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The Best Mystery Books to Read for Mystery Month—and Beyond!

 A curated guide to the best books in the most beloved mystery subgenres.

the best mystery books for mystery month

Classic Whodunits

A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Green for Danger

Green for Danger

By Christianna Brand

Cozy Mystery Books

A Morbid Taste for Bones

A Morbid Taste for Bones

By Ellis Peters

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

By Joanne Fluke

Locked Room Mysteries

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

By Agatha Christie

The Case of the Solid Key

The Case of the Solid Key

By Anthony Boucher

Somewhere in the House

Somewhere in the House

By Elizabeth Daly

Bibliomysteries

Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book

By Lauren Elliott

The Secret, Book & Scone Society

The Secret, Book & Scone Society

By Ellery Adams

Unexpected Night

Unexpected Night

By Elizabeth Daly

Puzzle Mystery Books

perplexing puzzle mysteries

The Westing Game

By Ellen Raskin

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

By Anthony Horowitz

The Crossword Murder

The Crossword Murder

By Nero Blanc

Police Procedurals and Detective Mystery Books

A Wicked Snow

A Wicked Snow

By Gregg Olsen

Dressed for Death

Dressed for Death

By Donna Leon

Suspicious Death

Suspicious Death

By Dorothy Simpson

Legal Thrillers

A Matter of Conviction

A Matter of Conviction

By Ed McBain

The Hanging Judge

The Hanging Judge

By Michael Ponsor

Crime Fiction

19 Purchase Street

19 Purchase Street

By Gerald A. Browne

Dirty White

Dirty White

By Brian Freemantle

The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point

By Val McDermid

Noir Fiction

postman noir books list

The Postman Always Rings Twice

By James M. Cain

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

By Graham Greene