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Wall Street Journal’s Top 5 Historical Mystery Novels

On Feb., 27, David B. Rivkin, Jr. ranked the top 5 historical mystery novels saying, “These historical mystery novels are superb mixtures of the scholarly and the suspenseful….” Read his take on the books here: WSJ Five Best Historical Mystery Novels.

The books include:

1. Alexandria

By Lindsey Davis
St. Martin’s/Minotaur, 2009

2. A Morbid Taste for Bones

By Ellis Peters
William Morrow, 1977

3. The Emperor’s Pearl

By Robert H. van Gulik
Scribner, 1963

4. Slayer of Gods

By Lynda S. Robinson
Warner, 2001

5. The Fire Kimono

By Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin’s/Minotaur, 2008

(Rivkin is a Washington-based lawyer who  served in the Justice Department during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.)

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