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.
Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean
Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris
Mute witness by Charles O'Brien
A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch
A conspiracy of paper by David Liss
This month in history Benedict Arnold was executed, Marilyn Monroe was born, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released, WWII Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York.
The real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy
The making of Some like it hot: my memories of Marilyn Monroe and the classic American movie by Tony Curtis with Mark A. Vieira
D-day: the battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [sound recording] by The Beatles
Enlightening the world: the creation of the Statue of Liberty by Yasmin Sabina Khan
Happy Thanksgiving. How much do you really know about the early years of America's formation?
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick