Victorian England

The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry

Charlotte Ellison lives a outwardly beatific and genuinely boring existence at her home in the London suburbs. To her mind, her most vexing problems are her father’s refusal to allow her to read his newspapers—a common enough attitude in Victorian England—and her unresolved, unadmitted crush on her brother-in-law Dominic. Anne Perry’s Cater Street Hangman portrays Charlotte’s extremely circumscribed position as one that might have yawningly gone on for years, filled with good works and a suitable marriage, were it not for the gruesome murders of young girls in the environs of her Cater Street home.

The Perfect Poison

By Amanda Quick

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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)

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The Black Hand: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel

By Will Thomas

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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.
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The List of Seven

By Mark Frost

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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.

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The Face of a Stranger

By Anne Perry

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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.

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The Cater Street Hangman

By Anne Perry

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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.

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Good Night, Mr. Holmes

By Carole Nelson Douglas

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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.

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A Study in Scarlet

By Arthur Conan Doyle

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"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.

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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: The Secret Agent Who Made the Pilgrimage to Mecca, Discovered the Kama Sutra, and brought the Arabian Nights to the West

By Edward Rice

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Beginning his career as a spy for the East India Company, Burton (1821-1890) visited the "forbidden" cities of Medina and Mecca disguised as an Arab, made a yet more perilous trip to the secret city of Harar in Somalia, discovered Lake Tanganyika in his search for the Nile's source, and had sundry adventures in West Africa, the New World and the Levant. One of the great Arabists of his time, a master of 29 languages, he translated a mass of Oriental literature, mystical and erotic. Upon his death, his wife, in a spasm of piety-cum-prudery, burned his heavily annotated translation of The Perfumed Garden and much else. Explorer, swordsman, linguist, scholar, writer, lover of women and pursuer of hidden knowledge, Burton was par excellence the Victorian version of Renaissance man. (Publishers’ Weekly)

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

At 5 o'clock in the morning, a curly-headed toddler went missing from his bed in the spacious mansion in the English countryside, never to be seen alive again.
Young Saville Kent's soon-to-be-discovered vicious murder at the hands of someone who was surely a family member or trusted servant excited the press, the populace, and the authorities and ultimately drew the attention of one of Scotland Yard's first and finest detectives, Jack Whicher. Like the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Detective Whicher had a keen mind and almost sixth sense for uncovering criminals in the most unlikely places. With no forensics lab modern or otherwise to help him discover the identity of Saville's killer, Whicher used reason and intuition when setting about his task.