Best Mysteries With a Historical Setting

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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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19,621 medlemmar
315 recensioner
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
Förklaringar
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.
4
2,404 medlemmar
80 recensioner
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.
5
17,276 medlemmar
424 recensioner
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
Förklaringar
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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5,930 medlemmar
295 recensioner
4.1
8
1,799 medlemmar
130 recensioner
½ 3.7
13 Members
tardis, Euryale, lahochstetler, jeshakespeare, raidergirl3, lizzy50usa, Caesia, dallenbaugh, bookcookie1920, SF_fan_mae, JoeB1934, lovelybookishthings, john654
Förklaringar
lizzy50usa: The book that introduced the inimitable Phryne Fisher.
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4,218 medlemmar
197 recensioner
3.9
10
7,788 medlemmar
657 recensioner
3.8
11
4,018 medlemmar
251 recensioner
3.9
11 Members
ReshiBec, charl08, raidergirl3, claire.rivers, DidIReallyReadThat, gypsysmom, al.vick, ccreads247, Abcdarian, Boand, CatotheElder
Förklaringar
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.
12
4,608 medlemmar
227 recensioner
3.9
13
12,880 medlemmar
338 recensioner
4.1
10 Members
ReshiBec, perennialreader, Mweb, Tess_W, Onilyn, RODNEYP, Carrieida, SuSu2, SaraElizabeth11, lovelybookishthings,Porua
Förklaringar
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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21,445 medlemmar
539 recensioner
4.2
15
1,162 medlemmar
70 recensioner
3.8
16
5,485 medlemmar
150 recensioner
½ 4.3
10 Members
Herenya, lizzy50usa, saskia17, Caesia, merrystar, robenc, Andrew_Orange, slimikin, Paulasmithy, SuSu2,andyl ,feanor451
Förklaringar
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 medlemmar
287 recensioner
4.1
18
17,277 medlemmar
911 recensioner
4
19
1,608 medlemmar
120 recensioner
3.8
20
20,876 medlemmar
616 recensioner
4.2
21
18,239 medlemmar
453 recensioner
3.9
22
410 medlemmar
21 recensioner
4.1
23
920 medlemmar
38 recensioner
3.9
24
5,456 medlemmar
250 recensioner
3.8
25
28,051 medlemmar
1,044 recensioner
4.1
26
2,610 medlemmar
99 recensioner
3.8
8 Members
karenb, LadyUndomiel, Euryale, wdwilson3, sturlington, Onilyn, JoeB1934, skid0612
Förklaringar
skid0612: The first novel in the marvelous Easy Rawlins series starts with a bang in late 40s Los Angeles
27
11,937 medlemmar
260 recensioner
3.9
28
9,542 medlemmar
250 recensioner
4
29
2,080 medlemmar
48 recensioner
4
7 Members
scriveling, TeresaInTexas, Caesia, gypsysmom, SF_fan_mae, Boand, JoeB1934
Förklaringar
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.
30
1,794 medlemmar
67 recensioner
½ 3.7
31
7 Members
scriveling, janoorani24, Caesia, CarltonC, Andrew_Orange, llarsson7, SuSu2,feanor451
Förklaringar
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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532 medlemmar
38 recensioner
3.8
33
15,460 medlemmar
303 recensioner
3.9
34
12,992 medlemmar
190 recensioner
3.8
35
1,768 medlemmar
148 recensioner
3.8
36
342 medlemmar
23 recensioner
3.9
37
1,118 medlemmar
42 recensioner
4.1
38
227 medlemmar
14 recensioner
3.8
39
1,297 medlemmar
32 recensioner
3.8
40
2,513 medlemmar
165 recensioner
4
41
3,193 medlemmar
175 recensioner
½ 3.6
4 Members
libraryfan, Lisa.Domke, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
Förklaringar
Boand: Wonderful mystery set in Victorian England, full of mists, magic, myths and murder.
42
5,259 medlemmar
139 recensioner
3.9
4 Members
Imprinted, libraryfan, cbl_tn, Paulasmithy
Förklaringar
Imprinted: An elegantly constructed mystery novel about a murder in 17th century Oxford, England, told from conflicting points of view.
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4,916 medlemmar
176 recensioner
½ 3.7
44
1,327 medlemmar
47 recensioner
½ 3.6
45
1,205 medlemmar
54 recensioner
½ 3.6
46
1,589 medlemmar
114 recensioner
3.9
5 Members
andyl, Aquila, anglemark, sturlington, JoeB1934,lorax
Förklaringar
lorax : This is an alternate history, not set in the actual historical past.
