Just tried out the first of this series of books by C.J. Sansom. Murder mysteries in the middle of the English Reformation sounded kind of interesting when I heard the latest story reviewed by Mark Lawson a few weeks ago. Canterbury seemed a good place to buy one and make a start.
Inevitably you get a bit of history lesson in the narrative and conversations, at least at the beginning. Nothing would make sense without it. But they keep you turning the pages, and end up being intriguing and engaging.
Just started the second Dark Fire, so I'll keep you posted.