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)
A Murder in Time
'Til Death Do Us Part
Delivering the Truth (Quaker Midwife Mystery, #1)
The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts, #1)
Design for Dying (Lillian Frost & Edith Head, #1)
The Ashes of London
A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel
A Death Along the River Fleet (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #4)
Sent to the Devil: A Mystery
The Age of Treachery (Duncan Forrester Mystery #1)
For Dead Men Only (Dr. Alexandra Gladstone #5)
Jane Steele
Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs, #12)
'Til Death Do Us Part
The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #14)
Deadly Proof (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #4)
The Marriage of Mary Russell (Mary Russell, #13.5)
Treachery at Lancaster Gate (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #31)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Mystery, #1)
Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
The Wicked Wager
Time of Fog and Fire (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #16)
Lost Among the Living
No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #18)
When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr, #11)
The Fifth Knight (The Fifth Knight, #1)
A Murder in Time
Lamentation (Matthew Shardlake, #6)
A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve HamiltonAn Unquiet Grave by P.J. ParrishShadowlands by Erin FarwellSouth of Hell by P.J. ParrishHeart of Ice by P.J. Parrish
Michigan Mysteries
35 books — 5 voters
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisA Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinOutlander by Diana GabaldonSkinwalker by Faith Hunter
Best Series With At Least 7 Books
468 books — 255 voters

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 — 123 voters

Eye of the Needle by Ken FollettTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonThe Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsThe Cottoncrest Curse by Michael H. RubinJackdaws by Ken Follett
Best Historical Thrillers
170 books — 76 voters

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

Dan Simmons
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