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Best Mystery Books of All Time

Looking for the best mystery books of all time? We present you great books of the mystery genre. The mystery genre of fiction is one great genre of fictional books, thanks ti its intense suspense as well as style of writing.

Best Mystery Books of All Time
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The mystery genre of fiction is a book genre that often has mysteries to solve, such as death or a serious crime. This makes it captivating and keep a reader glue in a bid to unravel the enigma behind such crime.

Some mystery literature can also be nonfictional, however, they are more of fictional type. Emphasis of the whole story is on the puzzle that is to be solved. The mystery genre is also verified to as the ‘whodunit’ story style.




Our best mystery books of all time are care selected based on opinion of mystery book lovers and fans. They blend several forms of idea that spur the reader’s spirit to immerse themselves in the book.

Mystery books often include crime, death, puzzles to be solved, secrets, riddles, police stories, detective stories, thrillers and more – although, they are not limited to this alone.

Our list of mystery books of all time include books that fall or have themes related to the above. With all being said, let’s quickly take a look at the best mystery books of all time you should consider reading right away.

Kindly note that our list of the best mystery books is not in any particular order:

Mystery Books of All Time


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)


Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is one of the best mystery book and it is a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. The book which was published in 2012 is full of suspense and tells the story of a couple, Nick Dunne and Amy Dunne.

It has a point of view that switches between the husband and wife and tells their different perspectives towards marriage. Gone Girl revolves around the disappearance of Amy Dunne and how the community felt Nick was responsible. Her reappearance however changed the twist of event.

Gone Girl was later adapted into a movie which became a commercial success. This is one mystery book you should consider reading.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)


Many literary scholars consider The Moonstone to be the first detective book written in English language. The work was written in form of a letter (epistolary) as commonly used during that period.

The Moonstone is a fictional novel that revolves around a young woman who inherits a diamond from her uncle who was a corrupt retired military officer. The diamond was however stolen from her; the book’s plot is based on finding the thief as well as retrieving the stone.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930)


The Maltese Falcon is one of the best Mystery books of all time you can read. The story is told in the third-person narrative and has been adapted into several novels.

Sam Spade is the main character of the novel; he was contracted by Miss. Wonderly to help in finding her sister. In the process of carrying out his mission, he found himself haunting for a jewel-encrusted Maltese Falcon, which he must track down.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book “A Study in Scarlet” is one of the best mystery novel of all time. The book tells the story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

The duo explore the world of murder and mystery – they both try to solve the case of a man who was murdered, and whose blood was used in writing a mysterious word at the scene of the crime.

The Whistler by John Grisham (2016)


Although recently published, The Whistler finds its way into our list of the best mystery books of all time. It is a favorite for many mystery novel lovers and readers who have read the book.

The book tells the story of a lawyer who is mixed up in a dangerous case that points to corruption of the judiciary. This is definitely a mystery novel to check out.

Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)


Another book in our list of mystery book of all time is Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Vicarage which was written in 1920. The book has since been adapted into movie and television series.

If you have heard of Agatha Christie, then you should know she is a great mystery writer. Murder in the Vicarage is a book that continues to beat the test of time, alongside other books in the series.

The story features Miss. Jane Staple, a female detective that investigates the murder of a town’s magistrate who was shot in the head.

The Midnight Line by Lee Child (2017)


Another great book in our series of best mystery books is Lee Child’s The Midnight Line. It is the twenty-second novel in the famous Jack Reacher’s series.

The novel’s plot centers on how Jack Reacher investigates a crime that involves trading of opiod. The book examines the contemporary vices in the society today.

The Midnight Line is a book you should check out. Knowing the Jack Reacher’s series, this will definitely be another thriller that keeps you glued to the pages of your book.

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins (2015)


If you have read the book or watched the movie, you won’t be too surprised to find Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train on our list of the best mystery books.

The novel has a plot that revolves around Rachel. Everyday as she shuttles on train, she usually see a couple who she believes are perfectly in love. One day however, she saw something different that made her realize a lot about herself.

Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1839)


Written in the 19th century, Tales of Mystery & Imagination is the posthumous compilation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It is the first completed work of the popular author and poet.

The work consists of different stories and works of the author. You are about to be thrilled with this book which is full of suspense.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series (Book 1) by Stieg Larsson (2005)


The novel is one of the best mystery plot ever. It has since been adopted into two movies. The story took place in Sweden; we are told the story of Lisbeth Salander who helps a journalist in his quest of investigating a family that disappeared 40 year before.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a book that will get you all captivated in the tales to follow.

Checklist of Best Mystery Books of All Time


  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
  3. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930)
  4. A Study in Scarlet by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
  5. The Whistler by John Grisham (2016)
  6. Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)
  7. The Midnight Line by Lee Child (2017)
  8. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins (2015)
  9. Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (1839)
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series (Book 1) by Stieg Larsson (2005)

Final Thoughts on Best Mystery Books


These ten books discussed here are the author’s favorite. If you are looking for great mystery books to read, you should consider checking them out.

Do you have any addition or a book you feel should be among the list? Kindly use the comment box and tell us your best mystery books of all time.




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