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21st Century Kids: Explore Historical Mysteries

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Young girl investigating photos with magnifying glass.

Historical mysteries are a unique genre, as they combine the intrigue of a mystery along with a specific time period in the past. Readers of this exciting genre are treated to wonderful adventure stories while learning about another time period. Here is a sampling of fiction books that combines the components of mystery and historical settings.

“A true investigator is a master of the art of observation, paying keen attention to his surroundings. Even the least significant piece of evidence may prove the key to unraveling the truth.”—H.M. Hardcastle, Principles of Detection: A Manual for the Amateur and Professional Investigator, 1893. Excerpt from the book Premeditated Myrtle, by Elizabeth C. Bunce.

Explore Historical Mysteries


Book cover for Premeditated Myrtle
Premeditated Myrtle
Bunce, Elizabeth C.

Book cover for The Detective's Assistant
The Detective's Assistant
Hannigan, Kate

Book cover for The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street
Oliver, Lauren

Book cover for Nooks & Crannies
Nooks & Crannies
Lawson, Jessica

Book cover for The Case of the Missing Moonstone
The Case of the Missing Moonstone
Stratford, Jordan

Book cover for The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden
Trevayne, Emma

Book cover for The Night Gardener: A Scary Story
The Night Gardener: A Scary Story
Auxier, Jonathan

Book cover for Chasing Secrets
Chasing Secrets
Choldenko, Gennifer

Book cover for Murder is Bad Manners
Murder is Bad Manners
Stevens, Robin

Book cover for Tru & Nelle
Tru & Nelle
Neri, Greg

Book cover for Unstoppable Octobia May
Unstoppable Octobia May
Flake, Sharon


 

 

 

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