Works



The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France
In 1760s Paris, young Charles-Henri Sanson—forced by birth into an odious job as the public executioner—must reconcile his duty with his conscience.

Spyderwort Press, 2013
First edition
eBook $4.99 (Bastille Day special! $2.99 for a limited time at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, etc)
Trade paperback $15.99

A Tale of Two Cities: A Reader's Companion
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel, with 780 footnotes and mini-essays on Georgian & Victorian England and the French Revolution.


Spyderwort Press, 2014
First edition
eBook $4.99 (Bastille Day special! $2.99 for a limited time at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, etc)
Trade paperback $16.99



Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders:
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths


Spyderwort Press, 2012
Second edition, 2013
eBook $4.99
Trade paperback $12.99





The Aristide Ravel /​
French Revolution mystery series



Each novel can stand alone, but if you're new to the
series, ideally you'll ignore the publishing dates and
read them in the following order:

1. The Cavalier of the Apocalypse (1786)


2. Palace of Justice (1793)


3. Game of Patience (1796)


4. A Treasury of Regrets (1797)







The Cavalier of the Apocalypse
Historical mystery, first in the series timeline.
Pre-revolutionary Paris, 1786

St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009
eBook $7.59
Hardcover
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Palace of Justice
Historical mystery, sequel to The Cavalier of the Apocalypse & prequel to Game of Patience.
Revolutionary Paris, 1793

St. Martin's Minotaur, 2010
eBook $7.59
Hardcover
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Game of Patience
Historical mystery
Revolutionary Paris, 1796

St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006
eBook $4.99
Trade paperback $13.99
Hardcover
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A Treasury of Regrets
Historical mystery, sequel to Game of Patience
Revolutionary Paris, 1797

St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007
eBook $4.99
Hardcover

One of Library Journal's top five mysteries of 2007





A Far Better Rest
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

Soho Press, 2000
Hardcover

Bella Rosa Books, 2010
eBook $2.99
Trade paperback $14.95



"Masquerade"

An non-Ravel e-short story set somewhere in the eighteenth century. FREE for all e-readers at Smashwords.com .





All books in print may be ordered through your local bookseller if not available on the shelf; or always at online booksellers. (But please patronize your local independent bookstore!)





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Writers love talking about their work! (It probably comes from spending way too many hours alone at a keyboard.) I'd be delighted to visit on the phone with your group for an hour to answer your questions and/​or discuss my books, mystery fiction, historical fiction, writing, getting published, and so on. College-level writing or history classes are also welcome.

Just email me to set up a date and time--don't forget to remind me what time zone you're in--and tell me a little about your group. All you need at your end is a speakerphone; I'll pay for the call. I look forward to visiting with you!

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film/​TV rights should be directed to Susanne's agent:

Cristina Concepcion
Don Congdon Associates
110 William St., Suite 2202
New York, NY 10038

212 645 1229 phone
212 727 2688 fax





Selected Works

Standalone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities
Nonfiction:
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel.
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths
The Aristide Ravel French Revolution Mysteries:
Book 1 of the Ravel Mysteries

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