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How many historical mysteries are written in the first person, as opposed to the voice of the all-knowing narrator? How important is point-of-view to the reader? Does the style of narration and dialog have to be authentic to the historical period? Does any of this matter?
If you’re as besotted with history, mystery and writing as we are, then you want the answers to these questions, and more. Picking up from where we left off in our second podcast, we explore these questions by – you guessed it – reading from some of our favorite historical fiction novels, and then discussing what it all means.
Does first person narration connect better with the reader? Does the story sound more authentic if the dialog is reflective of the period in which it’s set? We’d love to hear what you think, after you listen to our podcast.
Here are the authors we mention:
Lindsey Davis, The Iron Hand of Mars
Ellis Peters, The Pilgrim of Hate