Police procedurals, cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers: whatever your mystery fiction flavor, we’ve got recommendations on the best mystery books out there, from diverse authors writing in every mystery sub-genre. Get your whodunit (orwhatdunit, if you like a supernatural mystery) fix with posts from our mystery/thriller-reading contributors.


These 10 LGBTQ mystery novels all feature queer main characters in a genre where queer people are often relegated to token side characters, including Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia.

8 YA Thrillers to Enjoy This Fall

This is the perfect time of year to curl up with a thrilling page-turner. Here are some of the best new YA thrillers to add to your Fall TBR, including The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe.

Cue the Creepy Theme Music: 10 Books about Unsolved Mysteries

If you love Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries, check out these 10 fascinating books about unsolved mysteries, including The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands by Jon Billman. Maybe you'll crack the case.

Dark Mystery & Thrillers Because Who Needs Sleep?

These mysteries and thrillers have a dark feel, or feel like a blend of horror and mystery/thriller or books with dark crimes.

Chilly and Killy: 10 Great Wintery Thrillers to Delight and Frighten You

Grab some hot cocoa and blankets, and get ready to get cozy with these 10 great winter thrillers to delight and frighten you!

What Are the Key Elements of a Murder Mystery?

A murder mystery aficionado explores the five key elements of a good murder mystery, including the need for clues and suspects.

What’s That? 20 of the Best Mystery Books You’ve Never Heard Of

There's a mystery for everyone in this exciting list of 20 of the best mystery books you've never heard of! Including: Bury Me When I’m Dead by Cheryl A. Head and Blue Night by Simone Buchholz.

A Personal Reckoning With True Crime as a Genre

Is there a way to engage with true crime responsibly? A reader examines her own relationship to the genre as well as our collective obsession.

What Murder Mysteries Get Wrong About The Law

A brief look at what murder mysteries books, films, and television shows get wrong about the legal system in the US.

Fondness and Fatalities: 8 Books That Mix Love With Murder

Love and murder go together like stake and eggs (heh). Enjoy these sweet and steamy reads that also include some light murder, like Arsenic and Adobo.