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Mystery of the Heart by Jillian Kent

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mysteryoftheheartMystery of the Heart (The Ravensmoore Chronicles)

1819 – England

Lady Mercy Grayson has secretly been studying medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has dressed as a man to pursue the same passion her big brother Devlin, Lord Ravensmoore, pursued outside the acceptance of society. Her secret has been discovered. Now she’s running away from Scotland and her dreams. Will she be able to accomplish what she feels is God’s calling, or will the parameters of society and those who want to use her secret to accomplish their own selfish ends determine the course of her future?

Vincent Lyons, Lord Eden, is an adventurer coming home to London to deliver the mysterious Holy Lance to the prince regent who wants to see if the legends are true surrounding this relic that is said to possess both the power of healing and destruction. His life is catapulted in another direction when he meets Mercy who is pursuing a different kind of adventure that will cause him to question everything he believes.

Both will be forced to examine their personal motives when members of a voudon tribe, the Regent, and the London Legend Seekers Club search to possess the ancient relic for their own purposes.

A Tincture of Murder by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Tincture of Murder (A Lord Danvers Mystery)atinctureofmurder

Victorian England

The case begins when several of the destitute women who took refuge at The Magdalen House—an “Asylum for Poor, Degraded Females”—die under mysterious circumstances.

The Magdalen House—located in a notorious slum of the City of York—was established by Frederick Danvers, Lord Charles’s younger brother, who shocked the family by taking Holy Orders, and then by choosing to live near his church in one of the poorest neighborhoods in England.

But the cleric’s saintly works may come to a scandalous end when news of the women’s deaths spreads. The young Danvers is in trouble and Danvers family honor is at stake.

At first, Lord Danvers is reluctant to get involved in a criminal matter that seems so sordid. But when a devastating fire ravages Norwood Park, the Danver’s ancestral home, Charles and Antonia are forced to seek temporary residence elsewhere. Freddie’s plea for assistance includes an invitation to stay at elegant Wandseley Hall. Charles reconsiders—and soon finds himself struggling to answer two overarching questions: Are the unexplained deaths the result of natural causes? Or is an insane poisoner at large in York—perhaps a madman among Charles and Antonia’s own acquaintances?

While Charles investigates, Lady Antonia is drawn into helping feed the impoverished women and children living in the asylum.

And death is closer to home than anyone suspected. Was a servant’s untimely death an accident as first believed? Or something more sinister? And who set the fire that nearly destroyed Norwood Park? 

The Yellow Packard by Ace Collins

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1937 -Illinois

Buckle up for intrigue and adventure in scenic Depression-era America. George Hall, a draftsman, buys a 1936 Packard sedan from the estate of spinster Abigale Watling in Oakwood, Illinois. At first, the car brings George, his wife Jean, and their daughter Rose an unexpected boon. But tragedy follows when Rose is kidnapped. The auto then comes into the possession of salesman William Landers, FBI agent Helen Meeker, and serviceman James Coffman’s family. As clues to the kidnapping caper come to light, more than one life is in jeopardy. Will Agent Meeker catch the culprit before it’s too late?

The Masquerade by Melanie Dobson

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The Masquerademasquerade

1894 – Michigan

It’s the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune.
The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a young fisherman who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to solve a decades-old mystery. Meanwhile, Elena’s mother contrives introductions between Elena and the island’s most eligible bachelor, an elusive millionaire named Chester Darrington. When Elena’s two worlds unexpectedly collide, she will be in for the surprise of her life.

Chameleon by Jillian Kent

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Chameleon (The Ravensmoore Chronicles)chameleon

1810s – England

How much can you really know about someone?

Lady Victoria Grayson has always considered herself a keen observer of human behavior. After battling a chronic childhood illness that kept her homebound for years, she journeys to London determined to have the adventure of a lifetime.

Jaded by his wartime profession as a spy, Lord Witt understands, more than most, that everyone is not always who they pretend to be. He meets Victoria after the Regent requests an investigation into the activities of her physician brother, Lord Ravensmoore.

Witt and Victoria become increasingly entangled in a plot targeting the lords of Parliament. Victoria is forced to question how well she knows those close to her while challenging Witt’s cynical nature and doubts about God. Together they must confront their pasts in order to solve a mystery that could devastate their future.

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders)adarklyhiddentruth

1375 – Norwich

Felicity has decided to become a nun. She departs to visit convents in spite of her mother’s imminent arrival and Fr. Anselm’s request that she and Fr. Antony recover a missing priceless Russian icon before the Patriarch of Moscow arrives at the community for Holy Week.

Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr

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1366 – England

Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cow-leys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so. Many of the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the priest John Kellet, atte Bridge’s partner in crime in A CORPSE AT ST. ANDREW’S CHAPEL, was covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died. Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge “one rogue slaughtering another. He sets out for Exeter, where Kellet now works. But there he discovers that the priest is an emaciated skeleton of a man, who mourns the folly of his past life. Hugh must return to Bampton and discover which of his friends has murdered his enemy…

To Dust You Shall Remain by Donna Fletcher Crow

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To Dust You Shall Return (A Lord Danvers Mystery)todustyoushallreturn

1855 – England

LADY ANTONIA HAS AN AGONIZING SECRET

It is January 1855. Three years have passed since her marriage to Lord Charles M. Danvers, and still there is no heir to the earldom. Antonia fears Charles will soon be asking a lot of questions—questions she’s afraid to answer. For she has kept a secret from Charles that might have changed his decision to marry Tonia.

With this secret weighing heavily on her mind, she and Charles stumble upon a mystery. Frail, elderly Catherine Bacon has been murdered. Though the slaying is blamed on a traveling “dustman,” Charles begins to track clues to the mysterious death through the streets of Victorian Scotland.

