If You Like….

Last week, during the Q&A section of a book event with Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn, someone asked us what our favorite historical mysteries were. And we all looked at each other and said, “Uh….” Because, of course, you never remember these things when put on the spot.

So, to make up for that, if you like historical mystery series, you’ll probably like….

— Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily books, starting with And Only to Deceive (Victorian);

— Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia books, starting with Silent in the Grave (Victorian);

— Carole Nelson Douglas’ Irene Adler series, starting with Good Night, Mr. Holmes;

— Kate Ross’ Julian Kestrel books, starting with Cut to the Quick (Regency);

— C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr books, starting with What Angels Fear (Regency);

— Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries, starting with Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Regency);

— Tracy Grant’s Charles & Melanie mysteries, starting with Secrets of a Lady (Regency);

— Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody novels, starting with Crocodile on the Sandbank (Victorian and onward);

— Laurie King’s Mary Russell novels, starting with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Edwardian and on);

— Rhys Bowen’s Lady Georgiana series, starting with Her Royal Spyness (1930s);

— Bruce Alexander’s Sir John Fielding mysteries, starting with Blind Justice (Georgian);

— Patricia Wynn’s Blue Satan books, starting with The Birth of Blue Satan (Georgian);

— Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael books, starting with A Morbid Taste for Bones (medieval);

— Susanna Gregory’s Matthew Bartholomew books, starting with A Plague on Both Your Houses (medieval).

What are your favorite historical mystery series?


  1. Tricia on November 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I love the Brother Cadfael books! I also like Lindsey Davis’ Marcus Didius Falco books (starts with Silver Pigs, Roman), Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey (starts with Whose Body? 1920s), and Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma (Absolution by Murder, Ancient Ireland). Most of those, my dad got me started on <3

  2. JoAnn on November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Lauren, you listed many of my favorites! To the list I would add:

    Jacqueline Windspear’s Maisie Dobbs series (starts with Maisie Dobbs).

    Patrician Ryan’s Nell Sweeney Mysteries (starts with Still Life with Murder).

    Judith Rock’s Charles du Luc series (starts with The Rhetoric of Death).

    Rose Melikan’s Mary Finch and Cpt. Robert Holland mysteries (starts with The Mistaken Wife).

  3. Ashley on November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I also like:

    Charles Finch’s Charles Lenox series

    Carol K. Carr’s India Black series

    Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series

  4. Sheila on November 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Kathy Lynn Emerson’s series Face Down, with Lady Appleton

    Suzanne Arruda’s Jade Del Cameron series, esp if you like Maisie Dobbd, start with Mark of the Lion

  5. Leslie on November 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Marion Chesney’s Edwardian series starting with “Snobbery with Violence”
    Amanda Quick’s Tobias March and Lavinia Lake trilogy is fun. I think 1st book is “A Shady Lady”.

  6. Valerie on November 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love the Lady Julia series!! I also like The Mistress of the Art of Death series. Not in the same time period, but still good!

  7. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on November 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Flavia de Luce!

    Also I too love Amelia Peabody Emerson!

  8. Melanie on November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely love Patricia Ryan’s Nell Sweeney mysteries!!!!

  9. SusanN on November 8, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Mysteries are my first love and I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers and all the other classic mystery writers who, by now, could be considered historical. In addition to the ones already noted (many of which I also love), I could probably list 10 pages of my “favorites.” But here’s a “small” start. 🙂

    Ashley Gardner—Capt. Lacey
    Victoria Thompson—Sarah Brandt
    Charles Todd—Ian Rutledge
    Catriona McPherson—Dandy Gilver
    Anne Perry—Pitt, Monk, and WWI series
    Barbara Hambly—Benjamin January, Abigail Adams
    Rhys Bowen—Molly Murphy
    Michael Kilian—Harrison Raines
    Jack Martin—Alphonso Clay
    Owen Parry—Abel Jones
    Laura Joh Rowland—Sana Ichiro
    Lynda S. Robinson—Lord Meren
    Lauren Haney—Lt. Bak
    Barbara Cleverly—Joe Sandilands
    James Benn—Billy Boyle
    Margaret Frazer—Sister Frevisse
    Priscilla Royal—Prioress Eleanor
    Margaret Ashe—Templar Knight/Sir Bascot
    Kate Sedley—Roger the Chapman
    Joan Wolf (love her Regencies)—Hugh de Leon
    Sharon Kay Penman—Justin de Quincy
    Edward Marston—Nicholas Bracewell
    Candice Robb—Owen Archer

  10. SusanN on November 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Scusi–had a slight aneurysm when typing the above. The amazing Barbara Hambly (who also wrote terrific scifi/fantasy books) authored the Benjamin January novels, but not the Abigail Adams novels–that was Barbara Hamilton.

  11. Kristen A. on November 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series, Susanne Alleyn’s Aristide Ravel series (scattered before, during, and just after the French Revolution, not written in chronological order), and Barbara Hamilton’s Abigail Adams mysteries.

  12. Farin on November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

    So many of my favorites have already been mentioned! I will add the mysteries of Anne Perry, particularly the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series and the William Monk series. I got my mother hooked on these as well.

  13. AmyN on November 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I, too, enjoy Candace Robb’s Owen Archer series as well as Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series and Karen Harper’s Elizabeth the 1st series. Oh! and Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. I would really like to find the historical mystery featuring Galileo — holdover idea from Math Club days while on layoff.

  14. Meg on November 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Alys Clare – medieval
    Georgette Heyer

  15. Kellie Morris on November 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I am particularly fond of all things Georgian, so have to put in my two cents and add the Hannah March books. Sadly, there are few. Oh, and the Ashley Gardner mysteries. I, too, recommend the Bruce Alexanders. Not as light, but they have such a strong presence and style. Superb.

  16. Samantha on December 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Sorry I’m rather late to the game. I’ve been looking for historical mysteries, so this is a pretty amazing list to find! I would add:

    Arianna Franklin — The Mistress of the Art of Death

  17. Hillary on February 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Lyndsay Faye – Timothy Wilde Trilogy

  18. Janette Dabel on September 16, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you for listing so many wonderful books. I love so many of the authors listed, and am excited to read a few new to me!❤️

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