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LobsterQuadrille | 66 comments Hi, I am looking for some good lighter historical fiction, maybe more adventure-centric rather than very romance-heavy. I am open to reading just about any time period and region as long as the writing gives a good feel for the setting and culture. Kids' books and YA recs are fine too, I mainly just want to try out some HF that is fairly light-hearted but easy to feel involved with. Thanks!


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Jan | 1804 comments Check out the Molly Murphy historical mystery series by Rhys Bowen. They are set in New York City in 1900. The first is “Murphy’s Law”.


Peggyzbooksnmusic | 683 comments I'll recommend the Sir Robert Carey series by P.F. Chisholm aka Patricia Finney. A mystery series mostly set in Northern England and Southern Scotland during the reign of Elizabeth I. It's a mystery series with lots of adventure and witty dialogue. The interaction between Sir Robert and the secondary characters is wonderful!
Link to the first book A Famine of Horses by P.F. Chisholm


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Eileen Iciek | 462 comments The first thought that comes to mind is for you to check out L.J. Trafford's books on the year of the four emperors.
Palatine (The Four Emperors #1) by L.J. Trafford
Galba's Men (The Four Emperors #2) by L.J. Trafford
Otho's Regret (The Four Emperors #3) by L.J. Trafford
Vitellius' Feast (The Four Emperors #4) by L.J. Trafford

The author's great sense of humor, plus her exceptional knowledge of Roman history at the time of Nero and her great story-telling make these books a lot of fun to read.

I never thought I would find Nero funny.


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Carrie | 50 comments Another lightweight but revealing and enjoyable series is the Victoria Thompson The Gaslight mystery series also takes places in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.


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Herman | 28 comments You can’t go wrong reading L.A. Meyers Bloody Jack series super good YA HF female lead character adventure early 1800’s high seas


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Abigail Bok (regency_reader) | 683 comments Maybe try The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher. Set in southwestern England in 1920.


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Jasmin Darznik (jasmindarznik) | 1 comments Abigail wrote: "Maybe try The Wrong Envelope by Liz Treacher. Set in southwestern England in 1920."

LobsterQuadrille wrote: "Hi, I am looking for some good lighter historical fiction, maybe more adventure-centric rather than very romance-heavy. I am open to reading just about any time period and region as long as the wri..."

I loved Beatriz Williams' Her Last Flight, which has a love story but it's not overwrought. Loved the adventure parts about aviation.


LobsterQuadrille | 66 comments Jan wrote: "Check out the Molly Murphy historical mystery series by Rhys Bowen. They are set in New York City in 1900. The first is “Murphy’s Law”."

Thanks! I always enjoy a good mystery!


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LobsterQuadrille | 66 comments Eileen wrote: "The first thought that comes to mind is for you to check out L.J. Trafford's books on the year of the four emperors.
Palatine (The Four Emperors #1) by L.J. Trafford
Galba's Men (The Four Emperors #2) by L.J. Trafford
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Those sound awesome, thanks!


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Carrie | 50 comments LobsterQuadrille wrote: "Jan wrote: "Check out the Molly Murphy historical mystery series by Rhys Bowen. They are set in New York City in 1900. The first is “Murphy’s Law”."

Thanks! I always enjoy a good mystery!"


I also enjoyed this series especially Molly Murphy


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