Best Historical Mystery Books
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1. Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher Mysteries Book 21)
Author: by Kerry Greenwood
June 1, 2021
The 7 year wait is overMiss Fisher is back in a new adventure!”The real star is Phryne with her Jazz Age fashions, devil-may-care attitude, and dry narrative wit.”BooklistTaking the waters has never been more deliciousor dangerous… When a mysterious invitation for a spa vacation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown retired Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne’s curiosity is piqued.
Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria’s rural spa country for shell-shocked veterans of World War I. It’s a cause after Phryne’s own heart, but what can Spencer want from her? Phryne and her faithful servant Dot set out for Daylesford, viewing their rural sojourn as a short holiday.
While Dot gets to know the remarkable women who run the hotel where they are lodging, Phryne enjoys an enticing mealand dessertwith the attractive Captain Spencer. But their relaxation is short-lived as they are thrown into treacherous Highland gatherings, a mysterious case of disappearing women, and a string of murders committed under their very noses.
2. And Then There Were None
Author: by Agatha Christie
“If you’re one of the few who haven’t experienced the genius of Agatha Christie, this novel is a stellar starting point.” DAVID BALDACCI, #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorAn exclusive authorized edition of the most famous and beloved stories from the Queen of Mystery.
Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to an isolated mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives.
One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they dieWhich among them is the killer and will any of them survive?”Agatha Christie is the gateway drug to crime fiction both for readers and for writers….
Just one book is never enough.” VAL MCDERMID, Internationally Bestselling Author
3. The Devil's Novice (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 8)
Author: by Ellis Peters
August 5, 2014
From the Edgar Awardwinning author: When a troubled novice is blamed for a priest’s disappearance, Brother Cadfael seeks to save his souland his life. Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in September of 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing.
But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive nineteen-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation.
Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil’s Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priestly emissary’s dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet’s innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy’s pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.
4. Castle Shade: The intriguing mystery for Sherlock Holmes fans (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Book 17)
Author: by Laurie R. King
June 8, 2021
Queen Marie of Roumania, granddaughter to both Victoria, Empress of the British Empire, and Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, is in need of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes’ services. The queen, a famous beauty who has single-handedly transformed Roumania from a backwater into a force to be reckoned with, invites the pair to Bran castle.
The ancient fortress sits on the border with the newly-regained territory of Transylvania, and was a gift to Queen Marie from her people. The threat the queen fears is somewhat dubious: shadowy figures, vague whispers, dangers that may only be accidents.
But a young girl is involved. So, putting aside their doubts, Russell and Holmes set out to investigate the mystery in a land of long memory and hidden corners – a land that had known Vlad the Impaler. A land from whose churchyards the shades creep.
5. Ordinary Grace: A Novel
Author: by William Kent Krueger
March 26, 2013
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013 From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger, a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.That was it.That was all of it.
A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word. New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack.
It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms.Accident.Nature.Suicide.Murder. Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his familywhich includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brotherhe finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
6. Death's Detective: The Malykant Mysteries, Volume 1
Author: by Charlotte E. English
February 25, 2015
To catch a killer, send a monster.There’s a realm. Wreathed in ice and snow, drowning in the dark, Assevan needs a different kind of hero.There’s a god. Merciless and cold, and quick to anger, the Lord of the Dead insists upon one thing only: vengeance for a murdered soul.And there’s a man.
A ruthless killer, Konrad is detective, judge and executioner in one. Dauntless, relentless, monstrous, he stands alone against the dark.Meet the Malykant. Justice will be served.Four cases.Four killers.Four executions. Dark fantasy and murder mystery collide in this first collection of the Malykant Mysteries.
7. Widespread Panic: A novel
Author: by James Ellroy
From the modern master of noir comes a novel based on the real-life Hollywood fixer Freddy Otash, the malevolent monarch of the 1950s L.A. Underground, and his Tinseltown tabloid Confidential magazine. Freddy Otash was the man in the know and the man to know in 50s L.A.
He was a rogue cop, a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimpand, most notably, the head strong-arm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internetand delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink, and the scurrilous skank.
