Historical Mystery

Fans of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries certainly won’t be disappointed with this latest, more gothic installment—and they’ll be thrilled to see Veronica and Stoker happily in love.

Fans of the Veronica Speedwell mysteries certainly won’t be disappointed with this latest, more gothic installment—and they’ll be thrilled to see Veronica and Stoker happily in love.

Visit an alternate America where European colonization never took place in this intricately plotted police procedural from Francis Spufford.

Visit an alternate America where European colonization never took place in this intricately plotted police procedural from Francis Spufford.

Author Mariah Fredericks turns Gilded Age author Edith Wharton into a detective in this absorbing historical mystery.

Author Mariah Fredericks turns Gilded Age author Edith Wharton into a detective in this absorbing historical mystery.

There is a very specific type of historical mystery that goes like this: A female sleuth (often convention-defying in some way) teams up with a man (often more respectable, whether by birth or profession) to solve crimes and as the series progresses, they fall in love. The absolute queen of this subgenre—rivaled only by Sherry Thomas—is Deanna Raybourn, whose Veronica Speedwell mysteries are eagerly anticipated by her legion of fans. This time around, Veronica and her beau, Stoker, discover that a wax figure of a woman is actually an extremely well-preserved corpse, and they are soon on the trail of their most dangerous enemy yet.

There is a very specific type of historical mystery that goes like this: A female sleuth (often convention-defying in some way) teams up with a man (often more respectable, whether by birth or profession) to solve crimes and as the series progresses, they fall in love. The absolute queen of this subgenre—rivaled only by Sherry […]

Atmospheric, unique and elegantly written, The Frozen River will satisfy mystery lovers and historical fiction enthusiasts alike.

Atmospheric, unique and elegantly written, The Frozen River will satisfy mystery lovers and historical fiction enthusiasts alike.

Murder Crossed Her Mind is an authentic and wry hardboiled mystery that will appeal to fans of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels.

Murder Crossed Her Mind is an authentic and wry hardboiled mystery that will appeal to fans of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels.

With its period-perfect dialogue and snappy humor, Viviana Valentine and the Ticking Clock is another winner from Emily J. Edwards.

With its period-perfect dialogue and snappy humor, Viviana Valentine and the Ticking Clock is another winner from Emily J. Edwards.

This thrilling mystery set in 1930s Glasgow, Scotland, is one of the best-written debuts of the year.

This thrilling mystery set in 1930s Glasgow, Scotland, is one of the best-written debuts of the year.

Phryne Fisher, everyone’s favorite mystery-solving libertine, returns in Murder in Williamstown.

Phryne Fisher, everyone’s favorite mystery-solving libertine, returns in Murder in Williamstown.

Sophie Hannah’s latest bitingly funny and meticulously plotted Hercule Poirot mystery effortlessly captures the Belgian sleuth’s essence.

Sophie Hannah’s latest bitingly funny and meticulously plotted Hercule Poirot mystery effortlessly captures the Belgian sleuth’s essence.

Deanna Raybourn’s masterful balance between romance and mystery makes A Sinister Revenge a standout entry in an already excellent series.

Deanna Raybourn’s masterful balance between romance and mystery makes A Sinister Revenge a standout entry in an already excellent series.

It’s a joy to see Charlotte Holmes spring into action (and to watch her romantic relationship thrive) in Sherry Thomas’ A Tempest at Sea.

It’s a joy to see Charlotte Holmes spring into action (and to watch her romantic relationship thrive) in Sherry Thomas’ A Tempest at Sea.

An exceptionally entertaining Victorian mystery, Heart of the Nile is anchored by the quick wit and pithy observations of its narrator.

An exceptionally entertaining Victorian mystery, Heart of the Nile is anchored by the quick wit and pithy observations of its narrator.

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