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.

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And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #1)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)
Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, #3)

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