Historical Women Sleuths

Learn about the past through the eyes of engaging, inquisitive female sleuths. These historical mystery novels are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

The Dove of DeathThe Dove of Death by Peter Tremayne
Surviving a pirate attack in A.D. 670, during which her cousin and other innocent victims were murdered, Fidelma of Cashel, an advocate of the Irish kingdom’s law courts, is determined to bring the killers to justice.

Behind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander
After the Marquess of Montagu falls down dead in her neighbor’s stately garden, Lady Emily searches above and below stairs to find the killer.

A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean
Accompanying her aunt on a trip to her childhood home in 1807, Miss Dido Kent investigates the mysterious disappearance of an heiress.

A River in the SkyA River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
On the eve of World War I, Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody suspects the leader of the expedition searching for vanished treasures is secretly working for German intelligence.

Black Ship by Carola Dunn
In 1925, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher’s new family home seems idyllic until a dead body turns up in the communal garden.

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s career is in jeopardy when the wounded soldier she is accompanying to an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace vanishes.

Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron
Jane Austen is a reluctant investigator when a corpse is found on the ancient Pilgrim’s Way that runs through her brother’s estate.

Pardonable Lies : A Maisie Dobbs NovelPardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Psychologist-sleuth Maisie Dobbs investigates the mystery behind the death of an aviator during World War I, causing her to relive the trauma of her own memories.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Sent by King Henry I to medieval Cambridge to exonerate Jewish prisoners charged with the murder of four children, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia struggles to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discovers that the killer may be a former crusader.

The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins
Printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion visits the home of a severely injured man to record his dying words, a common practice in 17th century England, and feels compelled to seek the truth when he reveals that someone deliberately pushed him into the path of a horse.

Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman : A MysteryDeath of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
When her son is identified as a likely murder suspect, an Edwardian countess enlists the help of her housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to investigate the case.

City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley
Working in San Francisco as a private investigator, Miranda Corbie is asked by the State Department to keep an eye on a chemistry professor who they suspect is a Nazi spy trafficking in information about allied armaments.

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips
In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of a woman and her three children and becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the family.

Mortal ArtsMortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber
In 1830 Scotland, Lady Kiera Darby joins a fellow investigator to prove the innocence of an old family friend who was once committed to an insane asylum and is now rumored to be involved in the disappearance of a local girl.

A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
Set 1907 New York City, psychiatrist Dr. Genevieve Summerford’s career is thrown into question when one of her patients is arrested for murder.

July 24, 2015