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Crime has existed from the dawn of time and these investigations take us back to the not-so-good ol' days.

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LYR - 09:35am Jul 18, 2002 PST(#113 of 125)


I'm really interested in historical mysteries with famous people (dead or alive) as private investigators. I've already seen the post on the Heck series featuring Mark Twain. Are there any other suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!


Marsha Francis - 10:02am Aug 5, 2002 PST(#114 of 125)

LYR - Try the ones by Eliot Roosevelt, featuring his mother, Eleanor, as the detective. There are also series about Jane Austen and Queen Elizabeth II, but the authors' names escape me at the moment. . .

Jim Sedgwick - 01:20pm Oct 17, 2002 PST(#115 of 125)

To the lady who praised Caleb Carr's works, bravo! I am almost finished with "The Alienist" I find this to be one the most fascinating thrillers I've ever read. Afterwards I intend to read "The Angel of Darkness"

Joy Gold - 08:47pm Nov 2, 2002 PST(#116 of 125)

The mysteries in which Jane Austen is the sleuth are written by Stephanie Barron. Because of some reappearing characters and references, they should be read in order. The first is Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor. These books are researched to the point that footnotes are sometimes used to explain a term or custom.

You may also enjoy the books by author Max Allan Collins. His mysteries are based on real people and events. The Hindenburg Murders has Leslie Charteris, creator of the "Saint" stories as the main character and sleuth. Evidently he was actually on the last flight of the Hindenburg, and this could be a true account of what happened. Another title by the same author is The Titanic Murders.

Jim Sedgwick - 10:44am Nov 7, 2002 PST(#117 of 125)

I've read a few of Max Allen Collins books. They're very good. He also wrote a few with Elliot Ness as the protagonist, one of which was "Butcher's Dozen" about the Cleveland Torso Murders.

Joy Gold - 04:33pm Nov 13, 2002 PST(#118 of 125)

Jim, which is your favorite Collins book so far?

Jim Sedgwick - 01:11pm Nov 22, 2002 PST(#119 of 125)

Joy, that's hard to say. I liked a lot of them. "Butcher's Dozen" gave me the creeps. Have you read it? I thought it was well written. I enjoyed "The Titanic Murders" & "The Hindenberg Murders" I haven't read "The Pearl Harbor Murders" yet. I'll get to it eventually:-)

Have you read Agatha Christie's historical mystery "Death Comes As The End"? It is a about a serial killer stalking a family in ancient Egypt. I really enjoyed that one.

Jim Sedgwick - 12:01pm Nov 26, 2002 PST(#120 of 125)

Joy, have you read the historical mysteries by Sam McCarver? He writes the Professor John Darnell mysteries. There is "The Case of Cabin 13" set on the Titanic. "The Case of Compartment 7" set on The Orient Express (This one features a young Agatha Christie who is among the passengers) There is "The Case of The Second Seance" & the new book is "The Case of The Ripper's Revenge" Try them, they're not bad. All are in paperback.

Joy Gold - 09:41am Nov 29, 2002 PST(#121 of 125)

Thanks, Jim, I have not read McCarver or "Butcher's Dozen". It's been awhile since I read "Death Comes As The End". I should reread it!

Jim Sedgwick - 11:33am Nov 29, 2002 PST(#122 of 125)

Yeah Joy, I love "Death Comes As The End" It's one of my favorite Christie novels. I just re-read "Evil Under The Sun" And read "Dead Man's Mirror"

Jim Sedgwick - 10:52am Dec 5, 2002 PST(#123 of 125)

Ijust stmbled upon "The investgations of Gordianus-The Finder" a series set in Acient Rome by Steven Saylor. They look intersting Joy

Joy Gold - 11:50am Jul 10, 2004 PST(#124 of 125)

Has anyone read the ancient Roman mysteries by Marilyn Todd? I think her sleuth is a woman called Claudia.

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