Well, I'm not overly familiar with the category, and am looking for some reading recommendations. To give an idea of the flavor I like, I've read:

IJ Parker's books - enjoyed very much.
Paul Doherty - enjoyed so-so.
Brother Cadfael books - enjoyed so-so.
Arturo Pereze-Reverte - enjoy very much.
Also, I've been working on O'Brien's books - I'm 14 in now - and enjoy them alot.

I do not enjoy historical fiction that "stars" a real person.

Recommendations?

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Hi Clay,

I'll send you a copy of my new novel "WHOO?" set in Michigan in the late 1890's. Let me know if you would be interested. I'll send you a copy, and hope you'll review.

Dennis
I'd love to read it. How do you want to send it?
Send me an email at dlepp2001@yahoo.com. Send me a snail mail address, and I'll ship it to you.

den
i must say I like Historical Mysteries as long as they stay close to the facts.I do not like historical fiction that stars areal person.That i believe is going to far.in our store and over the internety we sell a lot of Historical Mysteries Margaret Frazer is top of the list
The best historical mystery of all is "The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey.

Lindsey Davis' Falco series is charming. Falco is an informer (detective) in Vespasian's reign. Imagine James Rockford in ancient Rome.

Anne Perry wrote two series. After a few, you get a strong sense of deja vu. However, the first of the William Monk series, "The Face of a Stranger" is well done. Monk is a Victorian police detective with amnesia who comes to believe that he, himself, is the murderer of his case. Well done!
Frederic Brown (better known for his science fiction) wrote three books about a young man and his uncle in Chicago during the early fifties. The first, "The Fabulous Clipjoint," is the best. The other titles are "Dead Ringer" and "Bloody Moonlight." Brown's prose is wonderfully crisp and clear, and the young guy is likable. Good plot even.
I just started a novel by David Liss (audio in the car). Dear God, does anyone tolerate anything this wordy in such fake eighteenth century style? I see the author is widely acclaimed. What in the world got into the reviewers?
The Alienist, by Caleb Carr (turn of the century NY nouvel romans with characters like Teddy Roosevelt: fantastic)

Anything by Rennie Airth (sp?)

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