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Historical mystery buffs will delight in our savvy collection of books from times past. Anne Perry, Elizabeth Peters, and Steven Saylor are just some of our featured authors.

 
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Falcon at the Portal : An Amelia Peabody Mystery
by Elizabeth Peters

Twilight
Hardcover - 366 pages
(June 1999)
(June 8, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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"'Really,' I thought in mounting exasperation, 'there never was a household in which so many people felt free to offer their unsolicited opinions!'" This, of course, is the eminent Egyptologist and dedicated crime solver Amelia Peabody, setting the stage and the tone (an updated Oscar Wildean irony)... Read more

 


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The Twisted Root
by Anne Perry

Ballantine Books (T)
Hardcover - 346 pages
(October 5, 1999)
(October 6, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tenderhearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius... Read more

 


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Death Train to Boston : A Fremont Jones Mystery
by Dianne Day

Doubleday
Hardcover - 288 pages
(October 1999)
(September 14, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
Publisher's Weekly, August 23,1999
This swift and upbeat story features Fremont Jones, scion of a distinguished Boston family, and Michael Kossoff, a Russian nobleman and spy for the czar, who, in the fifth in this series (after Emperor Norton's Ghost), are continuing not only as passionate (but discreet) lovers but also as partners... Read more

 


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An Instance of the Fingerpost
by Iain Pears

Penguin USA (Paper)
Mass Market Paperback - 735 pages
(March 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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An Instance of the Fingerpost is that rarest of all possible literary beasts--a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's The Name of the... Read more

 


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Fencing Master
by Arturo Perez-Reverte, et al

Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 245 pages
(June 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In The Club Dumas, Arturo Pérez-Reverte explored the labyrinthine world of antiquarian book dealers, spicing his tale of mystery and murder with characters straight out of Paradise Lost and The Three Musketeers. Next came The Flanders Panel, a brilliant puzzle comprised of art, chess, and... Read more

 


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The Burning Road : A Novel
by Ann Benson

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 480 pages
(May 1999)
(April 13, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Readers of Ann Benson's bestselling The Plague Tales will bond immediately with this sequel and its unusual blend of historical romance and futuristic medical thriller. The book begins in 14th-century France--a country ravished by a war with the English, and also suffering from the deadly effects of... Read more

 


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Rubicon
by Steven Saylor

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 288 pages
(May 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Steven Saylor's seventh installment in his Roma Sub Rosa series begins with a character saying, "Pompey will be mightily pissed." Scholars might argue that there is no evidence of this particular synonym for anger ever being used in 49 B.C., but the author would no doubt respond that poetic license... Read more

 


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Graveyard Dust
by Barbara Hambly

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 336 pages
(August 1999)
(July 6, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Benjamin January's life is such a mixture of exotic elements and influences that Barbara Hambly's historical mysteries about him often seem to be in danger of exploding. There's his very black skin in a society that equates lightness to class; his shaky status as a free man in 1830s slave-owning New... Read more

 


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Three Hands in the Fountain
by Lindsey Davis

Mysterious Press
Hardcover - 351 pages
(April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Publishers Weekly, March 22, 1999
Secret-agent/sleuth Marcus Didius Falco (A Dying Light in Cordoba, etc.) returns with gusto for another case of mystery and intrigue - this time involving a serial killer - in ancient Rome. As the novel opens, Falco has just come back from a perilous mission to Baetican Spain and is ready to tackle... Read more

 



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