Captivating and tense; these are words associated with readers that love crime mystery novels. Whether it's a James Patterson or a John Grisham novel that you love to read, you'll find that crime mystery novels have appealed to readers across the age groups, across continents and across cultures. It is these novels that lift the minds of an avid reader to heights of excitement and joy. No wonder, some prefer to enjoy a great novel instead of an evening spent watching TV. 


We aim to bring you some of the most popular books in crime mystery based on either the best-selling books or the novels recommended by groups such as the Crime Writers' Association. We hope you will enjoy the wide selection of books we have reviewed for you. So, without further ado, click on the book title and let your mind roam. 

Popular Authors in Crime Mystery 

Here are a number of crime mystery writers that we recommend based on popular demand and complex story-telling abillities of authors. This list is not exhaustive and aims to inform the reader.

John Grisham

 With best-selling novels that have been turned into blockbuster movies (The Firm, The Pelican Brief), John Grisham has become a household name across the globe for those that love mystery, crime and suspense.

 Popular John Grisham books

 A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

John Grisham's riveting story of retribution and justice. It begins with a cold and chilling opening scene and doesn't stop until the very end. In this book, best-selling author John Grisham delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town in Mississippi. It explores the savage world of racial violence: how one man and his small number of allies take on the Klu Klux Klan, the National Guard and the justice system. An inspiring and gripping novel that has become the benchmark by which all other John Grisham novels are measured.


Rogue Lawyer

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

An impossible to put down story that demonstrates the master of legal thrillers at his very best. Gritty and witty story line with Sebastian Rudd, the Rogue Lawyer, defending people that other lawyers won’t. This emanates from Sebastian's conviction that everyone is entitled to a fair trial. He lives alone in a penthouse, works out of a customised bulletproof van and a hidden gun compartment as he dodges car bombs and death threats from dissatisfied clients. With no law firm affiliations, Sebastian has a heavily armed driver who is also his body guard and golf caddy. Rogue Lawyer is one of John Grisham’s most intriguing and colourfully devised characters yet.

 Sycamore Row 

 Sycamore Row by John Grisham

A compelling novel filled with page-turning twists and legal mastery, it takes you back to where it all began: in Clanton, Mississippi. Twenty Five years after he wrote A Time to Kill, John Grisham takes you to the same character, Jake Brigance, who is undergoing another courtroom trial. This time, the trial exposes racial tensions as a black housemaid is left with a will that states she is allocated 90% of the deceased estate owners wealth. This is a story of greed, power and family relations being tested whilst addressing the world of racial tensions and justice. Set three years after the events of A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row is a thrilling novel that proves John Grisham as America's favourite story-teller. 

The Firm 

The Firm by John Grisham


Described as a compulsive page-turner, The Firm became a blockbuster movie and in the process turned John Grisham into a household name. An effervescent young lawyer, having graduated from Harvard Law School, gets caught up with the mob after accepting a job offer from a legal firm that offers him riches and pays off his student loans, except that The Firm turns out to be not legitimate. The novel provides a powerful analysis of human greed, power and insight into how ethics and smart-thinking are used to stay alive. 

Gray Mountain 

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

In John Grisham's first novel with a main character as a female, Samantha Kofer is working at a Wall Street law firm. The year is 2008 and the credit crunch strikes in the stock markets, recession arrives and Samantha finds herself being escorted out of the building. Her new job takes her to the dangerous and sinister world of coal mining in Brady, Virginia. Here, they say that the 'mountains have their own laws': rules are ignored, laws are broken and regulations are flouted while Big Coal enjoys the corporate greed. John Grisham paints an engaging and powerful description of a woman that finds herself in a deadly litigation case.

James Patterson

Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, achieved Guinness Book of World Records and the New York Times record for most bestselling titles by a single author. He has 19 consecutive no. 1 New York Times bestselling novels. he has won several awards including the International Thriller of the Year Award. His books on crime will keep you enthralled and captivated!

Popular James Patterson Books

Private Paris 

Private Paris by James Patterson

Jack Morgan has planned a relaxing trip in the City of Lights when he is called into duty to track down one of his client's young granddaughter who is on the run from a notorious narcotics dealer. 

15th Affair 

 15th Affair by James Patterson


The New Women's Murder Club (2016) A mystery blonde linked to the CIA, a plane crash in San Francisco causing frantic chaos and the vanishing of Lindsay's husband Joe. Love, war and espionage all in one in this pulse-pounding international intrigue. 

NYPD Red 4 

 NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

Cold-blooded murderer strikes at a glitzy movie premiere in the city where crime never sleeps. The elite task force, NYPD Red, are called in to investigate the murder of the rich, the famous and the connected in the depths's of Manhattan's underworld. 


Alert by James Patterson

Two high-tech attacks on the city by an elusive criminal gang and an assassination has brought the city of New York on red Alert.   

