The Dark Lake
by Sarah Bailey
When a popular former high school classmate is found murdered, a lead homicide investigator in a rural town uncovers puzzling mysteries in the victim's life, from her abrupt departure from a dream teaching job to her run-down existence in spite of wealthy family ties. 50,000 first printing.
The Mitford Murders by Jessica FellowesIntroducing: Louisa Cannon, a down-on-her-luck young Londoner who finds work as a nursemaid to the (real-life) Mitford family.
What it's about: When a retired military nurse is killed on a train, Louisa, teenage Nancy Mitford, and a handsome railway cop investigate.
For fans of: Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs mysteries, which are also set in the inter-war period and examine the upstairs-downstairs dynamic, or Downton Abbey (author Jessica Fellowes is the niece of its creator and has written several nonfiction books about the show).
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata MasseyIntroducing: Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first woman solicitor and the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, who recently obtained her law degree from Oxford and joined her father's law firm.
What it's about: In 1921, Perveen discovers problems while executing the will of a wealthy Muslim who left three widows and several small children behind...and then someone close to them all is murdered. In a second storyline, it's 1916, and Perveen deals with sexism, falls in love, and faces danger from an unexpected source.
Why you might like it: Toggling between the two timelines, this critically acclaimed 1st in a new series provides an interesting mystery in an atmospheric setting and offers a poignant backstory for the appealing feminist heroine.
Wild Chamber by Christopher FowlerWhat it's about: Arthur Bryant, John May, and the rest of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate the baffling case of a woman murdered in one of London's locked private parks.
Why you might like it: You love quirky characters, locked-room mysteries, and English settings.
Series alert: Originally published in the U.K. a few months ago, this 14th book in the consistently excellent Bryant and May series is now available in the U.S.
If You Like: Charles Finch
A Crimson Warning by Tasha AlexanderWhat it's about: Lady Emily, who's fond of port and cigars, isn't exactly conventional. So when her husband, a sometime spy, investigates why someone's splashing red paint on London townhouses and then exposing surprising secrets about the inhabitants, Emily has to check things out, too...especially when a murder occurs.
Why you might like it: With their atmospheric Victorian London settings, appealing characters, and delightful romantic couple, the Lady Emily Ashton mysteries should please fans of Charles Finch.
The Cater Street Hangman by Anne PerryWhat it is: bestselling author Anne Perry's debut, the 1st in a series now numbering 32, and the richly detailed story of Inspector Thomas Pitt's investigation into a series of 1881 London killings of young women.
Is it for you? If you like the leisurely pacing, Victorian England setting, and touch of romance in Charles Finch's books, try the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries, though they have a slightly bleaker tone.
Don't miss: Anne Perry's latest, Twenty-One Days, will be out this spring; it's the 1st in a new series starring Daniel Pitt, son of Thomas and Charlotte.
A Curious Beginning by Deanna RaybournIntroducing: Veronica Speedwell, a smart, unorthodox young woman who was orphaned as a child and raised by two spinster "aunts"; after almost being abducted, she partners with mysterious Revelstoke "Stoker" Templeton-Vane to sort out why.
Why you might like it: You enjoy witty prose, intricate plots, romantic elements, and lush depictions of Victorian England.
Series alert: This is the 1st of three books (so far) in the Veronica Speedwell series; Deanna Raybourn also writes the similarly pleasing Lady Julia Grey mysteries.
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