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Lady Detectives in Historical Fiction

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan (series)

Veronica Speedwell mysteries by Deanna Raybourn (series)

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (series)

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (series)

Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (series)

Lady Darby mysteries by Anna Lee Huber (series) 

Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood (series) 

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (series)

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (Series)

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes (series)

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister


Guy Spies

The Scot Harvath series by Brad Thor

Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (series)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (series)

The Jack Ryan chronicles by Tom Clancy (series)

The Alex Cross series by James Patterson

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carre

Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (series)

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (series)


Magical Realism

Sarah Addison Allen’s novels (Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, Lost Lake, and First Frost)

The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech

The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag

The Night Garden  and The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen


Downton Abbey

Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton

Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate

Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress 

Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers

Countess of Carnaervon’s Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

Carol Wallace’s To Marry an English Lord

Sarah Lyle’s The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

E.M. Forster’s Howards End

Natasha Solomons’ The House at Tyneford

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era by Julian Fellowes

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes


The “downstairs” part of Upstairs/ Downstairs

Eva Ibbotsen’s A Countess Below Stairs

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance

Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly

The Forgotten Room by Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams, and Karen White

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day

Lucy Lethbridge’s Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times

Maid to Match by Deanne Gist

Books about Books

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (series)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Almost anything by Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair, The Well of Lost Plots)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Archivist by Martha Cooley

People Of The Book by Geraldine Brooks

 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco 

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett


Eat, Pray, Love

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelmen

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan

Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris

All Over the Map by Laura Fraser

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (series)


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