Whodunnits set in times gone by, from ancient eras to the early twentieth century and often featuring figures from history - with a twist.

Deborah Challinor

Challinor's novels combine fact and fiction into very accessible, readable accounts of women's lives in the Pacific during the 1800's.

Lindsey Davis

Best known as the author of the Falco series of crime stories set in Ancient Rome and its Empire.

Barbara Erskine

Often moving from present day to Roman times, Erskine mixes historical research with her interest in the supernatural to create atmospheric, original page-turners.

Andrew Pepper

Atmospheric murder mysteries set in mid-nineteenth century London featuring Detective Inspector Pyke.

Anne Perry

Author of the William Monk and Inspector Thomas Pitt series, both fearless investigators driven to find the truth.

Ellis Peters

Creator of the well loved twelfth century Benedictine monk Cadfael who combines the curious mind of a scientist/pharmacist with a knight errant.

C.J. Sansom

Lawyer Matthew Shardlake is assisted by Jack Barak as they puzzle their way through deceit, treachery and guile in the reign of Henry VIII.

Peter Tremayne

Sister Fidelma, a woman of wit and courage, solves mysteries in Ancient Ireland.

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