1600s & 1700s
Colonial Period
Suzanne Adair
  • Historical mysteries featuring female protagonists in the South during the American Revolution

Bruce Alexander
  • Sir John Fielding: blind magistrate and founder of the first police force in London, England

Susanne Alleyn
  • Aristide Ravel: a young investigator and freelance undercover agent, around the time of the French Revolution (late 18th century), in Paris, France

Bernard Bastable (Robert Barnard)
  • Amadeus Mozart: 18th century musician in London, England

Elizabeth Bailey
  • Ottilia Fanshawe: former companion to Dowager Lady Polbrook now married to Lord Francis Fanshawe, in Regency England, in the Lady Fan mysteries

Robin Blake
  • Titus Cragg, a coroner, and Luke Fidelis, a doctor, in 1740s Lancashire, England

P.J. Brackston
  • Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now a 35-year-old private investigator, and her brother Hans, in 1770s Bavaria, Germany, in the Brothers Grimm mysteries

Gwendoline Butler
  • Major Mearns and Sergeant Denny: special agents for William Pitt to watch George III, in England

Susanna Calkins
  • Lucy Campion: young orphan working as a chambermaid in 1665 London, England

Mary Andrea Clarke
  • Georgiana Grey: young, independent gentlewoman, and the Crimson Cavalier, a highwayman, in late 18th century London, England

Pamela (Pam) Christie
  • Fernando (Nando) Aguilar: half-Indian spy working for Governor Juan Batista de Anza, in 1780s Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sarah D’Almeida
  • D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis of Dumas fame, serving the king in 17th century France, in the Musketeers mysteries

Jim DeFelice
  • Jake Gibbs: American lieutenant colonel and spy, working for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War

Lillian De La Torre
  • Dr. Sam. Johnson: real-life 18th-century lexicographer and sage, in London, England

Dale Furutani
  • Matsuyama Kaze: 17th century rogue samurai in rural Japan

Diana Gabaldon
  • Lord John Grey: soldier and gentleman, in mid-18th century London, England, and elsewhere

David Graeme (Bruce Graeme)
  • Monsieur Blackshirt: in 17th-century France

Susanna Gregory
  • Thomas Chaloner: a reluctant spy for the Secretary of State during the Restoration in 1660s London, England

Robert Lee Hall
  • Benjamin Franklin: 18th-century American inventor, in London, England

Barbara Hamilton (Barbara Hambly)
  • Abigail Adams, the future first lady, married to a rebellious lawyer, in mid-1770s Massachusetts Colony

Tessa Harris
  • Dr. Thomas Silkstone: American anatomist working in 1780s England

Keith Heller
  • George Man: 18th-century parish watchman in London, England

C.C. Humphreys
  • Jack Absolute: English army captain and spy (based on a character in Richard Sheridan’s play “The Rivals”) during the French and Indian War era (late 1750s-1760s) in colonial America and London, England
M.E. Kemp
  • Hetty Henry, a twice-widowed and wealthy young Puritan, and Increase “Creasy” Cotton, a young minister, based in 1690s Boston, Massachusetts

Eleanor Kuhns
  • Will Rees: former soldier in the American Revolution, working as a traveling weaver in 1790s Maine

Deryn Lake
  • John Rawlings: apothecary and associate of John Fielding, mostly in 18th century London, England

Janet Laurence
  • Canaletto: Italian painter in 18th century London, England

Margaret Lawrence
  • Hannah Trevor: midwife in Rufford, Maine just after the Revolutionary War

Paul Lawrence
  • Harry Lytle: member of the intelligence service of King Charles II, starting in 1664 in London, England

Stephen Lewis
  • Catherine Williams: wealthy widow and midwife in 17th century New England

David Liss
  • Benjamin Weaver: Jewish ex-pugilist hired by gentry to pursue debtors and thieves, in 18th Century London, England

Shona MacLean
  • Alexander Seaton: schoolmaster in 1620s Banff and Aberdeen, Scotland

Hannah March (Tim Wilson)
  • Robert Fairfax: private tutor in the 1760s in and around London, England

Edward Marston
  • Daniel Rawson: spy, adventurer, and captain in the British army under the Duke of Malborough in the 1700s in Europe and England
  • Christopher Redmayne: architect, and Jonathan Bale, a constable in 1600s London, England

Robert McCammon
  • Matthew Corbett: young magistrate’s clerk, in 1699 Carolina and 1703 New York City

Margaret Miles
  • Charlotte Willett: in 1760s Massachusetts, in the Bracebridge series

Fidelis Morgan
  • Lady Ashby de la Zouche, Countess of Clapham, a 60-something former mistress of the deceased Charles II, fallen on hard times, and her former maid Alpiew, around 1700 in London, England

Beverle Graves Myers
  • Tito Amato: sold as a child to be a castrato opera singer, in 18th century Italy, in the Baroque Mystery series

Maan Myers
  • The Tonneman Family: from New Amsterdam in 1664, to New York City in 1895

Chris Nickson
  • Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, in 1730s England

Charles O’Brien
  • Anne Cartier: ex-vaudeville actress, then a tutor for deaf children, in England and France on the eve of the French Revolution
Jean-François Parot
  • Nicolas Le Floch: young policeman from Breton, beginning in 1761 during the reign of Louis XV, in pre-revolutionary Paris, France

Eliot Pattison
  • Duncan McCallum: Scottish prisoner transported to Colonial America

Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • Captain Diego Alatriste: swordsman for hire in 17th century Spain

Oliver Pötzsch
  • Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, his clever and headstrong daughter Magdalena, and Simon Fronwieser, the son of the town doctor, in mid-17th century Bavaria, Germany

Imogen Robertson
  • Harriet Westerman, mistress of Caveley Park manor, and anatomist Gabriel Crowther, in the 1780s, in West Sussex, England

Laura Joh Rowland
  • Sano Ichiro: samurai and private investigator for the shogun, in the 1600s in Edo, Japan

Anne Rutherford
  • Suzanne Thornton: former kept woman, organizing a troupe of actors at the Globe, in 1660s London, England, in the Restoration mysteries

Roz Southey
  • Charles Patterson: determined but impoverished musician in 18th century Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

Sam Thomas
  • Bridget Hodgson, a widowed midwife, and Martha Hawkins, her apprentice, in 1640s York, England

Leonard Tourney
  • Matthew Stock: 17th century town constable and clothier in Chelmsford, England

Dennis Wheatley
  • Roger Brook: special agent for Prime Minister William Pitt, from 1783-1815, in Europe, Asia, and the Americas

Lauren Willig
  • Eloise Kelly: Harvard grad student writing her Ph.D. dissertation on spies of the late 18th and early 19th century, in a romantic thriller series

Derek Wilson
  • George Keene: spy in William Pitt’s intelligence service during England’s war with France in the 1790s

Nancy Means Wright
  • Mary Wollstonecraft: the 18th century English feminist, working as a governess at Mitchelstown Castle, in County Cork, Ireland

Patricia Wynn
  • Gideon St. Mars: a viscount who becomes the highwayman Blue Satan, and his friend Mrs. Kean, in early 18th century England

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