Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Historical Mystery. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Except the Dying (Murdoch Mysteries Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl’s simple life has something to hide.

  • Author: Maureen Jennings
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 21, 2010)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery

                 

2. The Hollow of Fear (The Lady Sherlock Series Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

As seen on The Today Show ! One of the best summer mystery picks! Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women , an NPR Best Book of 2016. Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. Moriarty's shadow looms large. First, Charlotte's half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte's close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to seek out the truth. But uncovering the truth could mean getting too close to Lord Ingram--and a number of malevolent forces...

  • Author: Sherry Thomas
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

3. The Excalibur Codex: An explosive historical thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

Jamie Saintclair embarks on another action-packed historical adventure, guaranteed to have you gripped from page one! A must read for fans of Dan Brown, Chris Kuzneski and Scott Mariani. READERS ARE LOVING THE EXCALIBUR CODEX ! "This mystery/thriller moves at a cracking pace from page one..." - 5 STARS "I couldn't put the book down..." - 5 STARS "Can't wait to read the next Jamie Saintclair book - really addictive." - 5 STARS *************************************** A LEGEND TO SOME. A SYMBOL TO OTHERS. FOR A DANGEROUS FEW, THE MEANS TO A TERRIFYING END... For countless generations the sword had been kept hidden, ready for a time of need. But not hidden well enough, because in 1937 it vanished... 1941 - twelve SS generals gather to re-enact an ancient rite and call on the spirits of Europe's mightiest warriors to aid them in the coming battle in the East. At the heart of the ritual is Excalibur, the mythical weapon pulled from a stone by King Arthur. 2010 - Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair laughs when he reads the codex to a German war veteran's will, the strange ritual it describes and the mention of a sword named Excalibur. But collector Adam Steele is convinced - and if Jamie can find the legendary sword, he will pay a small fortune for it. With a team of international assassins on his trail, the hunt for Excalibur takes Jamie from Germany to eastern Poland and a deadly encounter in Hitler's Wolf's Lair... Jamie Saintclair's adventures continue in The Samurai Inheritance. Have you read The Doomsday Testament and The Isis Covenant , his previous two adventures?

  • Author: James Douglas
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; 1st edition (August 29, 2013)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

4. Murder at the Breakers (A Gilded Newport Mystery Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

In a historical mystery for Downton Abbey fans, a society reporter covers a killer party in Gilded Age Newport.   Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts’ summer home. She also has a job to do—report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer . But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt’s financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma’s black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius’s bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost . . .   “Sorry to see the conclusion of Downton Abbey ? Well, here is a morsel to get you through a long afternoon. Brew some Earl Grey and settle down with a scone with this one.” —Washington Independent Review of Books   “Emma’s ebullience and the glittering details of Newport’s gilded age past give the novel a brisk energy.” — Publishers Weekly “A great effort with intriguing characters and a solid murder mystery . . . Maxwell has written a delightfully complex tale.” — RT Book Reviews

  • Author: Alyssa Maxwell
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

5. Ordinary Grace


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • Author: William Kent Krueger
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical

                 



6. A Baffling Murder at the Midsummer Ball (A Dizzy Heights Mystery Book 2)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

A locked room. A mysterious death. Just another gig for the Dizzy Heights. When London’s finest jazz musicians, the Dizzy Heights, are booked to play the glitzy Midsummer Ball at a country house in Oxfordshire, they expect a weekend filled with flappers and toffs having a roaring good time. But the festivities at Bilverton House take a turn for the worse when the group are stranded by a summer storm. And when a member of the Bilverton family turns up dead in a locked room in an apparent suicide, Skins, Dunn and Ellie realise this is going to be a much tougher gig than they thought. But here’s the lick. What if it was in fact cold-blooded murder? And what if the killer is still at large? It’s up to the Dizzy Heights to once again put down their instruments and get improvising if they want to solve this confounding mystery.

  • Author: T E Kinsey
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

7. The Goldsmith's Conspiracy (Glass and Steele Book 13)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

THE GOLDSMITH’S CONSPIRACY is the final book in the bestselling Glass and Steele series. To see why readers rave about the series, start at the beginning with THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER. Tensions between the artless and magicians are flaring, but India and Matt discover someone is deliberately fuelling the flames. Relentlessly pursuing his own agenda, Lord Coyle employs the former master of the Watchmaker’s Guild to make trouble and be a thorn in India’s side. But India has the ear of the government now, and her own political influence is growing, something which pushes Lord Coyle over the edge. He plots his revenge by murdering a jeweler and casting blame onto someone very important to Matt and India. As they scramble to prove Coyle was the real killer before the accused is hanged, they learn the extent of Coyle’s influence and the true motive behind his actions. With a problem too big to solve alone, India and Matt draw on aid from their friends. But it’s old enemies who cause the biggest crisis of all. Read the exhilarating conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.

  • Author: C.J. Archer
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 

8. The Name of the Rose


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

The international best seller! A masterful gothic thriller set against the turbulence of medieval Italy. The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where "the most interesting things happen at night". As Brother William goes about unraveling the mystery of what happens at the abbey by day and by night, listeners step into a brilliant re-creation of the 14th century, with its dark superstitions and wild prejudices, its hidden passions and sordid intrigues. Virtuoso storyteller Umberto Eco conjures up a gloriously rich portrait of this world with such grace, ease, wit, and love that you will become utterly intoxicated with the place and time.

  • Author: Umberto Eco
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical

                 

9. The Castle of Kings


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

“Pötzsch paints picturesque landscapes, whether it’s damp, dark castles, the stink of a medieval tannery, or whirlpool-plagued Rhine River rapids . . . Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there’s a week of good fun.” — Kirkus Reviews   In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords. Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth-century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending more time with her pet falcon than potential suitors. There is only one suitor she is interested in: Mathis, a childhood friend whom she can never marry due to his low birth status. In the midst of war, Agnes’s falcon finds a mysterious ring, and Agnes begins having strange but seemingly meaningful dreams. Dreams that lead her and Mathis to run away from their home in Trifels Castle and into the midst of the tumultuous Peasants’ War, cast into an adventure that will lead them to shocking revelations about themselves and the future of the emerging German states.   “The war scenes are grimly realistic, and the narration gripping . . . The author makes the fantastical elements work by harnessing them to the grim reality of the Peasants’ War, setting his far-fetched romance in an utterly convincing world of economic hardship, social strife and religious and political uncertainty.” — Wall Street Journal

  • Author: Oliver Pötzsch
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (July 19, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature

                 

10. Death in Soho: A 1920s Murder Mystery


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Mystery - August 2021

It’s the Roaring Twenties. London’s bright young things are partying, Soho’s nightlife is buzzing and Augusta Peel is hiding in her basement. She has a reason to hide there: it’s home to her Bloomsbury workshop where she repairs old, neglected books. After a busy time during the war, all Augusta wants is peace and quiet - even if it is routinely disturbed by the tube trains beneath her feet. But events take a turn when Augusta agrees to chaperone 19-year-old Harriet Jones on a date. Failing to get her home on time, she ends up in a riotous nightclub. She can’t imagine the evening getting much worse when the police raid it. But then the murder happens. Who shot Jean Taylor? An old acquaintance at Scotland Yard learns Augusta was near the murder scene and persuades her to help with his investigation. But how can a humble book repairer navigate Soho’s world of actresses, gangsters and theatre impresarios to discover the truth? A new historical cozy mystery from the author of the Penny Green Victorian Mystery Series and Churchill & Pemberley Cozy Mystery Series.

  • Author: Emily Organ
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction