Sleuthing Friars and Irregular Detectives: 5 New Books from Severn House

by Severn House on 6 June 2023

This month’s crop of new books take you on a tour through time: from medieval England (The Night of the Wolf), to the 16th century Ottoman Empire (The Forenoon Bride), through to the 17th century (Death Among the Ruins) and on to Victorian London (The Isolated Séance).

But don’t worry if history isn’t your thing: we’ve also got the very grittiest of gritty British police procedurals for you to sink you teeth into (Flesh and Blood).

Read on for more about each of these fantastic books. All are available now. Find them online, or request them from your friendly local librarian or bookseller.

THE Night of the Wolf
by Cassandra Clark
A Brother Chandler Mystery

The ruthless reign of Henry IV and the clerical tyranny of Archbishop Arundel keep Brother Chandler and his friends under constant threat in this gripping medieval mystery featuring friar-sleuth Rodric Chandler.

“Clark’s use of period detail is unparalleled, and the plot remains taut and brisk til the end”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Packed with historical detail and dangerous exploits”
Kirkus Reviews

Death Among the Ruins
by Susanna Calkins
A Lucy Campion Mystery

Midnight assignations, dresses fit to meet the queen . . . and murder most horrid! Printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion investigates a puzzling death in this thrilling historical mystery set in seventeenth-century London.

“Another winning entry in the crisply detailed Lucy Campion series”

“Witty and colorful”
Kirkus Reviews

The Forenoon Bride
by Jeffrey Hantover

When given the choice between love and honor, what are you willing to sacrifice? Destiny, longing and betrayal await you in this sweeping historical novel set in Elizabethan England and the Ottoman Empire of the late 16th century.

“A crisp and lyrical romance with a protofeminist subtext and authentic period flavor”
Kirkus Reviews

“A quiet and thoughtful read about different kinds of freedoms, about prejudice and about finding oneself”
The Historical Novels Review on The Jewel Trader of Pegu

Flesh and Blood
by David Mark
A DS McAvoy Novel

McAvoy’s superior officer – and best friend – DS Trish Pharaoh has been keeping secrets. Secrets that are catching up with her.

Secrets that could kill them all . . .

David Mark brings Hull to dark, brutal life in this gripping novel in the critically acclaimed DS McAvoy series – a perfect pick for fans of Denise Mina, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

“An involving, nail-biting police procedural from a masterful storyteller”
Kirkus Reviews

“A violent, gritty police procedural”
Library Journal

The Isolated Séance
by Jeri Westerson
An IrRegular Detective Mystery

Watch out, Sherlock! Introducing one-time Baker Street Irregular Timothy Badger and his partner-in-crime Benjamin Watson, two exciting and unconventional young consulting detectives, mentored by the great man himself, tackling intriguing and unusual cases in Victorian London with endearing verve and wit.

“Westerson is an imaginative storyteller who brings history, humor, hubris, and humanity to this inventive mystery”

“An enjoyable Holmes pastiche whose many twists are complemented by pointed social commentary”
Kirkus Reviews

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