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Aztec Books in Order: how to read Gary Jennings’ series?

An exploration of the Aztec civilization.

What is the Aztec series about?

From the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire, the Aztec series tells the fascinating history of Mexico.

The first three books in this series were written by Gary Jennings. But, after his death, The other books were penned by Robert Gleason & Junius Podrug.

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Josephine Tey Books in Order: How to read Nicola Upson’s series?

When a writer wrote the fictional adventures of a legendary writer.

Who is Josephine Tey?

As you may know if you are a mystery buff, Josephine Tey was a real Scottish author who wrote mystery novels. A fictional version of Tey is also the main character in a series of novels by Nicola Upson.

In this series, Josephine Tey is the heroine, a writer and amateur detective who is helping Detective Inspector Archie Penrose to investigate murder mysteries during the 1930s.

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Secrets of the Tudor Court Books in Order: How to read Kate Emerson’s series?

Not to be confused with Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan.

What is Secrets of the Tudor Court about?

Written by Kathy Lynn Emerson, under the pseudonym Kate Emerson, The Secrets of The Tudor Court is historical non-mystery fiction set in the 16th century about real women at the court of Henry VIII.

Published between 2009 and 2012, The Secret of The Tudor Court series is set in England during the Tudor era. Informed by letters and diaries, the books tell us the stories of historical figures that are little known, with descriptions of clothing, comportment, and entertainments at the royal court

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Kate Shackleton Books in Order: How to read Frances Brody’s series?

if you’re up for some ’20s murder mysteries…

Who is Kate Shackleton?

Written by Frances Brody, also known as Frances McNeil, this mystery series taking place in England during the 1920s.

More precisely, the series resolves around Kate Shackleton, a thirty years old very perceptive and witty amateur sleuth extraordinaire from Yorkshire. When she stumbles on a murder, she has to investigate and she’s really good at it and even became renowned for it.

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Hugh Corbett Books in Order: How to read Paul C. Doherty’s Series

Medieval Murder Mysteries, but not with Cadfael.

Who is Hugh Corbett?

Written by english author and historian Paul C. Doherty, this murder mystery series is set during the 13th-century reign of Edward I of England.

This is the story of Hugh Corbett, the chancellor of England’s faithful clerk, as he investigates threats to the King and Country. During his work, he is assisted by Ranulf-atte-Newgate, a felon saved from execution. Corbett solves murder mysteries, but also identifies spies and robbers.

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Anno Dracula Books in Order: How to read Kim Newman’s series?

What if vampires rule the world?

What is Anno Dracula about?

Written by British writer Kim Newman, Anno Dracula is a historical/fantasy series in which vampires are common and increasingly dominant in society.

This alternate history brings Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel in Great Britain where nobody stopped him. The series focused on members of the mysterious Diogenes Club which represents the crown in matters that cannot be made public, and mostly two of its members, vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard. The series also features a lot of fictional figures for the amateur of metafictions.

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Barker & Llewelyn Books in Order: How to read Will Thomas’ series?

If you are after some Victorian murder mysteries…

Who are Barker and Llewelyn?

Written by American author Will Thomas, this hard-boiled mystery series is about 19th-century British private detective Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn.

Set in the 1880s and often feature historical events and people, the series follow Private Enquiry Agent Cyrus Barker and Llewelyn in London as they investigate dark and violent murder mysteries (they even go after Jack the Ripper) or work for Her Majesty’s government to avoid diplomatic crisis and.

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Benjamin January Books in Order: How to read Barbara Hambly’s series?

New Orleans was a different place in the 1830s…

Who is Benjamin January?

Benjamin January is the main character in this series of historical murder mystery novels written by the American novelist and screenwriter Barbara Hambly.

Creole physician—he trained in Paris as a surgeon—and music teacher living in New Orleans during the 1830s, Benjamin January is a free black who solves murder mysteries to help his friends and his community or just to save himself as the world around him is changing.

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Arkady Renko Books in Order: How to read Martin Cruz Smith’s series?

A Russian Murder Mystery…

Who is Arkady Renko?

Written by American author Martin Cruz Smith, this series is about Arkady Renko, a chief homicide inspector for the prosecutor’s office, in Moscow, Russia, fighting against corruption and for the truth.

Taking place before, during and after the fall of the Soviet Union, the series follow Arkady Renko as he investigates murders that take him in the middle of complex socio-political situations. Paying the price of opposing those who have the power is something he is much too familiar with.

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Amelia Peabody Books in Order: How to read Elizabeth Peters’ series?

Mysteries in Egypt!

Who is Amelia Peabody?

Historical mystery novels written by American author and Egyptologist Barbara Mertz under the pen name Elizabeth Peters (also known as Barbara Michaels when she wrote Gothic novels), this series tell the adventures of Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson.

At the beginning at least, because Amelia quickly get married and bring all her family—her distinguished husband Radcliffe Emerson, their son Ramses and, later, their ward Nefret—into her adventures, mostly in Egypt with mummies, thieves, murderers and all sorts of criminals.

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