Sunday, June 27, 2021

Nine immersive historical novels

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her days filling legal pads with stories and reading World War II books.

Kelly's new novel is Sunflower Sisters.

At CrimeReads she tagged nine favorite historical mysteries in which setting plays a significant part, including:
Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it? Tillie won’t rest until she figures out the mystery of her sister’s death and can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and her opium addiction looming, it becomes difficult for her to know what’s real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Opium and Absinthe.

Q&A with Lydia Kang (July 2020).

--Marshal Zeringue