Thursday, January 14, 2016

Where to Start: Historical Mystery

Historical mysteries are exactly what it sounds like: a mystery that is set in historical times. This genre is also wide and varied. Sometimes it can crossover into cozy mysteries and sometimes it can crossover into fantasy territory. For the record, I don't count things like Sherlock Holmes as historical mysteries. Because at the time it was written it wouldn't have been considered historical fiction. So things like that will not be on this list. But if you find yourself liking historical mysteries, absolutely give Holmes and Agatha Christie and so on a try.

Some staples to look into first:
Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn
Mistress of the Art of Death series by Ariana Franklin
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Dr. Laszlo Kriezler books by Caleb Carr
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Some random popular titles:
Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King
Matthew Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom
Gaslight Mysteries series by Victoria Thompson
Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters

Some Personal recommendations:
Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander
The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley

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