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