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Top 10 Mystery Books of All Time

Written by Jessee R

A long weekend, with a perfect book in hand is the definition of a perfectly relaxing time for all the bibliophiles out there. So, grab yourself a cup of coffee, a comfortable corner of your room, and get your reading hats on!

If you are fan of thriller and mystery work, we’ve picked up for you, the perfect list of books to indulge in some binge reading. From crime thriller to detective stories, we have the best compilation of books from some of the best authors from all over the world.

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Some of our top picks for Mystery books are listed here.

#1 Murder on the Orient Express

Written by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express is one of her bestsellers, and among the most famous novels. It is the chronicle of a Belgian detective called Hercule Poirot, who is on board a steam engine train, traveling from Syria, all the way to London. Everything goes fine and great on the journey, until the train gets caught in a snowdrift. And while this happens, one of the passengers on the train is found to have been murdered. As on the road, and cut off from the police, in the middle of the nowhere, the Belgian detective has no other option, but to take the case. For finding out the murderer and the root of the cause, he must collect all the evidence he can, and interrogate the passengers, so that he can conclude who among the passengers would have been compelled to commit the murder.

What makes this book gripping is the fact that readers can follow along Poirot’s investigation, and have a chance to use their powers of observation and evaluation, and decipher the murderer. This keeps them hooked on to the novel. The novel Murder on the Orient Express, offers its readers tons of cool stuff to think about other than the task at hand, like important questions like how we define justice as opposed to revenge, among others like, when is a murder justified and when it isn’t. Since there is no jury, no law on the train, that’s a mystery only a reader can solve!

According to the People magazine, this book is utterly gripping, and keeps the reader engaged full time. It’s like you’re solving the crime for real!

#2 Glass Houses

Glass Houses, is New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny’s latest utterly gripping book. It completely wrecks the conventions of the crime novel to explore the biggest court of all, the court of conscience. It is based on the premise that a mysterious figure appears in the area of Three Pines, one fine cold November day, making Armand Gamache along with the rest of the villagers curious. The figure then randomly vanishes overnight, and soon after, a body is discovered. It is left on Gamache to discover why this happened, and if any debt has been levied. More than the trail of the accused, it is Gamache’s own conscience that is standing in between judgment. This novel highlights a constant struggle in conscience, keeping its readers gripped.

According to the New York Times, this book is super ambitious, breath taking and most importantly, exquisitely written by the best in the business!

#3 In this Grave Hour

It is Sunday, the September 3rd of 1939. The British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation the declaration of war of Britain with Germany. Meanwhile, a senior Secret Service agent of the government, breaks into Maisie Dobbs’ apartment, and awaits her return. In London, within a matter of days, one after other, two former Belgian refugees are found murdered. Maisie has been charged to looks upon the matter, and as she delves deeper into the killings, a new kind of a refugee, who is an evacuee from London, comes to appear in her life.

As Maisie’s quest for the killer escalates, Britain braces for what is to come- the war. The country is approaching its gravest hour, just like Masie, who could be nearing an end of her own. According to the established American crime fiction author Megan Abbott, the novel, written by Jacqueline Winspear, is intense and full of surprises. One must definitely pick it up!

#4 Death of a Ghost

When the Police Sergeant of the city, Hamish Macbeth, gets to hear about the reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he makes it a point to find out the root cause. He assumes that the unnatural noises and lights, as reported by the villagers are just some local teenagers, who are going there to smoke pot or, even worse, to inject themselves with some drugs. Yet, Hamish decides that he along with his policeman, Charlie Carson, will spend one full night living at that ruined castle, alert, to get to the bottom of those rumours, and get it over with. Till then, there hasn’t been a sign of any ghost in the castle, but then the sergeant discovers that his policeman, Charlie disappears through the floor, and falls into the cellar. This leads Hamish and Charlie to discover the worst, a dead body that is propped up against the cellar wall.

As they Wait for help to arrive at the castle, Hamish and Charlie leave the castle to grab something to eat, and upon return, discover that the body has disappeared, and is nowhere to be seen. This is the indication of something strange and deadly going on at the castle, of which they must get to the bottom.

Written by M.C. Beaton, Goodreads has listed this book under its top 10 mystery novels of all times, and goes on to describe this as a great read, anytime, anywhere.

#5 The Western Star

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying his celebratory drink after receiving a weapons certification from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, when a much younger sheriff from the same academy confronts him. With him, he brings a photograph of about twenty-five armed men, placed in front of a Challenger steam locomotive, posing for a picture. This refreshes his memory from the battlefields of Vietnam, where the then deputy, Walt, tagged along his mentor, Lucian to the annual Association junket. The photograph, has something peculiar about it. It, along with the upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men, makes the sheriff revisit and come face to face with the collision of past and present. This puts him in a state of moral dilemma, as him and everyone he had ever cared about, stand squarely on the tracks of a runaway revenge from an unknown.

