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.

Lost Among the Living
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #14)
'Til Death Do Us Part
A Murder in Time
Delivering the Truth (Quaker Midwife Mystery, #1)
The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1)
The Ashes of London
Design for Dying (Lillian Frost & Edith Head, #1)
A Death Along the River Fleet (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #4)
A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
Sent to the Devil: A Mystery
The Age of Treachery (Duncan Forrester Mystery #1)
The Body on the Doorstep (Romney Marsh Mystery, #1)
For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone #5)
Jane Steele
'Til Death Do Us Part
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #14)
Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs, #12)
The Moonlit Garden
Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles, #3)
In the Blood (Genealogical Crime Mystery, #1)
The Lost Empress (Genealogical Crime Mystery #4)
Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles, #5)
To the Grave (Genealogical Crime Mystery #2)
The Edge of Lost
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs, #11)
Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #31)
The Forgotten Room
The Marriage of Mary Russell (Mary Russell, #13.5)
The Woman In Black by Susan HillThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThe Ghost Bride by Yangsze ChooThe Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. BorosonThe Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Historical Ghost Fiction
111 books — 125 voters
Silent in the Grave by Deanna RaybournWhat Angels Fear by C.S. HarrisAnd Only to Deceive by Tasha AlexanderCrocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Regency and Victorian Mysteries
344 books — 258 voters

Fingersmith by Sarah WatersThe Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsDracula by Bram StokerThe Asylum by John HarwoodWildthorn by Jane Eagland
Victorian Asylums
47 books — 39 voters
Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlayHeirs and Graces by Rhys BowenCity of Darkness and Light by Rhys BowenRenatus by John A.   SaundersThe Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
New 2013-14 Mysteries to Snuggle Up With
179 books — 134 voters

Tarnish by Katherine LongshoreDoomed Queen Anne by Carolyn MeyerAnne Boleyn and Me by Alison PrinceAnne & Henry by Dawn IusCourted by Katherine Longshore
Anne Boleyn in YA Fiction
9 books — 2 voters
City of Masks by Mary HoffmanWaterfall by Lisa Tawn BergrenCascade by Lisa Tawn BergrenStormbringers by Philippa GregoryChangeling by Philippa Gregory
YA Historical Fiction set in Italy
84 books — 25 voters

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


Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King Pirate King (Mary Russell, #11)
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In the wee small hours, California Highway One north of Half Moon Bay is about as desolate as it gets. The narrow, twisting road was etched from sheer cliff faces that towered above me on the right and dropped away a hundred feet to the Pacific Ocean on my left. A soggy wool blanket of San Francisco's famous fog hung a few feet above the roadway, obscuring the stars and dribbling tiny spots of mist on my windshield. My headlights bored through the gap between road and fog, drilling an endless tu ...more
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Nancy B. Brewer
My first order of business was to look in the side pocket where I had hidden my garnet and gold necklace.
Nancy B. Brewer, Garnet

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