Six Classic Historical Thrillers With Conspiracy Twist

There are a lot of thrilling historical reading options out there when it comes to historical thrillers but what happens when you add a twist of conspiracy? You get a book that keeps you thinking at every turn. Conspiracy thrillers take historical happenings and hints that something more is going on. When done right the conspiracy is completely believable.  

Here are some of the best historical thrillers that are classics on the historical thriller fiction market. They take history and tell the tale of something more than you know.  From politics to religion nothing is safe from conspiracy in these books.  You will be left scratching your head for hours trying to unravel whether these stories are complete fiction based on historical events or if there is actually a note of truth in them. I hope one day my historical thriller with a mix of conspiracy and medieval mystery will excite readers as much as these thrillers did!

The Lundwig Conspiracy By Oliver Potzsch

Ludwig II of Bavaria was nicknamed the Fairy-tale king and rightfully so. He ordered the creation of three eccentric castles that are beautiful but hold a host of potentially deadly secrets. In The Ludwig Conspiracy a diary from one of Ludwig’s confidants winds up in the hands of Steven Lukas, a modern-day dealer of rare books.  The diary leads him to team up with art detective Sara Lengfeld in an investigation of Ludwig’s castles.  Can he figure out the secret of the diary before it potentially gets him killed?

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The Lincoln Conspiracy By Timothy L. O’Brien

The Lincoln assassination has been the hotbed for many conspiracies. In The Lincoln Conspiracy a question is posed as to what if the plot to kill one of America’s most legendary presidents was more than we have ever imagined?  Detective Temple McFadden finds two diaries strapped to the body of a dead man and inside them he discovers more about the recent assassination of President Lincoln than he ever asked for. Can he bring the criminals to justice before they kill him? Find out by reading this gripping historical thriller filled with absorbing history.

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The DaVinci Code By Dan Brown

No historical thriller with a conspiracy twist list would be complete without mentioning The DaVinci Code.  In this book turned movie, an ancient society fights to keep its secrets after a murder of the society’s secret agent.  Together Sophie Neveu and Robert Langdon fight to uncover a mystery that has been hidden for ages. Through France and England the two travel history to find a retelling of Western history that is more expanded than you ever thought.

Read The Da Vinci Code: (Robert Langdon Book 2)

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Night Fall By Nelson DeMille

This mysterious tragedy thriller from recent history revolves around the true explosion of TWA Flight 800. Two high level counter terror agents investigate the deadly explosion of the plane but find out that they are in for more than they bargained for.  As they investigate the explosion they find that a mechanical accident might not have been the explosion of the explosion, and someone is covering it up.  It just might all come down to a video of a couple having sex on the beach just before the explosion.

Read Night Fall: Number 3 in series (John Corey)

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American Tabloid: Underworld USA By James Ellroy

This American historical crime thriller takes place in the late 1950s and illuminates a web of conspiracy between federal agencies, politicians, and more. American Tabloid explores what really powered many of the various actions of the age.  Hit jobs, back room deals, corruption, and more all lead up to the murder of a president.

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail By Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln

This historical thriller is a real controversial book that challenges many people’s beliefs. In Holy Blood, Holy Grail the Knights Templar and other historic religious organizations fight for power in the government but it goes deeper than that. They propose the idea that Jesus did not die on the cross and that his bloodline still exists.  In the eyes of these secret societies Jesus’s bloodline should be the ones to rule the world.  The story benefits from the authors’ own research and hunt for the Holy Grail.

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Whether straying far from what actually happened or just hinting at it, each one of these books will entertain readers for hours. On top of that, they all bring to the reading table a unique storyline. You may want to browse more conspiracy thriller posts. Otherwise, grab one of these historical conspiracy thrillers, a few glasses of wine, and you will be left wondering ...

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