Mystery Books Buying Guide

It's elementary, my dear Watson! If you are a fan of mystery books , that line is no stranger to your vocabulary. Mystery books can be highly addictive and really captivating. Filled with twists, turns, and, well, mystery, these books are truly page turners. Want some advice on what mystery books to add to your reading list? No problem. We've compiled some of the most popular mystery books on the market just for you. Now that's elementary.

Quick Picks

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 

How can you have mystery without Sherlock Holmes and Watson? This collection is a classic and a must read for mystery lovers. 

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett 

 The movie is great and the book is at least just as good. Follow Sam Spade on his adventures as he bluffs thugs and holds off the police. 

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe 

This little-known book takes you through the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe. Little-known mysteries at its best. 


The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey 

Tey is often regarded as a mystery writer for those who don't like mysteries because she focuses on themes that are usually untouched in mystery novels. This book focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews.


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

This classic mystery novel is truly a must read for mystery lovers and those who enjoy classic books. This novel is considered one of the best mystery novels of all time. It follows 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

Sure, you may have seen the movie, but that was nothing. The book is far better and considered one of the best mystery novels of the 20th century. 

The Godfather by Mario Puzo 

Here we havve another novel that was made into a movie. We're not going to claim that this book is far better than the movie, since the movie is regarded as one of the best ever made. If you liked the movie though, you'll love the book!

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain 

This noir novel paved the way, and is a must read for those in love with the genre. If you've seen the film, you know that this is a dark story. However, the novel is filled with even more despair than the movie!

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol 

This is a great children's series that follows the story of a boy detective. Encyclopedia knows his trivia and uses it to help his father, the town's police chief, solve neighborhood crimes. 

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell 

This psychological thriller tells the story of a modern day Valentine's Day massacre. Published in the 1970s, this book is a classic and similar in style to other works by Rendell.

F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton 

This book is part of a series by Grafton that follows the alphabet. Kinsey Millhone tries to solve a murder mystery in California that is nearly two decades old but no less captivating. 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 

The style of this book was groundbreaking at the time, and perhaps has never actually been topped by others following in Capote's path. This tale of a reporter getting too involved in a murder mystery case leads to the reporter to project events and conversations as if he was really there. A must read for mystery lovers and classic literature fans alike. 

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James 

This novel tells of one tough female British detective. Nancy Drew isn't the only mystery gal! Cordelia Gray does private eye work like a pro. 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins 

T.S. Eliot once called this book "the first and greatest of English detective novels." With a review like that, how bad could this book be? Turns out, not bad at all. Again, this book will satisfy both literature fans and mystery lovers.

The Last Treasure by Janet Anderson 

This young adult modern mystery novel is recommended for those 10 & up. This story focuses on the spirit of John Matthew Smith, who sends dreams to two modern teenage relatives who have never met eachother. They are drawn back to the house that he built, and find plenty of mysteries and adventures!

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