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Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Historical Mystery books.

1. Vienna Waltz (Malcom & Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mysteries) (2011)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionNothing is fair in love and war. . .Europe’s elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna–princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar–all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests. . .Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana. As a protégé of France’s Prince Talleyrand…
Author(s): Teresa Grant

2. House of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery (2017)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny…In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at…
Author(s): Nicola Cornick

3. Babylon Berlin: Book 1 of the Gereon Rath Mystery Series (2018)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection“Cabaret on cocaine…captures the dark glamour of a briefly exhilarating time between the wars.”―NPR”Volker Kutscher, who wrote the novels on which the series is based, has a similar disregard for the sanctity of his characters’ lives as Thrones’ George R. R. Martin.”―The Spectator (UK) It’s 1929 and Berlin is the vibrating metropolis of post-war Germany―full of bars and brothels and dissatisfied workers at the point of revolt. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department.When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath sees a chance to find his way…
Author(s): Volker Kutscher, Niall Sellar

4. Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries) (2017)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer,…
Author(s): Carole Lawrence

5. Edinburgh Dusk (Ian Hamilton Mysteries) (2018)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionA wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients—a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions.Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical…
Author(s): Carole Lawrence

6. The Dawn Country (People of the Longhouse, Book 2) (2011)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe epic tale that began in People of the Longhouse continues in this second book of the thrilling new Iroquois quartet by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. War Chief Koracoo and Deputy Gonda of the Standing Stone People have successfully rescued their children, Odion and Tutelo, from Gannajero the Trader. Known as the Crow, Gannajero is a figure out of nightmare―a witch who steals children. Odion’s friend Wrass is still held captive, along with several other children, in Gannajero’s camp, and Koracoo and Gonda are…
Author(s): W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal Gear

7. The Hideaway (2017)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this USA TODAY and Amazon Charts Bestseller, Sara is wrenched back to Sweet Bay, Alabama, by her grandmother’s will, where she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in her life. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering…
Author(s): Lauren K. Denton

8. Murder in Park Lane (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2019)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionLondon, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

9. Ten Little Niggers (1963)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionMass Market Paperback Publisher: FONTANA; First Printing edition (1963) ISBN-10: 0006117279 ISBN-13: 978-0006117278 Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3957 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books) #408 in British & Irish Dramas & Plays #956 in Historical British & Irish Literature Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): AGATHA CHRISTIE

10. No Stone Unturned (The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries) (2019)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionA suspicious death, stolen gems and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?London October 1886: Trapped in a troubled marriage, Lucy Lawrence is ripe for an adventure. But when she meets the enigmatic Phineas Stone, over the body of her husband in the mortuary, her world begins to fall apart.When her late husband’s secrets spill from the grave, and her life is threatened by the leader of London’s most notorious gang, Lucy must find the strength to rise to the challenge. But who can she trust and how is she to stay out of the murderous clutches of London’s most dangerous criminal?…
Author(s): Pam Lecky

11. A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries) (2009)

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection“Another winner….Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer  “Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”—New York Times Book Review Charles Todd, author of the resoundingly acclaimed Ian Rutledge crime novels (“One of the best historical series being written today” —Washington…
Author(s): Charles Todd

Best Historical Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some historical mystery books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey And A Scientific Mystery Solved

Author(s): Russell Martin
Publisher: Jerry eBooks, Year: 2015, Size: 352 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2209524

Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery

Author(s): Yaron Reshef
Publisher: , Year: 2014, Size: 763 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2418701

The Mystery of the Ten Lost Tribes: A Critical Survey of Historical and Archaeological Records relating to the People of Israel in Exile in Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia up to ca. 300 BCE

Author(s): Ziva Shavitsky
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2012, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1331069

Mystery unveiled : the crisis of the Trinity in early modern England

Author(s): Lim, Paul Chang-Ha
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2012, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1680096

The Mystery of the Crucifixion: The Attempt to Kill Jesus in the Qur'an, the New Testament, and Historical Sources

Author(s): Louay Fatoohi
Publisher: Luna Plena Publishing, Year: 2008, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 937465

Gay and Lesbian Historical Fiction: Sexual Mystery and Post-Secular Narrative

Author(s): Norman W. Jones
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2007, Size: 677 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 397477

Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved

Author(s): Russell Martin
Publisher: , Year: 2001, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 427644

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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