The 10 Best Mystery Books
We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Most people are familiar with Sherlock Holmes, but it's a special breed who likes nothing better than to curl up with a worn paperback and spend a few hundred pages guessing who the killer might be as a quirky detective pieces together clues. These mystery books are for those who enjoy multiple twists, turns, and false reveals on the way to a shocking climax you never saw coming. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best mystery book on Amazon.
April 25, 2019:
Added Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" due in part to the massive response to the TV series, but the book is every bit the show's equal. Removed Agatha Christie's "Crooked House" as a result; it's certainly a classic, but also one that fans of the genre are likely familiar with by this point.
Many readers have complained that Brad Meltzer's "The Escape Artist" strains credulity in places, so while it's an engaging tale, we included Teresa Driscoll's "I Am Watching You" instead. It's much more grounded in reality, while still being incredibly satisfying.
There are several selections here, such as J.D. Robb's "Brotherhood in Death," that are installments in larger series. Readers who have followed those series from the beginning will obviously get more out of these books than those starting fresh, but they're nevertheless easy for newbies to lose themselves in without being up-to-date on all the backstory.