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Sara Sheridan

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Sara SheridanSara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh, where she now lives again after studying English at Trinity College in Dublin.

She is former member of the Society of Authors Committee for Scotland. She took part in the 26 Treasures exhibition at the V&A during London Design Festival 2010 and was then the Scottish Coordinator for the 2011 project, which took place all round the UK, and also turned part in the 2012 exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. In 2013 she took part in a UNESCO City of Literature writing project in Norwich.

She is best known for the highly-acclaimed Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, which are set in London and Brighton during the 1950s. So far there are three books in the series: Brighton Belle, London Calling and, this year, England Expects. Mirabelle has been called 'Miss Marple with an edge'.

Sara has also been a regular blogger for Foyles:

Below Sara picks her top historical crime fiction, from classics by authors like Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey to recent favourite reads from Jason Goodwin and Nicola Upson.

 

Author Picks

Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)
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William McIlvanney
 
McIlvanney tapes the tough-guy terrors of 70s Glasgow. Hard hitting and steeped in grimy authenticity, you’ll be glad Laidlaw, McIlvanney’s philosophical hard man is investigating below the surface. This is the real deal – working against the odds, you really feel in your bones the relentless struggle and bleakness of social injustice. It’s the original tartan noir novel.
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The Daughter Of Time
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Josephine Tey
 
History is chock full of mysteries and I love delving into them. In The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey investigates the recently-in-the-news story of Richard III and the princes in the tower through the research of her bedridden anti-hero Inspector Grant. It’s a battle against hundreds of years of assumption, arguing the case for a figure even Shakespeare wrote as a villain.
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Tom-All-Alone's
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Lynn Shepherd
 
Reading The Solitary House will make you grateful for contemporary plumbing. In between these pages you’ll be right in the thick of all the grime and gristle of 1850s London with sleuth Charles Maddox. It isn’t often a pretty sight, but it is a captivating one. Referencing Dickens and Wilkie Collins, this novel a special treat for book nerds like me.
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Christine Falls: Quirke Mysteries Book 1
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Benjamin Black
 
I love a good bit of corruption bashing, and there are layers upon layers of conspiracy to be satisfyingly peeled back by pathologist turned detective Quirke, an outsider atheist stuck in a claustrophobic net of Catholic secrets. For a few hundred pages you’ll inhabit the boozy, foggy, shadowy world of 1950s Dublin, written by John Banville as Benjamin Black.
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Nor Will He Sleep: An Inspector ...
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David Ashton
 
Gang violence on the streets of Victorian Edinburgh set the backdrop for David Ashton’s Nor Will He Sleep which contains the unusual twist of having Robert Louis Stevenson get in on the action alongside intrepid, dog-with-a-bone Inspector McLevy. I love the atmospheric landscape of this novel - Edinburgh is like another character, seething with violence and darkness and that sense of innate mystery that’s still haunts the city today.
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A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple)
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Agatha Christie
 
A classic Miss Marple whodunnit, and an especially satisfying one with some great touches of theatrical flourish. Nothing is ever quite what it seems in the world of Agatha Christie and here, in a very ordinary English town, a murder mystery game comes horrifyingly to life. The intricate plot and array of curious characters will keep you guessing. I worship at the shrine of Agatha Christie and my own Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries have been called ‘Miss Marple with an edge.’
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The Face of a Stranger (William Monk...
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Anne Perry
 
Anne Perry gets the pace spot on inThe Face of a Stranger. Detective Monk battles from amnesia and we go on the journey with him through Victorian London as he learns both about himself and the murder he’s trying to solve. As a reader there’s nothing better than being let in on a really intriguing clue, and here there’s lots to piece together.
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The Frightened Man: Denton Mystery...
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Kenneth Cameron
 
Deepest, darkest, turn of the century London is the setting for Kenneth Cameron’s The Frightened Man and American Civil War veteran Denton finds himself deep in the middle of a Jack the Ripper style mystery. This novel is in the mould of a classic thriller with a twist and I couldn’t put it down.
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The Janissary Tree
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Jason Goodwin
 
It’s Istanbul in the 1830s and the world is changing. Court eunich Yashim investigates a spate of political murders meeting some unusual and interesting characters on his journey through bustling streets and luxurious palaces. A great sketch of an exotic world and complex shifts of power, to transport you.
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An Expert in Murder
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Nicola Upson
 
London theatre in the 1930s – what a place to be! Drama happens both on and off the stage and seen through the keen eyes of the(real life) mystery writer Josephine Tey and Inspector Penrose. Josephine Tey was actually a pseudonym for the writer Elizabeth MacKintosh so it’s a really fun way of playing with the notion of character, fact and fiction and a cracking story to boot.
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The Alienist: Number 1 in series
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Caleb Carr
 
Oh, the suspense! The Alienest by Caleb Carr is set in steamy and corrupt 1890s New York at a time when police investigations were beginning to make use of psychological research and new technologies. The nature of tackling crime is changing, and some proper analysis is required of the team on the case. This book is clever and absolutely compelling.
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The Hanging Shed
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Gordon Ferris
 
The war is over, but the feeling lingers. In 1946 Glasgow, ex-policeman Brodie must fight to prove a friend’s innocence, but at the same time battle a society full of corruption, post-war depression, and miserable poverty. It’s a difficult time in a difficult place, but some gritty underlying spirit keeps Brodie going. Sounds grim? Well it kind of is and kind of isn’t. This was my top crime pick last year and the other books in this ongoing series continue to impress.
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The American Boy
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Andrew Taylor
 
Inspired in part by the time Edgar Allen Poe spent in England in the early 19th Century, Andrew Taylor’s The American Boy is fiction that gives a little nod to reality. The intelligent narrator is a great guide through the action, which begins in the setting of an English school. It’s part gothic romance, part mystery, and if you’re a fan of Wilkie Collins, then you’re in for a treat.
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England Expects: A Mirabelle Bevan...
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Sara Sheridan
 
 
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London Calling
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Sara Sheridan
 
 
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The Secret Mandarin
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Sara Sheridan
 
 
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Secret of the Sands
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Sara Sheridan
 
 
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I'm Me
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Sara Sheridan; Margaret Chamberlain
 
 
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