Best Mysteries With a Historical Setting

List of the Month
maig 2024 (see all)
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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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19,693 membres
308 ressenyes
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36 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, CeskaDiana, NitinKhanna, Thelamon1, Monty_Grover, feanor451, yeshis, MyFathersDragon, dkidwell, 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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17,406 membres
420 ressenyes
4.1
20 Members
LadyUndomiel, TeresaInTexas, jeshakespeare, njtrout, merrystar, birder4106, perennialreader, zmeischa, SF_fan_mae, Dayclear, Andrew_Orange, Boand, RODNEYP, skid0612, Thelamon1, yeshis, SaraElizabeth11, Mnmwi7, fricksalad, hthacher,andyl ,lilithcat ,Sarielle , , ,feanor451
Explicacions
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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2,411 membres
81 ressenyes
3.8
16 Members
andyl, lorax, janoorani24, MajorRakal, charl08, lizzy50usa, Caesia, CarltonC, nessreader, RBeffa, DidIReallyReadThat, Maddz, MTCDBIBLIO, srsrhs, JoeB1934, Bookladycma,CeskaDiana
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Maddz: The 1st of the Falco series - a hard-boiled detective in Vespasian's Rome.
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1,797 membres
130 ressenyes
½ 3.7
14 Members
tardis, Euryale, lahochstetler, jeshakespeare, raidergirl3, lizzy50usa, Caesia, dallenbaugh, bookcookie1920, SF_fan_mae, Dayclear, JoeB1934, lovelybookishthings, john654
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lizzy50usa: The book that introduced the inimitable Phryne Fisher.
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4,246 membres
196 ressenyes
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7,825 membres
657 ressenyes
3.8
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4,027 membres
252 ressenyes
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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4,618 membres
229 ressenyes
3.9
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21,588 membres
538 ressenyes
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12,952 membres
339 ressenyes
4.1
11 Members
ReshiBec, perennialreader, Mweb, Tess_W, Onilyn, RODNEYP, Carrieida, yeshis, 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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1,630 membres
118 ressenyes
3.8
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5,514 membres
150 ressenyes
½ 4.3
11 Members
Herenya, lizzy50usa, saskia17, Caesia, merrystar, robenc, Andrew_Orange, slimikin, Paulasmithy, yeshis, SuSu2,andyl ,feanor451
Explicacions
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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7,880 membres
285 ressenyes
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17,239 membres
911 ressenyes
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21,001 membres
616 ressenyes
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1,174 membres
70 ressenyes
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28,140 membres
1,041 ressenyes
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18,299 membres
454 ressenyes
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414 membres
21 ressenyes
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925 membres
38 ressenyes
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9,594 membres
249 ressenyes
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5,478 membres
252 ressenyes
3.8
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2,615 membres
99 ressenyes
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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11,925 membres
258 ressenyes
3.9
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2,090 membres
48 ressenyes
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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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1,796 membres
66 ressenyes
½ 3.7
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4,439 membres
116 ressenyes
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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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535 membres
38 ressenyes
3.8
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15,528 membres
303 ressenyes
3.9
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13,000 membres
190 ressenyes
3.8
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1,754 membres
148 ressenyes
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351 membres
22 ressenyes
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1,123 membres
42 ressenyes
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226 membres
14 ressenyes
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1,301 membres
32 ressenyes
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2,539 membres
163 ressenyes
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3,248 membres
172 ressenyes
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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5,273 membres
137 ressenyes
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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4,926 membres
175 ressenyes
½ 3.7
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1,330 membres
47 ressenyes
½ 3.6
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1,211 membres
54 ressenyes
½ 3.6
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1,595 membres
114 ressenyes
3.9
5 Members
andyl, Aquila, anglemark, sturlington, JoeB1934,lorax
Explicacions
lorax : This is an alternate history, not set in the actual historical past.
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7,083 membres
173 ressenyes
3.8
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2,448 membres
90 ressenyes
4.1
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460 membres
27 ressenyes
3.9
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5,460 membres
189 ressenyes
½ 3.5
5 Members
CarltonC, Stewdar, perennialreader, dancesports, AndreaLP,Porua ,themulhern
Explicacions
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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5,106 membres
247 ressenyes
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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2,893 membres
174 ressenyes
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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10,910 membres
250 ressenyes
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1,985 membres
48 ressenyes
3.9
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954 membres
23 ressenyes
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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856 membres
45 ressenyes
3.8
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274 membres
21 ressenyes
½ 3.7
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425 membres
19 ressenyes
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1,858 membres
50 ressenyes
3.8
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788 membres
17 ressenyes
3.8
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933 membres
32 ressenyes
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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1,540 membres
42 ressenyes
3.8
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166 membres
½ 3.4
3 Members
tardis, Maddz, Bookladycma
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Maddz: A kidnapping in 2nd century Rome.
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510 membres
6 ressenyes
½ 3.6
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2,265 membres
138 ressenyes
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15,927 membres
249 ressenyes
4.1
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376 membres
20 ressenyes
3.9
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1,278 membres
70 ressenyes
½ 3.6
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2,078 membres
48 ressenyes
3.8
3 Members
Caesia, cbl_tn, Mweb
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558 membres
39 ressenyes
4
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77 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 3.3
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3,134 membres
100 ressenyes
4
3 Members
wdwilson3, Tosta, SuSu2
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89 membres
3 ressenyes
½ 3.5
2 Members
EMS_24, Rommert
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1,570 membres
67 ressenyes
½ 3.4
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601 membres
24 ressenyes
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
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andyl: First in the Matthew Bartholomew series set (mostly) in Cambridge University in the 14th century.
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874 membres
36 ressenyes
3.8
2 Members
terran, saskia17
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1,313 membres
42 ressenyes
3.8
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307 membres
26 ressenyes
4.2
2 Members
dara85, Carrieida
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7,579 membres
171 ressenyes
½ 3.4
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1,953 membres
101 ressenyes
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, mrswebster
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578 membres
29 ressenyes
½ 3.7
2 Members
BooksPlease, Dave_Perry
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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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239 membres
16 ressenyes
3.8
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1,344 membres
121 ressenyes
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40 membres
4 ressenyes
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85
260 membres
8 ressenyes
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
Explicacions
andyl: Thomas Chaloner series set just after the restoration of Charles II.
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1,725 membres
34 ressenyes
3.9
2 Members
SF_fan_mae, msjudy
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10,401 membres
285 ressenyes
4
88
963 membres
22 ressenyes
3.9
2 Members
Tosta, lsnrtn
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1,780 membres
81 ressenyes
½ 3.6
90
4,159 membres
100 ressenyes
½ 3.7
2 Members
TeresaInTexas, themulhern
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themulhern: A mystery set in Victorian England, clearly inspired by "The Sign of Four".
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1,044 membres
50 ressenyes
3.9
2 Members
CarltonC, Tosta
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821 membres
38 ressenyes
½ 3.7
93
268 membres
8 ressenyes
3.8
2 Members
zmeischa, skid0612
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75 membres
9 ressenyes
½ 4.4
95
4,789 membres
292 ressenyes
3.9
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434 membres
19 ressenyes
4.1
97
2,723 membres
83 ressenyes
½ 3.7
98
1,293 membres
84 ressenyes
3.8
2 Members
nrmay, MBAdams
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3,707 membres
78 ressenyes
½ 3.5
100
4,399 membres
95 ressenyes
3.8
2 Members
Porua, hthacher
Explicacions
hthacher: Set at the time of publication in the thirties, which is clearly in accordance with the rules.