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Atunah said:
...I am reading the 2nd in the Andrea Penrose series right now.

Liking them, liked the first. Not sure if they'll ever go to a romance here, maybe. Nothing at the moment though other than friendship and working together. Well, maybe a few slight signs of something further down. But he's a lord and she's who knows what. Still lots of seeeeecrets. ;D
Don't we all have that tshirt by now? ;D
I'm doing a happy dance: it appears that my Overdrive library got the first two in this series when I recommended them after seeing them on this thread. Yay! That button actually works sometimes.
 

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JRTomlin said:
I enjoyed the Stephen Attebrook mystery series by Jason Vail. It's set in 13th century England.



Don't be put off by the rather (imo) poor covers. They're better than they look, but wouldn't appeal to people who like cozies, I suspect. :)

ETA: I'd love to find some new series as well, but I very much prefer medieval. Haven't found any Regency ones I enjoyed. Another pretty good medieval HM is The Bookseller's Tale by Ann Swinfen. I'd recommend The Servant of the Crown series by Denise Domning too. It's a short series, but an enjoyable read.

I don't see that they've been mentioned but I kind of assume that any Historical Mystery fan has read Ellis Peters' iconic Cadfael novels. :)
I know this is sort of an old thread, but I want to second this recommendation. The Brother Cadfael books are excellent, and the writing is superb.
 

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I haven't read this series, so I have no idea of the quality, but it definitely fits the category. It's a short series of three books by Andrea Penrose. The first book is Sweet Revenge: A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery, set in 1813, featuring a young, aristocratic woman who is trying to discover her father's murderer by going undercover as a male French chef in an aristocratic household. Presumably, she must have some cooking expertise, although I have no idea where she would have gotten it. :eek: Reviews also mention grammar/spelling errors, so read at your own risk. ;D

I'm in the middle of the third book in this series and enjoy it very much. It's not romantic, just the occasional hint, but the characters are engaging and the story builds from one book to the next. I don't wear my editor's hat when reading but I have seen a few errors here and there but nothing terribly distracting. YMMV. Recommended! Thanks, Worktolive!
 

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Jena H said:
I know this is sort of an old thread, but I want to second this recommendation. The Brother Cadfael books are excellent, and the writing is superb.
I always appreciate some older stuff brought back up. Its so hard to keep up with everything. Now I remember why I didn't start reading this series yet, I can't figure out the reading order. That is what kept me last time. There seems to be a publication order, but on goodreads its not listed like that. I assume they list chronological, which is how I want to read. I can't stand going back in time so to speak in the middle of a series. Any ideas about the order of these books in that series? Its not the first series that keeps me from starting it because of those confusion about reading order.

eta: so I found out the 3 that are listed first before "A Morbid Taste for Bones" seem to be short stories prequels. I think this is what got me off track last time. I don't read shorts and its fine if I can skip them easy without missing a story, but its harder if they the start of a series. But looking further, those might not be the actual needed start so I should be ok just starting with what is called Book one. Yes, I am a might OCD about reading in order. 8)

I see its at one of my libraries so I am going to put it on the wait list there and see how I like it.
 

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Atunah said:
I always appreciate some older stuff brought back up. Its so hard to keep up with everything. Now I remember why I didn't start reading this series yet, I can't figure out the reading order. That is what kept me last time. There seems to be a publication order, but on goodreads its not listed like that. I assume they list chronological, which is how I want to read. I can't stand going back in time so to speak in the middle of a series. Any ideas about the order of these books in that series? Its not the first series that keeps me from starting it because of those confusion about reading order.
check out the wiki entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadfael -- down at the bottom there's a list of the books; if you hover-mouse over each title it'll tell you the the year it's set in & when published. Maybe this'll help you get straight on what order you want to read.
I haven't read much of the books (it's been a while, think I read one or two) but greatly enjoyed the TV series years ago.
 

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check out the wiki entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadfael -- down at the bottom there's a list of the books; if you hover-mouse over each title it'll tell you the the year it's set in & when published. Maybe this'll help you get straight on what order you want to read.
I haven't read much of the books (it's been a while, think I read one or two) but greatly enjoyed the TV series years ago.
Thanks, I'll check out the link.

Wait, there is a TV series? I'll read the first book first though. I was able to enjoy the Inspector Lynley reading and also watching so that is not a problem for me.
 

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Here's the fictfact listing for the Cadfael series: https://www.fictfact.com/series/3601/cadfael

I read several before I realized it was a series and before on line 'keep track of what you read' sites. So I'm not sure what I've read and what I haven't. But I do remember that I enjoyed all I did read.
 

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I enjoy the Shardlake series by C J Sansom

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shardlake_series

Shardlake is a lawyer in London at the time of Henry 8th and the books always weave in some real historical events and characters along with the murder mystery. Shardlake starts off working for Thomas Cromwell ( of Wolf Hall fame) so is right in there with all the scandals at the heart of government and monarchy.

I'm currently reading the 7th and latest book in the series 'Tombland'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07D2C8KVM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1547937669&sr=8-1

which I'm enjoying because he leaves London for the country and it is actually set in the city where I live and the town where I grew up and most of the buildings and landmarks mentioned in the book are real places that were there in the 1500s and still here today so I can see it all in my mind's eye because I have been to those places a million times in real life. My home town isn't well known so it is great that it is in such a fab series.

