more applause for the late Ellis Peters (aka Edith Pargeter) - Cadfael
most applause for Lindsey Davis - Falco
little applause for P.C.Doherty (aka Paul Harding, Michael Clynes) - who forgets that in historical novels attention to detail is critical and gives his 14th century cleric (Brother Athelstan) a 17th. century telescope to study the heavens
[hijack] when does a mystery become a historical mystery?
is the main criterion that the author is writing of past times, or is it just that the setting is in the past?
a number of posts have mentioned the Victorian era, even the 1920s
so are we close to viewing the Wimsey novels of Dorothy Leigh Sayers as historical mysteries?
The novels are set in the 1920s and 1930s, and were written in the 1920s and 1930s. 70 years - three generations ago - is history to most of us, and the structure of that distant society is almost as strange as Rome. So familiar and yet so different.
Another major plus for DLS is that, unlike Conan Doyle and Christie, she produces no rabbits from hats. No esoteric knowledge is revealed only when the hero solves the crime. The carefull reader has all the information needed to beat Wimsey to the tape. This was quite deliberate on her part, in one book (Five Red Herrings?) a critical clue is omitted, but she explains in an aside that the alert reader can deduce the missing element.[/hijack]
[second hijack]am I deluding myself, or is it true that most of the really good mystery writers are women?[/second hijack]
[third hijack]is there a record for the highest number of hijacks in a single post?[/third hijack]