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
Erin go Bragh! The celebration of St. Patrick's Day outside of Ireland is a clear indication of the Irish influence throughout the world. In the United States many cities and towns recognize March 17th with parades and parties to mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts both in the United States and throughout the world. Celebrate the day by sampling a wee bit of Irish culture and history from some of the many titles available in the Library's collection:
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), think about reading an Irish author or about Irish history.
The Guards by Ken Bruen
Faceless Killers: a mystery by Henning Mankell; translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray
Don't Look Back: an Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum; translated from the Norwegian by Felicity David
Griffith's Valuation, carried out between 1847 and 1864, was the first organized valuation of Ireland's property holdings. It's especially helpful to those researching their Irish ancestors because Irish census records prior to 1901 were lost in the destruction of the Irish Public Records Office in 1922.