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Susan Fletcher, Corrag , about a woman who witnesses a massacre in and is accused of causing it through witchcraft. Fremantle, The Poison Bed , about Robert and Frances Carr, who married for love after her previous marriage was annulled, and were imprisoned on a charge of murder in Douglas Galbraith, The Rising Sun , about a young shipworker involved in a Scottish expedition to Darien now Panama in in an attempt to found a colony. Noel B. Gerson, Port Royal , , about an English adventurer in and his efforts to thwart a rebellion against English authority in colonial Jamaica.

Denise Giardina, Fallam's Secret , about a modern woman who travels back in time to Cromwell's England. Kathleen Givens, The Legend , historical romance about a highborn Scottish lass who stumbles into romance while on her way to warn her cousin of a murder plot during the time of William and Mary. Kathleen Givens, The Destiny , historical romance about a young woman in a precarious position after her father's death who takes the risk of freeing a spy caught in her family home during the time of William and Mary; sequel to The Legend. Patricia Goodwin, When Two Women Die , about the murders of two women by pirates in Marblehead, Massachusetts, one in and the other in , and the psychics who warn the community in vain; self-published.

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Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch , about a wisewoman, the daughter of a gypsy, whose family members fight on different sides during the English Civil War. Michael Gruber, The Book of Air and Shadows , a thriller about a contemporary bookstore employee who discovers a seventeenth-century letter which sends him on a quest for an undiscovered work by William Shakespeare. Maeve Haran, The Lady and the Poet , a love story about the poet John Donne and Ann More, whom he married in despite the opposition of her family and his patrons.

Titania Hardie, The Rose Labyrinth , about a woman who receives a heart transplant from a direct descendant of John Dee, Elizabeth I's astrologer, and then becomes swept up in his unfinished project of discovering what lies behind his mysterious family legacy of a tiny silver key.

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Simon A. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter , about a woman in the Puritan community of Salem, Massachusetts, in the s, who bears an illegitimate child and is forced to wear a scarlet "A" for "adulteress" on her clothing. Jody Hedlund, The Preacher's Bride , about a young Puritan woman in Cromwell's England who becomes housekeeper for a widowed preacher with four children, one a baby and another blind; Christian message.

Kathleen Herbert, Moon in Leo , about an orphaned young woman struggling to escape a forced marriage and live in safety during the turbulent early Restoration period. Frances Hill, Deliverance from Evil , about two girls whose game of fortune-telling leads to the Salem witch persecutions. David Hingley, Birthright , about an English woman threatened with the loss of her freedom during the early years of King Charles II's reign, whose father, on the verge of execution, leaves her a cryptic message that takes her as far as the New World and the fledgling town of New York; 1 in the Mercia Blakewood series.

David Hingley, Puritan , about an English woman in colonial New York who makes friends with an American medicine woman and, in order to investigate a murder, delays her return to England; 2 in the Mercia Blakewood series. David Hingley, Traitor , about a woman who returns to England from America in February and is forced to accept a mission to catch a traitor in the bawdy court of King Charles II by secretly posing as a man's mistress; 3 in the Mercia Blakewood series.

Humphreys, Plague , about a highwayman who, after finding the victims he intends to rob brutally murdered by an unknown killer, uncovers a plot to kill King Charles II, amid a plague epidemic. Review at the Vancouver Sun. Laird Hunt, In the House in the Dark of the Woods , dark fantasy about a Puritan woman in colonial New England who meets another woman while wandering in a eerie woods full of almost-human wolves and other creepy phenomena.

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Kathryn Johnson, The Gentleman Poet , a reimagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest in which a servant girl is shipwrecked in Bermuda in while on her way to the Jamestown Colony and falls in love with a cook, encouraged by a mysterious playwright. Susanna Kearsley, Mariana ; about a present-day woman who buys an old farmhouse and begins to have memories of another life there three hundred years in the past. Kathleen Kent, The Heretic's Daughter , about a mother and daughter in Salem, Massachusetts, who discover a new respect for each other when the mother is charged with witchcraft.

Giles Kristian, Brothers' Fury , about two brothers fighting on opposite sides of the English Civil War and their sister, who hopes to reconcile them; 2 in the Bleeding Land trilogy. Dinah Lampitt, Banishment , a time-travel romance in which a woman finds herself in England during the time of the Civil War.

