Bill and Susan Albert, writing as "Robin Paige",
have a series I've been reading recently....all of them begin with "Death at..."
Set around 1900 in England, they involve a number of real authors like Rudyard Kipling and Beatrice Potter as well as a number of historical folk - Winston Churchill, among others. They seem to be carefully researched and also present some interesting twists on things - Jack the Ripper for instance.
If you like Barbara's opera mysteries, you might find these intriguing.
[This message has been edited by Kay (edited 12-08-2004).]