Historical Mystery

The historical mystery or historical whodunit is a subgenre of two literary genres, historical fiction and mystery fiction. These works are set in a time period considered historical from the author's perspective, and the central plot involves the solving of a mystery or crime (usually murder). Though works combining these genres have existed since at least the early 1900s, many credit Ellis Peters's Cadfael Chronicles (1977-1994) for popularizing what would become known as the historical mystery.

Snow White Red-Handed (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery, #1)
The Laws of Murder (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #8)
A New York Christmas (Christmas Stories, #12)
Bonfire Night (Lady Julia Grey, #5.7)
Death Comes to London
First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
Murder at the Brightwell
The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
Winter Siege
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery
The Tudor Vendetta (The Spymaster Chronicles, #3)
Saint Brigid's Bones: A Celtic Adventure
Star of the East: A Lady Emily Christmas Story
Murder in Grosvenor Square (Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries, #9)
Louise's Blunder (Louise Pearlie, #4)


  • The Hanging of Samuel Ash by Sheldon Russell
    The Hanging of Samuel Ash (Hook Runyon #4)
    A Hook Runyon mystery: "The knot on the rope, big as a man's fist, scrubbed under his ear. It smelled of hemp and horse sweat. Heat lightning flashed…more View Details »
    Giveaway dates: Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2014
    1 copy available, 166 people requesting
    Countries available: US
  • Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
    Wouldn't It Be Deadly (Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery, #1)
    Release date: Sep 23, 2014
    One autographed HC copy of Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland, St. Martin's Minotaur View Details »
    Giveaway dates: Dec 01 - Dec 24, 2014
    1 copy available, 170 people requesting
    Countries available: US
  • Last Words by Rich Zahradnik
    Last Words
    Release date: Oct 01, 2014
    ***2 SIGNED COPIES!!***

    In March of 1975, as New York City hurtles toward bankruptcy and the Bronx burns, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precinc…more View Details »
    Giveaway dates: Dec 17 - Dec 24, 2014
    2 copies available, 71 people requesting
    Countries available: US
  • The Luminaries
    Burial Rites
    The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse  (Flavia de Luce, #6.5)
    Death Comes to Pemberley
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
    The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
    The Monogram Murders
    Frog Music
    Ordinary Grace
    The Little Stranger
    First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen
    The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
    The Distant Hours
    Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5 )
    The Woman In Black by Susan HillThe Little Stranger by Sarah WatersThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThis House is Haunted by John BoyneThe Seance by John Harwood
    Historical Ghost Fiction
    84 books — 23 voters
    Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyThe Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. KingMaisie Dobbs by Jacqueline WinspearMistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
    Favorite Historical Mystery Series
    678 books — 671 voters

    The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Alienist by Caleb CarrThe Historian by Elizabeth KostovaThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónMistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
    Best Historical Mystery
    1,012 books — 2,694 voters

    The Seance by John HarwoodThe House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine HoweAffinity by Sarah WatersThe Bostonians by Henry JamesAngels and Insects by A.S. Byatt
    Victorian Spiritualism Fiction
    83 books — 13 voters
    Waterfall by Lisa Tawn BergrenCascade by Lisa Tawn BergrenTorrent by Lisa Tawn BergrenDeluge by Lisa Tawn BergrenBourne by Lisa Tawn Bergren
    YA Historical Fiction set in Italy
    78 books — 9 voters

    Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1)
    What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
    And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
    Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
    Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
    Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia, #2)
    The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
    Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia, #3)
    Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
    Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
    Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia, #4)
    Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
    A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
    The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1)

    Deborah Swift
    Deborah Swift The Lady's Slipper
    The theft of a rare, coveted orchid, The Lady's Slipper, disrupts the quiet life of a painter in 1660 England and sets in motion a string of turbulent events.
    More Debut Author Snapshot…
    H.P. Oliver
    Excerpted From Chapter Eighteen Pacific Coast Highway ends with a sharp right turn onto Sepulveda. Approaching that intersection, I saw several cars pulled to the shoulder of the road and two fresh, black skid marks leading straight to the edge of the beach beyond Sepulveda. Halfway between the road and the water, a big red Caddy convertible lay upside down on the sand. I parked and jogged to the wreckage. The windshield and the cloth top had collapsed, so the car was resting on its hood and trunk ...more
    H.P. Oliver, Revolver

    Ned Hayes
    Stars flicker above, points of bright ice in a dark river. I pull a heavy sheepskin around my legs and stretch my feet toward the fire. Despite the cold, Liam plays his flute, the sound whistling through the night. Soon my eyes are heavy, my head nodding.I open my eyes at the deep melodious baritone of Salvius’s voice telling a tale. Liam’s flute is silent now. I have heard Salvius tell many tales on market days; he is known for his memory of wandering minstrels and mummers who visit us at Whits ...more
    Ned Hayes, Sinful Folk

    More quotes...
    To celebrate the release of Naughty in Nice (5th Royal Spyness mystery) I'm looking forward to c…more

    11 members, last active one year ago

    Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Goodreads group for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

    1 member, last active 10 months ago

    ...July 26, 2012 to August 25, 2012...

    2 members, last active 2 years ago

    American Historical Fiction American history is fascinating and complex, yet it seems the majority of historical novels are…more

    1,207 members, last active 2 days ago

    CITY OF GHOSTS -- Sneak Peak!
    1 chapters — updated Mar 25, 2014 02:52PM — 0 people liked it
    ROMITH; The Begining
    1 chapters — updated Oct 28, 2012 12:08PM — 0 people liked it


    Tags contributing to this page include: historical-mystery and mystery-historical