Patricia Lawson, A Price Above Rubies , about a young woman, the daughter of a weaver in the Cotswolds, as tensions leading to the English Civil War begin to rise. Claire Letemendia, The Best of Men , about a battle-weary soldier who returns to England after fighting in the Thirty Years War on the Continent only to find England too about to plunge into a civil war.

Hilda Lewis, The Witch and the Priest , about an aging priest visited by the spirit of a witch he condemned to death in Hilda Lewis, Wife to Charles II , about Catherine of Braganza, who coped with her husband's notorious womanizing and her own inability to bear a child. Norah Lofts, Scent of Cloves , about the orphaned daughter of English Royalists who grows up in poverty in Ireland after Cromwell comes to power, and then as a young woman is sent to the Dutch East Indies to become the wife of a man she has never met.

Norah Lofts, Pargeters , about the family who lives in a house named for the pargeter plasterer whose skilled work embellished it, and the daughter who agrees to an unhappy marriage during the English Civil War in order to continue living there. Gerard Mac, Pilgrims: A Novel of the Mayflower , about a London slum girl with a dark secret who flees to America on the Mayflower, where she meets a young man from a different background and falls in love.

Walter Macken, Seek the Fair Land , about an Irish merchant who must fight to defend his town from Cromwell's invading army in ; 1 in the Irish Trilogy. Walter Macken, The Silent People , about a young Irishman who has to flee his home in after an altercation with the landlord's son; 2 in the Irish Trilogy. Maria McCann, The Wilding , about a cider-maker in the years after the English Civil War who decides to investigate a mysterious and potentially horrifying family secret. Katharine McMahon, After Mary , about a young woman from a seventeenth century English Catholic family who becomes involved with Mary Ward's pioneering effort to form an uncloistered order of nuns similar to the Jesuit Order.

Susan Meissner, The Shape of Mercy , about a modern college student who takes a job transcribing the diary of a woman victim of the Salem witch trials and becomes involved with the diary's owner, a woman still profoundly affected by her ancestor's experiences. Siri Mitchell, A Constant Heart , about a woman whose introduction at the court of Queen Elizabeth goes awry, threatening her prospect of being married to the man she loves; Christian message. Siri Mitchell, Love's Pursuit , about a Puritan woman whose expectations in life and understanding of God are upended when the wealthiest bachelor in her Massachusetts town begins to court her; Christian message.

Gilbert Morris, The Honorable Imposter , about a young Englishman employed to spy on religious separatists in Holland who sails to America on the Mayflower, where he is torn between two women; Christian message; 1 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Indentured Heart , about an American farmer and the English girl who becomes his indentured servant in the period before the Revolutionary War; Christian message; 3 in the House of Winslow series.

Gilbert Morris, The Gentle Rebel , about a young man who develops Patriot sympathies despite his love for a beautiful but spoiled Tory; Christian message; 4 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Saintly Buccaneer , about a family torn by conflict when some of them support the American Revolutionaries while others remain loyal to the British; Christian message; 5 in the House of Winslow series.

Gilbert Morris, The Holy Warrior , about two brothers who travel west in the years after the American Revolution; Christian message; 6 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Reluctant Bridegroom , about a young man determined not to marry again who agrees to escort a wagon train of women from New York to Oregon to become brides; Christian message; 7 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Last Confederate , about a family that settles in Virginia shortly before the Civil War and faces the prospect of fighting against relations from the North; Christian message; 8 in the House of Winslow series.

Gilbert Morris, The Dixie Widow , about a young widow who agrees to travel north to stay with her relations and spy for the Confederates; Christian message; 9 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Union Belle , about a man released from a Mexican jail only to find himself jailed again after he must shoot a man in order to protect a young woman; Christian message; 11 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Final Adversary , about a prizefighter who drinks too much and regrets the way he has hurt a saloon girl; Christian message; 12 in the House of Winslow series.

Gilbert Morris, The Crossed Sabres , about a man who becomes an Indian agent after the Civil War but joins a cavalry unit to give his daughter a better life just before the Battle of the Little Big Horn; Christian message; 13 in the House of Winslow series. Gilbert Morris, The Valiant Gunman , about a young man who finally achieves his dream of going West to become a cowboy and arrives in Wyoming where a wealthy rancher is driving smaller ranches out of business; Christian message; 14 in the House of Winslow series.

