Mixing genres can be a dicey proposition. In the wrong hands, what should be a work of innovative stylings, with plotlines and settings capable of bringing together two distinct audiences, can turn into a hot mess. But when done correctly, you get a novel that’s purely unputdownable—not to mention one you may revisit time and time again.
One such genre melding that just seems to hit different is that of historical fiction and mystery, specifically of the murderous variety. There’s something special about an author’s ability to deftly insert a mystery of the highest stakes within the frame of an intricately constructed historical setting that triggers all the senses for an unforgettable, thrilling tale.
Conveniently enough, we just so happen to have a list of novels that stand out as some of the most exceptional historical fiction murder mysteries for you to sink your teeth into . . .