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Brownstone Literary Works favors the genres of Non-Fiction and Historical Fiction and believes that often the facts of an event reflect less than the collective truth of those who experienced it.

Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction

Brownstone Literary Works writers produce Non-Fiction pieces of literature, however, they also create Fictional works in the sub -genre of Fiction that often portrays fictional accounts or dramatization of historical figures or events. Writers of stories in this genre, while penning fiction, nominally attempt to capture the spirit, manners, and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity.

Historical fiction presents readers with a story that takes place during a notable period in history, and usually during a significant event in that period. Historical fiction often presents actual events from the point of view of people living in that time period.

In some historical fiction, famous events appear from points of view not recorded in history, showing historical figures dealing with actual events while depicting them in a way that is not recorded in history. Other times, the historical event complements a story's narrative, occurring in the background while characters deal with events (personal or otherwise) wholly unrelated to recorded history. Sometimes, the names of people and places have been in some way altered. As this is fiction, artistic license is permitted in regard to presentation and subject matter, so long as it does not deviate in significant ways from established history. If events should deviate significantly, the story may then fall into the genre of alternate history, which is known for speculating on what could have happened if a significant historical event had gone differently. On a similar note, events occurring in historical fiction must adhere to the laws of physics. Stories that extend into the magical or fantastic are often considered a historical fantasy.

BLW's authors find the rigorous process of research as rewarding as challenging and it is there authors of BLW find their niche. Please review our list of manuscripts. The most recent publication, The Danburg Diary by TA Powell deals with the FBI's unsolved murders of Moores Ford Bridge, and the heated gubernatorial race surrounding the events in Georgia during the summer of 1946.

Brownstone Literary Works was founded on the principle that every narrative has a right to find its voice. Brownstone Literary Works is proud to share a working relationship with
C.C.I.R.I. (Cold Case Investigative Research Institute of Atlanta/ Bauder College) and continues to strive to give voice to those whose stories have not yet been heard. If you have an unsolved murder or a historical event that has left you with more questions than answers, please write us and tell us about it.

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"Historical whodunnit"

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The historical whodunit is a sub-genre of historical fiction which bears elements of the classical mystery novel, in which the central plot involves a crime (almost always a murder) and the setting has some historical significance. The "detective" may be a real-life historical figure, eg. Socrates, Jane Austen, Mozart, or an imaginary character.

The first known author to have written anything that might be described as a historical whodunit is Melville Davisson Post, who’s "Uncle Abner" stories were serialized in American newspapers from 1911 onwards. It was not until 1943 that Lillian de la Torre, an American mystery writer, did something similar with Dr. Johnson and Boswell, casting the two famous literary figures into roles similar to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In 1944 Agatha Christie published Death Comes as the End, a mystery set in ancient Egypt. In 1950, John Dickson Carr produced a novel called The Bride of Newgate, set during the Napoleonic Wars, and this may be called the first full-length historical whodunit. While Georgette Heyer is generally thought of as the author of regency romance novels, a number of her books, such as The Talisman Ring (1936), are actually historical mysteries with a romance subplot.

Such stories remained an oddity, and the current trend for historical whodunits only really began in the late 1970s with the success of Ellis Peters and her Brother Cadfael novels, set in medieval Shrewsbury. Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose (1980) was a one-off that helped popularize the concept. Although authors such as Anne Perry wrote in the genre during the next decade, it wasn't until about 1990 that the genre's popularity saw a fairly quick ascent with works such as Lindsey Davis's Falco novels, set in the Roman Empire of Vespasian; Elizabeth Peters'  Amelia Peabody novels, in which the main character is not only a Victorian lady but an early feminist and an archaeologist working in early 20th century Egypt; Steven Saylor's "Roma Sub Rosa" novels, set in the Roman Republic at the time of Julius Caesar; and P. C. Doherty various series, including The Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan, the Hugh Corbett medieval mysteries, partly indebted to the hardboiled tradition, and the Canterbury Tales of Mystery and Murder. The latest additions in the category are Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.