Queer Historical Mysteries

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Atmospheric, gritty and/or a little romantic, these mysteries featuring queer characters serve up some history with their sleuthing.

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The Best Bad Things

In 1887, former Pinkerton Agent Alma Rosales disguises herself as her male alter ego, Jack Camp, as she investigates an opium theft and endeavors to impress her boss and ex-lover, Delphine Beaumond. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.

Black Orchid Blues

When a popular blues singer and drag queen is kidnapped, Lanie Price’s investigation sends her into the heart of 1920s Harlem. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Blackmail, My Love

After the police refuse to investigate the whereabouts of her brother, Josephine O’Conner dons his clothes and becomes Joe to make her own investigation. As she explores various gay gathering places, she encounters a blackmailing scheme, murder, and the homophobic laws and attitudes of 1950s America. 

Fingersmith

In Victorian London, street-savvy Sue becomes maid to wealthy Maud Lilly as cover for a fraud scheme orchestrated by Maud’s conman suitor, but the tables twist and turn. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.