CRRL Picks: 21 Historical Female Sleuths You Don't Want to Mess With
Annotation:Lady Emily Ashton moves in the most exclusive circles of Victorian London. But behind the veneer of sumptuous drawing rooms and ballrooms, even the aristocracy is not immune to burglary, betrayals and brutal murders. Follow Lady Emily through country estates and Mayfair mansions, on Continental excursions and journeys to exotic locales, as she uncovers clues--and romance--in this historical mystery series.
Annotation:The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is a 1920s London socialite living in Melbourne, Australia. She is highly fashionable and generous, knows poverty from humble origins until war deaths elevated her father to British aristocracy. Having found herself to be adept at solving mysteries, she becomes a professional lady detective.
Annotation:Featuring Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson, the novels blend satire, mystery, romance, and comedy. The series spans a thirty-eight-year period from 1884 to 1923. Most of the books are primarily set in Egypt, with some installments including scenes set in England and Gaza.
Annotation:These 1920's mysteries are a cozy look at post World War I Britain. The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple writes magazine features that frequently get her involved in murder.
Annotation:The Royal Spyness mysteries feature Lady Victoria Georgiana "Georgie" Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, who is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932.
Annotation:Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar did not want to leave her native Salerno for the chilly fens of uncivilized medieval England, but even a highly trained medical coroner cannot ignore King Henry II’s request for her detecting skills.
Annotation:"Murder at the Vicarage" marks the debut of Agatha Christie's unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. The series is set mainly in the English countryside throughout the early to mid 20th century.
Annotation:Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. She has to flee her cherished Ireland for the anonymous shores of America. But starting a new life doesn’t keep Molly out of trouble—and soon she’s doing detective work in early 20th-century New York.
Annotation:Sister Pelagia is a Russian Orthodox nun, acting as a girls' school teacher in the provincial town of Zavolzhsk on the left bank of the Volga in Imperial Russia that is set in the late 1890s or in the early 1900s.
Annotation:Precocious 11-year old fascinated with chemistry and death bicycles around Bishop's Lacey from ancient country house Buckshaw in 1950s England. Picture a girl who lives there with her most unusual family. Her name is Flavia de Luce—and she’s almost eleven. Picture a long-abandoned Victorian chemistry laboratory; no one ever goes there but Flavia. Put them all together and you’ll have a new kind of detective fiction.
Annotation:Vanessa Duncan, a schoolteacher in late 19th century Cambridge, England, in the Cambridge mysteries. Each book is built around a true mathematical problem that concerned the greatest minds in the intellectual circles of the time.
Annotation:Set in 16th Century England these mysteries feature Ursula Blanchard, a young widow who is one of Elizabeth I's Ladies of the Presence Chamber. An eye for suspicious dealings has gained her an additional income as a spy for the Queen.