Originally Posted by HarryT
Historical whodunnits are a very popular genre, Kent. There's a very large number of such books around.
I'm sure you're right Harry, and I think Sufue is also right that they're more popular outside of the USA (where I'm from, and where we ,apparently, have little respect, awareness, or interest in history-- at least in comparison with my overseas travel.)
I've read a number of historical mysteries, and enjoy them. I've read a number of "different culture" mysteries, and enjoyed them. I haven't tackled many that do both simultaneously
. (The Name of the Rose comes to mind, which I really enjoyed, but even then the cultural shift was far less for me than it would have been for historical Aztec, historical Asia, etc.)
I should be braver-- I think it takes a larger commitment to reading, rather than my typical "pick it up for 10 minutes at a time" reading style, if one is to immerse oneself in a different time & culture.