If you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers and crime, then let me advert you, as the Duke of Wellington would say, to the Soho International Crime Club. It's a subscription system where they feed you a mystery a month. It's an even better deal if you're fond of global death, because a lot of the books are set in exotic locales, such as (ahem) classical Greece.
While on the subject of global death, I previously wrote about the most unusual duel in history, which took place in Paris, France, in 1808. If you missed it, Soho has reproduced the article for their own web site. Hop on over if you'd like to read about blunderbusses and hot air balloons.