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Mysteries never fail to spark our curiosity and competitiveness. The suspense, the unexpected turns, and many things combine to make it possible for a murder mystery to keep us on the edge of our chairs glued to the screen. They captivate us with their intrigue, as every character could be a murderer, and any idea could be a vital form of deception.

If you are looking for your next suspenseful read, check our listicle regarding the top 10 murder mystery books of all time.

Ready to play detective? Let’s open our books and expose the truth.

And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie:

Consider the possibility of being sent to a private island with an unexplained explanation. You are with ten other people; all of them have committed a crime, but for some reason, they don’t want you to know their secret. The mystery begins as people start dropping dead one by one, in a way that is eerily similar to the sick nursery rhyme attached to each room. The atmosphere is trembling; the dread is an actual thing, and the more you turn the pages, the greater the suspense. Will any island guests make it out alive, or will the island itself be the only one to survive among them all?

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn:

Nick and Amy may appear to be the embodiment of perfection in a relationship on the outside. However, three years after their encounter, their stable relationship starts to break down as Amy mysteriously disappears on their fifth anniversary. As Nick gets confirmed to be the main suspect, deception gets more watery and slightly abominable as people around them peel off their falsehoods and lies.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson:

Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who is not very ethical and has had some shameful lapses in the past, has been hired to work together with Lisbeth Salander, a prodigy who is a cyber-criminal as well as a computing expert, to find the millionaire’s heiress said to have vanished four decades earlier. Instead, they realize this has not been the bottom and the blackest part of the sailing as more murders and even corruption are uncovered by the investigation that is affecting the center of Sweden’s government. It’s the feel-alive tour through Stockholm’s snowy streets, featuring a missing girl, a torture chamber, and Nazis.

“In the Woods” by Tana French:

Detective Rob Ryan, 20 years ago, lost his two best friends in the same woods where a young girl sought her end just now. This is the new case in which he gets involved, and it seems too personal. This case becomes a traumatic trip into Rob’s own inner thoughts, accompanied by the overwhelming sensation of old pains and frantic fear. The pillaged woods present a riddle: What secrets are buried there? When you return, will you feel out of place and wonder whether you really belong again, or can you ever feel like a real home inside of you?

“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn:

The story revolves around a middle-aged reporter who returns to her home, a very small town, to cover an account of the murder of two young girls. The protagonist is full of questions and knows she must confront her own demons. The higher she climbs up the tree trunk of the town’s murky past, the more she realizes it might not be because of a spider’s web. The protagonist makes past and present discoveries regarding her family that throw her off-guard, making it one of the best murder mystery books of all time.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling):

The private detective Cormoran Strike is engaged in investigating a supermodel’s suicide case. However, the victim’s brother protests that a murder has been staged. This fictional narrative introduces us to gorgeous historic buildings previously unknown to us. It is a usual detective tale with a unique flavor, incorporated into the setting of 21st-century London with its low inner-city areas and tall buildings.

“The Secret History” by Donna Tartt:

When a group of goths, under the influence of a classics professor from an elite New England college, start to live out their Dionysian fantasies, this close-knit group of amusing characters find themselves at risk of crossing the limits. In the book, the beauty of nature and the terror of the wilderness unveil the sentiment that civility and savagery are separated by easily broken threads. This is a murder mystery that brings into debate the matter of getting knowledge for which one pays and the secret for which one should pay.

“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie:

A venerable village in England turns into the scene of a crime where a rich industrialist becomes the victim. With that, the retired detective, Hercule Poirot, agrees to solve the crime.

The book features a range of potential suspects with something to hide. This mystery is a great example of the art of deception and logical reasoning. The answer to the puzzle was just as surprising and amazing today as it was when it was first released.

“Witches, Bitches, and Wannabe Queens” By Annie Wall

Here is an immersive mystery that will keep readers at the edges of their seats. In Witches, Bitches, and Wannabe Queens, a murder investigation takes place in the bitter rivalry of pageant competitors in a little town. The lifeless body of the pageant director is discovered when the show is about to begin, with her head submerged in a toilet.

A wary and cynical detective and his partner, Lily, are assigned the case in which every participant can be the killer. At first glance, the women who are competing for the respected title of “Ms. Senior Springfield” look like they are the kind of decent community members who would not be capable of such violence. However, the strain of competition and revealing interpersonal situations, with the winner’s fortune at stake, give the impression that something monstrous lurks beneath the civility.


There you have it—nine brilliant murder mystery books of all times that redefine the genre and keep us captivated with every page. Each book is a doorway to a different world of suspense and intrigue, perfect for those who love to unravel a good mystery.

Whether you’re in the mood for a psychological thriller or a classic whodunit, grab one of these books, cozy up, and prepare for a thrilling ride. What secrets will you uncover? Who knows—but it’s going to be a blast finding out.

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