Gilbert Morris, The Gallant Outlaw , about a man who becomes an Indian agent after the Civil War but joins a cavalry unit to give his daughter a better life just before the Battle of the Little Big Horn; Christian message; 15 in the House of Winslow series. Toni Morrison, A Mercy , about a young woman sold into slavery in a farming household in Maryland, when slavery was not yet entrenched in America or specific to a particular race. James Morrow, The Last Witchfinder , about the daughter of a late seventeenth century "witchfinder" who makes it her mission to end the persecution of witches after she discovers a letter of Isaac Newton expressing the opinion that evil spirits do not exist.

Fiona Mountain, Lady of the Butterflies , historical romance about Eleanor Glanville, the butterfly-loving Puritan's daughter for whom the Glanville fritillary was named. Neil Munro, John Splendid , about a young man who returns to the Scottish highlands in amid conflicts between his marquis, who wishes to end the warfare between clans, and the royalist military commander, the Marquis of Montrose. Kim Murphy, The Dreaming: Walks Through Mist , historical fantasy about a present-day woman who claims to have come from a parallel world in the past, in which the Powhatan Indians and Colonial Jamestown still exist.

Kerry Newcomb, Mad Morgan , about a Welshman who escapes from slavery in the Caribbean and turns pirate. Diana Norman, The Vizard Mask , about two women who use their wits to escape debtors' prison and become involved in intrigues in the Restoration court of Charles II. Mary Novik, Conceit , about the imaginative and rebellious daughter of poet John Donne.

Robert Nye, Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works , a humorous, bawdy novel about Shakespeare's wife.

Robert Nye, The Late Mr. Shakespeare , a humorous, bawdy novel narrated by player in Shakespeare's troupe all were male who specialized in women's roles. Daniel O'Mahoney, Newtons Sleep , a science fiction novel about time-travelers at war, set in seventeenth-century England. Oliver Onions, The Story of Ragged Robyn , about a farm boy who lives in fear of the thieves who have threatened revenge on him for warning people about their presence.

Priya Parmar, Exit the Actress , a novel, told in the form of letters and diary entries, about Nell Gwyn, whose life on the stage leads her to become a mistress of King Charles II. Dudley Pope, Buccaneer , about an English privateer captain in the s as he confronts the Spanish in the Caribbean, a sea they consider their private domain; 1 in the Ned Yorke series.


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Dudley Pope, Admiral , about the English leader of a band of privateers defending the English colony of Jamaica from a Spanish attack; 2 in the Ned Yorke series. Dudley Pope, Galleon , about the English leader of a band of privateers attempting to capture a Spanish treasure galleon; 3 in the Ned Yorke series. Dudley Pope, Corsair , about the English leader of a band of privateers as they plan an attack on a Spanish port and their assembling war fleet; 4 in the Ned Yorke series. Review of the series at the Rough Edges blog. Peter Ransley, Plague Child , about an orphan raised by a plague cart driver, apprenticed to a printer and educated by a mysterious benefactor during the English Civil War; 1 in the Tom Neave trilogy.

Lucia St. Rafael Sabatini, Captain Blood , about an Englishman sent into slavery in the Caribbean who escapes and turns pirate. Review and Author Interview. Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality , about a moderate Scot during the Covenanter uprising who is torn between his loyalty to Scotland and his love for the granddaughter of a royalist. Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor , the tragic story of a young man in seventeenth century Scotland who falls in love with the daughter of the dishonest lawyer who tricked his father out of his estate. Mary Lee Settle, I, Roger Williams , about the man who was secretary to the English jurist Sir Edward Coke and founded Rhode Island, working for the separation of church and state; 1 in the Beulah Quartet third in the quartet to be published.

Tim Severin, Corsair , about a seventeen-year-old Irish boy kidnapped by corsairs from North Africa and sold into slavery in Algiers; 1 in the Hector Lynch series. Tim Severin, Buccaneer , an adventure story about an Irish sailor and his feud with a notorious buccaneer; 2 in the Hector Lynch series. Tim Severin, The Sea Robber , an adventure story about an Irish pirate who makes a dangerous trip around Cape Horn in search of the Spanish woman he loves; 3 in the Hector Lynch series.

Tim Severin, Pirate Privateer ; U. Mary Sharratt, Daughters of the Witching Hill , about the Pendle witches, a group of cunning women in Lancashire County, England, who practiced folk magic and were tried as witches in Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 1 in the Baroque Cycle.

Neal Stephenson, The Confusion , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 2 in the Baroque Cycle. Neal Stephenson, The System of the World , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 3 in the Baroque Cycle. Deborah Swift, The Lady's Slipper , about a woman who steals a rare lady's slipper orchid from a Quaker's property in , setting off a deadly chain of events. Deborah Swift, The Gilded Lily , about a housemaid who flees to London with her sister in after her employer dies.

