If you like The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: "Readers who think the legend of Dracula has become a trite staple of schlock fiction will find this atmospheric page-turner by first-time author Kostova a bloodthirsty delight. A teenage American girl, living in1972 Amsterdam, comes across an ancient book in the library of her widower father, a former historian and now a diplomat. The book, blank save for an illustration of a dragon and the word Drakulya, contains a cache of faded letters all addressed to My dear and unfortunate reader. Thus begins a search for the truth behind the myth of Dracula, a search that crosses continents as well as generations." (Booklist Review)

If you enjoyed this book's mixture of history, mystery, and suspense, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

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The Chinese Bell Murders by Robert Van Gulik
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The Fire Kimono by Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, March 1700. Troops ambush and attack Lady Reiko, the wife of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power and influence. The troops who have attacked Reiko appear to belong to Sano's enemy, Lord Matsudaira, who denies all responsibility. But if the rivals are not to blame, who is? (catalog description)

 

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
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Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
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Slayer of Gods by Lynda Suzanne Robinson
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Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler
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