Anitra Freeman’s Historical Mystery list

At one point in the past I contemplated creating a huge list of historical mysteries, but soon discovered that many others had already done so and there was no need to reinvent the wheel. TANGENTAL THOUGHT: How about a mystery set in prehistoric times where someone is killed in order to take credit for inventing the wheel? Something along the lines of Hyaenas by Sandy Dengler. I’ve mentioned some the best previously (Hurt’s [my review], Vink’s [my review], and Malo’s), but continue to find other lists out there. Freeman has a pretty basic chronological index of titles with author, character and setting information included, but her list also has some unique features worth pointing out. First, she includes links to reviews for many of the books. Second, for each significant era, she adds links to related sites, such as the Fictional Rome collection at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (my review) and Feminae: an index covering journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages from Haverford College. Third, and most important, I was surprised by how many authors I had never heard of that were on her list, including some that don’t appear in either Hurt or Malo. It is possible that Freeman is using a broader definition of historical mystery that others may consider as historical fiction instead, but there is no criteria information available. Unfortunately, since the site hasn’t been updated since 2002, she’s missing the recent explosion of authors and titles in this sub-genre and several of her links have gone dead. However, there are useful things to be found here and I am glad to add it to my blogroll.


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