Looking for book recommendations. I enjoy novels where characters deal with some type of mystery from the past. Can be historical fiction (like
) or entirely fictional.
I also enjoyed The Historian
, by Elizabeth Kostova and The Daughter of Time
by Josephine Tey. The Red Violin
, though a film, is another great example of the kind of thing I mean.
I also include the 'regular' fiction books below, as the characters must uncover/solve mysteries from their personal pasts.
The Tana French mysteries (In the Woods
, The Likeness
, and Faithful Place
Probably a bunch more that I'm forgetting
I'm open to most genres, though I get especially excited about Indiana Jonesy/adventurey stuff, or mysteries, or intriguing foreign locales (as in The Historian) or fun/clever new worlds (Harry Potter).
In terms of quality, I'm looking for anything from awesome (Possession) to guilty-pleasure-though-not-entirely-crap (The Historian). Dan Brown fits my general requirements but is entirely-crap. I don't really get into books like LOTR that are 100% fantasy, though books like Harry Potter, which mix the real world with fantastical elements, can be awesome (also liked Jonathan Strange, though that book wouldn't really fit into this question).