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An echo of murder

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2017

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Alexander, Tasha, 1969- — Alexander and Perry both write mystery series set in Victorian England that feature strong women who push the limits of their society. Both writers create a strong sense of place through detailed descriptions of the dress, food, and cities of the time. Because of all the detail, the mysteries develop at a slower pace. -- Merle Jacob
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 — Perry's fans will enjoy Dickens's novels, set in his native Victorian London, in which he explores the social issues of his age. Her stories are darker and represent crimes more vividly, and her tone and style are contemporary, but her readers will find much to enjoy in Dickens. -- Katherine Johnson
McDermid, Val — Writer of contemporary Mystery, Psychological Suspense, and Crime novels Val McDermid may also appeal to Anne Perry's fans, if they are willing to accept present-day settings. McDermid's non-series titles feature dark, atmospheric tales, written in elegant language, with strong characters and convoluted issue-oriented plots. -- Gillian Speace
Finch, Charles (Charles B.) — Charles B. Finch and Anne Perry are known for their character-driven Victorian mysteries set in a living, breathing London. Their telling descriptions, intricate detail, and leisurely pace allow them to develop both their complex protagonists and believable settings. Murder, intrigue, and social commentary figure prominently in both writers' work. -- Mike Nilsson
Newman, Sharan — Perry's readers looking for historical details, a meticulous examination of life in a particular historical period, and strong female characters will find that Sharan Newman's tales revolve around family issues as well as broader concerns involving church and politics. Abundant details provide the sense of the period, while her sympathetic characters draw fans. -- Gillian Speace
Shepherd, Lynn, 1964- — Lynn Shepherd and Anne Perry write historical mysteries set in nineteenth century England. The books are slower paced and filled with very accurate historical details that clearly paint a picture of life in that period. The engaging sleuths are realistically drawn while the plots are intricate and layered with subplots. -- Merle Jacob
Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882 — Anne Perry fans who want a real taste of Victorian social mores and politics should try novelist Anthony Trollope. While Trollope's novels, unlike Perry's Mysteries, eschew crime in favor of political and social intrigues, both authors share an interest in the social issues of the Victorian Era. -- Gillian Speace
Grecian, Alex — Alex Grecian and Anne Perry set their historical mysteries in Victorian England, where they vividly and realistically recreate the society and culture of the time. While Grecian's books are more graphically violent, both show the dark underbelly of society. All of the characters have psychological depth and believability to them. -- Merle Jacob
Carr, Caleb, 1955- — Caleb Carr's crime dramas set in Gilded Age New York City, like Anne Perry's Victorian Mysteries, provide historical details, crimes with psychological implications, an involved investigation, and a menacing atmosphere. While Carr's work lacks the relationships Perry offers, his sympathetic detective and cadre of assistants may please Perry's fans. -- Gillian Speace
Robertson, Imogen, 1973- — Both Imogen Robertson and Anne Perry write detailed historical mysteries set in 18th- and 19th-century England. Their books are filled with period details that recreate upper class society and its dark underbelly. Leisurely paced, these books have well-developed characters and complex plots revolving around problems in society. -- Merle Jacob
Rowland, Laura Joh — Although she sets her stories in a different time and on an island a continent away, Laura Joh Rowland's Mysteries, with their serious tone and historical, as well as social, details are a good suggestion for Perry fans. -- Gillian Speace
Saylor, Steven, 1956- — Steven Saylor writes richly detailed, wonderfully atmospheric Historical Mysteries. Like Anne Perry, Saylor creates a stunning sense of time and place, and uses the class differences and social injustices of the era as an important ingredient. Both Saylor's and Perry's characters can be somewhat cynical, but nevertheless engage in fighting corruption and political injustices. -- Gillian Speace

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