Historical mystery is not history, or even alternate history. It is that fine line of what was running alongside what could have been. Real people from the pages of history walk through a fictional world and sometimes we learn something about who they were.
In the story "Cornfield Crucifixion", Dr. Henshall comes to mind. The doctor was real, from the correct historical time and place, and is renown for his fishing and interest in the fishing industry in Kentucky. I use him here because he should be the physician working with my character at the time of the story. That being said, I also try very hard to make sure the history doesn't hit us over the head. This is about telling a good story. I hope those of you who have a copy of A Whodunit Halloween enjoy this step back into another time and place.