Best Mysteries With a Historical Setting

List of the Month
maj 2024 (see all)
Beskrivelse
May is Mystery Month, and in honor of the occasion our List of the Month this time around is devoted to the Best Mysteries With a Historical Setting. The books themselves can be published during any period, including contemporaneously. For the purpose of this list, "historical" is defined as anything set during or before the 1950s. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme, and are either not mysteries or not historical in setting.
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19,625 medlemmer
315 anmeldelser
4.2
33 Members
Aquila, janoorani24, paradoxosalpha, EerierIdyllMeme, TedWitham, kleo, BooksPlease, abbottthomas, wdwilson3, Caesia, FAMeulstee, accessit, CarltonC, elenchus, birder4106, Stewdar, dallenbaugh, vwinsloe, zmeischa, Michael.Rimmer, MTCDBIBLIO, Boand, RODNEYP, NitinKhanna, Thelamon1, Monty_Grover, feanor451, MyFathersDragon, lovelybookishthings, Mnmwi7, fricksalad, hthacher, john654
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Boand: Fascinating history and a very twisted tale that keeps you guessing right until the end. Life in a European monastery and the process of writing books is beautifully described.
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2,404 medlemmer
80 anmeldelser
3.8
16 Members
andyl, lorax, janoorani24, MajorRakal, charl08, lizzy50usa, Caesia, CarltonC, nessreader, RBeffa, DidIReallyReadThat, Maddz, MTCDBIBLIO, srsrhs, JoeB1934, Bookladycma
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Maddz: The 1st of the Falco series - a hard-boiled detective in Vespasian's Rome.
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17,280 medlemmer
424 anmeldelser
4.1
18 Members
LadyUndomiel, TeresaInTexas, jeshakespeare, njtrout, merrystar, birder4106, perennialreader, zmeischa, SF_fan_mae, Andrew_Orange, Boand, RODNEYP, skid0612, Thelamon1, SaraElizabeth11, Mnmwi7, fricksalad, hthacher,andyl ,lilithcat ,Sarielle , , ,feanor451
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lilithcat : Not an historical mystery, as it was set during the era in which it was written.
merrystar: List description specifies that the story need only be set prior to the 1950s; publication date does not matter
: Not an historical mistery
Boand: Simply one of the best crime mysteries ever written with the most shocking denouement if you’re reading it for the first time. Set in 1934, the year it was written so qualifies for this list!
feanor451: Virtually no historical elements in the story. I think The Secret Adversary would have been a more fitting Agatha Christie novel for this list.
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5,932 medlemmer
295 anmeldelser
4.1
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4,849 medlemmer
273 anmeldelser
3.8
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1,796 medlemmer
130 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
13 Members
tardis, Euryale, lahochstetler, jeshakespeare, raidergirl3, lizzy50usa, Caesia, dallenbaugh, bookcookie1920, SF_fan_mae, JoeB1934, lovelybookishthings, john654
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lizzy50usa: The book that introduced the inimitable Phryne Fisher.
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4,220 medlemmer
197 anmeldelser
3.9
10
7,790 medlemmer
657 anmeldelser
3.8
11
4,020 medlemmer
251 anmeldelser
3.9
11 Members
ReshiBec, charl08, raidergirl3, claire.rivers, DidIReallyReadThat, gypsysmom, al.vick, ccreads247, Abcdarian, Boand, CatotheElder
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al.vick: love that this one has a woman as the detective when it is set so long ago.
ccreads247: Enjoyed reading a well written medieval mystery featuring a woman sleuth. No shrinking violets here!
Boand: My favourite from this wonderful series set in medieval Europe describing medical practices and herbal healing as well as a cracking murder mystery.
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4,610 medlemmer
227 anmeldelser
3.9
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12,883 medlemmer
338 anmeldelser
4.1
10 Members
ReshiBec, perennialreader, Mweb, Tess_W, Onilyn, RODNEYP, Carrieida, SuSu2, SaraElizabeth11, lovelybookishthings,Porua
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Porua: In my opinion, "The Woman in White" cannot be categorized as a "mystery" per se. Collins' "The Moonstone" fits more into this category but not this book.
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21,451 medlemmer
539 anmeldelser
4.2
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1,162 medlemmer
70 anmeldelser
3.8
16
5,487 medlemmer
150 anmeldelser
½ 4.3
10 Members
Herenya, lizzy50usa, saskia17, Caesia, merrystar, robenc, Andrew_Orange, slimikin, Paulasmithy, SuSu2,andyl ,feanor451
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merrystar: Set before 1950; list description says that books can be published contemporaneously and need only be set before or during the 1950s.
