New York, New York, It's a Mysterious Town!
Annotation:New York City, 1845: Timothy Wilde is one of the first men hired for the fledgling New York City police force. The recent wave of Irish immigration has packed the slums in poverty-stricken Five Points and made daily life truly a fight for survival. Good historical detail, well-plotted.
Annotation:This classic time travel novel also involves an interesting mystery. Advertising artist Simon Morley travels from the New York of 1970 to the New York of 1882 on the trail of a mysterious letter and its sender. The Dakota, horse drawn carriages, bustles, the vanished El, financial shenanigans, police corruption...
Annotation:In this Agatha Award winner, Irish immigrant Molly Murphy must solve a murder that occurred while she was passing through Ellis Island lest she be accused of the crime. Cozy mystery set in turn of the 20th century New York.
Annotation:One of Himes's classic hardboiled crime novels set in Harlem featuring African-American NYPD detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson. Part of the "Harlem Detective" series set in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Annotation:Caesar Stiles, a local bartender with a criminal past but no detective experience, tries to help a damsel in distress in this noir thriller set in 1990s Brooklyn. Strong sense of time and place.
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A selection of mysteries and thrillers set in the New York City of the past, present, and future. Arranged chronologically by setting. Revised July 5, 2013.