One of my favorite genres of fiction is historical mysteries. These novels have becomes quite popular in the last few years. The best examples of this genre are well written historical novels which happen to contain a mystery. I really enjoy reading these novels because of their historical settings. I have read historical mysteries set in ancient Egypt and Rome, seventh century Ireland, medieval England and France, and China.
Some of my favorite historical sleuths are:
Brother Cadfael - a monk in medieval England, by Ellis Peters
Sister Frevisse - a nun in medieval England, by Margaret Frazer
Sister Fidelma - a religieuse in seventh century Ireland, by Peter Tremayne
Marcus Didius Falco - a Roman detective, by Lindsey Davis