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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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276 37
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie
2
213 29
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
3
211 36
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
4
181 34
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle
5
122 27
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie
6
136 42
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier
7
116 43
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett
8
82 37
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9
82 37
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
10
100 50
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris
11
72 31
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
12
65 27
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth
13
68 30
The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett
14
70 33
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler
15
53 21
The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler
16
61 27
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett
17
55 24
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins
18
73 38
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco
19
61 29
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
20
78 42
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo
21
55 25
The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
22
53 26
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
23
76 44
The Firm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham
24
53 28
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
25
50 26
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins