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.

The Book of Speculation
Crow Hollow
Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery
The Dead Assassin: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Superfluous Women (Daisy Dalrymple, #22)
I, Ripper
The Hanged Man (Her Majesty's Psychic Service, #1)
The Fatal Flame (Timothy Wilde Mysteries, #3)
Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins
Murder at Beechwood
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery, #17)
Six and a Half Deadly Sins
Anatomy of Evil (Barker & Llewelyn, #7)
The Mayfair Affair (Charles & Mélanie Fraser, #8)
Murder Most Historical


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    Cinderella Six Feet Under (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery, #2)
    Release date: Sep 01, 2015
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    The Innocent
    Release date: Jul 07, 2015
    She longs for peace—for her land and her heart—but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?

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    Death of a Patriot
    As the winter cold settles over Upper and Lower Canada, sparks still fly between the provinces. But while the fate of the colony is debated in the Bri…more View Details »
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  • Crow Hollow
    Burial Rites
    Ordinary Grace
    Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)
    As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
    The Fifth Gospel
    This House is Haunted
    Death Comes to Pemberley
    The Secret Life of Violet Grant
    Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)
    A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs, #11)
    Garden of Lies
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
    Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
    The Monogram Murders
    Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1)
    What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
    And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
    Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #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)
    Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
    Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
    A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
    Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
    Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia, #4)
    A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2)

    Deborah Swift
    Deborah Swift The Lady's Slipper
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    Lisa Lieberman
    What kind of person did you say he was, this second cousin of yours?” Gray wanted to know. "He is the only son of my uncle’s second wife, who disinherited the children of his first wife and passed the entire fortune onto Martin," said Geoffrey." I’m not quite certain what that makes him.” The faintest trace of a smile came to Gray’s lips. “A sitting duck?” he ventured. ...more
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