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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 (1989)
- Fall of Giants (2010)
- Winter of the World (2012)
- World Without End (2007)
- Hornet Flight (2002)
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
- Ashley Bell 2015
- Final Hour 2015
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 Collectors (2006)
Stone Cold (2007)
Divine Justice (2008)
Hell's Corner (2010)
Split Second (2003)
Hour Game (2004)
Simple Genius (2007)
First Family (2009)
The Sixth Man (2011)
King and Maxwell (2013)
Shaw and Katie James series by David Baldacci
The Whole Truth (2008)
Zero Day (2011)
The Forgotten (2012)
The Escape (2014)
Will Robie series by David BaldaccEnd Game (2017)
The Innocent (2012)
The Hit (2013)
The Target (2014)
The Guilty (2015)
Amos Decker series by David BaldMemory Man (2015)
The Last Mile (2016)
Absolute Power (1996)
Total Control (1997)
The Simple Truth (1998)
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
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
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
Garth Stein's Films
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 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
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:
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.
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
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
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