I went into a Barnes & Nobles recently and found no book that I wanted to read! Maybe you could help me. I’m not looking for serious, interesting, or edifying books. I have plenty of those. What I need is something light, something suited for reading on airplanes. It needs to be a novel. Not fantasy or science fiction. I like well-researched, immersive historical fiction. Contemporary settings are fine, but no depressing family sagas. Mysteries are OK, preferably mixed with the above. Due to my literary studies, I have trouble putting up with a poor prose style, so the book has to be well-written. I like to feel like I’m learning something. I like complicated plots.
The gold standard of what I’m looking for would be Patrick O’Brian’s sea-faring novels, a genre I have drunk to the lees and so am rather tired of.
So do you know of anything that meets these criteria? I’d be much obliged for your suggestions.