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Shout out to Atunah!

THANK YOU for recommending the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I just finished #9
(Hero just had the baby)
and am really REALLY enjoying it. The mysteries are complex, the history is accurate, and the romance is on point without being over the top. Kinda perfect, really. :) AND they're all available via my local libraries. Anyone who's following this thread and hasn't checked 'em out definitely should. Here's the first:



<cross posting to the female mystery writer's thread>
 

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This sounds like exactly the sort of thing I would enjoy but it's too pricey on Amazon at £8.49  :eek: and not available on KU.

It's not available at my library either - I recommended it, but nothing I've recommended in the past has ever been picked up, so I won't be holding my breathe.  :(
 

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Ann in Arlington said:
Shout out to Atunah!

THANK YOU for recommending the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I just finished #9
(Hero just had the baby)
and am really REALLY enjoying it. The mysteries are complex, the history is accurate, and the romance is on point without being over the top. Kinda perfect, really. :) AND they're all available via my local libraries. Anyone who's following this thread and hasn't checked 'em out definitely should. Here's the first:



<cross posting to the female mystery writer's thread>
CROSSPOSTING TOO :p
ay, glad you loved them. Still my favorite historical mystery series of all time. I am pretty sure it was Ellenoc that may have mentioned them first at some point. I know its her favorite too. But I can't recall exactly now what made me first start them. I assume it was her rec on Kboards. But you know how memory goes. ;D

I am savoring the last few so I don't get finished too fast. Cause what the heck am I going to do. I am one ahead of you. I read up to #10. There are only 3 more out now and #14 is going to be out in April. I have a feeling I'll read the 3 by then and then jump on the last one. Then I'll go in a corner and sob. Hopefully I'll have some more Ashley Gardner by then. Another HM I really enjoy. Captain Lacey is just a wee bit more ornery than Sebastian. ;D

But yeah, I haven't found another series that is that intricate and layered like St. Cyr. Its like the perfect series for everything I love about historical mystery.

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This sounds like exactly the sort of thing I would enjoy but it's too pricey on Amazon at £8.49 :eek: and not available on KU.

It's not available at my library either - I recommended it, but nothing I've recommended in the past has ever been picked up, so I won't be holding my breathe. :(
I been lucky that most have been at my library.
 

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Honestly, Linda, they're worth it. :) But at that price per book you are definitely making a commitment!
 

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Ann in Arlington said:
Shout out to Atunah!

THANK YOU for recommending the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I just finished #9
(Hero just had the baby)
and am really REALLY enjoying it. The mysteries are complex, the history is accurate, and the romance is on point without being over the top. Kinda perfect, really. :) AND they're all available via my local libraries. Anyone who's following this thread and hasn't checked 'em out definitely should. Here's the first:



<cross posting to the female mystery writer's thread>
Ok, I'm in. If you guys like the series that much I'm going to try the first one. They are on the pricey side so I'm not sure if I'm hoping to love it (in which case I'll want to keep going) or not! I noticed that this author has written a bunch of stand alone historical romances under her real name, Candice Proctor. Has anyone read any of these? Do you recommend them? They are not all available for kindle, but a few are.
 

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Ann in Arlington said:
Honestly, Linda, they're worth it. :) But at that price per book you are definitely making a commitment!
Yeah, not a commitment I'm prepared to make at the moment - 8 quid is bad enough, but some of the later books are around 13 - that's about 17 US dollars. :eek: And worse yet, for some reason, books 3, 4, 5 & 6 in the series aren't available as ebooks in the UK - not just on Kindle, but Kobo too.

This is something I've come across before - I've been reading the Julian Kestrel series, a four book historical mystery series by Kate Ross and, having read the first three, I went to get number 4 and suddenly the whole series is only available in paperback - one of them listed at the extraordinary price of £347! :eek: :eek: I'm kicking myself for not getting number four when it was available.

Much as I'd love to try the St. Cyr series, I think I'll just carry on with the enormous number of books and series I've already got. ::)
 

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So sorry Linjeakel. I wouldn't get them for that money either and not at all if I couldn't read them on my kindle. I hope maybe in the future you can try them out. Not that there is a lack of books in the meantime.  ;D

Andra posted in the other mystery thread that the first in the St. Cyr series  is on sale for $1.99. Just a couple of posts up is a link. Don't think they go on sale often if at all.
 

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For those of you that are Prime members, I just noticed a the first book in a historical mystery series is included in the Prime lending library this month. It's called The Richmond Thief by Lisa Boero. Looks like the series is self-pubbed and in KU although I think there's only one book beyond this one.

 

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Its also in kindle unlimited. Thanks, I'll check it out. Looks like there are 2 out so far. Only bad thing is, first came out in january 2017 and 2nd in april 2018. I wonder if the author dropped the series. That is something that annoys the heck out of me. Its why I usually don't like starting series by unknown authors unless there are at least 3 books out in a series.

I have started the latest of the "Speedwell" series by Deanna Rayborn. Its the 4th
 
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