10 Best Mystery Books of All Time Life is all about challenges, riddles and our thrive to explaining the impossible and that’s exactly what mystery is, something puzzling, mind-boggling and difficult to understand, these challenges excite our glial cells and neurotransmitters, thrill … When using commas, periods or other such things the space goes after the punctuation mark rather than before. The best mystery she wrote with a bisexuality character was" no night is too long". But the plot isn't wholly resolved until the end of the series, either. The Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels), if you haven't already read it, could definitely be classified as a series of mystery novels. This list of the best mystery books with a literary bent is sponsored by The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.. I quite enjoyed the Arkady Renko novels by Martin Cruz Smith. This is the first of his books translated into American-English. These strangers have secrets to keep, but one by one they are murdered. Startling connections and discoveries emerge connecting all three cases. Epic story of crime and betrayal, The Godfather was a best-seller almost half a century ago. I think most people can write a twisting, turning plot but without the characters it doesn't mean anything. We looked at top mystery novels from the Mystery Writers of America, Publisher’s Weekly, and Goodreads’ highest rated mysteries of all time. The dashing widower Maxim de Winter sweeps the heroine off her feet and into a sudden marriage, which seems beyond good luck for her. They're relatively short but a lot of fun! Buzzle lists the best classic mystery novels of all time… Maybe others might surprise you. I'm reading The Absent One right now, and it's pretty good, but not as good as The Keeper. That said ,I like Christie for the quaint calm which permeates all her works . As you would expect, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle make the list. Thirty-Six and a Half Motives (Rose Gardner Mystery #9) by Denise Grover Swank. Ten strangers meet on an isolated British isle at the behest of their oddly absent hosts. Celeste is über beautiful, but she’s a bit flustered at times. (Can’t recall the first book right now, sorry. Did you write down a list and hit 'randomise?' Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, [–]MrEccles 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (1 child). As the execution comes closer, it appears that no one on earth can stop the Jackal from killing. He rarely leaves his brownstone house. He builds up the story steadily with his main character Robert Langdon and takes it to a new high by including multiple plot twists. No Murder on the Orient Express? Margaret has her own secret past that bothers her, which curiously parallels Vida Winters’ story. [–]mahout 3 points4 points5 points 7 years ago (1 child). "It is the one detective story of the present century which will go down to posterity as a classic ... a masterpiece." Esquire's 75 Books Every Man Should Read. I would thoroughly recommend "Every Dead Thing" by John Connolly. Brown. James Church has written a couple of books about a North Korean Detective; they're enjoyable because of the setting, but the "detecting" is a bit murky. What Books did You Start or Finish Reading this Week? Over the course of 42 years, Simenon wrote 77 Maigret books and short stories. As a reader 50 years in the future, it provides beautiful views of an America long gone, and sometimes disturbing views of a country we're happy to see gone. If you're more into twists try the Father Brown stories by G K Chesterton . what gave me away ? The book opens with an other-worldly encounter on a moonlit London road with a woman dressed in all white. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage in-depth discussion about all things related to books, authors, genres or publishing in a safe, supportive environment. Check out her books: The Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to Get Your Ideas in Shape for the Marathon of Writing and Creating Legends: How to Craft Characters Readers Adore... or Despise. Promotional posts, comments & flairs, media-only posts, personalized recommendation requests incl. Holmes would be considered either insane or exceptionally eccentric. It’s impossible to talk about mystery novels without immediately thinking of the legendary Agatha Christie. Both hunter and hunted, Spade must track down this treasure that is worth killing for before the Fat Man finds him. A run-away bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has everything a mystery requires. Kathy Edens is a blogger, a ghost writer, and content master who loves writing about anything and everything. In the first, a little girl goes missing in the night. What happened to Harriet Vanger who disappeared forty years ago? Walls of text are no problem as long as everyone involved can see each other over them. [–]federvar 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children), [–]mwboy 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children). agatha christie and then there were none Daphne Du Maurier dark places gillian flynn in the woods murder mystery books murder on the orient express Patricia Cornwall used to write very good novels featuring a forensic pathologist; the later novels are pretty poor, but the early ones were good. [–]GreatCuemudgeon 3 points4 points5 points 7 years ago (0 children). It also probably helps that all of Christie's crimes take place in very genteel and discreet settings -not that Holmes has not run into royalty , I mean Holmes would rather kill himself than find a man guilty becaue [I'm paraphrasing ] 'he saw the fear in a suspect's eyes when he picked up something from the floor and called it evidence{Can't remember the novel , something about some old man done by his secretary , and where hipnotism makes an appearance}.But that's all it takes in genteel British homes to find someone guilty-fear in their eyes. The best part is often hearing our readers' suggestions! Watson - This one had a different plot, kind of psychological, and no detective, but it's a great mystery book. