Modern Mystery: Whether you're a fan of Paulo Coelho's the Alchemist or Robert J. Waller's The Bridges of Madison County (which stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for a magnifiecent three years) or Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent, modernern mystery books provide you with a glimpse of our societies in the post-World War II era.

To help you with this societal introspection, we have collated the most popular modern mystery books for you. Many of the books are reviewed by us, and as we continue to add more reviews, you will find a large range of books in modern mystery. As a lifestyle choice, you will find at the bottom of this page we give you reviews of popular e-readers on which to read your favourire books. So whether you are on the go, on the beach or quite simply, tucking into the bed, you have the 'reading lifestyle' choice to read your novels in the nostalgia of a page-turning paperback or in the digital world of a Kindle. We have, therefore, provided you with reviews of e-readers to give you that unique combination of choosing the right mystery books and the reading lifestyle you want to enjoy. 

Modern mystery as well as modern fiction books has seen an extraordinary growth in popularity in the last few decades. Below is a list of modern mystery bestsellers that have intricate plots that we highly recommend. 


The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins

 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

An exceptional and compulsive read that has a girl on the train see something that others doubt. She catches the same train each morning and sees the same couple, until one morning she sees something unexpected. 


Divergent (2014) by Veronica Roth.


 Divergent by Veronica Roth

A society that is divided into five segments based on personality and types of virtue, Tris explores the post-apocalyptic dystopian world of authority and choices that she must make. Comparable to other books such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner due to its similar concepts and target audience.  


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Set in the future world where teenagers from each of the 12 districts are compelled to participate in a live televised fight to the death games as gladiators. The plot is tense, dramatic and engaging.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

One of the most inspirational and powerful novels of all time. A gripping tale of pursuing human dreams and handling life's unexpected twists and turns as a young shepherd boy begins a journey in search of gold. Little does he know that the ultimate treasure is found deep within. 


The Forgotten Garden (2008) by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

An unforgettable novel that takes the reader from the London's poverty-stricken roads to the sun-filled shores of Australia and back to England again. One of the most impressive novels with a mesmerising plot as Kate Morton flawlessly moves from character to character. 


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005) by Stieg Larsson


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A dangerous maze of business, political and personal secrets as a computer hacker partners up with a private detective to track down a serial killer. The narrative contains mounting suspense and intellectual ingenuity as the two race against time to prevent another murder. 


A Time to Kill (1988) by John Grisham 

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A riveting portrayal of retribution and justice. Going deep in to the world of racial violence, loyalty and tense courtroom drama, this novel is a masterpiece by John Grisham. 



Popular writers in Modern Mystery


Kate Morton

She's an international bestseller who has had several #1 in the UK and Australia. Her novels have been published in more than 20 languages and includes novels such as The Forgotten Garden and the House at Riverton-which was her debut novel and was a New York Times bestseller.


The Lake House


The Lake House by Kate Morton

A mysterious and enchanting novel by the master storyteller Kate Morton. Decadses after a child vanishes from a party, Alice begins to discover the disappearance and who might have been involved. 


The Secret Keeper


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Haunted by the mystery of a crime she saw decades earlier, Laurel returns to her family home to piece together the murder and the secrets lurking amongst three people. 


The Distant Hours

 The Distant Hours by Kate Morton


The House at Riverton


The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


Ken Follett

A master story teller and one of the world’s most loved modern mystery authors, Ken Follett, is renowned for his historical novels in many countries. His book, “Fall of Giants”, opened straight to the #1 position in many countries including US, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. His first book “Eye of the Needle” won him the prestigious Edgar Award.


Books By Ken Follett that we recommend


The Pillars of the Earth


Fall of Giants  by Ken Follett


Winter of the World by Ken Follett


World Without End by Ken Follett



Hornet Flight  by Ken Follett


Dean Koontz

One of America’s most popular suspense novelist puts his heart and soul into his script, creating each and every page full of suspense, thrill and excitement. Full of mystery, horror and science fiction his books have been published in 38 languages and he has sold around 400 million copies till date. Thirteen out of 20 books he wrote topped the New York Best Sellers List, making the Pennsylvanian writer one among the few writers ever to achieve this milestone.



Books By Dean Koontz that we recommend


Watchers by Dean Koontz

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Final Hour by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Intensity by Dean Koontz

Winter Moon by Dean Koontz



Lightning by Dean Koontz

David Baldacci

Best recognized for political thrillers, Baldacci knows how to keep his readers motivated throughout the book. By profession a lawyer, he made a big splash in the literary bandwagon with his first novel, “Absolute Power”, an International Best seller.



