The 100 Best Historical Mystery Books


According To Goodreads Users

1.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco


2.

The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr


3.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


4.

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


5.

Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1) by Ariana Franklin


6.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) by Laurie R. King


7.

The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5) by Josephine Tey


8.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


9.

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters


10.

Shadow Roll (A Sam Russo Mystery, #1) by Ki Longfellow


11.

Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake, #1) by C.J. Sansom


12.

Good Dog, Bad Dog (A Sam Russo Mystery, #2) by Ki Longfellow


13.

The Girl in the Next Room (A Sam Russo Mystery, #3) by Ki Longfellow


14.

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear


15.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind


16.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) by Alan Bradley


17.

Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1) by Deanna Raybourn


18.

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears


19.

One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #2) by Ellis Peters


20.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


21.

Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, #2) by C.J. Sansom


22.

China Blues by Ki Longfellow


23.

Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3) by C.J. Sansom


24.

What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr, #1) by C.S. Harris


25.

A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1) by Ellis Peters


26.

The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2) by Caleb Carr


27.

Revelation (Matthew Shardlake, #4) by C.J. Sansom


28.

The Cater Street Hangman (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #1) by Anne Perry


29.

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett


30.

The Serpent’s Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death, #2) by Ariana Franklin


31.

The Face of a Stranger (William Monk, #1) by Anne Perry


32.

The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1) by Lindsey Davis


33.

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl


34.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2) by Laurie R. King


35.

The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville


36.

Grave Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death, #3) by Ariana Franklin


37.

Pompeii by Robert Harris


38.

Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1) by Tom Rob Smith


39.

The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6) by Elizabeth Peters


40.

Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2) by Deanna Raybourn


41.

And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1) by Tasha Alexander


42.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


43.

Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3) by Jacqueline Winspear


44.

El juego del ángel (El cementerio de los libros olvidados, #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


45.

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


46.

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2) by Jacqueline Winspear


47.

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1) by Rhys Bowen


48.

When Gods Die (Sebastian St. Cyr, #2) by C.S. Harris


49.

The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #6) by Ellis Peters


50.

A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1) by Charles Todd


51.

Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr, #3) by C.S. Harris


52.

Dead on the Rocks (Sam Russo, #4) by Ki Longfellow


53.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford


54.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1) by Lauren Willig


55.

A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3) by Laurie R. King


56.

The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5) by Ellis Peters


57.

O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5) by Laurie R. King


58.

The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9) by Laurie R. King


59.

Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa, #1) by Steven Saylor


60.

Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, #4) by C.S. Harris


61.

A Murderous Procession (Mistress of the Art of Death, #4) by Ariana Franklin


62.

A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1) by David Liss


63.

Monk’s Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3) by Ellis Peters


64.

Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8) by Laurie R. King


65.

Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake, #5) by C.J. Sansom


66.

The Moor (Mary Russell, #4) by Laurie R. King


67.

Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #1) by Kate Ross


68.

What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr, #5) by C.S. Harris


69.

The Queen’s Man (Justin de Quincy, #1) by Sharon Kay Penman


70.

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1) by Victoria Thompson


71.

Possession by A.S. Byatt


72.

Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) by Walter Mosley


73.

A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2) by Tasha Alexander


74.

Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World’s Fair Mystery #2) by Shelley Gray


75.

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1) by Philip Pullman


76.

The Game (Mary Russell, #7) by Laurie R. King


77.

A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #1) by Charles Finch


78.

The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3) by Elizabeth Peters


79.

Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6) by Laurie R. King


80.

The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty


81.

A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily, #3) by Tasha Alexander


82.

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte


83.

Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding, #1) by Bruce Alexander


84.

The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1) by Boris Akunin


85.

Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey, #4) by Deanna Raybourn


86.

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland


87.

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier


88.

The Novice’s Tale (Sister Frevisse, #1) by Margaret Frazer


89.

The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1) by Dorothy Dunnett


90.

Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco


91.

The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2) by Elizabeth Peters


92.

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox


93.

Where Shadows Dance (Sebastian St. Cyr, #6) by C.S. Harris


94.

Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn, #1) by Will Thomas


95.

Medicus (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #1) by Ruth Downie


96.

The Wardens of Punyu by D.L. Kung


97.

Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1) by Kate Mosse


98.

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears


99.

Atonement by Ian McEwan


100.

Absolution by Murder (Sister Fidelma, #1) by Peter Tremayne


Source: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/112.Best_Historical_Mystery

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