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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
Agatha Christie
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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... 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
Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie
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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier
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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett
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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris
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The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett
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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo
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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler
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The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler
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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco
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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham
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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
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The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
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The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins