Historical novel

The Grantchester Mysteries Books in Order: How to read James Runcie’s Series?

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There’s a new series of Grantchester coming soon on ITV, it’s the perfect time to talk about the books.

What are the Grantchester Mysteries about?

Written by British novelist and television producer (and more) James Runcie, The Grantchester Mysteries is an historical detective series about a vicar solving crime in Cambridgeshire, England — inspired by James Runcie’s father, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

More precisely, this is the story of Sidney Chambers, a 32-year-old bachelor, vicar of Grantchester, and amateur sleuth. He is working with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating.

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Charles Lenox Books in Order: How to read Charles Finch’s series?

If you like murder mysteries in the past, more precisely Victorian-era murder mysteries, Charles Lenox is a detective for you.

Who is Charles Lenox?

Written by an American author and literary critic Charles Finch, the Charles Lenox series is a series of mystery novels set in Victorian-era England.

Charles Lenox is an independently wealthy gentleman, and a detective. From the streets of Victorian London to Parliament and even at Oxford, his alma mater, Lenox investigates murder mysteries as his career progresses into the world of politic—even if murder is always near.

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Ian Rutledge Books in Order: How to read Charles Todd’s series?

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The other series by the Bess Crawford series‘ author, Charles Todd.

Who is Ian Rutledge?

Written by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd, the Ian Rutledge series is a mystery/historical one, taking us back after the Great war.

Beginning in 1919, the series follows Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge after he returned from the war front. Suffering from what is now called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rutledge lives the voice of the soldier named Hamish inside his head, all while solving murders.

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Kevin Kerney Books in Order: How to read Michael McGarrity’s Series?

If you are into outdoorsy crime stories like the ones with Cork O’Connor or Dave Robicheaux, the Kevin Kerney series might be for you.

Who is Kevin Kerney?

Written by New Mexican author and former law enforcement officer Michael McGarrity, the Kevin Kerney series takes place in New Mexico, from the Tularosa Basin and Lincoln County to Hermit’s Peak, but also sometimes in Santa Fe.

It’s about law enforcement officer Kevin Kerney who used to be a cop, a private investigator and even a forest ranger, but he is now a police chief.

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The Morland Dynasty Books in Order: How to read Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s series?

If you like when fiction and history met—especially British history—you probably are interested in the Morland Dynasty series.

What the Morland Dynasty is about?

Written by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, The Morland Dynasty is a series of historical novels about the Morland family of York, England, but also about their national and international relatives and associates.

From the Wars of the Roses in 1434 to the Wall Street Crash and more during the 1920s and 1930s, the series explore the lives fictional characters in a real historical background.

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William Monk Books in Order: How to read Anne Perry’s series?

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Some crime authors seem to know a lot about murder, but Anne Perry is more familiar than others, as she was herself convicted of participating in the murder of her friend’s mother. In fact, she was played by Kate Winslet in the movie Heavenly Creatures inspired by the murder case.

Who is William Monk?

Created by English writer Anne Perry, William Monk is a policeman in the Victorian era. Brilliant, ambitious, but suffering from amnesia after a coach accident in 1856, this son of a fisherman has lost a lot and tried to keep this a secret to save his job. After the accident he met Hester Latterly, a Crimean War nurse and they became close as she helps him in his work.

Soon, Monk is fired from the police force for insubordination. That’s why he became a private investigator, working with Hester and Sir Oliver Rathbone to solve crimes.

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The Courtney Series in Order

The Courtney Series in Order: How to read Wilbur Smith’s books?

If you are into epic family/historical saga, The Courtney Series is for you.

What is the Courtney series about?

Published since 1964 by Zambian-born author Wilbur Smith, The Courtney Series chronicle the lives of the Courtney family, from the 1860s through until 1987.

The Courtney Series was not written chronologically. The first books follow the twins Sean and Garrick Courtney from the 1860s until 1925. Then, the next ones were about Centaine de Thiry Courtney, her sons and grandchildren between 1917 and 1987. The last ones are also about successive generations of the Courtney family, from the 1660s through until the Second World War.

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Her Royal Spyness Books in Order: How to read Rhys Bowen’s series?

If you like a bit of historical comedy with some British royalty, Her Royal Spyness is for you.

What is Her Royal Spyness?

Written by British author Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness is a humorous historical series about the penniless cousin of King George V of England in 1932 who is acting as a spy for the queen.

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch, is flat broke. And when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland for London where she has been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son. Soon, this amateur sleuth starts to solve crimes.

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