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose on the island despite being under lock and constant surveillance. Amongst all of her works, none has a story quite as impeccably crafted as And Then There Were None, which explains why it is the best selling mystery book of all time.. The Woman in White was the first, influential Victorian novel that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism. [–]CaudebacCherie Priest - Boneshaker 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (0 children). © 2021 - Orpheus Technology, prowritingaid.com, 2. On a slightly unrelated note; I get the feeling that English is not your first language. [–]scotty5x5 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children). How is Chandler below Larsson? And Shutter Island..... That P.D. I tend to prefer historical mysteries to modern mysteries, and noire most of all, but a lot of people go the other way. Author Vida Winters spent her career creating outlandish life histories for herself that kept her violent and tragic past a secret. [–]Kincaid_and_IvyNeverwhere 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (1 child). I dont buy from them but they are good for ideas. [–]cptjmshook 6 points7 points8 points 7 years ago (2 children). It is a feverish tale of a man who normally catches the next train when life gets too intense. I'm thinking of the Vince Flynn novels featuring CIA operative Mitch Rapp and the Lee Child novels featuring retired military cop Jack Reacher. [–]Youarenotagangster 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (2 children). Christie set the standard for mystery formats. Mitch is finding out it could be his life. If you're in the mood for a heady, postmodern twist on the hardboiled detective novel, try The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. "Open Season" by Archer Mayer, [–]b3wizz 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children). There are also some fun series that are maybe just a step above comic books, and not detective novels so much as suspense novels. Why, that makes a man great. [–]wearieA Dance with Dragons 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children). (West 32nd St. in New York, but that is probably wrong.) I can't think right now! Yep, read it on your deathbed. Props for adding Jo Nesbo. China Miéville's detective story The City And The City is well on its way to being the award-winningest novel of the year. Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is haunted by Richard III. They're still good, but not mystery in my opinion. It's the only popular fiction I'll read. 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a beautifully written book about friendship and love (for people and for books), Hate, Inc. by Matt Taibi is a fascinating book about how and why US news media keeps people angry and divided. The best mystery novels of all time. Tired of British intelligence and the shady dealings of international espionage, Alec Leamas is ready to end his career. Do you ever start reading a book but don't get hooked so you want to read a different one but can't because you haven't finished the current one so you have to drag yourself to finish it because you just can't bear to DNF a book? We couldn’t complete the Essential Reading List without adding a few of our favorites: Teenager Susie Salmon is brutally murdered, and she follows her family and the case from heaven. If you're British, it's called Disgrace. Private investigator Jackson Brodie investigates three cases separated by 30 years. He wrote on The Wire, so he's definitely a talent. [–]Uberisom -1 points0 points1 point 7 years ago (0 children), The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler (and the rest of the Philip Marlowe Series), Fer-de-Lance - Rex Stout - (and the rest of the Nero Wolfe series.). Five years later, the Mystery Writers of America published a similar list titled The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time. It's not to bad if I do say so myself! First and only books I have ever read in the genre and I loved them. It’s technically the third in the series, but the first in English. I see from one of your replies that you haven't read any yet. I'm one of those people that always have a book in my purse. And I mean that in the best possible way. The third case is a new mother trapped in a hell of her own making until a fit of rage gives her a grisly, bloody escape. Youtube has some "inspector Wexord" from "the Ruth Rendell mysteries" anthologies from the BBC. Anything by Harlen Coben, Linwood Barclay, James Patterson, Gregg Olsen. [–]ChutesTooNarrow 4 points5 points6 points 7 years ago (0 children), Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is probably the most tangled storyline I've ever read that got solved so cleanly. The sequel is Mercy (Brit) or The Absent One (US). Outside of this the two are totally different personalities. Learn everything you need to know about grammar. I think mystery lists aren't complete without him. [–]davida_usa 0 points1 point2 points 7 years ago (0 children). Agatha Christie. They're not detective stories in the traditional sense, but there are mysteries to be solved. As the case unravels, they discover radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and a lethal, covert shadow war. It's really cheap and 1,000 pages long, but since they're short stories, you can read them all at once or bit by bit. Can anyone recommend a good detective/ mystery novel? I like the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. [–][deleted] 2 points3 points4 points 7 years ago (3 children). Bentley, pub 1912. My hubby has threatened to divorce me if I keep buying books :-) Mysteries are all I read. I am happy to see a few of the authors I … Mistress of the Art of Death is also very well done, but sadly discontinued as the author has passed on. To honor the genre, Stacker compiled a list of the 100 best thriller novels of all time. The Origin by Dan Brown. Not to be outdone by the British Crime Writers’ Association – Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time, the Mystery Writers of America came up with their list five years later.If you compare the lists, you will see that there are quite a few authors who appear on both. The crux of their relationships is the dangerous little lies they tell themselves to survive. Any recommendations? I cannot remember the last time I tore through a book that quickly. [–]macguffing 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (0 children). He spins a tale of suspense overshadowed by astonishing empathy, with chilling insight into American violence. Rebecca, Day of the Jackal, Eye of the Needle and The Alienist were earlier favorites. Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed and pierced hacker genius, are on the case. Gone,Girl, [–]Charlie24601Fantasy 6 points7 points8 points 7 years ago (0 children). When you think you know what's coming, you're wrong. "The author is a contemporary of the time, yet is amazed to see the different areas of the country and how vastly different they are. If you keep an eye on bestseller lists or popular fiction tables at your local bookstore, this likely doesn’t come as a surprise, as you’ve been aware of … [–]Indigoes 4 points5 points6 points 7 years ago (0 children). Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. It’s well worth the wait, though. I would go classic with The Nero Wolfe Mysteries by Rex Stout. One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies’ greatest deception, The Needle. The Big Sleep introduces Philip Marlowe, private eye, who is educated, streetwise, and heroic. Definitely not your average detective novel, but interesting nonetheless. I know that sounds like a "bad-good" thing, (My biggest flaw is that I'm such a perfectionist and I put too much effort in everything I do! You don't have to read his books in order. [–]felizwankel 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (0 children). Just FYI.". Haruko...It's a twist between fantasy, mystery, suspense, and romance. Arnuldur Indridasun's Reykjavik detective series is good, you may also like Tana French's books. The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen - Also from the Scandinavian Peninsula. Already recommended by someone else on this list, but as The Snowman is the seventh entry in his series, I’d start with Redbreast. On San Pedro Island, north of Puget Sound, a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. I loved Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and than I also loved Then There Was None, by Agatha Christie and who doesn't love the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett--I just can't make up my mind, plus these other great authors, Raymond Chandler, Alice Sebold, Scott Turow, Thomas Harris, J.D. Love when those get it right! For contemporary detective novels, there's none better than Michael Connelly. Presumed Innocent (1990), in my opinion, is a classic. In 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, the entire Clutter family was murdered by a shotgun held inches from their faces. His master, Control, instead sends Leamas into the middle of East German Intelligence to play the part of a dishonored spy and lure the enemy to his defeat. Ten people, strangers, gather on a private island as weekend guests of an unseen eccentric millionaire. I'd read more of them. They are set in the same world but don't have to be read in order, though I recommend it. A live in gardener tends to the daily aspects, as well as a cook who prepares the only food Wolfe will eat. Any comment with a spoiler that doesn't use the spoiler code will be removed. Any post with a spoiler in the title will be removed. This is a list of those books, ranked in order by the number of votes they received from the MWA. [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (0 children). I do intend to get to the other books. Pulp by Charles Bukowski. Drop us a line or let's stay in touch via : Copywriter, ghostwriter, and content strategy specialist, Subscribe for writing hacks, special offers and free stuff. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, 4. All is not what she thought on the outside. We knew who the bad guy was, we know why he got away with things, we saw the various 'factions' maneuvering to protect themselves. (shelved 1 time as the-100-best-mystery-novels-of-all) avg rating 3.82 — 21,532 ratings — published 1952 Want to Read saving… This genre isn't my type but I got really into it and powered through all five in a couple of weeks. Mystery. Dorothy L Sayers. But who killed Carolyn? How about what's been touted as one of the best mysteries ever written, John Fowles' "The Magus"? Murder, family ties, love in the air, and financial shenanigans. Kenzie and Gennaro, Also I just read a mystery/thriller that was amazing. Little does she know his late wife casts a huge shadow over everything in her new life. I was into hardboiled noir 40s mysteries for a bit, like Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon. Pick up one of each and decide which worked better for you. I can still recall even minor details, it was so well written and interesting. Also, a big 'Thank you' for taking the time to type all that out. Locus 1987 Poll, All-Time Best Fantasy Novel. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 17. Top 20 Must-read Classic Mystery Novels You’ll Regret Missing. [–]jloflin 1 point2 points3 points 7 years ago (0 children). Definitely an underrated series. The iconic detective is contemptuous of anything supernatural, but the hound from the moor will haunt your dreams to come. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John Le Carré, 8. If you are interested in legal mystery novels, this is a must read. 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