Halloween for the Faint of Heart: “Mistress of the Art of Death”

I don’t do scary, creepy, or horrifying. Not in movies, not in books. If it will keep me up at night, I am not interested! So each year, when October comes around, I feel a little left out. What’s an easily scared reader to do amidst the Halloween frenzy?

This year, I’ve put together some of my favorite non-horror Halloween-appropriate reads. I’ll be sharing them over the next few days. If you, like me, are a bit faint of heart, stop back for some books that just might get you into the Halloween spirit. Welcome to the first installment of Halloween for the Faint of Heart!

First up, how about a little Medieval mystery? I don’t like contemporary mysteries; they feel too possible. But with historical mysteries, the time gap creates enough separation that I can enjoy the story without worrying.

One of my very favorite historical mystery series is Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death series. At present, there are four books: Mistress of the Art of Death, The Serpent’s Tale, Grave Goods, and A Murderous Procession. You could pick up any book and enjoy it, but in my opinion it’s best to start at the beginning. The plot lines and characters do build on one another from story to story.

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Thoughts on “A Murderous Procession” by Ariana Franklin

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Thoughts on “The Tale of Halcyon Crane” by Wendy Webb

An isolated island, an enormous drafty house, a dark and secret past: these are the makings of a perfect Victorian-esque ghost story. They also comprise the setting for The Tale of Halcyon Crane, coming at the end of March from Wendy Webb. The Tale of Halcyon Crane is the sort of book you reach for …