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16 Supernatural Mystery Books That Will Keep You up at Night

Not all crimes have an earthly explanation.

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The spooky season is well under way; the nights are getting colder, there's a growing chill in the air, and readers are reaching for the nearest supernatural mystery. If you’re of a similar mindset, you may be looking for a ghost story, or perhaps a thrilling tale that features a bizarre disappearance. Either way, we’ve narrowed down a list of supernatural mystery books that are must-reads for chilly autumn nights and beyond. After all, there's no better way to get into the spooky spirit than by settling in with a haunting narrative. So dim the lights, detective. Here are the best supernatural mystery books for a spine-tingling fall. 

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Dreams of Origami

Dreams of Origami

By Elenor Gill

Elenor Gill’s novel features a psychic named Gideon Wakefield who starts having bizarre dreams about creating origami. While he artfully folds paper in his dreams, the reality of restless spirits begins to unfold in his waking life. With bizarre weather patterns and unexpected deaths surrounding him, Gideon Wakefield is forced to solve the supernatural mysteries that were forgotten long before his dreams started.

A Killer in the Wind

A Killer in the Wind

By Andrew Klavan

After leaving the NYPD, Dan Champion has finally recuperated from the drug-induced hallucinations he experienced three years prior to the events of this novel. A Killer in the Wind finds him in a small town trying to rebuild his life and reputation as a notable detective. But when he sees a familiar face, he discovers that his hallucinations may have actually been premonitions. With the ghosts of his past impacting the present, Dan Champion’s story is best read in the quiet hours of a chilly October night.

Complication

Complication

By Isaac Adamson

In Isaac Adamson’s Complication, Lee Holloway travels to Prague to uncover the mystery of his brother’s disappearance. As his story unfolds, he discovers that alchemy, mythological monsters, and the shadowy figures that haunt the eternal city's narrow streets, may not be fanciful relics of the distant past. For the reader who enjoys a historical mystery that intertwines with the present, Complication provides the perfect story to read under the moonlight.

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Nevermore

Nevermore

By William Hjortsberg

If the concept of a killer who’s inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre stories intrigues you, look no further. Nevermore takes place during the 1920s, as Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle investigate a string of brutal murders. With the ghost of Poe making an appearance, the murders may not be what they seem. If a raven hasn’t tapped on your chamber door to suggest that you read Nevermore, then consider this a sign.

The Crying Boy

The Crying Boy

By Jane E. James

As Clayton and Avril Shaw mourn the loss of their son, Avril begins to form a bond with the spirit of a child in a mysterious portrait. While the painting appears innocent, appearances are often deceiving. Soon Avril suspects that the painting is linked to several great tragedies, and the ghosts trapped within may are sinister. If traditional ghosts and curses aren’t enough to frighten you, The Crying Boy’s mysterious story contains several supernatural layers that will undoubtedly send chills down your spine.

A Death in Vienna

A Death in Vienna

By Frank Tallis

In this historical mystery novel, psychoanalyst Max Liebermann finds himself in the midst of a baffling investigation that tests his analytical mind: a medium by the name of Charlotte Löwenstein has been found shot through the heart in a sealed room that can only be locked from the inside. There's no gun in sight and no trace of a bullet. Could a supernatural killer be on the loose? Liebermann and his good friend Detective Oskar Rheinhardt team up to uncover the secrets hidden within the walls.

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Down Solo

Down Solo

By Earl Javorsky

Down Solo tells the story of an undead father who is driven to solve his own murder and uncover the mystery of who kidnapped his daughter. It all begins when Charlie Miner wakes up to discover that he's a cold corpse with a hole in his head. Half of the mystery involves his murder and his daughter’s abduction, but the other half revolves around his sentience despite being dead. This is a mystery for the reader to solve, if you’re up for the task.

The Seance

The Seance

By John Harwood

John Harwood’s The Seance is a classic Victorian ghost story with a twist. When young Constance Langton takes her mother to a séance in order to get closure regarding the child she lost, everything goes wrong. Now Constance's mother is gone and the young girl must navigate a world of darkness, mystery, and the supernatural all by herself. If you enjoy a traditional ghost story we recommend The Seance, but you may want to leave a light on as you read about the darkness threatening to consume the young girl.

A Death at Tippitt Pond

A Death at Tippitt Pond

By Susan Van Kirk

Forty-five years after the murder of Melanie Tippitt, Beth Russell discovers that she may be the woman’s daughter and the heir to the family fortune. Beth travels to the small midwestern town where Melanie Tippitt once lived, and soon discovers that some people prefer the dark secrets of the past remain buried. As the otherworldly presence of Melanie looks on, Beth searches for the truth about her own identity, her family’s legacy, and a murderer who might strike again.

The Seeker

The Seeker

By R. B. Chesterton

When grad student Aine Cahill finds proof that her aunt was Henry David Thoreau’s lover during his supposedly solitary retreat at Walden Pond, she knows she's found the perfect subject for her dissertation. So she travels to Thoreau's famed cabin in the woods to complete her work. While there, however, reality begins to unravel: what is the truth about her family's legacy—and is there really a young girl lurking in the woods? The Seeker pairs a supernatural mystery with a literary icon which can be enjoyed both in a dark cabin in the middle of the woods, or—more comfortably—at home.

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Broken Monsters

By Lauren Beukes

Detective Gabriella Versado responds to reports of a very strange body: the remains of a human boy have been stitched together with the carcass of a deer. More strange anomalies begin to surface at an alarming rate. As the city of Detroit attempts to keep their families safe, the overwhelming mystery of who could be killing people and refashioning them into grim and ghoulish specimens intensifies. Within mere pages, Broken Monsters will have you hooked, disturbed, and prepared for one shocking reveal.

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Within These Walls

By Ania Ahlborn

Author Lucas Graham will do anything to become successful once again. When the opportunity arises to interview Jeffrey Halcomb, a cult leader, he discovers that sometimes an exclusive story can have haunting repercussions—especially when your interviewee unexpectedly dies. Ania Ahlborn’s Within These Walls is part ghost story and part all-around mystery that takes the reader on a journey through the inner workings of a cult leader’s life and death.

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

By Stuart Turton

Aiden Bishop has one goal: to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. If, by the end of the day, the murder remains a mystery, Aiden is forced to relive Evelyn's death day again and again until he exposes the killer. Stranger still, with each "new" day, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor—and some of his hosts are more helpful than others. Stuart Turton crafts a delightfully wicked supernatural mystery that will keep the reader guessing with every body swap.

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A Book of Bones

By John Connolly

John Connolly’s A Book of Bones is the 17th installment in his Charlie Parker series. When the body of a young woman unexpectedly appears on the land where a church once stood, Charlie Parker sets out to uncover who killed her and why. A Book of Bones includes ritual sacrifice and a supernatural mystery you’ll never forget.

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The Restorer

By Amanda Stevens

Amelia Gray sees ghosts, which works out perfectly considering her job as a cemetery restorer. On the other hand, when the dead turn parasitic, her supernatural abilities can be more of a curse than a blessing. When ghosts seek her help to find their killer, Amelia Gray sets out to solve the case as only a visual medium can. You may want to avoid any cemeteries after reading this unsettling story by Amanda Stevens.

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Loose Ends

By Terri Reid

After Mary O’Reilly died and came back to life, she started a new career as a detective in rural Illinois. When she is assigned to a case involving a senator and the spirit of a dead woman, O’Reilly uncovers an even more sinister story that connects the 24-year-old case to a current string of murders. Through the detective’s expertise in death, this supernatural murder mystery may find the resolution its victims deserve.