Don't you just love a great historical mystery? There's nothing like getting sucked into the terrible secrets hiding in the gaslit streets of Dickensian London, the adventure on the deck of the ­Lusitania or the deadly truths lurking in the catacombs of 1920s Paris.

For readers who just can't get enough, here are our five favorite historical mysteries of the fall:

fatallikenessA Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd

Steeped in well-researched literary lore, A Fatal Likeness proposes an alternative history for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, her volatile husband and renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and their cohorts. Read our review.


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starofistanbulThe Star of Istanbul by Robert Olen Butler

The Star of Istanbul has it all: history galore, exotic foreign settings, a world-weary yet engaging protagonist, villains in abundance and a romance worthy of Bogart and Bergman. Read our review.


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bonesofparisThe Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

The Bones of Paris takes readers on a deadly journey into the boneyards and catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, sparing us nothing and introducing a killer who dispatches his victims cruelly, without fanfare and without remorse. Read our review.


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sevenforasecretSeven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

In her pitch-perfect sequel to the Edgar-nominated The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye returns to the 1840s with newly minted “copper star” Timothy Wilde once again hitting the streets as an intuitive investigator, positioned high among the ranks of New York City’s first police force. Read our review.


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behindtheshatteredglassBehind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander

Tasha Alexander’s new book, Behind the Shattered Glass, is the eighth in her Lady Emily historical suspense series and one of the more enjoyable books this reviewer has read in some time. Read our review.


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What do you think, readers? Plan to check any of these out?



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