"Skillful storytelling...a standout historical mystery."
~ Publisher's Weekly-- Starred review, 'A Fall of Shadows'
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A Bess Ellyott Mystery
"Entertaining...readers who like independent heroines should welcome this historical series."
~ Publisher's Weekly
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Book 2: A Fall of Shadows
The brutal murder of a traveling player outside Bess's village reveals a viper's nest of resentment, fear--and the specter of black magic.
A Mystery of Old San Francisco
Book 1: Searcher of the Dead
Traitorous schemes entangle herbalist Bess Ellyott and Constable Kit Harwoode in murder...and a possible plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I.
Fourth of July festivities are in full swing when a suspicious death reunites Celia and Nick, who must look for answers among the dead to stop a killer among the living.
"An extremely satisfying read...highly recommended!"
~ Historical Novel Society May 2018—Editor's Choice, 'Searcher of the Dead'
Author of A Mystery of Old San Francisco
A Bess Ellyott Mystery
When one of Celia Davies’ Chinese patients mysteriously drowns, she fears the crime will go unsolved. Detective Nick Greaves, however, demands justice. Their search for the killer will take them from Chinatown to the Barbary Coast to the city’s gilded parlors. And entangle them both in a potentially fatal conspiracy.
One of Celia's friends comes under suspicion when a buried corpse is discovered on his property. He will hang for murder if Celia and Nick do not find the true killer.
"This is the book Agatha Christie would have written if she had worn a farthingale."
~ Deanna Raybourn, NYT bestselling author on Searcher of the Dead
"Herriman’s sequel to 2015’s No Comfort for the Lost brings 1867 San Francisco to vivid life."
~ Publisher's Weekly review of No Pity for the Dead
"Herriman crafts a finely detailed series debut with a sympathetic protagonist and impeccable, colorful depictions of 1860s San Francisco..."
~ Library Journal starred review of No Comfort for the Lost
"You'll be transported back to old San Francisco as you walk those dangerous streets with Celia Davies, who has dedicated herself to saving lives but ends up seeking justice for the helpless."
~ Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of The Gaslight Mysteries