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

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies (The Ill-Mannered Ladies, #1)
The Late Mrs. Willoughby (Mr. Darcy & Miss Tilney, #2)
A Heart Worth Stealing
The Poisoner's Ring (A Rip Through Time, #2)
Playing It Safe (Electra McDonnell, #3)
The Bride Wore White
Viviana Valentine Goes Up River (Girl Friday #2)
Murder at the Beauty Pageant (Miss Underhay #12)
A Novel Disguise (A Lady Librarian Mystery #1)
To Track a Traitor (Lane Winslow #10)
Murder at Abbeymead Farm (Flora Steele #6)
A Thief’s Justice (Company of Rogues #2)
The Golden Doves
Heir of Uncertain Magic (Whimbrel House, #2)
Swan Light
The White Lady
The Bride Wore White
The Cuban Heiress
The Bookshop Murder (Flora Steele #1)
The Magnolia Palace
So Shall You Reap (Commissario Brunetti, #32)
The Librarian of Crooked Lane (Glass Library, #1)
Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American In Paris, #1)
The Lock-Up (Quirke, #9)
The Medici Manuscript (Glass Library, #2)
The Poisoner's Ring (A Rip Through Time, #2)
The Venice Sketchbook
The Spanish Daughter
What the Wind Knows by Amy HarmonFrom Sand and Ash by Amy HarmonIn Farleigh Field by Rhys BowenBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, #1)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)
Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #1)
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)
When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr, #2)

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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
Lisa Lieberman, All the Wrong Places

Mikey Campling
Burlic screamed. He threw back his head and roared a single furious word into the night: “Waeccan.” The name erupted from him in a savage wail that rasped at his throat, over and over until he could shout no more. His howls echoed along the valley. In the village, the other hunters heard and exchanged glances, shook their heads and said nothing. The women clutched their talismans, told the children to go inside. They had tried to help, but there was nothing they could do for Burlic now.
Mikey Campling, Trespass

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