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.

New Releases Tagged "Historical Mystery"

The Divided City (Gregor Reinhardt, #3)
Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11)
The Inheritance (Charles Lenox Mysteries #10)
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Death Comes to the Fair (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #4)
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Burial Rites
The Heiress of Linn Hagh (Detective Lavender Mysteries, #1)
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Closed Casket
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The One Man
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The Moonlit Garden
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
An Officer and a Spy
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Historical Ghost Fiction
135 books — 132 voters

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Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
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And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
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)
Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr, #3)
Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey, #4)
Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, #4)
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)

Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons The Fifth Heart
His Favorite Fiction About Historical Characters: Fact and fiction blend in these recs from the author of the new mystery The Fifth Heart, starring Henry James and Sherlock Holmes.
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Nancy B. Brewer
Yet, the quest for knowledge will overcome us and we must know. And, at last, we must see where the road ends, even if it be the cliff.
Nancy B. Brewer, Garnet

Felicity Snowden
Sometimes inexplicably the past becomes intermingled with the present
Felicity Snowden, When Dead Men won't Lie

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