Right now I'm in a phase of reading Travel Books like Bill Bryson and Josie Dew , Historical Novels by Elizabeth Chadwick and James Clavell, and the Merrily Watkins Mysteries by Phil Rickman.
I also love Biographical Histrorical tie in's(eg Jung Chan's Wild Swans) , Manga, Graphic Novels, and the sort of Whistful feminine Asian novels that became huge after Memoirs of a Geisha! (Read Iwasaki Mineko's Autobiography for the "real deal")
The Merrily Watkin's books are about a female CofE Vicar who is appointed "Deliverance Consultant" which is newspeak for Exorsist. As a modern woman and in a time when women were just admitted into the clergy, she has a lot of people to prove herself to including herself.
She and her Pagan Daugher Jane solve mysteries with a (never proven) paranormal edge. They are set in Rural Herefordshire usuing real locations. I also like Rickman's Novel "The Chalice" set in Glastonbury which more overtly supernatural,
If you've read any of these I'd love to hear what you thought!
Anyhoo, I could go on for ages, so I'll just say I hope to have loads of new ideas from the bookish community. :) Take care M xx