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Water Your Mind—With Historical Mysteries

Some feature famous characters, and all of these novels of detection are set in a time clearly distinct from our own. That's right—before cells phones, before computers.

 

The Tale of Briar Bank: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

Set in England's Lake District, 1909, Beatrix Potter's girlhood home, where talking with the animals helps the young Ms. Potter with a mystery, as well as her own writing.

 

The Intrigue at Highbury, or, Emma's Match

Mr. & Mrs. Darcy track down a mystery in this faithful Jane Austin sequel.

 

The Last Illusion

Set in New York City in 1903, featuring Harry Houdini and his wife Bess.

 

The King James Conspiracy

It's 1605, and in Cambridge England a group of scholars is creating the definitive English Bible translation. When a translator is murdered, a Catholic conspiracy surfaces, featuring a large cast of real-life characters in a terrific mix of history and mystery.

 

Death of a Wine Merchant

Set a century ago, when the British middle classes began consuming wine at great rates in imitation of the aristocracy. A family of wealthy wine merchants hires gentleman sleuth Lord Francis Powerscourt to investigate the "locked room" murder of a wine merchant at a family wedding.

 

The Apostate's Tale

Medieval priory life is disrupted when a former nun seeks shelter for herself and her illegitimate son. Soon her lies and a possible murder threaten the sisters' peaceful convent.

 

Her Highness' First Murder: A Simon & Elizabeth Mystery

In 1546 the teen-aged future Elizabeth I proves to be an engaging amateur sleuth.

 

Requiem in Vienna: A Viennese Mystery

During the peak of Vienna's cultural renaissance, a villain's target is the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler.

 

The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Following up the unresolved plot of The Language of Bees, it's summer 1924 and someone is attacking Holmes' family. With his son wounded, his wife protecting his 3-year-old granddaughter, and his brother Mycroft missing, Holmes and family face rickety plane travel, madmen, and more than one cliffhanger.