Mysteries The Best Mystery Novels  

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List Rules Mystery novels. Vote up the best, most mysterious and intriguing mystery novels.

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Few things are better for unwinding than a good novel. One of the most popular categories of novels is the mystery genre – who doesn’t love all the twists and turns throughout a book like this? Some of the most famous authors in history truly mastered the art of writing a captivating mystery novel, including Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. What are the best mystery novels in history?

The novels on this list have been ranked as the best by the community, and many of these novels became top hits in the movie world as well! From murder mysteries, to spy stories, the mystery books on this list are the best of the best.

This list features the best mystery novels including, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Maltese Falcon, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Daughter of Time, and The Big Sleep. Vote up the best mystery novels below or add one you love to see where it ranks on the list.
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253 34
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

2
191 28
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

3
201 31
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

4
173 27
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

5
107 23
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

6
131 36
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier

7
109 37
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

8
79 30
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

9
79 31
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

10
66 23
The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

11
62 21
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth

12
95 44
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris

13
67 27
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

14
51 16
The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

15
53 18
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

16
58 22
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett

17
71 33
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco

18
65 29
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

19
74 36
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo

20
52 21
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

21
58 26
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

22
51 21
The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

23
71 38
The Firm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham

24
49 22
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

25
50 24
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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