Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. published 1894, avg rating 3.86 — Spanning more than 20 novels, bestselling author Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series follows LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker as he solves crimes with the help of his Orthodox Jewish wife, Rina Lazarus. They’re the kind of books you don’t want to read alone at night.These two are often considered almost the same genre, because they’re so similar. published 1941, avg rating 3.56 — A rich and evocative series that brings to life the royal court and the world of nineteenth century England, these procedurals are exciting and intriguing, the kind of stories you get completely lost in. Rather, they're heartfelt tales of love, life, and the great, wild outdoors. detective-mystery and detectives. Of course, we quickly discover that her death was in fact not a suicide but a murder. Each Longmire Mystery follows the series' titular sheriff as he investigates criminal activity in his county of Absaroka, Wyoming. 43,447 ratings — published 1936, avg rating 3.83 — published 1904, avg rating 4.10 — If you like your murder served with a side of side-splitting laughter, you're going to want to add the Oxford Girl Mysteries to your TBR list. If you frequently listen to audiobooks or read e-books, I would highly recommend considering a hard copy of this particular book, as Pessl includes pictures and documents to create a more immersive experience for the reader. ", avg rating 4.17 — 128,958 ratings — 145,322 ratings — Fast-paced and thrilling, each new installment is darker and edgier than the last. If people are going to recommend any detective crime novel to you, it's more than likely going to be The Big Sleep. We made sure to try to fit a little of everything on our list, from contemporary romance to complex fantasies, so you can find just the flavor you’re craving for your next killer read! published 1933, avg rating 4.15 — Strike and Robin’s friendship develops throughout the series, so I really recommend starting with this one, the first in the series, and then reading the other two in order. published 1936, avg rating 4.20 — 113,685 ratings — But finding those that actually stick with you long after reading them, the way any good novel does, can be a bit more complicated. 37,116 ratings — Sure, each installment is another opportunity to solve a juicy murder or uncover a dark and devious secret, but what makes mystery series so appealing is their ability to create a world readers want to keep coming back to, not only for the action and thrills, but for the emotional attachment to the characters you've been unravelling mysteries with since the very beginning. Each offers at least three books, so you can read along as the characters grow, fall in love, and conquer their demons—along with empires, mysteries, and everyday drama. The crime of murder is inherently terrifying, which makes these stories part horror fiction and part puzzle. 82,109 ratings — Sharp, witty, and oh-so-fun, the series launch, Party Girls Dies in Pearls, is being described as "Clueless meets Agatha Christie." You can feel the danger of murder looming in the background while also having the satisfaction of solving the crime in the foreground of the story. One is the murder of a black lawyer from Chicago and the other is the murder of a local white woman. His cases vary from murdered teens to foul play over a newly discovered T-rex skeleton, and he even takes the occasional trip out of town to solve a case close to his heart. published 1926, avg rating 4.04 — After a man is found dead in an abandoned building, Detective Sasagaki follows the lives of the two main murder suspects for twenty years. Welcome back. 66,857 ratings — published 2014, avg rating 3.99 — Five students walk into detention, but only four walk out alive. 52,986 ratings — While many of the novels on this list are detective stories, Night Film is more of a thriller. A boy is found murdered on the grounds of an all-girl boarding school, and the only lead Detective Stephen Moran has is a note on a bulletin board that says, “I know who killed him.” The novel is half told through the perspective of the detective as he works to solve the crime, and the other half is told months before the murder from the perspective of a teenage girl at the boarding school. All rights reserved. The basis for the hit Netflix show Longmire, this series from bestselling author Craig Johnson churns out one addicting hit after another. Thank you for signing up! published 1927, avg rating 3.90 — published 1935, avg rating 3.96 — 1. 401,368 ratings — addictive mystery series that will pull you in, Tana French's exceptional Murder Squad series. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1), Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3), The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3), The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6), Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14), Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12), Crime writer, Pauline Rowson talks to Rob Richardson about her detective, Inspector Andy Horton. Strike is also connected to fame through his estranged rock star father, which makes his involvement in this high profile case more complicated. 255,543 ratings — published 1938, avg rating 3.95 — 100 Must-Read Mystery and Crime Novels from Around the World. From stories of inspiring female sleuths to hard-boiled detective novels, these are the kind of books that inspire binge-reading. Trust me when I say you won't want to miss it. published 1920, avg rating 3.94 — In this novel, Detective Cormoran Strike investigates the suicide of famous actress Lula Landry. published 1997, avg rating 3.86 — Here are a few of my favorite murder mystery books that I recommend to friends and, in some cases, have read more than once (yes, even though I already know who did it). A second Gemma Woodstock novel is apparently in the works, so get into Sarah Bailey’s detective now with this impressive debut, and look forward to her upcoming releases. Keep an eye on your inbox. published 2018, avg rating 4.22 — Though the author and Egyptologist Barbara Mertz (pen name Elizabeth Peters) died in 2013, the final installment in the series is being released posthumously this summer. published 2000, avg rating 4.48 — I can only assume Sarah Bailey’s future novels will be even better. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. 828,213 ratings — Over the course of 13 novels, Walter Mosley's hard-boiled detective stories have kept readers coming back to 1940s-1960s Los Angeles to solve crimes alongside the enigmatic private investigator. The murder victim is Simon, the creator of Bayview High’s very own gossip app, and all four suspects have a motive. Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries by Donna Leon, Women's Murder Club by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. “Of course it's very hampering being a detective, when you don't know anything about detecting, and when nobody knows that you're doing detection, and you can't have people up to cross-examine them, and you have neither the energy nor the means to make proper inquiries; and, in short, when you're doing the whole thing in a thoroughly amateur, haphazard way.” 99,676 ratings — Along the way, she meets an incredible cast of characters who help her get to the bottom of an even more fascinating set of mysteries that span space and time. 90,110 ratings — published 1936, avg rating 4.02 — There are few series as addicting as mysteries. updated Mar 27, 2018 04:32PM — published 2011, avg rating 3.91 — 126,608 ratings — 154,846 ratings — Chandler is considered one of the best writers in the United States from the 20th century, and when you read The Big Sleep, you'll see why. published 1929, avg rating 4.31 — Did you grow up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes? Refresh and try again. published 1927, avg rating 3.87 — A hilarious collection of six novels with themes of man versus, these are not your average mystery novels. In this novel, investigative journalist Arun Advani tries to get to the bottom of the murder of playboy Vicky Rai, who was killed at his own party. published 2001, avg rating 4.27 — This is a quick and fun read. 139,748 ratings — Yes, this is the Cormoran Strike series that J.K. Rowling writes under a pen name. 811,541 ratings — It’s really easy to find a whole lot of badly written murder mystery novels that are still great reads because you’re just dying to find out whodunnit. Homicide detective Lindsay Boxer, reporter Cindy Thomas, Chief Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, and district attorney Yuki Castellano use their brains, their bravery, and most of all, the support of one another to put away murderers and solve the crimes no one else can get to the bottom of.