The Bottom Line: A gorgeously written, meticulously researched archaeological mystery. Despite a heavy political message, Betrayed is a satisfying page-turner that is well-worth reading. Betrayed is a story of an American archaeologist living in Jerusalem who believes she may have found the secrets of the Ark of the Covenant, the implications of which have deadly […]
Historical Thriller Books
The best historical thriller eBooks for kindle, nook, iBooks and more, including fact-based mysteries, history mysteries, crime thrillers and more.
The Bottom Line: Historical suspense fans should get in on the ground floor of this riveting and spectacularly researched new series from Jefferson Flanders. The Republic of Virtue opens, appropriately enough, with a duel in 18th century Paris. It’s dawn at the Champ de Mars, and there are no witnesses. After several intense minutes of […]
For this list, we’re defining a ‘religious thriller’ as a pulse-pounding mystery, conspiracy or quest that uses religious artifacts, secrets or clergy at the core of the story. We chose not to be constrained in our criteria by claims of religious accuracy, Biblical or otherwise. After all, even the most devout authors often take liberties with commonly held beliefs in […]
Looking for a list of 2014’s best thriller books? First published back in early summer as “The Best of 2014 So Far,” we’ve updated this post as our reviewers have finalized their year-end lists. Whether you learn toward sci-fi thrillers, conspiracy fiction, medical thrillers, hard-boiled mysteries, vatican thrillers or are somewhere on the political end of the spectrum, there’s […]
In Anne Perry’s twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London’s grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway—and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers. The tragedy […]
It’s easy to see why there are so many mysteries and thrillers written about secret societies. We’re so conditioned by films such as Angels and Demons and Rosemary’s Baby that the very mention of even a benign college organization like Yale’s Skull and Bones conjures images of candlelit initiations, pagan rotations and blood sacrifices. While many of the […]
The Bottom Line: A delicious police procedural based on one of France’s most intriguing real-life spy scandals. The bachelor detective in an Officer and a Spy is French, not Belgium. Rather than operating a private detective agency, he serves as an officer in the French government. Still, the fastidious observations of Georges Picquart are sure […]
The Bottom Line: Although historical fiction fans may have a hard time digesting Berry’s tale of power-hungry Mormons and secessionist conspiracies, the book delivers some crackling moments that are sure to keep fans of the existing Cotton Malone series engaged. The Review It’s really hard to critique Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series – each new […]
The bottom line: A meticulously researched historical thriller that employs 17th century superstitions to create a highly original read that’s impossible to put down. By the time you finish the third chapter, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you live in the 21st century. Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river […]
So many books to read and so little time. We’ve read more great books this year than in any other in recent memory. Increasingly, talented authors seem to be drifting into the thriller genre with new approaches to familiar literary conventions. Here’s our take on the best of the best so far.