Silent Movie Sleuths and Cruise Ship Murders: 8 New Books from Severn House

by Severn House on 7 March 2023

One Extra Corpse
by Barbara Hambly
A Silver Screen Historical Mystery

Hollywood intrigue, glamor . . . and murder: Enter the roaring twenties in this thrilling Silver Screen historical mystery, starring two very different female sleuths.

Booklist Starred Review

“This moving entry more than delivers on the promise of its predecessor.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A wild lineup of possible killers mingles with historically accurate info in a fast-paced mystery”
Kirkus Reviews

The Deadly Weed
by Cora Harrison
A Reverend Mother Mystery

The Reverend Mother’s investigative skills are called into action when a local tobacco factory burns down and fingers are pointed at one of her ex pupils…

“Stellar . . . Harrison is writing at the top of her game”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A complex mystery and an indictment of the treatment of the poor add up to a sobering yet enjoyable read”
Kirkus Reviews

The Dead Will Rise
by Chris Nickson
A Simon Westow Mystery

Thief-taker Simon Westow is used to finding stolen goods, not stolen bodies . . . Can he hunt down those committing crimes against the dead in Leeds?

“This gritty and surprise-filled mystery will enthrall both newcomers and series fans”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Nickson’s richly authentic descriptions of life in nineteenth-century Britain combine with a grisly plot and characters who jump off the page”

“An action-packed mystery that provides interesting historical details about despicable crimes”
Kirkus Reviews

Dark Queen Wary
by Paul Doherty
A Margaret Beaufort Mystery

With an imposter prince claiming he is Henry Tudor, Margaret Beaufort must play the game of kings very carefully in this richly-imagined medieval mystery.

“A very good mystery cleverly entwined with brutally realistic historic detail”
Kirkus Reviews

“Doherty does a fine job evoking the brutal atmosphere of the era, in both rich palaces and crime-infested London streets”
Publishers Weekly

Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise
by John Keyse-Walker
A Bert & Mamie 1930s Mystery

February 1939. Mamie Mason isn’t enthusiastic when Bert, her husband of thirty years, persuades her to join him on an African cruise. But once the couple board the glamorous SS Columbus, Mamie has to admit – as much as it pains her – that Bert was right. Until she witnesses something shocking – and her vacation takes a twist that neither she nor Bert could ever have predicted.

“Fascinating . . . Bert and Mamie Mason are the most entertaining detective couple since Nick and Nora Charles”
Publishers Weekly

“Suggest for fans of pre-war mysteries or Agatha Christie”
Library Journal

“There’s much to love . . . A promising new series launch”
Kirkus Reviews

Winning Maura’s Heart
by Linda Broday
The Hangman’s Daughters: Book One

Texas, 1876. Maura Taggart is the daughter of a hangman and tainted by association – no reputable man would ever want her as his wife. The Calhoun brothers are identical twins on opposite sides of the law. Cutter is a deputy Marshal, Jonas an outlaw. When Cutter attempts to break his brother out of a notorious gang and Maura finds one of them wounded, an attraction between them grows – but which brother is it?

“A touching story with a background of the real west. A perfect book to warm your heart”
Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

Murder Visits a French Village
by Susan C. Shea
A Château in Burgundy Mystery

Ariel begins to suspect that her French village life will be anything but peaceful! Can she solve the suspicious murder of a historian and make her château in Burgundy the perfect new home?

“Ariel is a sympathetic amateur sleuth . . . and the mystery is nicely framed by a view of expat life in France and the details of restoring a chateau”

“The quirky village residents make this an appealing series debut”
Library Journal

Death Ride
by Nick Oldham
A Henry Christie Mystery

An unwelcome face from the past at a local fair leads Henry Christie on a white-knuckled race against time to find a missing girl.

“A nail-biting level of suspense”
Publishers Weekly

“Oldham continues to push the envelope”
Kirkus Reviews

“A brutal, gut-wrenching read”

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