Good Reads - Fiction
Historical Mysteries - Bookmark
Bastable, Bernard - To
Die Like a Gentleman - 1993, 152p.
Frances Weyland, governess at Elmstead Court, works for
a family dominated by the thoroughly nasty Sir Richard
Hudson and his menacing man-servant Joseph. How death and
blackmail alter the dynamics of this Victorian household
is revealed by the various characters.
Baxt, George - The
Bette Davis Murder Case - 1994, 200p.
Christie and Bette Davis find a body in the library. Who
could resist a plot like that? This is only one of
many mysteries by Baxt featuring movie stars and related
Hollywood types from the glamorous '30s and '40s.
Burns, Ron - Roman
Nights - 1991, 340p.
The year is 180 AD
and Livinius Severus, Stoic, lawyer, and nobleman, is dejected
by the drop in Roman morality
with the waning of Marcus Aurelius' influence. Following
the death of a noblewoman in the aftermath of an orgy,
it seems a serial killer is targeting Stoics...and Severus
wants to stop him.
Collins, Max Allan - The
Titanic Murders - 1999,
American mystery writer Jacques Futrelle is on the Titanic
when he becomes involved in a mystery surrounding two deaths
on board before the Titanic sinks. The real Jacques Futrelle
went down with the ship, so we'll never really know
Doherty, P.C. - An
Ancient Evil - 1994,
This is the first of four books in which various pilgrims
to Canterbury entertain their fellow travelers with tales
of mystery and intrigue. This, the Knight's story,
is about a vampire cult.
Doherty, P.C. - The
Death of a King - 1985,
Edward II is the King in this mystery set in fourteenth-century
England. Doherty has also written mysteries about other
Dukthas, Ann - A
Time for the Death of a King - 1994, 226p.
Segalla is a scholar who turns up in various centuries
and tries to solve some of history's most
intriguing mysteries. This time it's the question
of Mary Queen of Scots' involvement in the death
of her first husband, Lord Darnley.
Jones, J.D.F. - The
Buchan Papers - 1996,
Author John Buchan, who wrote the spy novel The 39 Steps,
is portrayed as a British civil servant assigned to South
Africa in 1903 to find the legendary "Kruger's
Gold," missing since the end of the Boer War.
Meyers, Maan - The
Dutchman - 1992, 306p.
The first of this
series of mysteries, featuring detectives from the same
family through three centuries, begins in
the 1600's in New Amsterdam. Tonneman, the sheriff,
must find the causes of three deaths while New Amsterdam
is being menaced by the British who are in Manhattan Harbor
Paul, Barbara - A
Cadenza for Caruso - 1984,
In 1910, Enrico Caruso is in New York for the premier
of La Fanciulla del West, but when Puccini is suspected
of murder, Caruso cannot rest until he clears his friend's
Satterthwait, Walter - Miss
Lizzie - 1989,
A summer at the seashore in 1921 becomes far from boring
for 13-year-old Amanda Burton when her neighbor and friend,
the notorious Lizzie Borden, is again suspected of murder.
Tey, Josephine - The
Daughter of Time - 1951,
Though it takes place in the present, historical mystery
readers should not miss this examination by a modern day
policeman of the deaths of the princes, supposedly at the
hand of Richard III. Tey's 1951 book sparked controversy
and inspired rebuttals that continue to this day.
Prepared by Carol Yarmolich, January 2001