Historical Mysteries: Crime Stories Set in Other Times and Places is the title of this summer’s book discussion series at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Each novel or story follows a recognizable pattern of crime, investigation, revelation and resolution, yet each is set in a radically different place and era. For the series’ four mysteries, the historical research has been impeccable, the characters are well drawn and the suspense is compelling.

The first discussion Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. will concentrate on a mystery well-known to many readers, Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” set both in a 1950’s London hospital bed and late-medieval Britain. On July 12, the series will discuss Agatha Christie’s “Death Comes in the End,” written while she accompanied her husband on an archeological dig in Egypt. On July 26, the series will feature a novel by Steven Saylor, “Roman Blood,” set in the corrupt Rome of first century AD. On Aug. 9, the conclusion will focus on several stories from Robert van Gulick’s “Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee,” set in 17th-century China and featuring a distinguished Chinese magistrate about whom van Gulick wrote an impressive series of novels and stories.

Each discussion will be supplemented with relevant background, notes about the author, map, and illustrations. The group’s facilitator will be Juliet Baker, a local resident who teaches literature courses at Senior College. Baker retired to her home in Northport after 30 years of teaching and heading the English department at The Park School in Brookline, Mass.

Books are available for loan at the library; sign up in advance at the main circulation desk or by calling 338-3884, ext. 10.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.