Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.
A free man of color by Barbara Hambly
A test of wills by Charles Todd
Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
Hawkwood: a Regency crime thriller by James McGee
Murphy's law: a Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen
The girl in the green raincoat: a novel by Laura Lippman — I'm only slightly ashamed to admit that I scoured the mystery fiction stacks for a short book in order to fulfill my Sleuth It badge. This was a decent mystery, though, and part of the reason I picked it is that the main character is in her final trimester of pregnancy.