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


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


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


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


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


29. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett


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


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


32. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl


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


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


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


36. The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville


37. Pompeii by Robert Harris


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


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


40. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


67. Possession by A.S. Byatt


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


81. The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty


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


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


84. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco


85. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier


86. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland


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


88. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte


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


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


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


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


93. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox


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


95. Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1) by Kate Mosse


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


97. The Wardens of Punyu by D.L. Kung


98. Atonement by Ian McEwan


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


100. Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears


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