Historical Themed Cozy Mystery Series

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Below you'll find cozy mystery series that have a historical theme. Please feel free to suggest a series that we may have missed.
A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery by Kate Kingsbury

This series takes place in early 1900 England at the Pennyfoot Hotel. The main character, Cecily Sinclair Baxter, owns the hotel and is witty and very independent. The Christmas books are based on the original series, the Pennyfoot Hotel. The original series has ended but they are well...

Abigail Adams Mystery Series by Barbara Hamilton

Barbara Hamilton (aka Barbara Hambly) writes the Abigail Adams Mystery Series which started in 2009 and is set in 1770's Boston. It features Abigail Adams. In the Massachusetts Colony, political upheaval turns murderous...

Algonquin Round Table Mystery Series by J.J. Murphy

J.J. Murphy writes the Algonquin Round Table Mystery series which started in 2011 and is set in 1920s Manhattan New York. It features Dorothy Parker and a circle of writers who regularly meets for lunch in a hotel dining room. The "Algonquin Round Table" also includes (the Algonquins)-- writers...

Amory Ames Mystery Series by Ashley Weaver

Ashley Weaver writes the Amory Ames Mystery series which started in October 2014 and is set in 1930s England. It features high society protagonist Amory Ames. It's set amidst the upper-crust of British society. The first book, 'Murder at the Brightwell' takes place at a posh seaside resort in...

Bess Crawford Mystery Series by Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd-- a mother and son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States.

Charles Todd writes the Bess Crawford Mystery series which is set in early 1900 England during WWI and started in 2009. It features the daughter...

Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery Series Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller writes the Carpenter & Quincannon Mystery Series which started in January 2013 and takes place in San Francisco. It is a lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco. It features former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret...

Cattarina Mystery Series Monica Shaughnessy

Monica Shaughnessy writes the Cattarina Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set in Philadelphia in the 1800s. It features Poe's cat, Cattarina. This series is full of Victorian witticisms and rich, historical detail, this cozy novella is a fictional account of Edgar Allan Poe's real-...

Charles Lenox Series by Charles Finch

Charles Finch writes the Charles Lenox Series which started in 2007 and is set in England in 1865. It features Charles Lenox, a wealthy gentlemen and amateur detective.

A Beautiful Blue Death was his first novel and was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s...

Christmas Mystery Series by Anne Perry

Set in Victorian England this series features Britain’s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses. The characters in this series are from Anne Perry's other Victorian series Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and the William Monk series.

Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Series by Carola Dunn

This series started in 1994 and is set in England. It features journalist, Daisy Dalrymple. This series takes place in the 1920s and Daisy, the daughter of a Viscount, shocks her family when she decides that she wants to make her own living as a writer. The books in this series have an Agatha...

Dandy Gilver Mystery Series by Catriona McPherson

Catriona McPherson writes the Dandy Gilver Mystery Series which started in 2005 and is set in 1920s Scotland after WWI. It features Aristocrat, Dandelion Dahlia Leston (Dandy). In this classic whodunit, mixed with a little bit of upstairs/downstairs, Dandy Gilver is caught between Victorian...

Darling Dahlias Mystery Series by Susan Wittig Albert

The series is set in the 1930s, when times are tough, jobs are scarce, and people are worried about what lies ahead.

But the ladies of the fictional town of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their spirits up, their families fed, and their town beautiful. They belong to a garden...

Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery Series

Maia Chance writes the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery Series which is set in Prohibition-era New York city. It features 31-year-old society matron Lola Woodby has survived her loveless marriage with an unholy mixture of highballs, detective novels, and chocolate layer cake, until, her...

Eliza Doolittle & Henry Mystery by D.E. Ireland

D.E. Ireland (aka Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta) write the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Mystery series. The series started September 2014 and is set in early 20th century London. It features Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins who solve murders.

Flora Maguire Cozy Mystery Series Anita Davison

Anita Davison writes the Flora Maguire Cozy Mystery series which starts in October 2016 and is set in early 1900s England. It features 22 year old governess Flora Maguire. In the first book she is on her way home on the S.S. Minneapolis to England from New York after the wedding of her employer...

