The 25 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

One of my favorite things to do is read a good mystery novel. The genre is filled with thousands of amazing novels, making it hard to choose your next read. That is why we made a list of the 25 best mystery books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made our list! 

Mystery novels have been around for hundreds of years. Something about them makes them hard to put down. Our love for the genre had led to many amazing novels as well as authors. You can see the full list below! 

The 25 Best Mystery Books of All Time 

Classics and More 

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. 

Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot novel
Murder on the Orient Express book review

A brilliant novel on this list is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. She is known for writing one book a decade but they are always a must read. The Secret History will send you on a mystery unlike any other.

Some of the less obvious picks on this list include The Big Sleep, Death at La Venice, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. While these novels won’t be on everyone’s list, they are still a great list. Most of the time, it comes down to too many books going unread because there are just too many good books out there! 

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon crime novel Italy
Death at La Fenice book review


That is all for our list of the 25 best mystery books of all time. What books should we have included on the list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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5 thoughts on “The 25 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

  1. Kilian Metcalf says:

    What about The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers?

  2. Anonymous says:

    And Then There Were None. I love Agatha Christie and this is her best mystery hands down

  3. Anonymous says:

    What not one Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker? Truly an oversight on your part.

    1. Anonymous says:

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


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