Deborah Swift, A Divided Inheritance , about a young London woman whose dream is to keep up her father's lace business, but who must go to Spain in search of her swordsman cousin when her father dies and leaves the business to him. Adam Thorpe, Ulverton , about life in a small English village over years, beginning in Stella Tillyard, The Great Level , about a Dutch engineer working on a project to drain the English fens in , and the woman who changes his life.

Nigel Tranter, Mail Royal , about a seventeenth century quest to find the letters of Mary Queen of Scots that incriminated her in a plot against Queen Elizabeth and sealed her fate. Mark Turnbull, Decision Most Deadly , about a man who rises from humble roots through military service and must choose which side to support, Crown or Parliament, with England on the brink of civil war; self-published. William T. Vollmann, The Rifles , about conflicts between European colonists and Native North Americans; 6 in the Seven Dreams series published out of chronological order.

Hebe Weenolsen, The Trial of Jenny Sykes , about a doctor who believes a young woman accused of killing her baby is innocent because the child was stillborn. Robert Wilton, Traitor's Field , about an aged Royalist whose discovery of a letter brings him in contact with the Royalist intelligence network, and a young official working for Cromwell's newly formed government in Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber , about a mistress of Charles II who survives plague and the Great Fire of London; a forerunner of the bodice-ripper historical romance genre.

Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry , a literary novel about a seventeenth century London woman and the child she takes in after finding him floating in the Thames. Jeanette Winterson, The Daylight Gate , about Alice Nutter, a wealthy woman who tries to defend a group of poor women accused of witchcraft amid the repressive Protestant atmosphere of James I's England. Nancy Zaroulis, Massachusetts , a family saga that begins with a man's arrival on the Mayflower and follows his descendants, with a special focus on the women, into the s. Louis Bayard, The School of Night , a thriller about a present-day Elizabethan scholar hired to find a missing letter from the early seventeenth century, and British astronomer Thomas Harriot during the year after Queen Elizabeth's death.

Ronan Bennett, Havoc in its Third Year , about a coroner in Yorkshire amid the English Civil War who questions the guilt of an Irishwoman his Puritan fellow-governors believe to have murdered her baby. Susanna Calkins, A Murder at Rosamund's Gate , about a chambermaid for a magistrate who must find out who really murdered a fellow servant after her brother is wrongly accused; 1 in the Lucy Campion mystery series. Susanna Calkins, From the Charred Remains , about a lady's maid, now apprenticed to a printmaker, who helps investigate when a corpse with a knife in its chest is discovered during the clean-up after the Great Fire of London; 2 in the Lucy Campion mystery series.

Susanna Calkins, A Death Along the River Fleet , about a printer's apprentice who encounters a distraught young woman in a blood-spattered nightdress and learns a dangerous secret as she helps the woman recover; 4 in the Lucy Campion mystery series.

John Dickson Carr, The Devil in Velvet , about a time-traveling professor and his attempt to prevent a murder in Restoration London. Deas, The Royalist , about a royalist dragoon sentenced to death who is given a reprieve so he can find a serial killer murdering soldiers in Cromwell's army. Philip Depoy, The King James Conspiracy , about a monk with a secret past and divided loyalties who is hired by the translators of the King James Bible in to find out who murdered one of the translators.

Susanna Gregory, Blood on the Strand , about a government spy who must uncover the real murderer of a beggar before an innocent man is hanged; 2 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Butcher of Smithfield , about a government spy who attempts to discover the identity of the man behind a notorious London gang; 3 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.

Susanna Gregory, The Westminster Poisoner , about a government spy who must find out who poisoned two men during the Christmas festivities in Westminster; 4 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Body in the Thames , about a government spy whose former brother-in-law's body is found in the Thames amid an atmosphere of hatred against a visiting delegation from the Netherlands; 6 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.

Susanna Gregory, The Piccadilly Plot , about a government spy called back to London to investigate petty thefts on his master's estate amid far more serious cases of murder and treasonous scheming; 7 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, Murder on High Holborn , about a government official investigating the murder of a Groom of the Robes in a brothel, which he suspects may be connected to a treasonous plot; 9 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.

Susanna Gregory, The Cheapside Corpse , about a government official in the court of Charles II who investigates the murder of a banker during a banking crisis that could make it impossible to pay for England's defence against an impending war with the Dutch; 10 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Chelsea Strangler , about a government official investigating the strangling murder of a sanatorium inmate in an upper class neighborhood near a college in which Dutch prisoners of war are housed; 11 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.

