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Old 07-05-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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I'm a fan of Caleb Carr and I really liked "The Devil in the White City".

I really enjoy thriller mysteries set at the turn of the last century.

Any ideas?
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:46 AM
 
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I don't read historical fiction but I know lots of others do and they may have missed this the first time around! Anyone?
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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Books by Leon Uris and James Michener.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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Maybe no answers because your area is so narrow. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but when I saw your title line, I was about to mention Gone With the Wind and Shogun, but neither fit your narrow category.

Or you could just read works written around the turn of the last century.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:56 AM
 
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How was that Devil in a White City? Is it more like a history book or a novel? Sounds very interesting from what I have heard.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:03 AM
 
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Well, Devil in the White City isn't fiction and I've never read Caleb Carr so I can't really recommend anything similar. Perhaps something on Jack the Ripper? That was near the turn of the century and would definitely be a thriller. "The Yard" by Alex Grecian was quite popular and there's a sequel to it. Also, Charles Todd writes WWI murder mystery/thrillers.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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The Blackest Bird is one that was suggested on this forum- it's really good background of the era in NYC and NJ (and Baltimore with Edgar Allen Poe woven throughout. I don't remember it all that well (not the best memory lately) but I remember thinking it was extremely well written and also provided some nice historical background.

Amazon.com: The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York eBook: Joel Rose: Kindle Store
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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The author of Devil in the White City also wrote In the Garden of Beasts, set in Berlin prior to WWII.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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Ooops, after writing the below saw you just wanted literary mysteries set at the turn of the 20th c. So from the below, read Ragtime, I guess, though it isn't a genre mystery. I'll go ahead and post the below, but will try again for you later.

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, but I read so much I'm having a hard time thinking of something specific. Hmmmm - a quick look at my bookshelves (I only keep books that I LOVE):

The Living by Annie Dillard
The Freshour Cylinders by Speer Morgan
Wild Life by Molly Gloss
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley
The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow

and it goes without saying, any and all other books written by the same authors.

anything at all by Louise Erdrich - some are very historic while others mix modern/historic. I own ALL of her books. Maybe have a special love for The Master Butcher's Singing Club.

I have Dark Matter by Phillip Kerr waiting to be read, great reviews but I haven't read it yet.

If you haven't yet discovered the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley, you're in for a treat. Set in the 1950s, so not super historic, but still . . .

The Victorian period William Monk mysteries by Anne Perry . . .

The feudal Japan mysteries by Laura Joh Rowland

There are zillions more, of course, these are just what are out on my bookshelves now.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Parkville, MO
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I'm also a lover of historical fiction. If you like historical fiction thrillers/mysteries, you really have to check out C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series! Set during the time of Henry VIII's reign. I loved all 5!

Dissolution
Dark Fire
Soverign
Revelation
Heartstone
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