If you like Historical Mystery series...

If you like Historical Mystery series...

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If you're looking for a juicy historical mystery series to begin, check out these titles (all firsts in the series):

​The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or, On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes #1)
Chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when fifteen-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher. (catalog summary)

Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher #1)
Phyrne Fisher heads for Melbourne, Australia, where she encounters a mystery involving poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling, corrupt cops, and communism. Spunky Phryne Fisher leaves her adopted London for 1920s Australia to investigate the desperate letters she has been receiving from well-bred Lydia, a young woman married to a low-down scoundrel. (catalog summary)



Crocodile on the Sandbank
by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #1)
Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help—or so he thinks. (catalog summary)


The Face of a Stranger
by Anne Perry (William Monk #1)
William Monk has awakened in the hospital with no memory—and Police Inspector Runcorn insists he is a detective. While suffering from amnesia, Monk is asigned to investigate the brutal murder of a gentleman, leading him into the underworld of British society and one step closer to the awful truth of his identity. (catalog summary)



A Morbid Taste for Bones
by Ellis Peters (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #1)
The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred's sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates. (catalog summary)




Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson (Gaslight Mystery #1)
After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl's room, and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy's help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice before death claims another victim. (catalog summary)



Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)
Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, and her identity, for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in new York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime. (catalog summary)



The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig (Pink Carnation #1)
Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard’s Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803. Eloise has found the secret history of the Pink Carnation—the most elusive spy of all time, the spy who single-handedly saved England from Napoleon’s invasion. (catalog summary)




Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey #1)
After the sudden death of her husband, Edward, Lady Julia Grey enlists the help of private sleuth Nicholas Brisbane to unravel the mystery of Edward's death and the threats that he had been receiving. (catalog summary)




The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce #1)
It is the summer of 1950, and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events. For Flavia, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.