Books by David Baldacci that we recomme

The Camel Club (2005)

The Camel Club by David Baldacci



The Collectors (2006)


The Collectors



Stone Cold (2007)

Stone Cold  by David Baldacci

Divine Justice (2008)

Divine Justice by David Baldacci

Hell's Corner (2010) 

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci


Split Second (2003)

Split Second by David Baldacci

Hour Game (2004)

Hour Game by David Baldacci


Simple Genius (2007)

Simple Genius by David Baldacci

First Family (2009)

First Family by David Baldacci

The Sixth Man (2011)

 The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

King and Maxwell (2013)


King and Maxwell by David Baldacci




 Shaw and Katie James series by David Baldacci 


The Whole Truth (2008)

 The Whole Truth by David Baldacci



Zero Day (2011)

Zero Day by David Baldacci 

The Forgotten (2012)

 The Forgotten  by David Baldacci

The Escape (2014)

The Escape by David Baldacci 

Will Robie series by David BaldaccEnd Game (2017)

End Game by David Baldacci

The Innocent (2012)

The Innocent by David Baldacci

The Hit (2013)

The Hit by David Baldacci

Bullseye (2014)

Bullseye by David Baldacci

The Target (2014)

The Target by David Baldacci


The Guilty (2015)

 The Guilty  by David Baldacci

Amos Decker series by David BaldMemory Man (2015)

Memory Man by David Baldacci

The Last Mile (2016)

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Stand-alone novels


Absolute Power (1996)

Absolute Power by David Baldacci


Total Control (1997)

Total Control by David Baldacci


The Winner

The Winner by David Baldacci


The Simple Truth (1998)

The Simple Truth  by David Baldacci


Wish You Well

Wish You Well by David Baldacci

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

True Blue

True Blue by David Baldacci

One Summer

One Summer by David Baldacci

No Time Left

No Time Left by David Baldacci






John Grisham

John Grisham is the bestselling American novelist on legal thrillers. Previously a lawyer by profession, he has become a household name in the modern literature since his highly acclaimed very first novel, A Time to Kill, which was published in 1988.


Books by John Grisham that we recommend


The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

The Racketeer 


The Racketeer by John Grisham


The Whistler 

The Whistler by John Grisham


Gray Mountain 


Gray Mountain by John Grisham



Jodi Picoult 

American novelist Jodi Picoult has already sold 14 million copies worldwide. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003 amongst several other awards, including Waterstone's Author of the Year award in the UK. To date, Jodi Picoult has already published 23 novels which have been translated into 34 languages worldwide.

Books by Jodi Picoult that we recommend


My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult


Nineteen Minutes


Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult


Perfect Match


Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Garth Stein

Best known for his New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein is an American novelist, teacher and a producer. His book The Art of Racing in the Rain had spent 3 years in the New York Times Bestsellers list which won him the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) award and is currently under development for a major motion picture.


Garth Stein's novels that we recommend


A Sudden Light 

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein


Raven Stole the Moon

Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein


The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein


Garth Stein's Films


Lunch Date 



The Last Party



When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut


A documentary following the personal story of Garth's sister and family, as they seeks treatment for her epilepsy through surgery.


James Hankins

James Hankins is an American novelist who has written several thrillers, including the #1 on Kindle Store, The Prettiest One.


Books by James Hankins that we recommend


The Prettiest One 

The Prettiest One by James Hankins


Shady Cross

Shady Cross by James Hankins


Brothers and Bones

Brothers and Bones by James Hankins



Drawn by James Hankins


Khaled Hosseini

Author of the international bestseller, The Kite Runner, which was sold in over 70 countries worldwide and spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician.


Khaled Hosseini's novels:


The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Paulo Coelho

Winner of the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist who's also won numerous other international awards. His books are bestsellers around the world with The Alchemist easily his most successful book. Paulo Coelho has sold over 200 million copies worldwide in 80 languages. He is also the all-time bestselling author in the Portuguese language.

 The Alchemist

The Alchemist by  Paulo Coelho



Kathryn Croft

Author of psychological thrillers, Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of 'The Girl with No Past' which spent over 4 weeks at number 1 in the Amazon chart. Her first two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within had also reached number one in the psychological thrillers charts.


Books by Kathryn Croft that we recommend


The Girl You Lost

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft


The Girl With No Past

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


The Stranger Within

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft


George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is best known for his hugely popular international series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' which has been adapted to the TV series 'Game of Thrones'. In 2005 he was named by the Time Magazine as the 'American Tolkien' due to his complex story lines and fascinating characters.


Books by George R. R. Martin that we recommend


A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin


The Ice Dragon

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin


The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin


The Rogue Prince 

The Rogue Prince by George R. R. Martin


The Mystery Knight

The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin


Hunter's Run

Hunter's Run by George R. R. Martin


Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is New York Times bestseller with 60 million copies published in 43 languages across the globe. His books have multiple twists in the story lines and have been #1 bestsellers in over a dozen countries.


Books by Harlan Coben that we recommend


Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben


The Stranger

The Stranger by Harlan Coben


Missing You

Missing You by Harlan Coben


Stay Close

Stay Close by Harlan Coben



Shelter by Harlan Coben


The Woods

The Woods by Harlan Coben


The Innocent

The Innocent by Harlan Coben


Gone for Good

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben


Tell No One 

Tell No One by Harlan Coben


Play Dead

Play Dead  by Harlan Coben