Mysteries The Best Mystery Novels  

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

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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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

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176 25
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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

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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie

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

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

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The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Thin Man Dashiell Hammett

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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler

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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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

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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

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The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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

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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

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

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

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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler

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The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Thirty-nine Steps John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Firm John Grisham

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40 15
The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers

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Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Double indemnity James M. Cain

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Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Sayers

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Anatomy of a murder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Anatomy of a murder John D. Voelker

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Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler

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Strong Poison is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Strong Poison Dorothy L. Sayers

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The Daughter of Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey

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Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Red Dragon Thomas Harris

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Red Harvest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett

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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Presumed Innocent Scott Turow

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Dance Hall of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dance Hall of the Dead Tony Hillerman

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The Westing Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added The Westing Game Ellen Raskin

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The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The IPCRESS File Len Deighton

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
prostoemail97 added The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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The Circular Staircase is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Circular Staircase Mary Roberts Rinehart

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The Hotel New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Vvvvvvv added The Hotel New Hampshire John Irving

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A Coffin for Dimitrios is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Barbara Jetters added The Alienist Caleb Carr

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Running Dog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added Running Dog Don DeLillo

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Fletch, too is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fletch, too Gregory Mcdonald

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10 15
Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Trent's Last Case E. C. Bentley

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The Hot Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
The Hot Rock Donald E. Westlake