A Conspiracy of Paper
by David Liss
London, 1719. Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish ex-boxer who makes his living as a detective, investigates the death of a businessman. Weaver's father, who had been a stockjobber, was also recently murdered. Eventually, Weaver uncovers a violent cabal of financiers whose actions lead to a stock market crash.
A Fatal Glass of Beer
by Stuart Kaminsky
1943. Toby Peters, detective to the stars, is hired by W.C. Fields to catch a thief who is cleaning out Fields's numerous bank accounts. As they crisscross the country amid Fields's pompous blather, the thief taunts them, first with notes, and then with bullets.
by William Diehl
After World War II, former Los Angeles Police Department detective Zeke Bannon continues to investigate the nagging case of a woman suspiciously drowned in her bathtub. Bannon follows his leads to Eureka, California, and winds up in a world of Old West shootouts and murderous political ambition.
Good Night, Mr. Holmes
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Nell Huxleigh, a parson's daughter, relates this tale of Irene Adler, opera singer and detective. Miss Adler, who has the uncanny ability to outsmart even Sherlock Holmes, becomes a detective early in her operatic career. Her sleuthing results in encounters with Victorian personages such as Charles Lewis Tiffany, Oscar Wilde, Antonin Dvorak, and the mysterious Godfrey Norton, who helps her search for a skein of diamonds.
The Black Dahlia
by James Ellroy
Ex-prize fighter and Los Angeles homicide detective Bucky Bleichert narrates this account of the dark obsessions that instantly envelope him when he sees the nude, brutally butchered body of a beautiful, would-be actress. His relentless investigation leads to the discovery of corruption, perversion, and cover-ups in postwar Hollywood in this novel based upon a notorious and yet unsolved murder case of 1947.
The Dante Club
by Matthew Pearl
Boston, 1865. Famous poets and scholars, including Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, are preparing the first American translation of Dante when a serial killer strikes with gruesomeness reminiscent of the "Inferno." They help African American policeman Nicholas Rey investigate the murders.
by Bruce Alexander
In 1767, Josiah Markham, captain of a British frigate, falls overboard and drowns in the Indian Ocean . When the ship returns to England , the acting captain accuses another officer of murdering Markham . Blind magistrate Sir John Fielding probes the matter.
by Barbara Hambly
New Orleans, 1835. Benjamin January, a freedman, investigates the murder of a pirate's former mistress and how it may be linked to hidden treasure. As a hurricane nears, Benjamin and his lover, Rose, face danger from a greedy plantation family that also seeks the fortune.