Curated Mystery Books by C

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

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Whether you read ebooks or printed mystery books, it is hard to find that next great read.

Here at, we suggest only the best mystery books, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific mystery category. Unlike many sites on the web, we can’t be gamed and we can’t be bought. Imagine entering the world’s best mystery bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions. Find the books that you will really love reading. Enjoy!

The books below define the category. Classic plot driven mystery novels. Includes Locked-Room and Golden Age mysteries.
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    And Then There Were None
    Agatha Christie
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Arthur Conan Doyle
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    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
    Agatha Christie
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    The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    Alexander McCall Smith
The books below define the category. Private detective mysteries with an unsentimental portrayal of violence and sex.
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    The Maltese Falcon
    Dashiell Hammett
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    The Big Sleep
    Raymond Chandler
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    The Long Goodbye
    Raymond Chandler
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    I, the Jury
    Mickey Spillane
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    The Last Good Kiss
    James Crumley
The books below define the category. Crime and criminals, cops and robbers, killers and heists. Includes crime thrillers.
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    The Killer Inside Me
    Jim Thompson
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    Get Shorty
    Elmore Leonard
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    No Country for Old Men
    Cormac McCarthy
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    L.A. Confidential
    James Ellroy
The books below define the category. Psychological thrillers featuring battles of the mind and wits.
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    The Silence of the Lambs
    Thomas Harris
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    Daphne Du Maurier
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    Mystic River
    Dennis Lehane
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Patricia Highsmith
The books below define the category. Mysteries that take place in a historically significant time.
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    The Name of the Rose
    Umberto Eco
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    A Morbid Taste for Bones
    Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)
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    The Alienist
    Caleb Carr
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    Crocodile on the Sandbank
    Elizabeth Peters
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    The Dante Club
    Matthew Pearl
The books below define the category. Mysteries with a realistic depiction of police investigative activities.
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    The Choirboys
    Joseph Wambaugh
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    Cop Hater
    Evan Hunter (as Ed McBain)
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    Echo Park
    Michael Connelly
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    Gorky Park
    Martin Cruz Smith
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    Black and Blue
    Ian Rankin
The books below define the category. Mystery Anthologies are collections of short stories or novellas. Can be single or multi-author.
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    The Complete Sherlock Holmes
    Arthur Conan Doyle
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    A New Omnibus of Crime
    Edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert
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    Best American Mystery Stories 2011
    Ed. Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler
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    The Continental Op
    Dashiell Hammett

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