Florence Norris Mystery Series Dorothy Cannell

Dorothy Cannell writes the Florence Norris Mystery Series which started in 2014 and is set in England in the 1930s. It features Florence Norris-- Housekeeper of Stodmarsh Family in Their Country House. This is a great English country house mystery with a resident butler, a housekeeper and plenty...

Gaslight Mystery Series by Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar(r) Award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mystery series which started in 1999 and is set in turn-of-the-century New York. It features Midwife, Sarah Brandt and Police Detective, Frank Malloy. Sarah is estranged from her wealthy family for marrying below her class...

Gilded Newport Mystery Series Alyssa Maxwell

Alyssa Maxwell writes the the Gilded Newport Mystery series which started in March 2014 and is set in late 1800's Newport, Rhode Island. It features amateur sleuth Emmaline Cross. As both a Vanderbilt cousin and a Newporter born and raised, Emma's as strong as the steel rails that built her...

Hannah Scrabble Mystery Series by Marty Donnellan

Marty Donnellan writes the Hannah Scrabble Mystery series which started in 2014 and is set in 1978. Meet Hannah Scrabble, bullheaded farmer, entrepreneur, skating teacher, spy thriller author and town snoop. It's 1978, before cellphones and personal computers. Hannah overhears a snippet of...

Hattie Davish Mysteries Series by Anna Loan-Wilsey

Anna Loan-Wilsey writes the Hattie Davish Mysteries series which is set in various cities in the late 19th century. It features traveling secretary and dilettante detective Hattie Davish-- a private secretary to the late 19th century's rich and famous. Each book takes place in a different...

Juliette Abbott Regency Mystery Series

Marilyn Clay writes the Juliette Abbott Regency Mystery Series which is set in England. It features clever, young Miss Juliette Abbott as amateur sleuth. The first book in the series, MURDER AT MORLAND MANOR takes place on a large country estate where several murders occur.

Kate Shackleton Mystery Series by Frances Brody

This series started in 2009 and is set in England. It features Kate Shackleton who is a World War I widow that takes up sleuthing. Although Kate Shackleton's husband is listed as MIA, she hasn't given up hope. Meanwhile, she assists others in locating their family members.

Lady Emily Mystery Series by Tasha Alexander

Tasha Alexander writes the Lady Emily Mystery series which started in 2005 and is set in Victorian England. It features Lady Emily. Emily is a young and beautiful widow. Emily discovers foul play when her husband dies on an African hunting expedition. The late Philip, Viscount Ashton, had a...

Leonardo da Vinci Mystery Series by Diane Stuckart

This series started in 2008 and is set in Italy. It features Leonardo da Vinci and his assistant Dino in 14th century Italy. The second book in this series, Portrait of a Lady won the 2009 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS.

Lucy Campion Mysteries by Susanna Calkins

Susanna Calkins writes the Lucy Campion Mystery series which started in April 2013 and takes place in seventeenth-century England. It features English chambermaid Lucy Campion who is serving in the household of the local magistrate. Mystery and murder combine with seventeenth England in this...

Lute Player Mystery Series Joyce Elson Moore

Joyce Elson Moore writes the Lute Player Mystery Series which starts in August 2015 and is set 17th-century Stockholm, Sweden. It features reluctant amateur sleuth, the Swedish queen’s lute player.

Maggie Hope Mystery Series by Susan Elia MacNeal

Susan Elia MacNeal writes the Maggie Hope Mystery series which started in and is set in 1940 England. It features American, Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be...

Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series by Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear writes the Maisie Dobbs Mystery series which started in 2003 and is set in early 20th century England. It features Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs. As a young girl Maisie worked as a servant in a Belgravia mansion. Maisie graduates from Cambridge with the...

Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series by Mignon Ballard

Mignon Ballard writes the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series which started in 2010 and takes place in Georgia. It features revered first grade teacher, Miss Dimple Kilpatrick, during the years of World War II in the small town of Elderberry Georgia. You will meet young teachers, Charlie...

Molly Murphy Mystery Series by Rhys Bowen

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.

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