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 Huntress
The Night Tiger
The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge #21)
Spectacle
The Glass Woman
The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series (Charles Lenox Mysteries prequel 2)
How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of WWII London
A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder (A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder #1)
The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce #10)
The Paragon Hotel
The Widows
The Curse of Misty Wayfair
The Candlelit Coffin (Lady Fan Mystery #4)
The Hanging Psalm (A Simon Westow Mystery #1)
The Flimflam Affair (A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery #7)
The Tuscan Child
In Farleigh Field
The Snow Gypsy
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
The House Between Tides
The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge #21)
Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3)
A Picture of Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #4)
The Wolf and the Watchman
A Fatal Flaw (Ryder & Loveday Mystery, #3)
The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series (Charles Lenox Mysteries prequel 2)
Season of the Raven (Servant of the Crown Mystery, #1)
Christmas at The Grange (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #3.5)
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, #1)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #1)
Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, #3)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)

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