Susanna Gregory, The Executioner of St. Paul's , about a government official investigating the death of a man whose skeleton was found in another man's tomb, amid a plague epidemic that has people fleeing London; 12 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, Intrigue in Covent Garden , about a government official in January who must simultaneously investigate a physician's death, the sinking of a man-of-war, and a courtier's disappearance, amid a growing threat of war with the Dutch; 13 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.

Humphreys, Fire , about a team of detectives searching for a serial killer in the aftermath of the plague, as the Great Fire of London is about to ignite. Ross King, Ex-Libris , a literary thriller about a London bookseller's efforts to recover a valuable book for an eccentric widow's library at the risk of his life. Mary Lawrence, The Alchemist's Daughter , about a healer who must clear herself of a murder charge after a client dies, seemingly as a result of taking one of her remedies; 1 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series.

Mary Lawrence, Death of an Alchemist , about a healer searching for a remedy for her husband's illness who must first solve the murder of the alchemist in whose stolen journal the remedy was written down; 2 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series. Shona MacLean, A Game of Sorrows , a thriller about a Scottish university teacher whose Irish cousin pleads him to come to Ireland to free his family from a bard's curse; 1 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series.

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MacLean, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton , about a Scottish academic who must clear his friend of a murder charger after an apothecary's assistant dies; 2 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series. MacLean, Crucible ; also titled Crucible of Secrets , about a Scottish academic who investigates the death of a friend, his university's librarian, in Aberdeen; 3 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series.

MacLean, The Devil's Recruit , about a Scottish academic who investigates the death of a young woman whose body is found frozen in a prominent Aberdeen citizen's garden, while the Thirty Years' War rages on the Continent; 4 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series.

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MacLean, The Seeker , about a loyal agent of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell and his efforts to track down the killer of a heroic soldier in Cromwell's army; 1 in the Damian Seeker mystery series. MacLean, The Black Friar , about a captain in Oliver Cromwell's guard who must find out why children in London have been disappearing, who murdered a man in Dominican robes, and who is the Royalist spy in his own ranks; 2 in the Damian Seeker mystery series.

MacLean, Destroying Angel , about a loyal agent of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell sent to a small village in the North York moors, a stew of resentments and conflict, where he must find out whether a death is accidental or part of a plot against Cromwell; 3 in the Damian Seeker mystery series. Edward Marston, The Amorous Nightingale , an architect tries to find out who kidnapped the king's favorite mistress and restore her to the king; 2 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Edward Marston, The Repentant Rake , an architect tries to track down a repentent rake who has turned to murder; 3 in the Christopher Redmayne series.

Edward Marston, The Frost Fair , an architect tries to find out who murdered the corpse under the frozen ice of the Thames during the cold winter of ; 4 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Edward Marston, The Parliament House , an architect tries to find out who murdered a man on the doorstep of the new house he has designed; 5 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Edward Marston, The Painted Lady , an architect tries to find out who murdered the husband of a beautiful woman while her portrait was being painted; 6 in the Christopher Redmayne series.

Fidelis Morgan, Unnatural Fire , a humorous mystery about a former mistress of Charles II who turns to scandal-sheet journalism with the assistance of her maidservant and stumbles across a murder; 1 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series. Fidelis Morgan, The Rival Queens , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who witness a murder in a concert hall while evading a bailiff; 2 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series.

Fidelis Morgan, The Ambitious Stepmother , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who encounter a case of poisoning while in France; 3 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series. Fidelis Morgan, Fortune's Slave , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who attract murderous ruffians when they seek investment advice during a time of frenzied financial speculation; 4 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series. Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost , a literary mystery set amid the aftermath of the English Civil War and featuring the scholars, clerics and common people of Oxford during the scientific revolution.

Christi Phillips, The Devlin Diary , a modern Cambridge Fellow and a historian find clues to the murder of a professor in an unsolved case of serial killings in the court of Charles II in ; 2 in the Claire Donovan series in which a modern young woman solves mysteries connected with historical events in various times and places. Elizabeth Redfern, Auriel Rising , about a former mercenary soldier blackmailed into accepting the job of murdering a member of the king's court in London, where alchemists are busily attempting to turn lead into gold.

