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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1
266 36
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

2
206 28
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

3
209 33
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

4
179 31
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

5
117 24
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

6
134 40
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier

7
114 41
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

8
82 35
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

9
82 35
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

10
63 24
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth

11
68 28
The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

12
69 29
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

13
96 48
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris

14
52 19
The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

15
59 25
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett

16
67 31
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

17
61 27
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

18
54 22
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

19
73 36
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco

20
55 23
The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

21
76 39
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo

22
52 24
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

23
51 25
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

24
72 42
The Firm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham

25
49 24
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins