Lyndsay Faye books in order
Lyndsay Faye is an American author whose most notable works include The Gods of Gotham, Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, and Jane Steele.
She moved to Manhattan in 2005 to audition as a professional actress where she found plenty of time to pursue writing after her day-job restaurant was brought down by bulldozers.
Her first book, Dust and Shadow, was followed by fifteen additional short stories collected in the critically acclaimed The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
Faye is an international bestseller whose works have been translated into 14 languages.
- Dust and Shadow (2009)
- Jane Steele (2016)
- The Paragon Hotel (2019)
- The King of Infinite Space (2021)
- Observations by Gaslight (2021)
- The Gospel of Sheba (2014)
Short Story Collection
- The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (2017)
Timothy Wilde Series
- The Gods of Gotham (2012)
- Seven for a Secret (2013)
- The Fatal Flame (2015)
Detailed book overview
Dust and Shadow gives the readers an insight into vintage mystery; one that pits Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper on the backdrop of a vividly painted picture of London in the nineteenth-century.
Fans have seemingly never had enough of the detective character ever Sir Arthur Conan Doyle masterminded the ingenuity that is Sherlock Holmes.
Lyndsay Faye's Dust and Shadow breathes new life into the character, as she recreates her version of the Whitechapel serial killer; one of the most fiendish villains of all time.
Jane Steele, a vulnerable orphan, suffers at the hands of her wicked aunt and malevolent cousin. At school she also fights for her life; one that forces her to flee to London, leaving behind the corpses of her tormentors.
After several years of running from the law, she stumbles upon an advertisement about her aunt’s death and returns to her childhood home which now has a new master; Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.
Jane falls in love with the caustic Mr. Thornfield, but can she be in control of his body, soul and secrets without revealing her own murderous past?
The year is 1921.
Arriving in Oregon with a bullet wound, a wealth of experience fighting the mob in New York, and fifty thousand dollars in illegal cash, "Nobody" Alice James strikes up a friendship with a black Pullman porter named Max; a man who ends up saving Alice by taking her to the Paragon Hotel.
Lodgers at the all-black hotel are however petrified by the presence of a white woman, and rightly so given the recent presence of the Ku Klux Klan who have left a trail violence behind them.
The Paragon Hotel is a book about the darkest parts of America's history and the most redemptive aspects of humanity.
Meet Ben Dane: brilliant, devastating, devoted, honest to a fault (truly, a fault). His Broadway theater baron father is dead--but by purpose or accident? The question rips him apart.
Unable to face alone his mother's ghastly remarriage to his uncle, Ben turns to his dearest friend, Horatio Patel, whom he hasn't seen since their relationship changed forever from platonic to something...other. Loyal to a fault (truly, a fault), Horatio is on the first flight to NYC when he finds himself next to a sly tailor who portends inevitable disaster. And who seems ominously like an architect of mayhem himself.
Meanwhile, Ben's ex-fiancé Lia, sundered her from her loved ones thanks to her addiction recovery and torn from her art, has been drawn into the fold of three florists from New Orleans--seemingly ageless sisters who teach her the language of flowers, and whose magical bouquets hold both curses and cures. For a price.
On one explosive night these kinetic forces will collide, and the only possible outcome is death. But in the masterful hands of Lyndsay Faye, the story we all know has abundant surprises in store. Impish, captivating, and achingly romantic, this is Hamlet as you've never seen it before.
Lyndsay Faye—international bestseller, translated into fifteen languages, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee—first appeared on the literary scene with Dust and Shadow, her now-classic novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, and later produced The Whole Art of Detection, her widely acclaimed collection of traditional Watsonian tales. Now Faye is back with Observations by Gaslight, a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective.
Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime which haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins’ first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor.
From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, Observations by Gaslight—entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists—paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before.
When his young daughter asks him whether spirits and faeries are real, Davenport Lomax affectionately pats his little one on the head.
The Edwardian librarian is however shocked when he witnesses a distressed figure emerging from the winding passages of the library, muttering demonology.
A member of the Brotherhood of Solomon—a secret society determined to uncover magical mysteries—Theodore Grange is convinced that he has found a book written by the one and only Queen of Sheba.
Although it is believed to hold the answers to a thousand demonic mysteries, any man who dares to read it shall be poisoned.
Short Story Collection
Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. John Watson, international bestselling author Lyndsay Faye presents this engrossing collection of short Sherlockian tales.
The stories include:
The Lowther Park Mystery: Invited by a politician brother to a garden party, the introverted Sherlock Holmes spontaneously starts a bit of drama in order to thwart a conspiracy against the government.
The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel: Sherlock Holmes must uncover the mystery behind the brutal killing of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage.
Timothy Wilde Series
Fascinated by the origins of the New York City Police Department, Lyndsay Faye penned The Gods of Gotham, which led to her first Best Novel Edgar Award nomination.
The book is about Timothy Wilde, an avid observer and a hopeless romantic who is not just among the first but also the best copper stars on New York City's inaugural police force.
The thriller offers a sharp look at Manhattan; a hub ridiculed with crime and religious bigotry, presented in a character-driven drama served for the whole family.
Timothy Wilde thinks he is well versed with the city’s dark practices just six months into the formation of the NYPD.
The talented yet reluctant officer is however shocked when he learns of the underworld “blackbirders” who snatch free Northerners of color and sell them as slaves to the plantations in the South.
Appalled by the horrific inhuman trade, Timothy helps Lucy to find her mixed-race sister and son, but the search will hurl Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world of savage politics, police complicity and corpses appearing in the strangest of places.
In the 1840’s, no one likes fires in New York- least of all Copper Star Timothy Wilde. So when Alderman Robert Symmes, an unscrupulous man with a powerful position in the Tammany Hall ranks, is threatened by an arsonist, Wilde is involved with the highest of laxity.
His skepticism further escalates when Valentine, his brother, announces his willingness to contest against Symmes in the upcoming election; one that makes both of them a target of some powerful figures.
But when Mercy Underhill, the love of his life, shows up on his doorstep with a starving orphan who could play a pivotal role in stopping the arsonists, Wilde knows he is on the brink of breakthrough…if only he can decipher her cryptic descriptions.