Best Historical Thrillers
Historical thrillers can provide some of the best reading in the historical fiction genre, combining intelligent subject matter and deep characters with a highly compelling storyline. Here's a list from classic to contemporary.
1 Eye of the Needle
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 63,926 ratings
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2 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 193,996 ratings
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3 The Day of the Jackal
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 57,646 ratings
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4 The Woman in White
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 65,279 ratings
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5 Jackdaws
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 12,408 ratings
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6 Murder on the Orient Expres...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 92,927 ratings
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7 Mid Ocean
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 148 ratings
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8 Table 21
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 340 ratings
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9 The Unlikely Spy
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 9,394 ratings
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10 Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32,287 ratings
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11 Heart of Darkness and the C...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 161,072 ratings
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12 The Moonstone
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 32,625 ratings
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13 My Cousin Rachel
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 9,993 ratings
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14 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 382,695 ratings
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15 The Girl in the Lighthouse ...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 706 ratings
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15 By Fire, by Water
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 600 ratings
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15 The Last Degree
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 33 ratings
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15 A Pound of Flesh (The Rober...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 14 ratings
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19 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 206,016 ratings
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20 Imperium: A Novel of Ancien...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 8,652 ratings
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21 The Man Who Was Thursday
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 14,604 ratings
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22 Lustrum (Trilogia de Cícero...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 3,784 ratings
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22 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 13,016 ratings
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22 The Count of Monte Cristo
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 423,870 ratings
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25 Jamaica Inn
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 11,131 ratings
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26 Dissolution (Matthew Shardl...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 14,109 ratings
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27 The Marlowe Conspiracy
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 102 ratings
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27 Rubies of the Viper
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 138 ratings
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27 Nor the Years Condemn
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 17 ratings
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27 Bride of a Bygone War (Beir...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 19 ratings
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27 OSS: Dirty Tricks
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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27 Sacred Treason (Clarenceux,...
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 789 ratings
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27 A Small Death in Lisbon
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,468 ratings
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27 Across the Dark
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 11 ratings
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27 God's Forge
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 9 ratings
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27 The Royal Kidnapping
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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27 Moonfleet
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,640 ratings
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27 Coral Hare: Atomic Agent (A...
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4.83 of 5 stars 4.83 avg rating — 12 ratings
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27 Code Name Verity (Code Name...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 27,518 ratings
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27 The Cottoncrest Curse
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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41 The Tuzla Run
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 11 ratings
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41 The Dynamite Fishermen (Bei...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 31 ratings
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41 The Course of Honor
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 828 ratings
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41 Knight of the Purple Ribbon
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings
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45 The Lacuna
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 37,148 ratings
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45 The Sunne in Splendour
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 12,071 ratings
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45 The Kingmaker's Daughter (T...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 14,105 ratings
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48 The Man From St. Petersburg
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 9,263 ratings
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48 The Name of the Rose
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 141,000 ratings
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48 Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 73,916 ratings
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48 Goodbye Mickey Mouse
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 578 ratings
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52 The Thirty-Nine Steps
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 11,283 ratings
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52 Rose Under Fire (Code Name ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,688 ratings
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52 SS-GB
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,840 ratings
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55 King Solomon's Mines (Allan...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 23,029 ratings
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55 City of Thieves
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 44,190 ratings
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55 Night Over Water
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 9,455 ratings
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58 Domina (Ancient Rome, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 94 ratings
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59 The Romeo And Juliet Code
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,822 ratings
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60 The Girl is Murder (The Gir...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,052 ratings
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61 The Sittaford Mystery
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 4,843 ratings
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61 Master and God
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 347 ratings
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63 Dickon
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings
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64 The Suspicions of Mr. Which...
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 9,718 ratings
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64 The Girl is Trouble (The Gi...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 358 ratings
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66 The Silver Pigs (Marcus Did...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,577 ratings
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67 The Thirteenth Tale
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 161,248 ratings
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67 Saturnalia (Marcus Didius F...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,200 ratings
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69 The First Apostle (Chris Br...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,126 ratings
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69 The Accusers (Marcus Didius...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,007 ratings
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71 The Magdalena Curse
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 223 ratings
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71 The Jupiter Myth (Marcus Di...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,035 ratings
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73 Across the Nightingale Floo...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 18,659 ratings
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73 QB VII
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16,337 ratings
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75 Last Act in Palmyra (Marcus...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,684 ratings
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76 The Third Man
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 5,598 ratings
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76 The Iron Hand of Mars (Marc...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 2,231 ratings
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78 Twenty Thousand Leagues Und...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 75,547 ratings
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78 Shadows in Bronze (Marcus D...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,398 ratings
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80 Journey to the Centre of th...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 68,209 ratings
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80 Mistress of the Art of Deat...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 20,983 ratings
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82 Revelation (Matthew Shardla...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 8,079 ratings
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82 One Virgin Too Many (Marcus...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,202 ratings
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84 The Boy Who Dared
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 6,253 ratings
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85 Two for the Lions (Marcus D...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,204 ratings
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86 The Sixth Lamentation (Fath...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 894 ratings
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86 A Dying Light in Corduba (M...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,406 ratings
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88 City of Cannibals
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 62 ratings
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89 Venus in Copper (Marcus Did...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,229 ratings
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90 Poseidon's Gold (Marcus Did...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,916 ratings
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91 Ode to a Banker (Marcus Did...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,064 ratings
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92 See Delphi and Die (Marcus ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,161 ratings
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93 The Agony and the Ecstasy
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 41,631 ratings
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94 King Rat (Asian Saga, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 20,171 ratings
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95 Isabella and the Strange De...
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 107 ratings
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96 The Death of a King
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 113 ratings
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97 The Fate of Princes
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 26 ratings
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98 The Crown in Darkness (Hugh...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 201 ratings
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99 A Tournament of Murders (St...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 108 ratings
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100 The Crown in Darkness (Hugh...
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