The 30 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

Nothing beats a great Mystery but with so many to choose from, finding the right one can be hard That is why we made this list of the 30 must read mystery books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made our list!

With recent and old classics, the mystery genre is flooded with thousands of amazing books. This list won’t contain most of these books. However, we hope that this list encourages to seek out other amazing mystery books. You can see the full list below!

The 30 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

Must Read Books

No mystery list is complete without Agatha Christie. She has helped push the genre forward and you can see her influence on many modern novels. Another author that deserves a spot on this list is Arthur Conan Doyle. Just like Christie, his impact is still being felt over a century later.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is a must read. As you read more, the plot picks up and things happen fast and a lot of blood is spilled. The novel falls under the hardboiled fiction genre which are detective novels that has a lot of graphic violence and slang. If you read one this novel by Chandler, there is a good chance you will binge his other books too.

The Big Sleep book review Raymond Chandler hardboiled crime detective novel
The Big Sleep: Book Review

A novel that might surprise a few people on the list is The Secret History. If you haven’t read it, then you will be confused but if you have, then you will understand. It is a mystery novel that is well written and will stay with you for years. It is no wonder that this novel spurned a new subgenre.

A surprise novel on this list that is sure to keep you entertained is The Godfather by Mario Puzo. While many people will always think of the movie first, the novel was actually published first. It is a brilliant book and it will make you appreciate the movies even more.

The Godfather book cover
The Godfather by Mario Puzo


That is all for this list of the 30 must read mystery books of all time. What other novels should we have included on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 thoughts on “The 30 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

  1. Rufus says:

    Dorothy L Sayers, The Nine Tailors. Uses all the tropes of the genre to explore the very heart of what the genre is about.

  2. Millie Alayón says:

    I don’t think The Godfather is a Mystery novel. It was great and exciting to read but, a mystery novel? Nah.
    There are a few things that I take into account when I “judge” whether a mystery/whodunit novel is good. Aside from the usual, I try to guess “whodunit” based on the clues provided. If the clues are on the up and up and I am unable to see whodunit, I enjoy the reading. Right now one of my favorites is Harlan Coben. He should be on this list.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lord of the mystery’s is in my opinion the best.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Walter mosley and stig larsen deserve to be included as well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Y’all slippin. Every time one of these articles posts multiple comments reeeee about whatabout (insert female, non-white, non-Western) this or that author. Make your own list.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like the series of Fletch Mysteries written by Gregory McDonald.


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