"A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right?
I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past,
they were enclosed in the circle.
So the way this trope normally unfolds is that a bunch of people wander into a house
, someone gets murdered, and the detective has to solve the crime. Or, alternatively, they're invited onto an island, and they all get murdered one by one.
Often, past events are crucial in figuring out why
the murder occurred, but there's almost always an active murder investigation going on - a corpse in the library, so to speak. I'm looking for books that take this even further - that are about people who are all trapped in one place, solving a mystery that took place entirely in the past.
Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time
is close, but since other people can come and go from the main sleuth's hotel room, it's not quite what I'm looking for.
To make this a bit easier, it's totally fine if a murder happens eventually,
as the culmination to the plot, but it can't be the immediate trigger.