"Skillful storytelling...a standout historical mystery."

~ Publisher's Weekly-- Starred review, 'A Fall of Shadows'

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​​​​​Book 3:  No Quiet among the 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. 

​   ​Nancy Herriman  


"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 

Book 1: No Comfortfor the Lost 

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.

​​​​​Book 2:  No Pity for the Dead

One of Celia's friends comes under suspicion when a buried corpse is discovered on his pro​perty. He will hang for murder if Celia and Nick do not find the true killer. 

Additional praise:

"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