Amazon has listed this book by Craig Johnson amongst its top sellers for 6 months straight, with the best positive reviews from over 100 customers, calling it exciting and gripping.

#6 Golden Prey

Lucas Davenport is sent for his first case as a US Marshal. Thanks to the goodwill of some verypowerful people whose lives he saved, Lucas is now working for the coveted U.S. Marshals Service. He has a long career ahead of him, with unusual scope, where he gets to pick his own cases, and work on his terms.

This particular case has led him into real trouble this time. A Mississippi drug cartel counting house is reported to have been robbed, and a number of suitcases full of cash disappear. The robber leaves behind five bodies, among whom is that of a young six-year-old girl. Davenport takes this challenging case, which quickly spirals out of control, as he is dealing with some very dangerous people. Things get ugly very fast, and to the assassins, Davenport becomes another large target to kill.

Readers on Booklist.com have gone on to give this book 4.5 star out of 5. They call it an excellent read, by an excellent writer, John Sandford.

#7 Murder on Serpentine

This is Annie Perry’s most exciting plot yet. Revolving around the life of a commander of Special Branch, it isn’t considered a normal thing for a simple commander to receive a royal summon. The commander, Thomas Pitt soon realizes that it must be for some matter of the grimmest importance. The plot is that the body of Queen’s confidant, Sir John Halberd, has been found in Hyde Park, which sports the evidence of a fatal blow to the head. Sir John had been requested by the majesty to investigate the matter. He needs to find out who killed him, and the cause of this crime. He is aided by his wife, Charlotte, who is a socialite and all her social contacts.

While Pitt seeks to find out the hidden motives for the crime, he uncovers a threat to the throne that could crumble the entire monarchy. According to publishers Weekly.com, the Murder On The Serpentine is an excellent pick for weekend binge. It is an effortless book, with great writing!

#8 Heartbreak Hotel

In this thriller novel by Jonathan Kellerman, Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient. At about one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is so different from the usual patients, the child psychologist Alex Delaware normally hosts. But the charming, witty old woman tricks him and convinces Alex to meet her in a suite at a luxury hotel with a weird history. Thalia seeks answers to some unsettling questions from Alex, about patterns of criminal behavior and victim selection. Curious Alex then asks the reason for her morbid questions, Thalia promises that she will tell all in their next session, before which Thalia is found dead in her room.

Alex along with the homicide detective Milo Sturgis, peel back the layers of the fascinating life of Thalia, and embark upon one of the most interesting investigations either of them has ever had the pleasure to experienced. The novel Heartbreak Hotel is a classic.

The author, Thomas Madde, calls this book an astonishingly written masterpiece, which reflects effortless writing, true original, intuitive and yet a deeply humane book. Pick it up for yourself!

#9 Indecent Exposures

This novel is an action-packed adventure, and is one of the best works of #1 New York Times bestselling author, Stuart Woods.

As an eligible bachelor, Stone Barrington has always been an interesting subject of gossip for the neighborhood. Soon, he’s unwittingly thrust into the limelight, and he finds himself struggling to take cover and save his reputation. Unfortunately, all his efforts become futile as he soon discovers that this only increases the persistence of people. Circumstances lead him to a particularly tenacious lady, post which, he will be struggling to not just protect his reputation, but also his life.

The number 1 review website, Entertainment Weekly, has gone on to call this book, a singular and the most fascinating read of all times.

#10 Exposed

Get ready to be on a constant roller coaster with this New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Scottoline. It is a battle for justice, pitting a partner against another partner. It is the story of Mary Di Nunzio, who wants to represent her dear friend Simon Pensiera, who is a sales representative, who has been wrongly fired by the company he worked with. The catch is that her partner, Bennie Rosato, is a representative of the parent company. When she confronts Mary, trying to explain her the conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and the fight for legal strategy between the two begins, which is a delight to read. This eventually leads to the ripping of the law firm apart, eventually forcing everyone to take sides, turning a dear friend against another.

This is the accurate representation of the phrase that sometimes loyalty can be very lethal. The book has received only positive reviews since its release. According to Megan Abbott, an American crime fiction author, this book just had her gripped. It Is a must read!

So what are you waiting for? Get your reading hats on, and start binging on them one by one! Order all of these books off Flipkart to get unbelievable deals today!



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Jessee R

An experienced content writer and digital evangelist, Jessee designs and does strategic content planning at SocialVani. Apart from that, he likes to be a rebel and believes strongly in creativity and collaboration.

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