A Provencal Mystery by Ann Elwood
This is a historical novel combined with a mystery novel.
An American historian and professor researching for her tenure paper spends her days going through the historical records of a nearby convent in a small town in Provence, France. Suddenly, the diary of a 17th century nun appears in her research material. She is distracted from the research giving her the facts and figures of the inhabitant of the convent. She tries to stay on task but is encouraged by a friend, a nun, to keep going with the new material.
First, an apparent murder occurs in the diary. Second, an apparent murder occurs in the research library. Our historian and her colleagues are the suspects. Soon, it seems if she can solve the 17th century murder, she can solve the murder from now as well.
This was a really fun, fast read. I highly recommend it.