I am so excited, I just joined Shelfari (and started loading books, so my shelf is a little bare) when I discovered these discussion groups, and when I found this list, I was so delighted to get a positive review of my first published book, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery. (Thanks Cathie!)
I also recommend the Victoria Thompson books, and Whinspear's Maisie Dodd series-although she is post WWI. I have noticed that a number of authors who started out in the Victorian era have started writing historical mysteries set in the post WWI period (including Anne Perry, who has two Victorian series-the Inspector Pitt and Inspector Monk series --the first in late Victorian, the second early Victorian.)
Of course the grandmother of all regency era books (not counting jane Austen) is Georgette Heyer, and although these are romances, a number of them also include mysteries-and are great for a sense of period.
Barbra Hambly's Benjamin January series (about a free black in New Orleans) is in the early Victorian era, but gives you a very different take on society than the traditional high society/middle class parlor drama's. I would recommend them, again for great mysteries and great sense of time and place.
Ok, time to put some more books on my shelves!
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