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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244 34
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

2
196 29
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

3
185 28
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

4
169 27
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

5
127 35
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Daphne du Maurier

6
100 23
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Agatha Christie

7
106 36
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

8
76 29
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

9
77 30
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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65 23
The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

11
59 21
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Frederick Forsyth

12
66 26
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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50 15
The Lady in the Lake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

14
91 44
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris

15
52 18
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

16
70 31
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Umberto Eco

17
55 21
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Ken Follett

18
64 28
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

19
72 36
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mario Puzo

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50 20
The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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51 21
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

22
57 26
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

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70 38
The Firm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Grisham

24
49 22
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Wilkie Collins

25
50 24
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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40 17
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

27
38 18
Double indemnity is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
James M. Cain

28
40 20
The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

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37 18
Anatomy of a murder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
John D. Voelker

30
35 17
Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Raymond Chandler

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39 21
Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

32
36 20
The Daughter of Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Josephine Tey

33
37 22
Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Martin Cruz Smith

34
32 18
Strong Poison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

35
44 29
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Thomas Harris

36
35 26
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Scott Turow

37
23 15
Red Harvest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Dashiell Hammett

38
25 17
Dance Hall of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Tony Hillerman

39
26 18
The Westing Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added Ellen Raskin

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23 20
The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Len Deighton

41
17 14
The Circular Staircase is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Mary Roberts Rinehart

42
18 16
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
prostoemail97 added Charles Dickens

43
23 23
The Hotel New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Vvvvvvv added John Irving

44
6 6
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Barbara Jetters added Caleb Carr

45
14 15
A Coffin for Dimitrios is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Novels

46
11 13
The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added Thomas Pynchon

47
1 3
Woman with the blue pencil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
LadyG added

Gordon Alpine

48
6 10
Running Dog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
stubb added Don DeLillo

49
12 18
Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
E. C. Bentley

50
11 18
Fletch, too is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Novels
Gregory Mcdonald