I love a good crime novel. Old fashioned whodunnits where the victim is discovered dead, but without the gore or the detailed descriptions. Here are a few that you might enjoy:
Justin de Quincy Mysteries - Sharon Penman
Set in the 12th Century, Justin de Quincy, solves mysteries and is appointed "queen's man" by Eleanor of Aquitaine. The first two books, The Queen's Man and Cruel As The Grave, are about the time after King Henry II's death. Eleanor, who is about age 70, rules the Angevin empire with one son (Richard) in captivity, and another son (John) on the fringes of power. The third novel in the series, The Dragon's Lair, is set during the same period, but is based in northwest England and north Wales. The most recent book in the series, Prince of Darkness, continues to explore the conflict between mothers and sons. More are promised, but haven't arrived as yet.
Frances Doughty Mysteries - Linda Stratmann
Set in Victorian Bayswater, Frances becomes a private detective after her father's death. Her cases involve poisonings, unexplained incidents at a private girl's school, a death at a private mortuary where clients are promised they'll never be buried alive, rivalries between diet doctors and a school for the deaf. The period detail in these is excellent. The book discusses the various issues that Frances has a woman living independently and her growing interest in women's suffrage.
Home Front Detectives - Edward Marston
Set during the Great War, Inspector Marmion and Sargent Joe Keedy, solve crimes at home. Much of the rest of the male population is away fighting and women are entering the work-force to take their place. Part crime novel, part social history. The first book takes place in the aftermath of Lusitania, where crowds stormed into the West End to attack premises owned by German proprietors. The second book is about the murder of a conscious objector whilst the last I've read is about female munition workers.
Do you like crime novels? Any recommendations for me? Nothing gory mind!
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