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3 Historical Mystery Picks For January 2013

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Like historical mysteries? You might wanna check out these three under the radar mystery novels…They will certainly make a nice addition to you To-Read list for 2013.

A Plague of Lies (A Charles du Luc Novel) By Judith Rock: Versailles, 1687 – Madame de Maintenon is King Louis XIV’s second wife. The daughter of a minor noble of ill-repute, she has not forgiven the king’s Jesuit confessor for encouraging him to withhold the title of Queen from her. To placate her, the prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation—including her distant cousin Pere Jouvancy and rhetoric teacher Charles du Luc—to Versailles with a gift of reliquary.

But while the Sun King’s palace might be spectacular, this visit is anything but pleasant. Their first night, a courtier dies, and court whispers claim poison. Then the Jesuit delegation falls direly ill, and a palace gardener is found murdered. Fear grips a court already on edge. In the midst of all this, Charles learns that one of his students is in love with the king’s rebellious (and betrothed) daughter, and may ruin not only himself, but all of them …

Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel By Jacqueline Winspear: Early April 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—sellers of fruits and vegetables on the London streets—Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a near-magical gift for working with horses. So who would want to kill him . . . and why?

Maisie Dobbs’s father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, and she remembers Eddie fondly. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie’s death.

Maisie’s search for answers on the working-class streets of Lambeth leads her to unexpected places and people: to a callous press baron; to a has been politician named Winston Churchill; and, most surprisingly, to Douglas Partridge, the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla. As Maisie uncovers lies and manipulation on a national scale, she must decide whether to risk everything to see justice done.

Death of a Flapper (Death By the Decade): he Roaring Twenties — a decade of wealth, abundance and decadence…. When two weeks pass with no contact from her daughter, Lucille Prado enlists the help of Tin Pan Alley ace private eye, Carney Brogan to find Alice — a NYC career girl. With a dollar retainer, Carney quickly identifies Alice Prado as Arabella Germaine, the ultimate flapper girl, a beautiful platinum blond who loves a good time and ingratiates herself into all the right circles — and who has just turned up dead at the city morgue. As Carney digs further, he finds a whole slew of suspects…

• Sally Blair, the actress and Arabella’s roommate

• Victor Cathcourt; the flapper’s mentor

• The wealthy Landon siblings, Robert and Regan….and more…

From the Landon’s Long Island estate to the dark streets of the Bowery, Carney follows the clues. But after a run-in with mobsters, has to wonder if he can survive long enough to discover who really wanted the gorgeous party girl dead.

 

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