Historical Mysteries with Female Protagonists

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Historical Mysteries with Female Protagonists

Fiction Picks for Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month with a few historical mysteries featuring smart, independent women making their way in a man's world. 

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
Emily married Viscount Ashton to avoid her mother’s machinations. When her husband dies not long afterward, Emily begins to discover there was far more to him than she had ever realized. Emily throws herself into scholarly pursuits of the past following in her husband’s footstepsonly to stumble upon a dangerous mystery involving stolen antiques and the British Museum. And Only to Deceive is the first in the Lady Emily series.
 
India Black by Carol Carr
Madam India Black must find missing spy documents after a War Office staff member dies while availing himself of her brothel’s delights. Blackmail, rogue spies and a madam in 1800s Londonthe India Black series kicks off with a fast paced, engaging read. Readers will enjoy a strong, feisty female lead in India as well as the well-rounded and interesting cast of secondary characters. India Black is the first in the India Black series.
 
The Mangle Street Murders by MRC Kasasian
March Middleton joins her godfather’s detective service in order to prove the innocence of a man accused of killing his wife. March is a smart, independent and fiery female character who is a fantastic counterpart to her cantankerous godfather. This Victorian mystery is clever and funny with a touch of morbidity to give every reader something to enjoy.
 
Doctor Death by Lene Kaaberb 
While the translated language is a little clunky in some places, it’s easy to overlook that detail in this historical forensic mystery featuring the daughter of a doctor who performs autopsies in France. Madeleine is determined to learn her father’s professioregardless of his or society’s insistence on what is appropriate for a woman. When a young woman is found dead with a strange parasite in her nose and the death is followed by a murder, Madeleine investigates the connection even as the death toll increases. 
 
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders
Widow Laetitia Rodd works with her barrister brother Frederick as the epitome of discretion in private investigation. The Calderstone patriarch hires Laetitia, through Frederick, to investigate Helen Orme, who the Calderstone scion wants to marry. This opens up a larger investigation into murder and scandal and Laetitia must carefully make her way through it all to unravel the secrets everyone wants to keep.  
 
Beloved Poison by E S Thomson
Posing as a man to work as an apothecary at St. Saviour’s Infirmary, Jem Flockhart watches everyone and everything around her in order to ensure her secret remains safe. When six small coffins, each containing a doll and other artifact,s are discovered, and one of the doctors is murdered, Jem is compelled to investigate. A dangerous, and possibly deadly, pursuit follows a killer from the hospital to a prison and beyond in atmospheric Victorian London.