The Historical Mystery Bundle, curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

Most people misunderstand the mystery genre. They expect Agatha Christie type stories—you know, bodies in the library and implausible murders and lots of puzzles. And while that is a form of mystery (cozy), it is not the entire genre.

Really, if we were going to name the genre correctly, we would call it the crime genre. But if we do that, then readers expect true crime, which is a nonfiction genre.

So we're stuck with the inadequate word "mystery" when we mean "crime." At least the word "historical" works for us. Although it covers a broad scope. At least in this bundle.

Read more about the 11 books in the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!



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Women's Justice by Chrissy Wissler

"Wonderful, wonderful book. Held me me from word one all the way to the end."

– Dean Wesley Smith, USA Today Bestselling Author, on Women's Justice

Crimes of Yesteryear by Annie Reed

"One of the best writers I've come across in years. Annie excels at whatever genre of fiction she chooses to write."

– Kristine Kathryn Rusch, award-winning editor and writer of The Retrieval Artist series

The Tower by Joslyn Chase

"The mystery is intriguing up to the very end and the romance hits every note. This is a fine addition to Chase's work."

– Catherine Ryan, author of The Hiding Kind

The Idanha Hotel by Dean Wesley Smith

"Thunder Mountain by Dean Wesley Smith is one of those reads that defies genre classification. Take some romance, throw in a little bit of historical fiction and add a dash of time travel and science fiction and you have the basis for this interesting story. … The premise for Thunder Mountain is intriguing and will appeal to fans of both historical and science fiction. This is an easy, light read, and I am interested in revisiting these characters on their future adventures."

– Fresh Fiction

Stone Cribs by Kris Nelscott

"With Stone Cribs, her fourth Smokey Dalton mystery, Kris Nelscott can lay claim to the strongest series of detective novels now being written by an American author."


Quoth the Raven by Lyn Worthen

"An amazing collection of Poe-inspired poetry and short stories, just right for giving you a chill and maybe keeping you up at night. It's fun to see some of the classics reimagined for a modern time. Black cats, dead loves, accidents covered up, sins that can't be silenced…"

– Goodreads Review

A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell

"A Game of Lies is magnetic and seductive."


The Silk Train Murder by Sharon Rowse

"This is an impressive debut with lots of colorful historical detail and a budding romance between Granville and Turner. Fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series will find in Turner another rambunctious heroine far ahead of her straitlaced times"

– Booklist (starred review)



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Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get SEVEN more books: Crimes of Yesteryear by Annie Reed, Umberto Scolari and the Five Mysteries by Dayle A. Dermatis, A Breath Away from Dying by J. Steven York, The Tower by Joslyn Chase, The Idanha Hotel by Dean Wesley Smith, Quoth the Raven by Lyn Worthen, A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell!

Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!

Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.

Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

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