Thanks to Shots Magazine for this information about the 2010 Ellis Peters Historical Shortlist.
The 2009 shortlist had five out the six books from the Second World War era, with the action occurring in 1934/1954,1941, 1942, 1944, 1944, and as a relief 1626.
This year's shortlist also lacks a little in chronological balance:
Revenger- Rory Clements
The Anatomy of Ghosts- Andrew Taylor
To Kill a Tsar- Andrew Williams
The books are respectively set in 1545, 1583, 1592, 1786, 1881, 1945.
Perhaps someone has been watching the Tudors?
I am a bit of a history nut, but as I have only read one these books I don't think I have the time to read the remaining five before the judges make their decision on 4 November.
I am therefore a little biased, and would love to see Aly Monroe win this prestigious award with her second book.
The competition however is fierce with previous winners Andrew Taylor [2001 and 2003], and C.J. Sansom  in opposition.
I shall be most interested in who wins, and hopefully will find the time [and finances] to read more of the shortlist before the decision date.