What are the best historical fiction mysteries?

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    #1The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)

    The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)

    The Yard is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series written by Alex Grecian. It is published in 2012 by Putnam Books. 

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    Edward Keller
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I was looking for a good historical fiction mystery and found The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad). This is a historical fiction with great writing and a really good story. I really enjoyed reading this book and it kept me entertained throughout. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes mystery and likes historical fiction. "
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    #2The Figure In the Shadows

    The Figure In the Shadows
    The Figure In the Shadows by John Bellairs is a classic fantasy and mystery novel published in 1975. This book tells the story of Lewis and his lucky coin that holds dark and evil secrets within.
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    Bobby Austin
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I love fiction because it keeps me entertained and when I read this novel,I enjoyed very much because I love unique things especially when evil is involved in a novel."
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    #3The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice

    The Serpent of Venice: A Novel by Christopher Moore is a historical comedic fiction and mystery novel originally published in 2014. This book was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Humor.

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    Dorothy Hernandez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Serpent of Venice is one of the greatest historical fiction mystery books. It is incredibly humorous and easy to read."
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    #4Doruntine

    Doruntine
    Doruntine is a historical fiction book from the European literature written by Ismail Kadare and was published on January 3rd 1988 by Saqi Books. It follows a two women set in a medieval Albanian town.
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    Xiang Wu
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a fantastic historical fiction novel. It does a fantastic job of staying true the the true to life events while at the same time interweaving a great story. Smartly written, great plot, and interesting characters. Highly recommended!"
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    #5The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)

    The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)

    The Borgia Mistress is the third and last book in Sara Poole's thrilling historical fiction series for young adults, the Poisoner Mysteries series. It was published in 2012. It is about a court poisoner and her affair with Cesare Borgia.

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    Theresa Fuller
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "It's a rare occasion where you can say that the last book in a trilogy is the best, but in this case I think that's genuinely true. It's fantastically written and has an excellent payoff, and all your lingering questions are wrapped up beautifully."
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    #6Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Book 1)

    Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Book 1)

    Murphy's Law is a historical romance fiction written by Rhys Bowen. It was first published in 2011 by St Martin's Minotaur under ISBN 0312984979. It is the first book of 17 books in the Molly Murphy series.

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    Wang Luo
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Murphy's Law is a fun book about an immigrant girl in America. It takes place during the 1890's. A fun and interesting book."
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    #7The Queen of Bedlam (Mattew Corbett)

    The Queen of Bedlam (Mattew Corbett)

    The Queen of Bedlam is a horror mystery historical fiction and the second book in Matthew Corbett series written by Robert McCammon. It is first published in 2007 by Pocket.

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    Bob Tang
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Matthew Corbett, to eighteenth-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity -- and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny. "
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    #8The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.

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    Teresa Carlson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Historical fiction is a guilty pleasure of mine. As I can never truly experience the past, this is the next best thing. The Alienist doesn't dive too far back into the past, but it does a good job at portraying the 19th century. It also adds a mystery twist that I really like, too."
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    #9Roman Blood

    Roman Blood
    Roman Blood by Steven Saylor is a historical fiction novel published in 1991. This is the first book in the Roma Sub Rosa series that follows the story of Ancient Rome during its final decades.
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    Sean Elliott
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "If you like historical fiction, you will probably like Roman Blood. It takes you into the streets of ancient Rome and you begin to feel like you're living in the city. The story and detail are amazing."
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    #10One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

    One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

    One Corpse Too Many is the second novel in the Cadfael Chronicles series. This book by Ellis Peters tells the story of how Brother Cadfael solves the mysterious death of the body that has been found on a battlefield.

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    Patrick Weber
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "a verifiable classic in the genre. Stop what you're doing now and read it today"
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    #11The King's Deception (Cotton Malone)

    The King's Deception (Cotton Malone)

    The King's Deception by Steve Berry is a suspense-thriller and historical fiction novel originally published in June 2013. This is the eighth book in Berry's Cotton Malone series. It is preceded by The Jefferson Key in 2011.

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    Kyle Richardson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This isn't a historical fiction, not really. To be historical the story needs to have some semblance of historical importance. This is just a fiction, and a bad one at that."
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    #12The First Man in Rome

    The First Man in Rome

    The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction novel published in 1990. This book tells the story of two men with an exceptional desire for power over Rome and the lengths they took to achieve the honor of the Republic.

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    Craig Stone
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I took this book on vacation, and read it almost the whole time. The powerful men in this story about Rome seem almost godlike in power and stature. If you like historical fiction, this is for you."
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    #13Fallen from Grace

    Fallen from Grace
    Fallen from Grace is a standalone contemporary romance novel written by Laura Leone which centers on the relationship of Sara Diamond who befriends her new neighbor Ryan Kinsmore.
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    Ronald Griffin
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I'm a fan of historical Fiction and Fallen from Grace is far from it. The book really centers on a romance and let everything else fall to the sides. I wish it would have had more history or atleast a more believable relationship at the center of the story. I'm not a fan of this book."
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    #14Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution is a book by C.J Sansom that tells the story of Henry VIII. He proclaimed his self as the head of the Chruch during his reign, but not everybody will agree with him. 

