Some of the best murder mysteries book can leave the readers on the edge of their seats. The unreliable characters and the high stakes from the beginning to end make murder mysteries thrilling to read. Here is the list of 10 best murder mysteries to read.
List: 10 Best Murder Mysteries To Read
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- In The Woods by Tana French
- One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- The Guest List by Lucy Foley
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is the world’s most renowned murder mystery writer. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is an impeccable murder mystery. The novel follows ten people who are brought together, for various reasons, to an empty mansion on an island. Each of them is directly or indirectly responsible for the death of another person. The host of this strange party is anonymous, however, there are instructions left for the housekeeper and cook, two of the ten to look after the guests and house. As the days go by murders occur as described in the nursery rhyme framed in every room of the mounts. As the terror mounts, the guests one by one fall prey to the murder and have to endure the consequences of their troubling pasts.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is the first book from the Millennium series. The book follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist and freelance hacker Lisbeth Salander. After two separate series of events, the characters find themselves trying to find the person who, 40 years ago, supposedly killed Harriet Vanger, a niece of one of the wealthiest men in Sweden. Harriet’s aged uncle to seek the truth hires Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist recently caught up in a libel conviction, to investigate. He is helped by the pierced and tattooed punk hacker Lisbeth Salander. As Blomkvist deciphers the extensive number of decades-old notes and newspaper clippings, he slowly finds the missing pieces of the puzzle about this wealthy dysfunctional family. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson has classic mystery motifs such as family feuds, blackmailing, and financial secrets that makes the story intricate and compelling.
In The Woods by Tana French
In the Woods by Tana French is the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. In the Woods is set in the outskirts of Ireland, where a 12-year-old girl is found dead. Rob and Cassie, are the detectives assigned to the case. This case reminds Rob of the former mystery from his childhood which happened in the same woods. As the detectives investigate the crime scene and interrogate dysfunctional parents and friends, Rob’s past keeps coming back to him wondering whether it is related to this tragic event. In the Woods by Tana French is a poignant story of family ties and childhood trauma.
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
One of Us Is Lying is a young adult mystery novel by Karen M. McManus. The story is set in Bayview High and follows five students, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper and Simon. Bronwyn is a smart Yale bound student who has never broken a rule. Cooper is an all-star baseball pitcher who only knows what he’s doing in the baseball. Nate is a bad boy on probation for dealing and just one misdeed away from a life of crime.
Addy is a prom queen who is struggling to hold together her perfect life. And Simon is an outsider who created the infamous gossip app at Bayview High. On one Monday afternoon, they all go into detention and by the end of the detention Simon dies. He dies 24 hours before he was going post their deepest secrets online. According to investigators, his death was not an accident and all the four students are suspects. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is a riveting whodunit.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The Guest List by Lucy Foley is a gripping murder mystery. The story is set on an island off the coast of Ireland. The guests have gathered to celebrate the wedding of the groom, a handsome rising television star and the bride, an ambitious magazine publisher. The wedding is an extravagant affair, it has designer dress, a remote location, expensive party favors, and boutique whiskey. Every detail in the wedding has been planned expertly and will be expertly executed. However, as the festivities begin, soon the resentments and trivial jealousies start to interweave with the old memories and well wishes. As the groomsmen play the drinking game from their school-days and a bridesmaid ruins her dress and the bride’s oldest male friend gives an uncomfortable toast, someone turns up dead. The Guest List is a thrilling classic whodunit.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is an engrossing murder mystery. The story follows journalist Camille Preaker who returns to work from her brief stay at the hospital. She has an assignment that takes her back to her hometown. In the town she grew up in a girl has been murdered and another is missing. When she returns home it is harder for Camille than she thought. She is estranged from her family, and now has to reconnect with them. As she and the detective on the case, Richard Willis, investigate the mysteries, Camille feels closer to home. While Camille is fighting her demons, she has to unravel the mysteries of her own past if she wants to get the story and survive the homecoming. Sharp Objectsby Gillian Flynn is the story about how far the effects of a broken family can last.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a captivating murder mystery. The story follows a single mother Jane, who sends her son to kindergarten and she befriends two mothers Madeleine and Celeste. Even though she doesn’t know it, Jane’s past is connected to one of her new friends. Along with their friendships, Big Little Lies has family dramas, ex- or abusive husbands and dark pasts.
The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris is the second book in the Hannibal Lecter series. The novel follows the young FBI trainee Clarice Stirling, who is investigating a serial killer, “Buffalo Bill”. He preys on young women, and is possibly linked to psychiatrist and cannibalistic murderer Hannibal Lecter. In order find out clues from Lecter about Bill’s whereabouts, Clarice visits the psych ward where Lecter is imprisoned. However, the exchanges between them reveal less about the serial killer Buffalo Bill who is on the loose, and more about Lecter’s staggering ability to get into the head of his victims. In The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Stirling apprehends two sociopathic criminals.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie by Courtney Summers is a propelling and harrowing story. The story follows Sadie, who hasn’t had an easy life. She grew up on her own, and raised her sister Mattie in an isolated small town until Mattie is found dead. After her sister’s death Sadie’s entire world fell apart. After police investigation is botched, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice. She follows a few inadequate clues to find the killer. West McCray is a radio personality who is working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America, when he hears Sadie’s story at a local gas station. He becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. Soon he starts a podcast and tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, in hopes of finding her before it’s too late.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo’s Calling is a novel by J.K Rowling. She wrote the book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first book in the Cormoran Strike series. The novel follows Cormoran Strike, who became a private investigator after losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan. John Bristow hires Strike to investigate the murder of his sister, the famous supermodel Lula Landry, who died a few months earlier. While the police ruled it as suicide John refused to accept it. The case takes Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and introduces him to every pleasure, temptation, seduction, and delusion known to man.
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