5 Greatest Mystery Books Ever Written

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The human mind is as curious as it can be, and as life throws in some riddles and challenges, we all try to solve them. All that adds to the mystery of life, and when we find something puzzling, we're more often thrilled than not. Bookworms will agree there's a specific genre of books that tickles one's fancy, despite the many available categories—art, fiction, action, and narration, among others.

One genre encompasses all that, and that is mystery. These books will make for a great read if you like thrilling, off-the-edge tales, secrets, unsolved problems, cr*me, and suspense.

The Whistler by John Grisham

No one does it better than the legendary John Grisham when it comes to law thrillers. One of the author's best works is The Whistler, which explores the story of a lawyer who stumbles upon a dangerous case that uncovers the rot and corruption in the judicial system. All through the book, the lawyer has to deal with unimaginable impropriety. The book is one of the best mystery texts we've ever read; it's outrageously brilliant.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code is one of the most popular books on this list. Penned by Dan Brown, the book is about Robert Langdon, a symbolist who one day wakes up to a call that alters the course of his life. Langdon has to look for a historical secret, and on his journey, accompanied by Sophie, the two have to run from the police while cracking codes and riddles hidden within Leonardo Da Vinci's art. The book was adapted into a blockbuster film, with the legendary Tom Hanks playing Langdon to perfection. At the end of the book, you'll experience a rollercoaster of emotion; that's how involving it is. So, if you can, read the book and then watch the movie. Thank us later.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

If you are looking for a book that will excite and send chills down your spine in equal measure, then you should read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Set in the 19th century, the novel does a great job of portraying the lifestyle at the time. In addition, this book packs mystery, with the story brought to life by well-explained characters.

The Eye of the Beholder by Marc Behm

Have you ever read a book that is beautifully done and a tad harrowing that leaves you with goosebumps? If not, check out The Eye of the Beholder by Marc Behm. The tale is about a female serial k*ll*r who has a deep-rooted, albeit justified, loathing for men. The femme fatale is being followed by a private detective for a decade, and Behm stunningly leaves us yearning for more as their relationship unravels. The two characters will give you unimaginable highs, lows, and a lot you didn't expect.

Sneaky People by Thomas Berger

Most mystery stories revolve around cr*me, malice, violence, and offense, but in Sneaky People, that isn't the case. Instead, the novel is about one Buddy Sandifer, who wants to eliminate his wife so that he can spend the rest of his life with a promiscuous woman he's been canoodling with. As such, he hires someone to finish the job. This is a simple cr*me story that is full of humor and action, and we bet it will leave you bursting out with laughter. It's an outright literary masterpiece from Thomas Berger.


Mystery books will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat, and if you are the investigative type (read Sherlock Holmes), then the above list is for you. You'll find all the puzzles and morbidity that will thrill you to the core while also taking you on an unforgettable journey. Anyone who doesn't like surprises is advised to stay away, as these novels will make your heart skip a bit with terror. Check out the books listed, and we can assure you that they will fulfill your craving for literary mystery.