Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
This is the first in a series of Tudor murder-mysteries set in the reign of Henry VIII. The unlikely hero is a hunchback lawyer called Matthew Shardlake. This first book is a bit of a cross between Name of the Rose and Wolf Hall – but better than both (in my view). It’s about the investigation into a murder in a monastery, with Thomas Cromwell being one of the key characters. All the books contain a large amount of historic information and are very well-described so you can really get a sense of the fear of living in those times – as well as the smells, sounds, etc. Most of the books in the series have been serialised on Radio 4 and I can recommend all of them.
They can be read stand-alone but probably better to read them in order.
The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThis is the first in a series of 3 books about a genetics professor with Aspergers (though he is unaware of this). In this book, he decides he wants to find a wife. Very funny – hopefully guaranteed to make you laugh. I’ve also enjoyed the next two in the series, though the first one is the best.
Hopefully these will give you a good selection and, if you run out of things to do, you can always get some of the extra books in the series.