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Laura is a keen reader of historical fiction and mysteries with faraway and interesting settings, especially escapist stories with a touch (or more) of magic, and quirky nonfiction. Laura recommends...
The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by
Set in 1703 London, this is a fascinating and atmospheric mystery about the obsessive world collectors and cabinets of curiosities at a time when the scientific and mystical were sometimes unusually linked. Botanist Cecily Kay follows a trail of clues in this satisfying mystery. The descriptions of the curiosities and specimens completely draw you into the setting.
Mexican Gothic by
An absolutely riveting, creepy, and well-written horror book inspired by Gothic classics. Set in 1950s Mexico, a charming socialite travels to an isolated mansion to check on her cousin. The hosts are less than hospitable and the mansion is crumbling, but is there evil lurking in the shadows or is it in her head?
When No One Is Watching by
Billed as Rear Window meets Get Out, this is a fresh and smart thriller about the literal evils lurking behind gentrification. The sense of unease builds and builds until the almost unbelievable but exciting ending. Fans of Cole's romance writing will also enjoy the budding relationship between the two main characters.
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by
This is a quiet but captivating historical Western about loyalty, the immigrant experience, and family, set in the final days of the gold rush.
Set in an England-like land after a devastating war, Witchmark follows a young doctor as he tries to do what is right while outrunning his past. This fast read weaves together sharp and captivating world-building with wonderfully written characters. Witchmark feels like a romance, mystery, and historical read all wrapped up into one, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Laura's Historical Mystery Picks