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7,885 medlemmer
287 anmeldelser
4.1
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17,283 medlemmer
911 anmeldelser
4
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1,610 medlemmer
120 anmeldelser
3.8
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20,881 medlemmer
616 anmeldelser
4.2
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18,244 medlemmer
453 anmeldelser
3.9
22
410 medlemmer
21 anmeldelser
4.1
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921 medlemmer
38 anmeldelser
3.9
24
5,454 medlemmer
250 anmeldelser
3.8
25
28,059 medlemmer
1,044 anmeldelser
4.1
26
2,612 medlemmer
99 anmeldelser
3.8
8 Members
karenb, LadyUndomiel, Euryale, wdwilson3, sturlington, Onilyn, JoeB1934, skid0612
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skid0612: The first novel in the marvelous Easy Rawlins series starts with a bang in late 40s Los Angeles
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11,941 medlemmer
260 anmeldelser
3.9
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9,544 medlemmer
250 anmeldelser
4
29
2,080 medlemmer
48 anmeldelser
4
7 Members
scriveling, TeresaInTexas, Caesia, gypsysmom, SF_fan_mae, Boand, JoeB1934
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Boand: Very hard to choose just one of Ellis Peters’ books, but this is a favourite set in a little known period of English history.
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1,794 medlemmer
67 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
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4,422 medlemmer
116 anmeldelser
4
7 Members
scriveling, janoorani24, Caesia, CarltonC, Andrew_Orange, llarsson7, SuSu2,feanor451
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CarltonC: I keep saving Gaudy Night, so may change my opinion once I have read, but love Lord Peter Wimsey’s characterisation and the setting of winter in the fens.
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533 medlemmer
38 anmeldelser
3.8
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15,466 medlemmer
303 anmeldelser
3.9
34
12,996 medlemmer
190 anmeldelser
3.8
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1,745 medlemmer
148 anmeldelser
3.8
36
341 medlemmer
23 anmeldelser
3.9
37
1,119 medlemmer
42 anmeldelser
4.1
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227 medlemmer
14 anmeldelser
3.8
39
1,298 medlemmer
32 anmeldelser
3.8
40
2,515 medlemmer
165 anmeldelser
4
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3,198 medlemmer
175 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
4 Members
libraryfan, Lisa.Domke, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
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Boand: Wonderful mystery set in Victorian England, full of mists, magic, myths and murder.
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5,263 medlemmer
139 anmeldelser
3.9
4 Members
Imprinted, libraryfan, cbl_tn, Paulasmithy
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Imprinted: An elegantly constructed mystery novel about a murder in 17th century Oxford, England, told from conflicting points of view.
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4,917 medlemmer
176 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
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1,328 medlemmer
47 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
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1,205 medlemmer
54 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
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1,589 medlemmer
114 anmeldelser
3.9
5 Members
andyl, Aquila, anglemark, sturlington, JoeB1934,lorax
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lorax : This is an alternate history, not set in the actual historical past.
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7,056 medlemmer
173 anmeldelser
3.8
48
2,431 medlemmer
91 anmeldelser
4.1
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5,068 medlemmer
249 anmeldelser
3.8
3 Members
Aquila, charl08, EMS_24
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EMS_24: During the goldrush in New Zealand. Each chapter from another protagonist's point of view, in each chapter a changing view on current days and the days around the crime; roles and what happened.
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2,880 medlemmer
174 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
3 Members
Euryale, ijustgetbored, al.vick
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al.vick: an excellent series, not sure which is my favorite.
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10,873 medlemmer
251 anmeldelser
4
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1,972 medlemmer
48 anmeldelser
3.9
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951 medlemmer
23 anmeldelser
3.8
3 Members
Stewdar, Boand, Paulasmithy
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Boand: SO hard to choose just one of Lindsey’s books but this one also makes me laugh and reminds me that the art of plumbers hasn’t changed in 2000 years!
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855 medlemmer
45 anmeldelser
3.8
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272 medlemmer
21 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
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424 medlemmer
20 anmeldelser
4
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1,850 medlemmer
50 anmeldelser
3.8
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786 medlemmer
17 anmeldelser
3.8
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932 medlemmer
32 anmeldelser
½ 3.5
3 Members
andyl, AbigailAdams26, SF_fan_mae
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andyl: First in the Sister Fidelma series. Future books in the series are probably better than this one, but listed because it is the first.
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1,537 medlemmer
42 anmeldelser
3.8
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167 medlemmer
½ 3.4
3 Members
tardis, Maddz, Bookladycma
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Maddz: A kidnapping in 2nd century Rome.
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509 medlemmer
6 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
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2,260 medlemmer
137 anmeldelser
4
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371 medlemmer
20 anmeldelser
3.9
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439 medlemmer
24 anmeldelser
3.9
66
1,273 medlemmer
70 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
67
2,068 medlemmer
48 anmeldelser
3.8
3 Members
Caesia, cbl_tn, Mweb
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557 medlemmer
39 anmeldelser
4
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68 medlemmer
4 anmeldelser
3.2
70
3,132 medlemmer
101 anmeldelser
4
3 Members
wdwilson3, Tosta, SuSu2
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89 medlemmer
3 anmeldelser
½ 3.5
2 Members
EMS_24, Rommert
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1,565 medlemmer
66 anmeldelser
½ 3.4
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600 medlemmer
25 anmeldelser
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
Forklaringer
andyl: First in the Matthew Bartholomew series set (mostly) in Cambridge University in the 14th century.
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873 medlemmer
36 anmeldelser
3.8
2 Members
terran, saskia17
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5,425 medlemmer
191 anmeldelser
½ 3.5
4 Members
CarltonC, Stewdar, perennialreader, AndreaLP,Porua ,themulhern
Forklaringer
CarltonC: Although certainly a great adventure yarn, I have always thought of it as a mystery as well, and although only slightly historical when written (1915) about pre-WW1 Britain, it is now historical, as allowed in the description for the list.
Porua: In my opinion, "The Thirty-Nine Steps" cannot be categorized as a mystery. It's more of an adventure/spy novel.
themulhern : I'm pretty sure this is contemporary with the time it was written.
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1,306 medlemmer
42 anmeldelser
3.8
77
295 medlemmer
25 anmeldelser
4.2
2 Members
dara85, Carrieida
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7,561 medlemmer
171 anmeldelser
½ 3.4
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1,820 medlemmer
95 anmeldelser
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, mrswebster
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572 medlemmer
29 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
2 Members
BooksPlease, Dave_Perry
Forklaringer
Dave_Perry: Remarkable account of the aftermath of the fire of London. Mystery solved by pair with exquisite detail of living conditions at the time.
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240 medlemmer
16 anmeldelser
3.8
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1,340 medlemmer
121 anmeldelser
4
83
40 medlemmer
4 anmeldelser
4
84
259 medlemmer
9 anmeldelser
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
Forklaringer
andyl: Thomas Chaloner series set just after the restoration of Charles II.
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1,716 medlemmer
36 anmeldelser
3.9
2 Members
SF_fan_mae, msjudy
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878 medlemmer
31 anmeldelser
3.9
2 Members
Tosta, lsnrtn
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1,776 medlemmer
82 anmeldelser
½ 3.6
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4,148 medlemmer
101 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
2 Members
TeresaInTexas, themulhern
Forklaringer
themulhern: A mystery set in Victorian England, clearly inspired by "The Sign of Four".
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1,021 medlemmer
49 anmeldelser
3.9
2 Members
CarltonC, Tosta
90
812 medlemmer
38 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
91
267 medlemmer
8 anmeldelser
3.8
2 Members
zmeischa, skid0612
92
60 medlemmer
8 anmeldelser
½ 4.4
93
4,780 medlemmer
293 anmeldelser
3.9
94
405 medlemmer
20 anmeldelser
4.1
95
2,719 medlemmer
83 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
96
1,284 medlemmer
84 anmeldelser
3.8
2 Members
nrmay, MBAdams
97
4,391 medlemmer
95 anmeldelser
3.8
2 Members
Porua, hthacher
Forklaringer
hthacher: Set at the time of publication in the thirties, which is clearly in accordance with the rules.
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1,052 medlemmer
55 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
2 Members
navelos, Carrieida
99
173 medlemmer
13 anmeldelser
½ 3.7
2 Members
tardis, karenb
Forklaringer
tardis: Set in Singapore before WW2. The series continues on through WW2.
100
1,304 medlemmer
94 anmeldelser
½ 3.7