I have an endearing fondness for those writers who work really hard on their research skills and have accurate details--in part, I think, because I'm such a research nut. Wikipedia, anyone? I can get lost for hours. =)
Writers of historical romance and historical fiction are particularly prone to critiques about accuracy, since the historical fact behind their stories HAS to be right. At least, it has to be right for me, and I assume lots of other readers.
But it's not always easy to figure out the details; sometimes, it involves a lot of guesswork. And sometimes, it involves two intrepid authors, Loretta Chase (historical romance) and Susan Holloway Scott (historical fiction) getting down and dirty in Colonial Williamsburg, as they try out the very things they write about.
Ladies and Gentlemen, for all the research nerds out there, I present to you Two Nerdy History Girls, which I've been absolutely loving for the past few months. =) Go check it out!