The Case Files No. 1: Historical Mystery

By Dan Eells,

Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, Cloud Library, and RB Digital are full of mystery ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow digitally. In The Case Files, I will break down some popular mystery sub-genres and give you some great recommendations to read. In part one, I’m highlighting historical mystery.

What is historical mystery? Simply put, it’s mystery with a historical bent. Historical mystery novels are commonly set in the 19th century or earlier. Recently, the historical mystery has started to include the early 20th century: Think novels set during World War I or World War II.

Below I’ve listed and linked some historical mystery books, authors and series you can find in the eLending catalogs.

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Anne Perry – I would start with The Cater Street Hangman, Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Bk. 1 (available in Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, or RB Digital) or The Face of a Stranger, William Monk Bk. 1 (available in Sunflower eLibrary, Cloud Library, RB Digital). Both of these series are set in Victorian London. Anne Perry has lots of different series; find a complete list here.

Charles Todd – Start with either A Test of Wills, Ian Rutledge Bk. 1 (Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla) or A Duty to the Dead, Bess Crawford Bk. 1 (Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla). Both series are set in post-WWI England. Charles Todd is the pen name for mother-and-son writing team Caroline Todd and Charles Todd. Find a complete list of Charles Todd’s works here.

Amy Stewart – The first book in the Kopp Sisters series is Girl Waits with Gun (Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, Cloud Library, RB Digital) The Kopp sisters series is set in American and the first book takes place in 1914. You can find a complete list of Amy Stewart’s work here.

Sujata Massey – Start with The Widows of Malabar Hill, Perveen Mistry Bk. 1 (Sunflower eLibrary, Cloud Library, RB Digital) The Perveen Mistry Series is set in 1920’s Bombay. Find a complete list of Sujata Massey’s work here.

Jacqueline Winspear– Start with Maisie Dobbs, Book 1 in the Maisie Dobbs series (Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, Cloud Library, RB Digital). Maisie Dobbs is set in 1929 London. Find a complete list of Jacqueline Winspear’s work here.

I hope you find a new series to read or a new genre to try. Let me know in the Facebook comments what your favorite historical mystery novel/series is.