14th Deadly Sin

 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson


Private Games

Private Games by James Patterson


Cross Justice (Alex Cross) 

 Cross Justice by James Patterson


Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City

 Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson


The Murder House

 The Murder House by James Patterson


 NYPD Red 3 

 NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson


Best known for his Roy Grace novels, he has won 7 consecutive no. 1's in the UK Sunday Times bestsellers award. Winner of the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger Award for 'sustained excellence', Peter James has attained number ones also in Germany, Canada, France and Russia. Many of his crime novels have been adapted to TV and stage shows. His characters are intriguing and plots are twisted with a masterful indulgence of suspense. 

Some of the novels by Peter James that we recommend

Need You Dead

Need You Dead by Peter James


Love You Dead

Love You Dead by Peter James


You Are Dead (2015)

You Are Dead by Peter James


Dead Man's Time (2013)

 Dead Man's Time by Peter James


Not Dead Yet (2012)

 Not Dead Yet by Peter James


Dead Simple (2005)

Dead Simple by Peter James


Absolute Proof (2017)

Absolute Proof by Peter James 

Death Comes Knocking - Policing Roy Grace's Brighton

Death Comes Knocking by Peter James  

The House on Cold Hill (2015)

The House on Cold Hill by Peter James 

Perfect People (2011)

Perfect People by Peter James 

The Perfect Murder (2010)

The Perfect Murder by Peter James

The Truth (1997)

The Truth by Peter James 

Alchemist (1996) One woman's fight against the world's most evil company. 

 Alchemist by Peter James

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy was first put under the spotlight when the US President Reagan touted Tom's first novel. Ever since, Tom Clancy's novels have provided military thrillers and achieved several bestseller lists ever since.He has had 17 novels reaching number 1 spot and in the process, sold over 100 million copies.

Novels by Tom Clancy that we recommend

The Hunt for Red October 

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy


Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy


Debt of Honor

Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy


Rainbow Six 

Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy


Patriot Games

Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

Commander in Chief

Commander in Chief by Tom Clancy


Duty and Honor

Duty and Honor by Tom Clancy


Point of Contact

Point of Contact by Tom Clancy

Power and Empire

Power and Empire by Tom Clancy


Martina Cole

Martina Cole is the Sunday Times #1 best-selling author of 22 novels. A British crime writer, her novels produce gritty and hard-hitting stories of gangster underworld in London. Her novels have received global recognition and fanbase with several adapted to either TV productions such as 'The Take' and 'The Runway' or stage productions such as 'Two Women' and 'The Graft'. The adaptations have been hugely successful. She is known for not holding back in her novels which has catapulted Martina Cole to a literary phenomenon.


Books by Martina Cole that we recommend


Dangerous Lady

Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole 



Damaged by Martina Cole 



Betrayal by Martina Cole 

Get Even

 Get Even by Martina Cole

The Good Life

The Good Life by Martina Cole 


 Revenge by Martina Cole


Barbara Taylor Bradford


Barbara Taylor Bradford, the best-selling British-American novelist, had her first ever novel 'A Woman of Substance' published in 1979. It since gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and has become one of the top 10 best-selling novels of all time. With 92 million copies sold worldwide in 90 countries and in over 40 languages, Barbara Taylor Bradford has produced 30 novels to date that are impossible to put down as they are to forget.

Books by Barbara Taylor Bradford that we recommend


A Woman of Substance (1979)

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford 

Breaking the Rules (2009)

Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford 


Being Elizabeth (2008)

 Being Elizabeth by Barbara Taylor Bradford


The Cavendon Women (2015)

 The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford


Secrets Of Cavendon (2017)

Secrets Of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford 


Three Weeks in Paris (2002)

Three Weeks in Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford 


A Sudden Change of Heart (1999)

A Sudden Change of Heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford 

Ruth Rendell

Author of psychological murder mysteries and thrillers, Ruth Rendell has written over 50 crime novels and 7 books of short stories. Her books on Inspector Wexford were an enormous success on TV.


Books by Ruth Rendell that we recommend


No Man's Nightingale

No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell

The Vault

The Vault by Ruth Rendell

Not in the Flesh (2007)

Not in the Flesh by Ruth Rendell

Murder Being Once Done

Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell

The Bridesmaid (1989)

The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell

The Water's Lovely

The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell


Thirteen Steps Down (2004)

Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell


Dark Corners

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell


The Child's Child

The Child's Child by Ruth Rendell


The Blood Doctor

The Blood Doctor by Ruth Rendell



Grasshopper by Ruth Rendell 



The Crime Writers Association (CWA), a British-based organisation, published a list of 100 top crime novels of all time. This list has proven to be a highly respected list, especially as it was formed by authors' who know the trade of writing crime novels. Over the last two decades, the list has proven to be instrumental for many a keen readers to guide them to the best of the best crime books. Some of the top novels recommended by the CWA is listed below to help you choose easily.

It is worth noting that the Mystery Writers' Association (MWA) from the USA has recommendation for top novels which has many of the books taken from the CWA's recommendation list.


1 The Daughte r of Time by Josephine Tey 

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

2 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler


3 The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carre

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carre


4 Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers


5 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie


6 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


7 Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler


8 The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton

The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton


The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett


10  The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey


 The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey