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. ...more

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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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