Meanwhile, Antonia, trying to shake the irrepressible helplessness within her, absorbs herself with a favorite hobby—antique shopping. What she discovers in one of the shops stops her in her tracks! There, in a window, is a figurine that belonged to the late Catherine Bacon. This mystery suddenly has a new twist. Antonia continues to track clues to the crime, clues that lead to a shocking discovery. All the while hoping that nobody — especially Charles — discovers the truth she’s been hiding.

Grave Matters by Donna Fletcher Crow

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Grave Matters (A Lord Danvers Mystery)gravematters

1840s – England

Grave robbing! Body snatching!

What dreadful thoughts to surround a couple on their honeymoon. But only two days before their wedding, Lady Antonia Hoover and Lord Charles Danvers discover a body—a murder victim—that points them toward a mystery filled with hatred, vengeance, and death.

Antonia and Charles spend their honeymoon in Scotland, seeing the sights and lending support to Charles’s cousin Gilchrist, the prime suspect in the murder case. As the mystery unfolds, Antonia’s fright increases. The case keeps pointing to the dark history of the resurrectionists, the grave robbers who sold bodies to anatomy professors in the late 18th century. How is Gilchrist involved in this murder? And what hidden family secret is Antonia about to discover?

A Most Inconvenient Death by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Most Inconvenient Death (A Lord Danvers Mystery)amostinconvenientdeath

1848 – England

Lord Charles Danvers, still in mourning for his lost love Charlotte, hopes to find escape from his ghosts at the country estate of his oldest friend Sir John Boileau. The events surrounding the coming of age of Sir John’s son and heir have much of Norfolk astir— until the peace of an autumn evening is shattered by a brutal murder.

The police are quick to point to a quarrelsome farmer, but Lord Danvers has his doubts. As the local magistrate, Sir John has an interest in the investigation. But is the real connection much closer to home? And does Danvers owe the greater loyalty to an old friend or to the truth?

Then, Danvers is even more unsettled by the entrance of the alluring Lady Antonia Hoover.

The first in the “Lord Danvers Mysteries Series,” “A Most Inconvenient Death” is a Victorian true-crime novel. The Stanfield Hall Murders were the sensation they are portrayed to be, the elaborate coming of age celebrations and the ensuing dramatic trial are all recorded history.

The Resurrection of Nat Turner: Part 1: The Witnesses by Sharon Ewell Foster

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The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnessesresurrectionofnatturner1

1831 – Virginia

The truth has been buried more than one hundred years . . .

Leading a small army of slaves, Nat Turner was a man born with a mission: to set the captives free. When words failed, he ignited an uprising that left over fifty whites dead. In the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, Nat Turner stormed into history with a Bible in one hand, brandishing a sword in the other. His rebellion shined a national spotlight on slavery and the state of Virginia and divided a nation’s trust. Turner himself became a lightning rod for abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe and a terror and secret shame for slave owners.

In The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses, Nat Turner’s story is revealed through the eyes and minds of slaves and masters, friends and foes. In their words is the truth of the mystery and conspiracy of Nat Turner’s life, death, and confession.

The Resurrection of Nat Turner spans more than sixty years, sweeping from the majestic highlands of Ethiopia to the towns of Cross Keys and Jerusalem in Southampton County. Using extensive research, Sharon Ewell Foster breaks hallowed ground in this epic novel, revealing long-buried secrets about this tragic hero.

A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

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1365 – England

I had never seen Master John Wyclif so afflicted. He was rarely found at such a loss when in disputation with other masters. He told me later, when I had returned them to him, that it was as onerous to plunder a bachelor scholar’s books as it would be to steal another man’s wife. I had, at the time, no way to assess the accuracy of that opinion, for I had no wife and few books …’ So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton, near Oxford, and bailiff of Bampton Castle at the behest of Lord Gilbert Talbot. Hugh sets his cap at the delightful Kate, who proves equally resourceful in the search for the missing books. Some very determined adversaries are out to stop him, permanently if necessary – but are they motivated by greed or a more personal animosity? Then the corpse of a poor scholar, who had tried to sell one of the books, is found in the river: but he had not simply drowned …

Stars in the Night by Cara Putnam

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1942 – California

When attorney Audra Schaeffer’s sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her—but must identify her body instead. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to her sister’s. Could the killer be the man with whom she’s falling in love?

 

Sonnet to a Dead Contessa by Gilbert Morris

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sonnettoadeadcontessaSonnet to a Dead Contessa (Lady Trent Mystery Series #3)

1858 – England

In London, 1858, women of British nobility are being murdered with alarming frequency, so Scotland Yard calls on Lady Serafina Trent and her crime-solving partner, Dylan Tremayne, to help piece together the perplexing clues. With Dylan’s help, Serafina has garnered acclaim as a brilliant detective–solving mysteries by relying on her astute observation and scientific reasoning.

But in the midst of solving these crimes, Serafina’s relationship with Dylan meets unexpected stress when his childhood sweetheart returns. Torn between desire and decorum, Serafina desperately wants Dylan to be happy–but in the arms of another woman?
After a lifetime of viewing the world through a practical lens, Serafina begins to examine her own soul–and realizes her need for Jesus. Yet will her faith save her life when all clues point to Serafina as the murderer’s next victim?

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel by Mel Starr

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1365 – England

Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had stillnot returned home, his young wife Matilda sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor.

Two days later Alan’s corpse is discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St. Andrew’s Chapel. His throat has been torn out, his head half-severed from his body and his face, hands, and forearms lacerated with deep scratches.

Master Hugh, meeting Hubert the coroner at the scene, listens carefully to the coroner surmise that a wolf had caused the great wound. And yet . . . if so, why is there so little blood?

 

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