The Canary Keeper by Clare Carson is a historical mystery set in the mid-1800s, full of atmospheric descriptions and historic detail. I was particularly interested in the connections to the Franklin Expedition because I had a reading itinerary several years ago that focused on books connected directly and indirectly to the Franklin Expedition and Arctic exploration. There was also a look at the fur trade, the abuses and prejudices against indigenous peoples.
A murder, a false accusation, and an escape to Stromness in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
Historic Mystery. 2019. Print length: 416 pages.
The Killing Fog (#1 in the Grave Kingdom series) by Jeff Wheeler.
I loved Wheeler's Kingfountain series and enjoyed his Harbinger series, as well. This new series, however, didn't engage me in the same way.
A lot of possibility and a strong beginning, but the characters lack the depth and interest of those in his previous series. The rush into the plot left no time to appreciate either the characters or the world situation.
Disappointed, but will give the next book in the series a try.
Fantasy. March 1, 2020. Print length: 212 pages.
No Quiet Among the Shadows by Nancy Herriman is a historical mystery set in San Francisco.
A glimpse of the husband Celia Davies thought was dead, the murder of an investigator, seances, and women and wives who are troublesome committed to asylums. Some intriguing avenues for a mystery.
This is the third in this series, but I haven't read the first two books. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had.
NetGalley/Beyond the Page Publishing
Historical Mystery. March 3, 2020. Print length: 264 pages.
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