Updated April 27, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best Mystery Books

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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.

10. Y is for Yesterday

9. The Girl Who Lived

8. Double Knot

7. Blue Labyrinth

6. Stowed Away

5. I Am Watching You

4. The People vs. Alex Cross

3. Brotherhood in Death

2. Bones Don't Lie

1. Big Little Lies

Editor's Notes

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.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on April 27, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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