Fantasy Mysteries


Remarkably, I’ve read a reasonable proportion of the books on this list — a third. I’m rarely familiar with the titles picked out for Book Riot posts, but this is an exception. Besides that, I even agree that these books are good choices. Especially Sorcery and Cecelia, which as you all know (right?) is totally charming.

However, this is one of those lists where I can immediately think of a bunch of others. Let me see …


1) The Inspector Chen novels by Liz Williams. Such an amazing setting, although I will always regret not getting to see the prequel moment when Inspector Chen meets and falls in love with his demon wife.

2) Shadow of the City by R Morgan. A police procedure tucked into an even more amazing setting.

3) The Sherlock Holmes homage, The Angel of the Crows, by Katherine Addison. I haven’t read it, and don’t plan to — I’m not a Sherlock Holmes fan — but hey, it certainly fits the category.

4) The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard, which certainly has the prettiest cover of the lot:

5. The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce, which I loved, so if you’ve never read them, well, if you’re looking for some longer, slower-paced, fantasy-mysteries, here you go.

I’m sure there are a zillion others. If you’ve got a favorite fantasy mystery, please drop it in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “Fantasy Mysteries”

  1. A Dead Djinn in Cairo and The Haunting of Tram Car 015, both by P. Djeli Clark. These are novellas, but there is a full length novel coming out in May involving Agent Fatma el-Sha’arawi that I have already pre-ordered.

  2. Frozen Dreams by Moe Lane is a hard-boiled detective story set in a high fantasy post-apocalyptic North America.

  3. Nothing like “food appreciation” to catch my attention, Hanneke — thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Thanks for the mention! I love A Dead Djinn in Cairo and can’t wait for A Master of Djinn, the novel-length sequel next month.

    I just heard of Goddess of the North by Georgina Kamsika. I haven’t read it yet, but the description starts like this: Detective Inspector Sara Nayar is a goddess. Literally. A Hindu goddess accidentally brought to England during Queen Victoria’s reign.

  5. Okay, that Hindu goddess thing is quite an elevator pitch. I’m going to have to take a look at that one.

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