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    Frances Watson
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I haven't read a novel from this period before. At first I found it hard going, the language was strange to me and I didn't like Shardlake. The story--about an emissary from Thomas Cromwell/King Henry VIII being killed in a monastery--didn't capture me at first either. But I am glad to have read it, the change that Shardlake is slowly undergoing, the new perspective on the dissolution of monasteries and the worries of an uncertain time, are all very interesting themes. I just wish it had been about a hundred pages shorter and I think it could have been. I did like the twisty ending! "
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    #15Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)

    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)
    Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody) is a historical fiction set in Egypt (Northern Africa) written by Elizabeth Peters, published in 1988 by Grand Central Publishing.
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    Lauren Rogers
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "What an engaging author! Her depictions of the characters are spot on. At times, writers can only sympathetically portray characters of their own sex. Not so with Elizabeth Peters, she is gifted in the art of exposing her characters personalities so well, that I feel as if I have personally become acquainted with them. I am amused at reading negative comments about some of the content not being politically correct"
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    #16Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)

    Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)
    Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom is the second novel in the Matthew Shardlake series. This historical mystery, set during the reign of King Henry VIII, narrates the searching of the formula for Greek fire, a weapon of mass destruction.
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    David Dunn
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This author and series is from a very popular bestselling author, and the description seems to fit the bill perfectly for what I'm looking for with this sort of search. The user reviews are very positive and there are a large number of them as well. This is exactly what I think I'd enjoy when looking for a historically based fictional book of this type."
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    #17A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones is a historical mystery novel written by the author Ellis Peters. A Morbid Taste for Bones was published on January 1, 1994 by Grand Central Publishing. 

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    Larry Cox
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Ellis Peters attempts to give a glimpse of the 12th-century in A Morbid Taste for Bones. Even though I have little interest in 12th-century history, Peters drew me in with the complex storyline and characters."
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    #18Frog Music

    Frog Music

    Frog Music is a historical mystery fiction novel written by Emma Donoghue. It is first published in  2014 by Little, Brown and Company. 

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    Salvador Domínguez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Love this book, it was very well written and has a lot of real history intertwined. The story was raw and new, a different pace from most historic fiction novels of today. I highly recommend this book!"
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    #19Lavinia

    Lavinia
    Lavinia is a historical fiction written by award-winning science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a retelling of the Aeneid but from the point of view of Lavinia. This book is the first edition published in 2009 by Mariner Books.
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    Willie Davidson
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Lavinia a book on amazon. Anyone who likes fiction books would possibly like this item."
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    #20The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche fiction written by Laurie R. King as the first book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2002 by Bantam.

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    Anthony Gordon
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Great mystery set in the time of Sherlock Holmes. Great suspense and writing. I loved it and found it hard to put down. "
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    #21Mistress of the Art of Death

    Mistress of the Art of Death
    Sent to medieval Cambridge in order to exonerate a group of Jewish prisoners with financial ties to King Henry I, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia and a group of companions struggle to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discover that the killer may be a former crusader. 150,00 first printing.
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    Wu Song
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "People love historical fiction because it spices the truth up a little. I found Mistress of the Art of Death to be one of the best of the genre because they add witchcraft to the age of Kings."
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    #22The Grass Crown

    The Grass Crown

    The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction book published in 1991. This novel follows the story of Ancient Rome's war of survival against neighboring Italian states and Asian conquerors.

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    Karen Russell
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I love a historical book. I find them intriguing and the story lines engaging. I loved this book. The stories were well researched and a pleasant read from start to finish. The author's books are generally quite good and well written and this one was no different. You can't go wrong for the price either. "
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    #23Rome's Greatest Defeat

    Rome's Greatest Defeat
    Rome's Greatest Defeat by Adrian Murdoch is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of about 25,000 warriors who were ambushed by the German military in the depths of the Teutoburg Forest during the 9 CE.
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    Michael Austin
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "It was an interesting read, although I felt like the author was pushing an agenda. But for a good summary and some light glossing of some facts, it's an entertaining, if a little full of itself, read in spurts."
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    #24The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone)

    The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone)

    The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry is a historical fiction and thriller novel originally published in 2007. This is the second book in Berry's Cotton Malone series. It is preceded by The Templar Legacy and followed by The Venetian Betrayal.

