October is a month filled with a mountain of miniature chocolate wonders and my secret guilty pleasure – candy corn! (Don’t judge–especially if you willingly eat Peeps ::shudder::). It’s also a month that is chock full of historical romance. This small list is but the tip of the iceberg – or in the case of October, the tip of the witch’s hat. What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.
A couple years ago Thomas was speaking to a group of librarians at an RWA conference. When asked about what she was working on she teased us with “What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman?” and all our collective ears perked up. The first in her Lady Sherlock series is finally out this month, the start of a historical mystery series that promises romance as well.