Greatest Mysteries Ever Written

From Holmes to Morton to Bradley and King, we list the greatest mysteries of all time. Did we leave out any of your favorites? Let us know!

In honor of Halloween, Kirsten and I decided to put together a list of our favorite mysteries.  These are all books that we have read and loved.  Did we forget your favorite? Both Kirsten and I read and did not like “One for the Money” by Janet Evanovich.  There are a lot of people who love this series but for some reason, we do not.  We should also point out that there are some classics that we have left out like Mary Higgins Clark. We haven’t read anything by her and are not compelled too.  Also, both of us are too scared to read Silence of the Lambs and pretty much all Steven King. Therefore, we didn’t include them in the list of greatest mysteries.

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Kirsten’s Picks

Still Life by Louise Penny

What can I say about this one? I loved it so much I immediately forced Jackie to read it. I just started this series and am looking forward to tackling the next 12!



The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The first Kate Morton I ever read and I have been hooked ever since! I love her gothic stories that I can never fully predict.



The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Oh, this book! It’s a gothic romance, a mystery and a story about family ties all in one. Although it is a long one,  I absolutely adore it. It’s the perfect book to snuggle up with on a snowy day.



Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

One of the best novels by my FAVORITE author. The first Du Maurier novel I ever read. The ending totally shocked me! I did not see it coming.



Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

I mean, if you haven’t read at least one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes, I’m not even sure you should be reading this list. Seriously. Holmes is the OG detective and a must read for all mystery lovers.



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Holy whodunnit!! This was a psychological thriller and mystery all in one and it was fabulous! I’ve recommended this story to so many people — it’s so much better than Gone Girl. It’s soon to be an HBO series too.  (Did you see our list of upcoming book adaptations?)



The BeeKeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

This one is for all the Sherlock fans out there. It takes place after the classic canon ends with the introduction of the retired Holmes and his new neighbor – Mary Russell. I adore this series, as does my dad who is a mystery reader exclusively.


The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The best beginner mystery. I’ve been talking about this one with Jackie forever!!! I total must read.



The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene

The first ever Nancy Drew mystery ever written is a classic that has spawned quite a few  spinoffs (also by Carolyn Keene.) It has a special place in my heart because Nancy and Ned were the first couple I ever shipped. I flat out refused to read stories where they were broken up!


Jackie’s Picks

Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I admit that I originally read this because it was written by J.K Rowling but, I enjoyed it so much I have read every book in the series.  I also cannot wait for the tv series!.  The characters are great and the mystery is smart.



The Sweetness at the Bottom of Pie by Alan Bradley

This is the first book in the Flavia De Luce series.  This 11 year old  aspiring chemist is a wonderful Heroine.  I love her- she is smart and precocious.  This is a great mystery without the violence.  The rest of the series is on list of books to read.



The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch 

This mystery is part historical fiction, part mystery and completely fun to read.  With the local midwife accused of murder and witchcraft, it is up to the handman to extract a confession.  all the parts of this story add up to a great mystery.



The Firm by John Grisham

This was the first book by John Grisham that I read.  It is fast paced and will keep you on your toes.




Number One Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

I have read so many books in this series that I have lost count.  If you are a die-hard mystery lover this series may be too tame for you.  But, if you are new to the mystery genre or like a lighter read, these books are amazing.  Precious Ramotswe is so hilariously self-assured you cannot help but to love her.



The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I adored this book.  Kirsten and I each chose our favorite Kate Morton book because she is just that good.  The stories are mysteries, yes but, they have so much more.  You will feel compelled to find the answers because of how real the characters seem.


 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This is a classic.  It’s one of those books that unless you know the ending, you would never guess it.  So well devised, this book is a definite favorite.  We can’t wait for the movie to come out because it is sure to be fantastic.



Girl with a dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This book is so dark and disturbing but, it is also unputdownable.  Lizbeth Slander is such a bada** heroine, I cannot help but love her.



The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Dan Brown found a way to incorporate symbolism and brilliant riddles into this modern day mystery.  The plot does not slow for a minute from the first page to the last.  It is the first in the Robert Langdon series and my favorite as well.



With Halloween coming up, now is the time to catch up on some great mysteries. From classics to new favorites, we have something for everyone on this book list. Louis Penny- check. Steig Larson- check. Pin now, read later.
Kate Morton, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Daphne Du Maurier and Alan Bradley all have books on this list of best mystery novels. Did your favorite author make the cut? Pin Now, Read Later. From classics like Sherlock Holmes to modern masterpieces like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, there is something for everyone on this list of the best mysteries ever written.