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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A Death of No Importance
Murder in St. Giles (Captain Lacey Mysteries #13)
Memento Mori (Medicus Investigation #8)
The Spirit Photographer
Pandora's Boy (Flavia Albia Mystery #6)
A Dying Note
The Broken Girls
The Hunger
To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)
A Brush with Shadows (Lady Darby Mystery #6)
Lady Helena Investigates (Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #1)
Searcher of the Dead (A Bess Ellyott Mystery #1)
Death of an Unsung Hero (Lady Montfort Mystery #4)
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In Farleigh Field
Der Angstmann (Max Heller, Dresden Detective #1)
To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs, #14)
A Quiet Life in the Country (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #1)
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
In the Market for Murder (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #2)
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)
Lady Helena Investigates (Scott-De Quincy Mysteries, #1)
Murder by Misrule (Francis Bacon Mystery #1)
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Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, #3)
Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)
When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr, #2)
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)

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