The 40 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

Grabbing a cozy mystery novel is one of the best feelings. However, choosing the right book to readycan be difficult. That is why we made this list of the 40 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 every amazing mystery novel. We do hope that this list encourages to seek out other mystery books not on the list. You can see the full list below!

The 40 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 book review Raymond Chandler hardboiled crime detective novel
The Big Sleep: Book Review

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.

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The secret History by Donna Tartt

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.


That is all for this list of the 40 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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5 thoughts on “The 40 Must Read Mystery Books of All Time

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad you included The Killing Floor by Lee Child, it was his first book that was amazing and riveting at the same time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Richard Jury stories by Martha Grimes. Excellent characters, taut story lines, beautifully written with a sense of humor. If you haven’t read Grimes, you are in for a literary treat.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Try teading Barbara Nadel Inspevtor Ikmen series and Tarquin Hall Inspector Chopra series and Shamini Flint Inspector Singh series.Enjoyyy


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