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    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.

Year: 1983
Genre: Historical DetectiveMiddle Ages

    The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine, and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time.

Year: 1990
Genre: Alternate HistoryHistorical DetectiveSteampunk

    The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler--a psychologist, or "alienist"--to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes.

Year: 1994
Genre: Historical DetectiveSerial Killer

    The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr

When the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Year: 1997
Genre: Historical Detective




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1983The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Historical Detective, Middle Ages
1990The Difference Engine by William Gibson Alternate History, Historical Detective, Steampunk
1994The Alienist by Caleb Carr Historical Detective, Serial Killer, Laszlo Kreizle
1997The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr Historical Detective, Laszlo Kreizle





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