Anne Rutherford, The Opening Night Murder , about a woman who opens her own theater after King Charles II decrees that women are allowed to act on the stage, but becomes a murder suspect when someone is killed during the first performance; 1 in the Restoration Murder mystery series. Anne Rutherford, The Scottish Play Murder , about an actress and theater manager who casts a Scot in the role of Macbeth and, when a murder occurs, has to find out whether the actor is guilty or innocent; 2 in the Restoration Murder mystery series.

Anne Rutherford, The Twelfth Night Murder , about an actress asked to identify a murdered boy whose body is fished out of the Thames; 3 in the Restoration Murder mystery series. Martin Stephen, The Conscience of the King: Henry Gresham and the Shakespeare Conspiracy , about a spy in the court of James I asked to track down a valuable handwritten manuscript after Shakespeare abruptly retreats from public life, not realizing he is being used as a pawn to flush out a dangerous madman; 2 in the Henry Gresham mystery series 3 and 4 are prequels set during the time of Queen Elizabeth I; see the Renaissance section.

Rebecca Stott, Ghostwalk , about the present-day son of a historian found drowned before she could finish her book about Isaac Newton and alchemy, and a series of murders that begin when he asks his lover to ghostwrite the remaining chapters of his mother's book, as the mysteries of the seventeenth century become entangled with those of the present. Andrew Swanston, The King's Spy , a thriller about a bookseller with an expertise in mathematics who is recruited to work as a cryptographer for Charles I in amid the English Civil War; 1 in the Thomas Hill trilogy.

Andrew Swanston, The King's Return , a thriller about a former cryptographer for Charles I who, following the end of Cromwell's Protectorate, is asked to decipher coded letters that may be part of a plot against Charles II; 3 in the Thomas Hill trilogy. Andrew Taylor, Ashes of London , a thriller about a government informer charged with hunting down the killer of someone whose body was found in the ashes of St.

Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of London. Sam Thomas, The Midwife and the Assassin , about a midwife and her assistant forced to become spies for Oliver Cromwell when they travel to London, where they are soon involved in a murder investigation; 3 in the Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins mystery series. Betsy Tobin, Bone House , about a young maid who sets out to learn who murdered a well-liked young prostitute in her English village in Leonard Tourney, Time's Fool , as an old man, William Shakespeare is forced to turn sleuth after his former love, the "dark mistress" of his sonnets, tries to blackmail him.

Tyler, A Cruel Necessity , about a young lawyer who investigates the murder of a Royalist spy in in Cromwell's England; 1 in the John Grey mystery series. Tyler, A Masterpiece of Corruption , about a young lawyer in Cromwell's London who responds to a letter that involves him in an assassination plot, and tries to protect himself by informing on the conspirators; 2 in the John Grey mystery series. John Banville, Kepler , about the German mathematician who discovered the elliptical orbit of Mars.

Ronald Bassett, Witchfinder General , a novel about Matthew Hopkins, who tortured and prosecuted witches during the seventeenth century English Civil War; the horror movie Witchfinder General is supposed to have been based on this novel. Berridge, Honour and the Sword , about the only surviving son of a French nobleman who must defend the people on his estate when the Thirty Years' War spills into his lands.

Berridge, In the Name of the King , a swashbuckler about a young French nobleman who attracts the enmity of a gang of treasonous conspirators during the Thirty Years' War; sequel to Honour and the Sword. Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist , about an Amsterdam merchant's young wife whose wedding gift, a miniature replica of their home, begins to predict sinister future events.

Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own , about artist Judith Leyster, a Catholic in s Holland where Catholicism is banned, and her ambition to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock , about an apothecary's daughter in seventeenth-century Quebec. Tracy Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring , about a servant girl who works for the artist Vermeer in seventeenth-century Holland. See more novels about artists. Andrei Codrescu, The Blood Countess , about Elizabeth Bathory, a seventeenth-century Hungarian countess who murdered young women to bathe in their blood.

By Judith Rock. Her intriguing plot and protagonists with whom readers are becoming good friends make this a necessary read for all who enjoy historical mysteries, especially those by Ariana Franklin. She proves herself a promising new talent by creating this powerful, absorbing, complex, and thoroughly satisfying novel. Publication Date: October 2, List Price: In her historic mysteries The Rhetoric of Death and The Eloquence of Blood , Judith Rock created an atmosphere that "takes you back to fascinating and dangerous seventeenth-century Paris so well that I suspect her of being a time-traveler who's been there" Ariana Franklin, national bestselling author of A Murderous Procession.

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.

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.