury facts about her own family's actions during the war. Rei unravels the truth, finds the killer, and at the same time learns about family ties and loyalty and the universal desire to avoid blame."

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Shinju

By Laura Joh Rowland

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"When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.

"Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano..."

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The Stargazer

By Michele Jaffe

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The brilliant daughter of a renowned physician, Bianca Salva is thrust into an uneasy alliance with Ian Foscari, a handsome aristocrat notorious for his outrageous escapades and romantic conquests, when they masquerade as a betrothed couple to find the murderer of a beautiful courtesan.
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The Name of the Rose

By Umberto Eco

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In 1327, finding his sensitive mission at an Italian abbey further complicated by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William of Baskerville turns detective, penetrating the cunning labyrinth of the abbey and deciphering coded manuscripts for clues.

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The Stalking Horse

By Miriam Grace Monfredo

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Based on an actual event, The Stalking-Horse is set on the eve of the American Civil War. Glynis Tryon's niece, Bronwen, has joined Pinkerton's Detective Agency. While on her first assignment in secessionist Alabama, two of her fellow agents are murdered. When word reaches Seneca Falls that Bronwen is in trouble, Glynis heads south and finds her niece caught in the midst of a diabolical plot designed to strike at the heart of the United States government.

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