47
7,056 medlemmar
173 recensioner
3.8
48
2,431 medlemmar
91 recensioner
4.1
49
5,067 medlemmar
249 recensioner
3.8
3 Members
Aquila, charl08, EMS_24
Förklaringar
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.
50
2,878 medlemmar
174 recensioner
½ 3.6
3 Members
Euryale, ijustgetbored, al.vick
Förklaringar
al.vick: an excellent series, not sure which is my favorite.
51
10,870 medlemmar
251 recensioner
4
52
1,972 medlemmar
48 recensioner
3.9
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951 medlemmar
23 recensioner
3.8
3 Members
Stewdar, Boand, Paulasmithy
Förklaringar
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 medlemmar
45 recensioner
3.8
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272 medlemmar
21 recensioner
½ 3.6
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424 medlemmar
20 recensioner
4
57
1,850 medlemmar
50 recensioner
3.8
58
786 medlemmar
17 recensioner
3.8
59
932 medlemmar
32 recensioner
½ 3.5
3 Members
andyl, AbigailAdams26, SF_fan_mae
Förklaringar
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.
60
1,537 medlemmar
42 recensioner
3.8
61
167 medlemmar
½ 3.4
3 Members
tardis, Maddz, Bookladycma
Förklaringar
Maddz: A kidnapping in 2nd century Rome.
62
509 medlemmar
6 recensioner
½ 3.6
63
2,259 medlemmar
137 recensioner
4
64
370 medlemmar
19 recensioner
3.9
65
441 medlemmar
23 recensioner
3.9
66
1,272 medlemmar
70 recensioner
½ 3.6
67
2,068 medlemmar
48 recensioner
3.8
3 Members
Caesia, cbl_tn, Mweb
68
557 medlemmar
39 recensioner
4
69
67 medlemmar
3 recensioner
3.2
70
3,129 medlemmar
101 recensioner
4
3 Members
wdwilson3, Tosta, SuSu2
71
89 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 3.5
2 Members
EMS_24, Rommert
72
1,565 medlemmar
66 recensioner
½ 3.4
73
600 medlemmar
25 recensioner
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
Förklaringar
andyl: First in the Matthew Bartholomew series set (mostly) in Cambridge University in the 14th century.
74
872 medlemmar
36 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
terran, saskia17
75
5,425 medlemmar
191 recensioner
½ 3.5
4 Members
CarltonC, Stewdar, perennialreader, AndreaLP,Porua ,themulhern
Förklaringar
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.
76
1,306 medlemmar
42 recensioner
3.8
77
295 medlemmar
25 recensioner
4.2
2 Members
dara85, Carrieida
78
7,558 medlemmar
171 recensioner
½ 3.4
79
1,811 medlemmar
94 recensioner
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, mrswebster
80
572 medlemmar
29 recensioner
½ 3.7
2 Members
BooksPlease, Dave_Perry
Förklaringar
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 medlemmar
16 recensioner
3.8
82
1,340 medlemmar
121 recensioner
4
83
40 medlemmar
4 recensioner
4
84
259 medlemmar
9 recensioner
½ 3.5
2 Members
andyl, MajorRakal
Förklaringar
andyl: Thomas Chaloner series set just after the restoration of Charles II.
85
1,716 medlemmar
36 recensioner
3.9
2 Members
SF_fan_mae, msjudy
86
875 medlemmar
31 recensioner
3.9
2 Members
Tosta, lsnrtn
87
1,775 medlemmar
82 recensioner
½ 3.6
88
4,147 medlemmar
101 recensioner
½ 3.7
2 Members
TeresaInTexas, themulhern
Förklaringar
themulhern: A mystery set in Victorian England, clearly inspired by "The Sign of Four".
89
1,020 medlemmar
49 recensioner
3.9
2 Members
CarltonC, Tosta
90
812 medlemmar
38 recensioner
½ 3.7
91
267 medlemmar
8 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
zmeischa, skid0612
92
61 medlemmar
8 recensioner
½ 4.4
93
4,779 medlemmar
293 recensioner
3.9
94
405 medlemmar
20 recensioner
4.1
95
2,719 medlemmar
83 recensioner
½ 3.7
96
1,283 medlemmar
84 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
nrmay, MBAdams
97
4,390 medlemmar
95 recensioner
3.8
2 Members
Porua, hthacher
Förklaringar
hthacher: Set at the time of publication in the thirties, which is clearly in accordance with the rules.
98
1,051 medlemmar
55 recensioner
½ 3.7
2 Members
navelos, Carrieida
99
173 medlemmar
13 recensioner
½ 3.7
2 Members
tardis, karenb
Förklaringar
tardis: Set in Singapore before WW2. The series continues on through WW2.
100
1,304 medlemmar
94 recensioner
½ 3.7