Earlier in the week, I did a post on historical mysteries set in Africa. As I said in that post, I love the potential of historical fiction to teach you something about a time and place you don’t know, and when you wed that history to a good puzzle plot, all the better! Another part of the world that I think is a great setting for historical mysteries in Asia, and I wish there were more examples out there. if I forgot anything major, let me know. If you click on the map, you can look at it much larger, and there is a list of included titles below.
- Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories (Judge Dee Mysteries) by Robert Van Gulick – 7th c.
- City of the Dead (Nick Zuliani, Book 1) by Ian Morson – 13th c.
- Master of Rain by Tom Bradby – 1920s
- The Last Kashmiri Rose (Joe Sandilands, Book 1) by Barbara Cleverly – 1920s
- The Game (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, Book 7) by Laurie R. King – 1920s
- The Dragon Scroll (Sugawara Akitada, Book 1) by I.J. Parker – 11th c.
- Shinju (Sano Ichiro, Book 1) by Laura Joh Rowland – 18th c.
- Tokyo Year Zero by David Pearce – WWII
- The Mosaic Of Shadows by Tom Harper – 11th c.
- A Death in the Venetian Quarter(Fools’ Guild, Book 3) by Alan Gordon – 13th c.
- My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk – 16th c.
- The Sultan’s Seal (Kamil Pasha, Book 1) by Jenny White – 19th c.
- The Janissary Tree (Investigator Yashim, Book 1) by Jason Goodwin – 19th c.
- Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily, Book 4) by Tasha Alexander – 19th c.
- Murder in the Holy City (Sir Geoffrey Mappestone, Book 1) by Simon Beaufort – 12th c.
- Widow of Jerusalem (Medieval Mystery, Book 4) by Alan Gordon – 13th c.
- A River in the Sky (Amelia Peabody, Book 19) by Elizabeth Peters – 1910
- O Jerusalem (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, Book 5) by Laurie R. King – 1920s
- The Coroner’s Lunch (Dr. Siri Mysteries, Book 1) by Collin Cotterill – 1970s
- Jade Lady Burning (Sergeants Sueño & Bascom, Book 1) by Martin Limon – 1970s
- Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, Book 1) by Kerry Greenwood – 1920s