Immersive Historical Fiction in the Gilded Age

Acclaimed Novels by Robert Brighton


Current of Darkness:

Desire and Deceit in the Gilded Age


Now Available for Pre-Order!


“Unforgettable female leads power this stellar historical mystery” (BookLife Reviews) by Robert Brighton, told with “writing that is on par with the cunning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and David Morell” (Manhattan Book Review).

A swirling tale of industrial espionage, love, and betrayal, Current of Darkness follows aspiring sleuth Sarah Payne behind the sleek, honeymoon façade of Gilded Age Niagara Falls and into a shadowy demimonde of ruthless union bosses, saboteurs, and tycoons—including the powerful, handsome, and mysterious Charles Kendall, whose intentions toward Sarah are unclear.

Meanwhile, sultry widow Alicia Miller is set on taking charge of her murdered husband’s company—only to find herself pitted against the new majority owner, who has his own ideas about women in the world of men. But cunning and captivating Alicia has ideas, too—and will stop at nothing to come out on top.

Both women will have to find the courage and resourcefulness—and set aside their own simmering feud—to survive in this “winning story of action, sabotage, cutthroat business dealings, and women daring to be something new at the dawn of the American century” (BookLife Reviews).

A captivating, page-turning, and immersive tale of industrial espionage, love, and betrayal - set against the backdrop of the glittering Gilded Age. Current of Darkness will draw readers in, and hold them under, until its final, explosive pages.



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The Buffalo Butcher

Jack the Ripper in the Electric City


Named BookLife Reviews Editor’s Pick

” . . . Brighton’s well-grounded, frank, and incisive prose shows the truth of sexual trafficking at the dawn of the twentieth century . . . deftly blends the fascinations of the period setting with unpredictability, suspense, and horror . . . at its core lies these women’s drives to save their dignity, and each other, to their last breath, in the name of love . . .”

Summer 1901, and the great Pan-American Exposition welcomes the world to Buffalo, New York—Queen of the Lakes. Eight million visitors throng the bustling boomtown—all of them looking for a good time.

As heat and swarming crowds choke the city, the bodies of prostitutes begin turning up, slashed and mutilated by a pitiless hand—their flesh carved with strange symbols.

Some say the killings are the work of the Devil himself. Others hint that the Whitechapel Murderer, Jack the Ripper, has crossed the Atlantic to resume his bloody career. Yet the city’s power brokers—afraid of any publicity that would harm the Exposition—turn a blind eye to the victims. They’re only whores, after all . . .

As the bloody summer wears on, only one thing is clear: it’ll be up to the working girls themselves to stop the carnage. And in The Buffalo Butcher, five of them will stand together to confront the killer . . . and to reclaim their humanity.

An important new novel by Robert Brighton, acclaimed author of the Avenging Angel Detective Agency™ Mysteries.


The Unsealing Audiobook


You’ve loved The Unsealing (thank you!) and it’s now available by popular demand as an audiobook.  

If you haven’t been able to find enough quiet time to READ The Unsealing, as of today you can LISTEN to it.

Several months ago—after quite a few requests for an audio format of the book—I went into the recording studio to read the whole novel, cover to cover, for your listening pleasure.

The AUDIOBOOK of The Unsealing is available to stream or download at all of the usual places: Apple Books,, Barnes & Noble,, Libby/Overdrive, Spotify, and many more not listed here (I hate to leave anyone out, but time and space are finite!). Its release on is imminent, so if that’s your preferred platform just keep checking—it’ll show up very soon.

Should you choose to favor me with your custom, I can promise you a good story competently read by its author.

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The Unsealing Audiobook launch - Interview with Robert Brighton


The Unsealing is now available as an Audiobook! Several months ago—after quite a few requests for an audio format of the book—I went into the recording studio to read the whole novel, cover to cover, for your listening pleasure. Today, it's now ready for you to listen at all of your favorite places to get audiobooks! Recently, I was interviewed about The Unsealing, and about the audiobook creation process. That interview is here on today's blog as a sneak preview. I hope that you enjoy it.


The Corset, Caresse Crosby, and Shapewear


No garment seems to attract so much misinformation (and even ire) as the corset—which in modern opinion is seen alternately as an instrument of torture, a symbol of female oppression, or a bit of naughty boudoir dress-up gear. But modern opinion is just that: modern, and opinion.  So today we’ll look at some of the period facts (and more modern fancies) surrounding this poorly understood bit of underwear.


Teddy Roosevelt: The End of The Gilded Age and the Beginning of The Gelded Age?


Theodore Roosevelt, the twentieth-sixth President of the United States, is perhaps best remembered these days for the establishment of the National Park system, for his ‘trust-busting’ (taking on monopolistic business practices), and for being an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Yet one of his most significant influences was on fashion.