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The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoRead about another title on the list.
Someone is bumping off monks in an Italian monastery in the 14th century, and the library, in which all its precious manuscripts are stored, is the centre of the mystery. "For these men devoted to writing, the library was at once the celestial Jerusalem and an underground world on the border between terra incognita and Hades."
The Name of the Rose is one of Andy McSmith's top 10 books of the 1980s, Ian Rankin's five favorite literary crime novels, and Vanora Bennett's five favorite historical novels.