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

Velvet Was the Night
Clark and Division
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche (Enola Holmes #7)
The Last Mona Lisa
The Merchant and the Rogue (The Dread Penny Society #3)
Murder Most Fair (Verity Kent, #5)
The Steal
The Barrister and the Letter of Marque
John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow
A Corruption of Blood (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #3)
Murder at Wakehurst (Gilded Newport Mysteries #9)
The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery, #3)
The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10)
An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford #12)
The Clockmaker’s Wife
The Venice Sketchbook
A Gambling Man (Archer #2)
The Tuscan Child
Mrs England
Our Woman in Moscow
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche (Enola Holmes #7)
The Lost Jewels
An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford #12)
Murder Most Fair (Verity Kent, #5)
The Consequences of Fear (Maisie Dobbs #16)
The Last Mona Lisa
Clark and Division
The Glass House
Night Train to Paris (A Fen Churche Mystery Book 2)
The Lamplighters
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, #1)
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #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)
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, #1)
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, #3)

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