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    Justin Cunningham
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Steve wrote a truly classic historical fiction with this one. You can't go wrong with The Alexandria Link if you wan't a gripping historical fiction mystery. Extremely suspenseful and will keep you reading."
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    #25Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow Over Babylon

    Shadow over Babylonis a young adult, historical fiction novel from David Mason originally published in 1995. It is about a group of American intelligence agents uncovering a plot to kill Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

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    Gregorio Alarcón
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Shadow over Babylon was a really fun ride that was so addicting. I couldn't put it down!"
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    #26The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is a historical fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is preceded by The Confusion.

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    Nathan Wood
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle) is one of the best historical fiction mysteries. It is the third book in the series so you probably want to read the other 2 first. It is historical fiction and it is really well written. If you like history, you will love this book."
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    #27Who Killed Palomino Molero?

    Who Killed Palomino Molero?

    Who Killed Palomino Molero? is a thrilling, suspense, crime investigation novel written by famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. It was first released as Quien mato a Palomino Molero in 1987. Alfred MacAdam released the English version.

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    Victoria Payne
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is not the best book if you are looking for historic fiction. While it's fiction and set in the 50's, I don't consider it a historical book at all. It is a decent read, however."
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    #28Caesar

    Caesar
    Caesar: A Novel by Colleen McCullough is a historical fiction book released in 1997. This novel follows the story of Gaius Julius Caesar and his glorious reign over the Ancient Roman Empire.
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    Shreyas Singhal
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I love reading history books, but sometimes I want a little added fantasy or excitement. Caesar gives you just that. It follows Caesar during his rule of the Roman Empire, but tosses in some exciting plot twists and situations to really keep the story interesting. A really great read that was hard to put down."
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    #29Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome
    Roma: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor is a historical fiction book published in 2007.This book tells the story of two families during the Ancient Rome period as they witness some of the world's greatest historical events.
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    Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This story was great! If you love Rome then this book is for you. It spans a 1000 years on the history of Rome and it follows the story of two families throughout the years i say get this one as soon as you can!"
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    #30The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a New York Times bestselling novel by Fannie Flagg. It's a comic mystery novel about two women, Sookie and Fritzi who were forced to reimagine who they are.

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    Christian Davis
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This a beautiful story that is not only humorous but will remain in your mind for a long time to come. Fannie Flag did a tremendous job with this book. Every book she writes gets better and better and this one is her best yet! If all the self-help books, this would be the book to trump them all!"
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    #31Armadale

    Armadale

    Armadale is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic fiction book is first published in 1866. 

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    David Carrasco
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "When it comes to mystery, Wilkie Collins is a god. His mysteries are actually difficult to predict. No matter how many angles and theories you craft in your head, you'll rarely be able to guess what type of shocker he's going to throw at you."
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    #32The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey is a mystery detective novel originally published in 1951. This book follows the alleged crimes done by King Richard III of England in a modern police investigation setting.

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    Adam Howard
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Best mystery book everyone can enjoy reading "
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    #33The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch)

    The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch)

    The Janissary Tree is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Yashim the Eunuch series written by Jason Goodwin. It is first published in 2006.

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    Tiffany Wong
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very cool book. I really enjoyed the setting in a very foreign country (to me). I kind of want to read the rest of the books now!"
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    #34Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples)

    Portrait of a Conspiracy (Da Vinci's Disciples)
    Portrait of a Conspiracy is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Da Vinci's Disciples series written by Donna Russo Morin. This book is about five women and it is first published in 2016 by Diversion Publishing. 
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    Shaurya Pillai
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Add: I loved it. A book about conspiracy, murder, culture and artists in Renaissance Florence. About a group of six women artists, of different ages and from various walks of life, who must practice their art in secret because it was forbidden to women at the time. In 1478, members of the Pazzi family, rivals to Florence's ruling Medici family, attempt to assassinate the brothers Lorenzo and Giuliano. These women artists and a young Leonardo Da Vinci who helps them reproduce a painting that has gone missing and will identify the men behind the massacre at a mass to kill the Medici brothers"
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    #35The Silver Pigs

    The Silver Pigs
    The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis is a historical fiction and mystery crime novel published in 1989. This book follows  Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer", and the time he got into trouble with bloodthirsty traitors.
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    Ann Wu
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The Silver Pigs by Lindsay Davis is a great historical fiction mystery novel that was published in 1989. It has an interesting storyline that will make readers thirst for more! I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down when I started to read it so I would recommend this book to read as a great historical fiction mystery. "

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1The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)Books 0 Paid
2The Figure In the ShadowsBooks 0 Paid
3The Serpent of VeniceBooks 0 Paid
4DoruntineBooks 0 Paid
5The Borgia Mistress (Poisoner Mysteries)Books 0 Paid
6Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Book 1)Books 0 Paid
7The Queen of Bedlam (Mattew Corbett)Books 0 Paid
8The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)Books 0 Paid
9Roman BloodBooks 0 Paid
10One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)Books 0 Paid
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