I read three historical novels this weekend, and boy am I glad I wasn't born a hundred years ago.
The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell. Takes place during Victorian England, and everyone in a household has secrets. The maid works 6am-12midnight, 7 days a week. She gets a half-day off every two weeks, how frigging awful would that be? Good book, lots of intrigue and period details.
The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine. Modern day writer compiling a biography of his great-grandfather who was a doctor who specialized in hemophilia. Another suspenseful read by Ruth Rendell under her pseudonym Barbara Vine. Also describes the end of the House of Lords in English Parliament.
Touchstone by Laurie King. Set during the British Union Strikes of the 1920's. Not as well written as the others but definitely a good read. The most interesting part of the book was the WWII veteran who could "feel" if people were deceitful.