It mauled misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and putzo politicians. Mattress Jack Kennedy, James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Liz Taylor, Rock HudsonFrantic Freddy outed them all. He was the Tattle Tyrant who held Hollywood hostage, and now he’s here to CONFESS.
I’m consumed with candor and wracked with recollection. I’m revitalized and resurgent. My meshugenah march down memory lane begins NOW. In Freddy’s viciously entertaining voice, Widespread Panic torches 1950s Hollywood to the ground. It’s a blazing revelation of coruscating corruption, pervasive paranoia, and of sin and redemption with nothing in between.
8. A Medal for Murder: A Kate Shackleton Mystery
Author: by Frances Brody
February 12, 2013
“Kate Shackleton joins Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs They make excellent heroines.” -Literary ReviewFrances Brody’s “refreshingly complex heroine” (Kirkus Reviews), picks up a case that takes her to the refined streets of 1920s Harrogate in A Medal for MurderA pawn-shop robberyIt’s no rest for the wicked as Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case.
But exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate – and murder is only one step behind … A fatal stabbingA night at the theatre should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway.
The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theatre’s midst. A ransom demandKate likes nothing better than a mystery – and nothing better than solving them. So when a ransom note demands 1,000 for the safe return of the play’s leading lady, the refined streets of Harrogate play host to Kate’s skills in piecing together clues – and luring criminals out of their lairs
9. The Consequences of Fear: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Author: by Jacqueline Winspear
March 23, 2021
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs Europe buckles under Nazi occupation, Maisie Dobbs investigates a possible murder that threatens devastating repercussions for Britain’s war efforts in this latest installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series.October 1941. While on a delivery, young Freddie Hackett, a message runner for a government office, witnesses an argument that ends in murder.
Crouching in the doorway of a bombed-out house, Freddie waits until the coast is clear. But when he arrives at the delivery address, he’s shocked to come face to face with the killer. Dismissed by the police when he attempts to report the crime, Freddie goes in search of a woman he once met when delivering a message: Maisie Dobbs.
While Maisie believes the boy and wants to help, she must maintain extreme caution: she’s working secretly for the Special Operations Executive, assessing candidates for crucial work with the French resistance. Her two worlds collide when she spots the killer in a place she least expects.
10. Death at the Crystal Palace (A Below Stairs Mystery Book 5)
Author: by Jennifer Ashley
Berkley (July 6, 2021)
July 6, 2021
Intrepid cook Kat Holloway puts aside her apron to delve into Victorian London’s high society and catch a killer in this thrilling new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder in the East End. While attending an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, young cook Kat Holloway is approached by a woman in distress.
Lady Covington is a wealthy widow convinced that her entire family is trying to kill her. Kat feels compelled to help, and she escorts the lady home to discover whether she is delusional or in true danger. It is quickly apparent that the threat is all too real, and Kat promises aid.
Her charming confidant Daniel McAdam is busy infiltrating a plot against the Crown, and she worries he will not have time to lend his sleuthing expertise. This might be for the best, as Kat fears her growing emotional entanglement with Daniel can only lead to disaster.
But soon, Kat faces a more serious threat when her involvement in both investigations plunges her into peril.
11. A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series Book 2)
Author: by Sherry Thomas
September 5, 2017
The game is afoot as Charlotte Holmes returns in USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas’s Victorian-set Lady Sherlock series. Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use.
As Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective, aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she’s had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she’s not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office. Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte’s dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous.
Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half brother. In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body surfaces where least expected.
12. The Scorpion's Tail (Nora Kelly Book 2)
Author: by Douglas Preston
January 12, 2021
From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears. Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second “happily anticipated” new thriller in Preston & Child’s series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist).
A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death.
She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face.
13. The Hellfire Club (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery)
Author: by Jake Tapper
Little, Brown and Company
April 24, 2018
A young Congressman stumbles on the powerful political underworld of 1950’s D.C. In this “potent thriller” (David Baldacci) and New York Times bestseller from CNN correspondent Jake Tapper. Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own.
Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…But for his life.