The Firebird's Feather by Marjorie Eccles is a short historical mystery featuring a young English woman in 1911, who is investigating her mother's murder (available December 1, 2014).
The plot of The Firebird's Feather engages directly with events of the time period in which it’s set. Set in 1911 during the Imperial periods of both Russia and England, the murder victim is the daughter of a Russian revolutionary who fled to England. Though there are plausible suspects living in London’s East End – Russian expatriates - who might have killed her for political reasons, there are a host of other possibilities. Marjorie Eccles has written several novels set in the early twentieth century, and her knowledge of the period is fed smoothly into the background through the eyes of multiple point-of-view characters. The story might have benefitted from being longer, given its complexity.