One of the greatest joys of life is reading a good book. I love murder mystery books and am always on a hunt for a good murder mystery to read. A good murder mystery plot awakens our inner Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. The mere excitement to know ‘who did it’ will make you cancel on friends, renounce other joys and quit going to bed at a decent hour! The rush of adrenaline towards the end, the horrors of raveling the misdoings on the part of the killer, the pent-up emotions, are all very overwhelming. Are you ready to get lost in some mystery? Buckle up because you are about to know about the best murder mystery books of all times!
#1 And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
One of the most popular mystery books revolving around ten people who are summoned to an island by a millionaire friend unknown to all! All ten are marked for death and slowly the dirty game begins. Is the killer one of them? Or is it someone from the outside? Christie’s best-selling book is worth every dime! The book has also been adapted into a Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
#2 Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
One of the best works of Daphne, Rebecca won National Book Award in 1938. A young woman in her 20s marries a wealthy Englishman, Maxim de Winter after a fortnight of courtship. The couple move to Winter’s estate, Maderley after their honeymoon. The young Mrs. Winter is received poorly by the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers who was highly devoted to Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca. Mrs. Danvers tells the second wife of Maxim how Rebecca was perfect and died in a boating accident. Did Rebecca really die in an accident or was she killed? Rebecca is one of the murder mystery books that has a bit of horror element.
#3 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
It’s been forty years since Harriet Vanger has disappeared. Is she alive? Is she dead? Nobody knows until her uncle Henrik Vanger asks Michael Blomkvist to investigate. Michael’s soon hires Lisbeth Salander as his research assistant. Lisbeth with a disturbing past is a computer hacker. Together they unveil the disturbing past of the Vanger family. The first of the millennium series, the book will keep you intrigued. This is one of the best murder mystery books I have read.
#4 In the Woods, Tana French
In the Woods is the first novel by Tana French and won several awards. 12 years old, Katy Devlin’s body is found in the woods. The case is assigned to Detective Adam and his partner detective Cassie. Katy’s murder also opens Adam’s past. As a child, Adam had gone to the woods with his friends. While his friends were never found, Adam was found with blood on his shoes. He has no recollection of what happened that night. Is there any connection between Adam’s past and Katy’s murder? Get ready for some nerve-wracking mystery!
#5 Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Inspired by real-life incidents, Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express. A train bound to England gets trapped in a blizzard near Vinkovci. While the help is on way, one of the passengers, Mr. Ratchett is found dead. He has been stabbed multiple times. What is shocking is that the door is locked from inside. How did the killer get inside a locked door? Why was Mr. Ratchette killed?
#6 The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
This is one of the murder mystery books with science fiction infused. In 1939, a serial killer (Harper Curtis) find a key to a house that is a portal to other times. Harper travels back and forth in time to kill his victims. One of his victims, Kirby, is able to survive his attack. The cat and mouse game begins when Harper realizes Kirby is alive and he must go back to kill her. The book has won several awards and will be adapted into a television series soon.
#7 The Wheel Spins, Ethel Lina White
More popularly known as the lady vanishes, the wheel spins is a murder mystery novel by Ethel Lina White. A young woman, Iris, is on her way back to get married when she befriends an old lady, Miss Froy on the train. After a nap when Iris wakes she is unable to find Miss Froy and no one on the train seems to have met the old lady. Is Miss Froy Iris’s figment of imagination?
#8 The Ice Princess, Camilla Läckberg
If you loved the millennium series, then I am sure you will love the murder mystery books written by Camilla Läckberg. Erica returns to her town to sort through her parent’s things after their death. On her way, she bumps into Berg who tells her about a dead body he found in a bath tub. The body is of Erica’s friend, Alexa. Is it a suicide or a murder? Why would someone kill Alexa?
#9 Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn’s books are disturbing but they also have the power to make us empathize with the protagonist. Dark Places is about Libby Day. Her mother and sisters were brutally killed in 1985 and her brother is serving the term for their murders. In present day, Libby is contacted by group of amateur investigators who strongly believe Ben is not the killer. Did Ben really kill his mother and sisters? Was it a Satanic Cult Ritual? If you loved Gone Girl, then you will love this murder mystery by Gillian.
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