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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