Top 10 Reads

Top 10 Mystery Books

Here is a pick of the top 10 mystery page turners, that you will get totally lost in.

Dare Me

Author – Megan Abbott

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as “total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

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The Neon Rain

Author – James Lee Burke

Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle. Lost without his wife’s love, Robicheaux’s haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans’ French Quarter — the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.

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One Kick

Author – Chelsea Cain

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

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The Moonstone

Author – Wilkie Collins

“The Moonstone is a page-turner,” writes Carolyn Heilbrun. “It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular.” Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre–the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive 1871 edition.





Author – Daphme Du Maurier

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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Sharp Objects

Author – Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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Land Of Shadows

Author – Rachel Howzell

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, a seventeen-year-old girl is found dead at a construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished condominium.

Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton’s new partner Colin Taggert, fresh from the Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation. For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire… and the man who may have murdered Lou’s missing sister thirty years ago.

As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. She is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice… before Lou becomes his next victim?

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The Maltese Falcon

Author – Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby. But Miss Wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O’Shaughnessy, and when Spade’s partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby’s trail, Spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the Fat Man finds him?

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The Boy in The Suitcase

Author – Lene Kaaberbol And Agnete Friis

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

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A Drink Before The War

Author – Dennis Lehane

Master of new noir Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in Darkness, Take My Hand, a terrifying tale of redemption.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist, running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they’ve seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate.

But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike, as secrets that have long lain dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything – including the truth.

With razor-sharp dialogue and penetrating prose, Darkness, Take My Hand is another superior crime novel from the author of Mystic River; Gone, Baby, Gone; and Shutter Island.

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  • Alenka

    Thank you for this list of great mystery books! 

    I’ve read some on the list, and my favorite is Moonstone. I read it and also listened to in on audio-book. Very satisfying experience to read it and be immersed into another world and time. In fact, I might go and re-read it now. Thanks for this reminder!

    I will also check some others on the list too. I have a longhaul flight coming up soon so this is a fab resource in finding a good read for the flight.


  • Joo

    Thank you for this comprehensive review! I’m looking for a good read, having a bit of spare time on my hands right now. I think I’ll go with ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘Land of Shadows’. Their story lines sound compelling enough, they’re my type of mystery stories that I love to immerse in. 

  • Chris

    Great suggestions for those interested in a mystery thriller plot, and out of the ten you have suggested here, I would probably say that the book by James Lee Burke looks the most appealing to me. 

    The Neon Rain seems to have that darkness about it that attracts me to stories – I’m exactly the same with my choice of movies. Would you say that this book is probably the most darkest style on offer in this article?

  • glenda


    Absolutely loved this list of mystery books. Coming up with these list of mystery books will be of great help for me because I will not have a hard time searching for other great mystery books. I am thankful for putting up effort in providing us with these lists of books. I have not read this sharp objects mystery book and I will be checking this out.

  • Barakat Olatunji

     I can’t wait to get these mystery books, they are very interesting to read and also lean a lot things from it.Dare me written by Megan Abbott, its speaks about two friends  Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy’s who has always being a best friend and trusted lieutenant. Also,The Neon Rain written by James Lee Burke speaking about a detective Dave Robicheaux, who has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle.More also,One Kick written by Chelsea Cain, speaking about Kick Lannigan, 21, a survivor. Who abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred and lots more. Very satisfying experience to read it and be immersed into another world and time. Thanks for sharing this list of mystery books.

  • Stefania

    I love mystery books, I find them so intriguing! In a world where everything is monotonous, a little escape for the mind is definitely welcome. I think I will go with Rebecca, seems really interesting. A Drink Before The War might as well be good, even though it seems more violent than Rebecca.

    You website is amazing. Thank you for the reviews 🙂


    Hi there, Jayde!

    I actually used to read mystery and suspense books when I was still in college but this has been lessened when technology started to dominate everything in this world. However, my interest seemingly triggered back upon reading your reviews on these 10 awesome mystery books.

    Neon Rain by James Lee Burke got mainly my attention as I’m fond of reading and watching stories with lots of challenges and struggles by the main character especially inside his comfort zone but eventually overcomes these in the end despite of all odds.

    Great one and thank you for the nice review.

    Be safe!


  • Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

    Amazing list of mystery books, I am stuck as to which book among them, I will start with. I am intrigued by One Kick By Chelsea Cain. The book has seems to contain one of the best mystery story any reader will love to read. Firstly, I love the age of Kathleen Lannigan at which all the events are happening and how at the tender age of 13 she had learned martial arts, knife throwing, boxing, archery and marksmanship. I was left in suspense when she went to try rescue children in Portland area, what really happened to Kick. I just wish there was a movie for this story.

    Thank you so much, I will have to buy One Kick  in the future

  • Henry

    Hi! Thank you very much for this list. Your site is a “must” for selecting a good book to take on a trip or for a gift.

    I have read Rebecca by Daphme Du Maurier. It’s a best-seller.

    And its opening line, which you have mentioned in this review, is well-known:

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

    This is an iambic hexameter (which means it has a metric structure).

    An interesting fact about the narrator and main character of the book is that her name is never mentioned. She is always addressed as “my wife”, Mrs de Winter, “my dear” or other similar terms. At the beginning of the novel she is given a letter and remarks that her name was properly spelled. From this we can derive that she has an unusual name.

    The plot takes an unexpected twist and disembarks at a surprising ending. The book keeps you thinking after a while you have finished it.

    I haven’t read the other books you have listed here, but I sure will pick a couple for my next trip. Thanks for the work you have put into building the list.

  • Dianne

    wow this is just what i was looking for, i love reading but find it hard to pick a good book without knowing what its about, thank you for the short but sweet descriptions, i find it hard to not pick a book based on its cover. I am about to buy Dare Me now for my self for Christmas as it sounds so exciting.

    • Jayde Butcher

      Dare me is such a good choice, ah its lovely that you are treating yourself to a good book this Christmas, theres nothing nicer than sitting by the fire with a cuppa and a good book, with your loved ones around you, enjoy 🙂

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with us this list of top 10 mystery books.I like reading books about mystery and I like the feeling they bring into my mind.

    I want to read Dare me as it seems to very interesting .

    You always recommend us great books with interesting stories inside.

    Keep it up.

    Best regards

  • Martin

    Hi, Thank you for this comprehensive review!  I love mystery books, I find them so interesting! In a world where everything is repetitive, a little escape for the mind is needed. I think I will go with The Maltese Falcon Author – Dashiell Hammetta, seems really interesting. I’m looking for a good read, having a bit of spare time on my hands right now that we are breaking for Christmas holiday. You website looks so amazing. Thank you for taking time to do  the reviews and share with us.

  • Lok Which

    Fantastic suggestions of books. I have read about 2 on this list (one kick and land of shadows). I will get the moonstone and the graphical representation of the cover of dare me is really captivating, I’ll take that on too. I really trust your selection because I have experience with some of the books and I know I’ll have same experience with the one’s I’ve chosen now. 


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