mystery detectives midwives New York
Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, gives a look at history’s darker underside.
As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith
Everybody kills somebody sometime by Robert J. Randisi
The reeve's tale by Margaret Frazer
Blood alone by James R. Benn
India Black by Carol K.
Another favorite series with a strong female character is Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Murders featuring Sarah Brandt, midwife and amateur detective assisted by New York police detective Frank Malloy. Sarah, born into a wealthy family, defied her parents by marrying Dr. Tom Brandt. Dr. Brandt is killed one night returning from a late night call and rather than return to her parents' home Sarah continues her midwifery practice in New York's tenements. She is a strong, independent character, at times challenging and baffling Detective Frank Malloy.