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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257 35
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

2
196 28
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

3
204 33
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

4
176 29
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

5
110 23
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

6
132 37
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier

7
113 37
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

8
81 30
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

9
68 23
The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

10
79 32
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

11
96 45
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris

12
62 22
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth

13
68 27
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

14
52 17
The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

15
58 23
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett

16
53 20
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

17
72 34
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco

18
66 30
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

19
60 26
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

20
74 37
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo

21
52 22
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

22
52 22
The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

23
71 39
The Firm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham

24
49 23
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

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