Classic mystery books are those that were written several years or decades ago and have received a lasting recognition through the test of time. Not only do they focus on the mystery as a genre, but you'll also find that these books also engage the human experiences of rage, hate, intrigue and love.  

 

We have taken the pain of selecting and choosing the best-selling classic mystery books away from you and provided some of the most popular novels in this category. With our book reviews and recommnedations works of numerous authors, you'll find some of the most enjoyed classic mystery novels loved by generations of readers on our website.

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Popular Classic Mystery Novels

The below are a list of popular classic mystery books based on books sold and popularity amongst readers. First publishing dates are showns in brackets.  

 

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

 

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Scott Turow portrays the magnitude of political corruption and  murder trial that convincingly reveals the dark twists in human nature. Gritty and intense, this Presumed Innocent is widely regarded as what could become a literary classic mystery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

A murder on the train leads to Detective Hercule Poirot to investigate  and suspect that all the passengers were complicit in the murder. 

 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

 

A gritty Cold War spy novel that demonstrates the power of love and betrayal.  An intricate and complex plot that touches on the realms of espionage in superbly well-written style. 

 

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

 

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

 

A San Francisco-based private detective is hired by his client to track down her sister. Before he knows it, the private detective becomes both the hunter and the hunted as he finds out his partner has been murdered. 

 

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

 

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

 

A Scotland Yard detective asks powerful questions on the accusation that King Richard III was a villain who secured his own throne and power by murdering his own nephews. Voted as the number one novel in the 'Top 100 crime novels of all time' by the Crime Writers' Association in Britain. Similarly, the Mystery Writers' Association in the USA has voted it as the number four in the 'Top 100 mystery novels of all time'. 

 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

 

Eightt guests are invited to a remote island just off the Cornish Coast. One-by-one they start dying in mysterious circumstances. A gripping plot that keeps you intrigued as you turn every page. 

 

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) by   Arthur Conan Doyle 

 

The world's most famous detective. engaging and deductive, takes on the criminal underworld with his friend Dr. Watson and his characteristic magnifying lens.  

 

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

 

Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver

 

One of the most fascinating legal dramas of all time, with settings in a courtroom of a quiet little town. As the plot thickens, prosecution and defence teams produce rivetting arguments.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 

A highly intelligent sociopath commits a crime but leaves behind a web of clues as the police and media attempt to bring justice to the killer of Nick's wife. 

 

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

 

The Silence of the Lambs by John Harris

 

Utterly gripping and stomach churning. The storyline is intense as a serial killer chases his next victim. John Harris' novel keeps you galloping with a writing style that provokes absorption. 

 

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

 

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

 

A stonecold killer who is also Hitler's undercover agent. Atmospheric writing and frighteningly realistic a master spy and his opponents go head-head. The thrilling plot will keep you turning the pages until the very end. 

 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A benchmark work of true classic mystery and crime, Truman Capote's novel will keep you gripped from start to finish. As a Kansas farmer and his family are murdered, Truman Capote draws the readers to how sickening a character can become yet still remain remarkably human.  

 

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 

A modern masterpiece that portrays the 1940s New York Mafia family, headed by Don Corleone, engage in a mob war with other four mafia families. A compelling tale of power, blackmail and family values that has stood the test of time to become a true classic. 

 

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 

 

George Orwell

An inward rebellion by a member of the Ministry of Truth as he discovers the totalitarian society he lives in and betrayal. 

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

As two individuals decide to trade their murders, their lives become entangled with consequences. 

 

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