In 16th-century Istanbul, master miniaturist and illuminator of books Enishte Effendi is commissioned to illustrate a book celebrating the sultan. Soon he lies dead at the bottom of a well, and how he got there is the crux of this novel.
The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, hoping to mediate the feud between Sir Isaac Newton and Leibniz, both angrily insisting they invented calculus. However as the two greats brawl Queen Anne nears death.
Death Comes As Epiphany by Sharan Newman
Catherine LeVendeur, a young novice and scholar at the Convent of the Paraclete, is sent by the Abbess Heloise on a perilous mission to find out who is trying to destroy the reputation of the convent. Setting: 1139 A.D France.
The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters
The Emersons returning to Egypt in 1922, receive an unexpected vistor, flamboyant writer Magda Petherick, who spins an outrageous story about a cursed artifact and implores them to exorcise its demon.