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The Best Mystery Audiobooks to Download Now from Apple Books

From thrilling classics to modern mystery masterpieces.

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There's something about a road trip or long commute that calls for the perfect mystery audiobook. This list of the best mystery audiobooks available now on Apple Books will keep you enthralled for hours on end.

Apple Books, the new and improved version of iBooks, makes it easy for armchair sleuths to discover their next great read–or listen. Whether you're searching for a new way to experience a classic mystery or you're on the hunt for a modern thrill, Apple Books has got the goods. Grab your iPhone and discover your next case. 

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

By Alan Bradley

The setup of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie could result in a book too, well, sweet. Thankfully, in the hands of writer Alan Bradley, 11-year-old Flavia and her charming English estate are utterly delightful. Flavia, a precocious chemistry lover/amateur sleuth, finds a dead pigeon, and then a dead man, in her gardens. The intelligent young girl is soon wrapped up in an investigation that stretches back decades. Beautifully narrated by Jayne Entwistle, you may find yourself gulping downThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in a single session.

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Glass Houses

By Louise Penny

Whether you pick up Glass Houses, Penny's latest, or start with the very first Inspector Gamache mystery, you'll soon realize that our author has a firm grip on the small-town mystery. Three Pines is an idyllic hamlet in Quebec, where Chief Inspector Armand Gamache spends his days investigating cases. The series falls somewhere between the comfort of a cozy and the rigor of a police procedural, making it the perfect wintery read for either camp.

Related: 8 Essential Louise Penny Books for Any Mystery Lover 

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And Then There Were None

By Agatha Christie

Yes, you've probably read And Then There Were None before–or at least seen one of the many television or film adaptations. But you haven't experienced it as read by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast). Stevens masterfully conjures each character of Christie's narrative, making the audiobook a joy to experience. He also narrated Murder on the Orient Express with equal ability and zeal.

Related: 7 Thrilling Agatha Christie Adaptations That Hit the Mark 

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Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz

Horowitz's clever whodunit weaves together two narratives–and two narrators–in a tale that will enchant lovers of Golden Age mysteries. Susan, erstwhile editor of Alan Conway's bestselling detective novels, finds his latest manuscript on her desk. But this is no ordinary submission. Soon, she finds a mystery within the mystery, one that speaks of a real-life murder.

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Devil in a Blue Dress

By Walter Mosley

Easy Rawlins is one of the most iconic PIs in literature, if astonishingly under-read. For fans of hardboiled mystery writers like Chandler and Hammett, Walter Mosley's creation encounters mystery and trouble aplenty in post-World War II Los Angeles. His noir world is filled with sex, violence, racism, and horrors–yet you'll find yourself charmed by Easy and his counterparts.

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Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng

Since its 2014 release, the literary and mystery worlds have been fighting for ownership of Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You. From its opening lines ("Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."), to its final words, this book will keep you rapt. When Lydia, the middle child of Marilyn and James Lee, drowns in a lake, her parents and siblings find themselves consumed by the why. Set in the 1970s, Everything I Never Told You explores the reality of living in a biracial household, the struggle to truly know your children, and the mystery behind the actions of your loved ones.

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Crocodile on the Sandbank

By Elizabeth Peters

Amelia Peabody is among our most beloved amateur investigators. In her first adventure, Amelia and friend Evelyn Forbes journey to Amarna, Egypt, where Ameila can put her knowledge of Egyptology to use. Soon, members of the camp report sightings of a mummy staggering through the night, and Evelyn's cousin has shown up with a strange story about their grandfather's death. Narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings Amelia's humor, wit, and intelligence to life with vivacity and charm.

Related: Amelia Peabody Investigates a Cursed Mummy in The Deeds of the Disturber 

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In the Woods

By Tana French

The only way to sink even deeper into Tana French's atmospheric crime reads? Listen to them in audiobook format. The first of the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods, follows Rob Ryan, who as a child suffered a brutal attack in the woods outside of Dublin. Now a detective, Ryan finds he must return to the long-forgotten horror of his childhood when a young girl is found murdered in the same area.

Related: The Best Tana French Books for Every Kind of Suspense Addict 

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By Sarah Waters

Juanita McMahon's lovely voice will draw you in to Fingersmith's complicated web—and before you know it, you'll be lost in this twisty historical crime narrative set in Victorian England. Fingersmith's main character is Sue Trinder, an orphan raised among thieves and con-artists. Her latest target is Maud Lilly, a wealthy noblewoman she hopes to con. But the plan is complicated when betrayal, abuse, and love erupt around them.