If you enjoy reading crime books, but are a bit fed up of the baddie being caught by DNA, mobile phone records and such like, perhaps it’s time to try some historical crime fiction.
The CJ Sansom series of Shardlake novels are set during the reign of Henry VIII and feature lawyer Matthew Shardlake.
The books twist and turn. The brooding lawyer’s investigations sometimes lead him to deal with the likes of Thomas Cromwell and The Duke Of Norfolk.
There are seven titles in total. They’re a fantastic way to submerge yourself in the history of the time.
The stories take place against the backdrop of actual events and at one point Shardlake has an unpleasant encounter with Henry VIII himself . . .
A hidden London
They show you a side of London you may not have known existed.
The author has research both meticulously. You’ll learn more about some parts of history than you did at school!
Laura Purcell writes a gothic novel like no-one else.
“The Silent Companions” gave a few members of the PF team the heebee-geebees and “The Shape Of Darkness” was reviewed by Fiction Ed Lucy here. Both books have quite an ending and they may have you checking under your bed before you switch your light off . . .
Webs of deceit
Another author who writes thrilling historical crime is Andrew Taylor.
His beautifully woven stories include “The American Boy“, which features a young Edgar Allen-Poe caught up in a very dark mystery, and “The Scent Of Death” which takes place in New York during the American Civil War.
We hope you enjoy our suggestions and let us know on Twitter what some of your own favourites are!