The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent, and CS Harris

September 16th, 2020 Kimberly Review 19 Comments

16th Sep
The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent, and CS Harris
The Deadly Hours
by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent, CS Harris
Genres: Anthologies, Historical Fiction
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From 1733 Italy to Edinburgh in 1831 to a series of chilling murders in 1870 London, and a lethal game of revenge decades later, the watch touches lives with misfortune, until it comes into the reach of one young woman who might be able to stop it for good.

This outstanding collaboration of authors includes:

Susanna Kearsley – New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of compelling time slip fiction.C.S. Harris – bestselling author of the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series.

Anna Lee Huber – award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries.

Christine Trent – author of the Lady of Ashes Victorian mystery series.

historical mystery Book Series well written

Sophia Rose is back with another anthology. This time it’s The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent, and CS Harris. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and check out her review….

Sophia Rose’s Review

What a powerhouse group of historical suspense and mystery authors!  I took one look at the author line up and it was a done deal, but then to see that a few of the novellas were for favorite series made it an even more exquisite anticipation.

The Deadly Hours is an anthology of four separate stories down through time that all focus on a legendary cursed watch, Le Sirene.  Each author wove a tale around the watch and even referenced the history told in the earlier stories to add to the watch’s lore.  Each had their own writing flavor and captivating tale-telling ways.  While I think I got more out of the stories because I’d already read a few of the previous books, I think these will work for newcomers just fine.

Susanna Kearsley opens the anthology with her suspenseful ‘Weapon of Choice’ that was set in the early seventeen hundreds and is a follow-up story to A Desperate Fortune’s historical couple who are on a mission to protect a Jacobite duke and war hero from an English assassin when they encounter a pirate and the strange timepiece he carries that was made from cursed pirate gold.

Next, Anna Lee Huber picks up the narrative reins in her Lady Darby series mystery set in the 1830’s that took place in the interlude between Gage and Keira’s wedding and their delayed departure for their honeymoon.  ‘In A Fevered Hour’ has the Edinburgh crime king, Bonnie Brock Kincaid, needing the detecting pair to find a cursed watch that has brought a plague to Old Town.

But, the watch isn’t done changing hands and arrives in Victorian London where author, Christina Trent, has it figure into an atmospheric Lady of Ashes story, ‘A Pocketful of Death’ when Violet Harper, funeral director, is fulfilling a commission for a newly minted lord who wants all his deceased relations moved into the freshly build family mausoleum and encounters a cursed watch that seems to be predicting murders on a prestigious London neighborhood street and a mad woman swears she is seeing ghosts.

In a WWII era Kentish village, CS Harris has a museum curator and an MI5 operative on the dark, bloody trail of a German spy and an uncanny golden watch that has a cursed reputation in ‘Siren’s Call’.

I loved how these stories were seamless in how that tied to one another and yet painted a rich tapestry of history in each time and place.  Christina Trent was the only new to me author, but I plan to add her works to all three of these other brilliant authors who I seek out each new release.  Historical mystery fans, series and author fans, and those who love a good atmospheric tale shouldn’t hesitate to get to this one as soon as you can.

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19 Responses to “The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent, and CS Harris”

  1. MarthaE

    This looks like a good collection that would make a good read in October (when I read my horror, ghostly and witchy tales). Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ailyn Koay

    the watch that seems to like to steal people’s time… kinda wondering what does it intend to do with it?

  3. Katherine

    CS Harris and Anna Lee Huber are two of my favorites and I’ve been wanting to read Susanna Kearsley so now I’m curious! I’ll definitely have to pick this one up.

    • Sophia Rose

      Yes, you summed it up well. Not a typical anthology the way they all focused on the watch and referenced back to each other’s stories. 🙂