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.
Sweet poison by David Roberts
Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black
The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman
The hell screen by I.J. Parker
Shadow trade by Alan Furst