Top Murder Mystery Book Recommendations

With at least one victim already our heroes and heroines are in a race against time to stop the killer before they can kill anyone else. Each must use all their intelligence to solve them. But they must be careful, when dealing with murderers it is easy to find yourself a victim.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day is not an ordinary woman. For the last 25 years, she has been a survivor. When she was seven-years-old her mother and both of her sisters were murdered in what was dubbed ‘The Satan Sacrifice’. She testified that the killer was her fifteen-year-old brother Ben. When she is approached by the Kill Club, a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes, she agrees to give them information for a fee. But going back to her past and digging up old memories from herself and the other people they knew back then proves dangerous. Soon she finds herself once again running from a killer. Written in 2009 by award winning author Gillian Flynn.

Ladies of Class by Marjorie Owen

Richard Hayward has just moved to Burshill England with a promotion to Detective Chief Inspector. He is immediately put on the case of the murder of a beloved woman of the community. With very little to go on and the death toll rising, Hayward finds himself in over his head. It only gets worse when a group of women become part of the investigation and are less than helpful. Hayward soon realizes that this case runs far deeper than he could have imagined. The longer it takes him to uncover the darks secrets surrounding him, the higher the death toll rises. Written by author Marjorie Owen and published in 2008.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradly

Young Flavia de Luce lived in a once-grand old mansion in the summer of 1950. Flavia is an aspiring chemist and particularly intrigued by passion. One day she is witness to a series of strange events. First, a dead bird is found on the doorstep with a postage stamp stuck to its beak and then a few hours later she watches as a strange man takes his final breath in her cucumber patch. Torn between fear and excitement she is thrilled to enter the most exciting period of her young life. Written in 2009 by author Alan Bradly. This is the first book in the Flavia de Luce series.

The Woods by Harlan Coben

Four teenagers at a summer camp walked into the woods and were never seen alive again. Two were found murdered and the other two seemed to have vanished. Twenty years later Paul Copeland is still mourning the loss of his sister. He works as the county prosecutor while trying to raise his daughter and dealing with the death of his wife from cancer. One day a homicide victim is found and everything in his life changes. The victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope. Now his past and dark family secrets came pouring out into the light. Could the victim be one of the missing campers? Could his sister still be alive? Are there dark secrets that his parents kept from him? Written in 2007 by Harlan Coben.

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

This is the first book in the Alex Cross series. It follows Alex as he sets out on the most difficult case of his career. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer is on the loose and not only does he have the FBI and Secret Service playing his game, they cannot outsmart him even after they capture him. Gary Soneji and Alex Cross are in the ultimate battle as Alex tries to stop Gary from committing the crime of the century. The only thing that might get in Alex’s way is the love affair he is in with Secret Service supervisor Jezzie Flanagan. Written in 1993 by James Patterson.

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Written by the queen of mystery herself this Agartha Christie novel was the debut of the female detective Miss Maple. The beloved character takes her first case at a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, a man everyone hated, is found dead with a gunshot to the head, but no one heard the shot. With no clues, no help from the police, and surrounded by people with motives, Miss Maple will have to use all her intelligence and a keen understanding of human nature to solve this murder. Written in 1930.


The Poison Pen by Marjorie Owen

In this second book by Marjorie Owen, we get to follow Detective Chief Inspector Richard Hayward as he solves crimes in the little town of Burshill England. While on vacation with his pregnant wife he receives a call that someone has been murdered. The victim was a man that no one seems to like, which makes Hayward’s job difficult. The murderer appears to be lurking in the town’s only apartment store. But as he gets closer to solving the mystery his wife and unborn child are threatened. Rather than back down, he works even harder to uncover the killer and keep his family safe. This book was published in 2014.


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My name is Emerson Rose Craig. I am a creative writing student and aspiring novelist. I love fantasy, historical literature, sci-fi and classic literature but will read whatever I can get my hands on. I also write in all of these genres and more for inspiration does not limit itself and neither will I. If you ask me what my favorite book is I will not answer because picking a favorite book is, to me, like picking a favorite star.