What are the best victorian mystery novels?

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    #1The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes)

    The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes)

    The Sign of Four is a classic mystery novel by acclaimed British author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First published in 1890, it is the second novel starring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

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    Madison Stewart
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I love mystery novels, but recently I was thinking it would be really fun to read some more historic ones to get a feel for what the genre was like in the past. I settled on the Victorian era, as I've always found it fascinating. I had completely forgotten about Sherlock Holmes! He's a classic, and I've never really read much by him so this is a great opportunity! I will definitely be reading this novel!"
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    #2The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)

    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) is a book written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) was published by Signet.
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    Kathleen Grant
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and had the urge to read a Victorian mystery novel. I purchased the 150th Anniversary Edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles from my local bookstore. I really enjoyed reading the book as it brought back so many old memories of Victorian era novels. "
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    #3The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    A crime that shocked Victorian England in 1860. The 3-years old Saville Kent was found on a privy with his throat sit. At the same time, the 'Detective' is an invention few years old and for the first time, Scotland Yard sends one of his detectives outside London. 

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    George Ford
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I think I have read lots of Victorian novels to judge this category of books and I can easily says The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is a great novel taking place in Victorian England. Being a mystery book also adds the thrill while reading it. Even if you are not into Victorian books, you should read this book just because it is a great mystery book."
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    #4Silent On The Moor

    Silent On The Moor

    Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel) is Victorian mystery Gothic Novel about Lady Julia written by Deanna Raybourn. It was published February 17, 2009 by Mira.

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    #5Crocodile 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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    Christian Jones
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "A mystery set in Egypt. Considering the pyramids and huge areas of desert over there, there's no telling what you can find hidden away where no one's around to notice. A very interesting b ook that was enjoyable to read."
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    #6The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a classic mystery fiction and the fourth book in Sherlock Holmes series written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is first published in 1894. 

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    Pablo Cortés
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "When it comes to Sherlock Holmes, no one beats Arthur Conan Doyle's writings. The cloak and dagger and mystery all combined with a masters use of words really draws you into the time period and keeps you on the edge of you seat. This is one of my favorite novels of all time and I read it every couple years. If you like detective style writing set in the gloom of England, give this book a read. You won't regret it."
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    #7The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book by Robert Stevenson about Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer, tries to investigate strange events that happen to his old companion, Dr. Jekyll whenever he takes a potion and become an evil Mr. Hyde.
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    Jason Walters
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The mystery to this tale is somewhat already spoiled considering the way that Jekyll and Hyde has become a pervasive idiom today. That said, its style still shines, and, chances are, you've never actually read the story. Do yourself a favor and read it. "
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    #8Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey)

    Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey)

    Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn is the first novel in the Lady Julia Grey series. The book is about finding justice for the death of the husband of the main character, Julia. Julia uncovers truths as she investigates and gets her closer to the killer.

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    Justin May
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "this book has a good story good review, good buy options, but i would not buy it, only because it is one genre, it is only for women, i would buy and read it, if it did not have a woman on the cover, it does not necessarily have to be a man on the cover but the cover says it all, i don't remember the last time i read a book with a human being on the front cover unless it is about business. just not for me "
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    #9A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    "A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where he presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature.

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    Marie Curtis
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The first published story about Sherlock Holmes! At such a great price I think this is a steal!"
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    #10The Woman in White

    The Woman in White

    The Woman in White is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This 19th-century fiction book is first published in 1859. The novel tells the story of an art teacher who meets a mysterious woman dressed in white.

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    Arthur Richards
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I can only assume Wilkie Collins is a doctor, because he's created the best cure for insomnia in a generation. If you love exceedingly simplistic and implausible "mysteries" written hundreds of years ago, The Woman in White is your gal. Everyone else: steer clear!"
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    #11Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 
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    Jessica Kelley
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very cheap book with a very good story. Many reviews but you should read some a few pages before buying it. I think its for a certain group of people. "
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    #12Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 

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    John Soto
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Great price and lots of good reviews. If you like victorian mystery books you'll enjoy spending time with this one."
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    #13Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus is an award-winning novel by Angela Carter. It tells the story of Jack, a journalist, who joins Colonel Kearney's traveling circus to be with the woman he loves, a trapeze artist named Sophie Fevvers.

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    Emily Hansen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "It has a lot of feminist vibes and undertones. The story is pretty unpredictable at times. Unfortunately it teeters on the edge of unbelievable for far to long in the book. "
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    #14Wives and Daughters

    Wives and Daughters

    Written by Elizabeth Gaskell, this novel narrates the life of Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a doctor who has recently lost her husband and who lives in a provincial English town in 1830. The book wasn't complete when Gaskell died, and it was finished by Frederick Greenwood. 

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    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great period piece for those who thoroughly enjoy them. The characters really come to life as you read & learn about them. You may even be reminded of some people you personally know!"
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    #15Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist
    Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, is a novel by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of the orphan Oliver Twist, and is notable for its unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.
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    Samuel Soto
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Oliver was an innocent and pure boy. When he was eleven, he was tried to be sold from the workhouse as an apprentice, but he escaped from there. In his way to London, he met a boy called Artful Dodger and then ended up with Fagin, the leader of a gang of thieves, who taught children how to steal."
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    #16The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 




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    Gerald Rose
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "very good read"
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    #17The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel

    The Haunted Hotel is a classic horror mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic book is first published in 1879. 

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    #18The Dead Secret

    The Dead Secret

    The Dead Secret is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic book is first published in 1856. 

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    Elena Solano
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book is very interest to read and easy way to understand."
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    #19The Assassin's Prayer

    The Assassin's Prayer

    The Assassin's Prayer Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Ariana Franklin. It was published July 22, 2010 by Bantam Press. It is the fourth installment in a series.

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    Christina Castro
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I bought this for my aunt earlier this year and she loved it! She told me she has read it twice already!"
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    #20The Sign of the Weeping Virgin

    The Sign of the Weeping Virgin

    The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White is a mytery and historical fiction novel originally published in 2012. This book follows the family of Guid Antonio Vespucci as they face their own inner demons.

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    Kimberly Obrien
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love mysteries. I also love historical settings. The victorian setting is especially interesting to me. I enjoyed this book."
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    #21On Night's Shore: A Novel

    On Night's Shore: A Novel
    On Night's Shore: A Novel is a Mystery, Literature, Historical Fiction novel written by Randall Silvis. It was published February 7, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark.
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    James Freeman
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Fact or fiction? Enjoy Poe since my youth, even though it is a bit depressing it was well written with good character development."
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    #22The Moonstone

    The Moonstone

    The Moonstone is a Victorian mystery novel by Wilkie Collins originally published in 1868. Considered to be the first English detective novel, it tells the story of a large diamond called the Moonstone and the people who aim to have it.

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    Paul Daniels
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I feel great reading this book, the first English detective novel. Although it was the best, it still had some finesse to it and I liked it quite a bit. Good read for when bored."
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    #23Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn)

    Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn)
    Some Danger Involved is a mystery fiction and the first book in Barker & Llewelyn series written by Will Thomas. This Victorian-era fiction novel is published in 2004 by Touchstone. 
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    Judy King
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love books set in the Victorian-era and murder mysteries, so this book would have to have gone pretty wrong for me not to like it, but it exceeded my expectations. The historical information is fascinating, although I suspect some people may find the book a little slow-paced at times."
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    #24Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek
    Hide and Seek  is a 
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    Emily Phillips
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "IT WAS VERY INTEREST I WA LEARN MORE INFORMATION "
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