Throughout November we’re featuring mysteries set in other times and places in Reader Services. Stop by to browse in person, or view a partial list of titles online. Here are a few the Staff have particularly enjoyed over the years to get you started:
Dirge for a Doge by Elizabeth Eyre
Political intrigue, complex plot twists, and memorable characters (including a one-eared dog) make for a suspenseful story set in Renaissance Venice.
Funeral in Blue by Anne Perry
This entry in the William Monk series finds the Victorian private detective and his wife, Hester, involved in solving a murder that hits very close to home.
Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson
Rotating between murder mysteries set in England in 1969 and 2006, veteran author Robinson revisits rock music festivals and the hippie scene of the late sixties while creating a baffling modern case for DCI Alan Banks. In this mystery Robinson reminds us of the anguished struggles between teenagers and parents, the angst of the late 60s, the devastating effects of dabbling with drugs, and the unappreciated but important role of the police. It seems impossible for Robinson to disappoint. That said, ardent fans of Banks might not find this as satisfying as the excellent Playing With Fire since Banks must share billing with 60s counterpart, Chadwick, who himself is an intriguing character. Suitable For Young Adults.
Stalking Horse by Miriam Grace Monfredo
This exciting historical mystery follows the adventures of one of the first female Pinkerton detectives as she races to protect President-elect Lincoln from assassination before he can assume office. A wonderful series and highly recommended.
The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
Set in Moscow in the late 1800s, this mystery features the bright, young and naïve policeman, Erast Fandorin. Full of twists, the plot takes Erast to the salons of wealthy Muscovites as well as the shabbier sections of London.
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