350 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson

2. The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown

3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

6. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

8. A Time to Kill by John Grisham

9. Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) by Louise Penny

10. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

11. In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French

12. The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1) by Jeffery Deaver

13. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

14. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré

15. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) by Lee Child

16. The №1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (№1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, #1) by Alexander McCall Smith

17. The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

18. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

19. Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta, #1) by Patricia Cornwell

20. A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley, #1) by Elizabeth George

21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

22. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

23. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

24. A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) by Sue Grafton

25. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

26. The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5) by Josephine Tey

27. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

28. The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1) by Patricia Highsmith

29. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

30. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher

31. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

32. Relic (Pendergast, #1) by Douglas Preston

33. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

34. From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5) by Ian Fleming

35. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

36. Sister by Rosamund Lupton

37. Get Shorty (Chili Palmer, #1) by Elmore Leonard

38. The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum

39. The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville

40. Fer-de-Lance (Nero Wolfe, #1) by Rex Stout

41. Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1) by Martin Cruz Smith

42. The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6) by Raymond Chandler

43. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

44. The Gold-Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

45. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

46. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) by Stieg Larsson

47. The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #5) by Michael Connelly

48. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium, #3) by Stieg Larsson

49. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

50. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray, #1) by P.D. James

51. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) by Agatha Christie

52. Misery by Stephen King

53. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

54. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark

55. Tell No One by Harlan Coben

56. The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux, #1) by James Lee Burke

57. The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1) by Tess Gerritsen

58. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

59. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

60. Shrinking by Jack McDermott

61. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

62. The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter, #2) by Thomas Harris

63. Monsoon Rising (The Nomad Book 1) by David Lee Corley

64. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

65. The Bat (Harry Hole, #1) by Jo Nesbø

66. Caged by Onaiza Khan

67. The Quiet American by Graham Greene

68. Animal Farm by George Orwell

69. The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4) by Tom Clancy

70. Twist of Fate by Ellie Masters

71. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

72. Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2) by James Patterson

73. Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell

74. Blindsighted (Grant County, #1) by Karin Slaughter

75. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith

76. Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee, #2) by Tony Hillerman

77. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

78. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) by Carolyn Keene

79. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

80. Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1) by Thomas Harris

81. Half Built Houses (Charley Trilogy #1) by Eric Keller

82. Hush Little Children. by Anthony Hulse

83. Pursuit of Angels. by Anthony Hulse

84. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

85. Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura

86. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1) by Michael Crichton

87. The Trial by Franz Kafka

88. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

89. A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, #1) by Chester Himes

90. Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem by Philip Kerr

91. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

92. Murder Most Immoral by Anthony Hulse

93. Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) by Walter Mosley

94. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith

95. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

96. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler

97. Magnolias in Paradise by Leonard Seet

98. How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9) by Louise Penny

99. A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4) by Louise Penny

100. Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) by Dorothy L. Sayers

101. A Simple Plan by Scott B. Smith

102. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

103. The Firm (Penguin Readers, Level 5) by John Grisham

104. High Country (Anna Pigeon, #12) by Nevada Barr

105. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

106. A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #12) by Louise Penny

107. The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #11) by Louise Penny

108. The New System by Sam Jane Brown

109. The Eiger Sanction (Jonathan Hemlock, #1) by Trevanian

110. Leverage by Katherine Black

111. Patriot Games (Jack Ryan Universe, #2) by Tom Clancy

112. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

113. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith

114. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

115. Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear

116. L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3) by James Ellroy

117. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

118. Odds Against (Sid Halley, #1) by Dick Francis

119. The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #11) by Dorothy L. Sayers

120. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

121. Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher

122. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

123. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

124. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

125. The Chill by Ross Macdonald

126. Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1) by Kate Atkinson

127. Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #6) by Louise Penny

128. Whip Hand by Dick Francis

129. The Franchise Affair (Inspector Alan Grant, #3) by Josephine Tey

130. Siege at Hawthorn Lake: Murder on the Mountain by Paul G. Buckner

131. Veritas The Pharmacological Endgame by Alessandro Boccaletti

132. Natural Selection by Dave Freedman

133. Bruno, Chief of Police (Bruno, Chief of Police #1) by Martin Walker

134. Force Of Nature (Joe Pickett, #12) by C.J. Box

135. Savage Run (Joe Pickett, #2) by C.J. Box

136. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

137. The Highway (A Highway Quartet Novel #2) by C.J. Box

138. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

139. Straight by Dick Francis

140. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

141. Nerve by Dick Francis

142. Off The Grid (Joe Pickett, #16) by C.J. Box

143. From Hell by Alan Moore

144. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

145. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

146. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1) by Alan Bradley

147. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

148. Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10) by Dorothy L. Sayers

149. Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1) by James Patterson

150. Miami Blues by Charles Willeford

151. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde

152. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

153. Chiefs (Will Lee, #1) by Stuart Woods

154. Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts

155. Holiday in Death (In Death, #7) by J.D. Robb

156. Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe, #2) by Raymond Chandler

157. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

158. Maigret and the Killer by Georges Simenon

159. I, the Jury (Mike Hammer, #1) by Mickey Spillane

160. The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald

161. The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne, #2) by Robert Ludlum

162. The Last Good Kiss (C.W. Sughrue, #1) by James Crumley

163. The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

164. The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

165. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

166. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1) by Daniel Silva

167. The Rose Rent (Cadfael, #13) by Ellis Peters

168. Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) by Stephen King

169. Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) by Dan Brown

170. Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald

171. Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

172. 23337 by Stephen King

173. The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse, #3) by Colin Dexter

174. Glory in Death (In Death, #2) by J.D. Robb

175. The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7) by Elizabeth Peters

176. Naked in Death (In Death, #1) by J.D. Robb

177. High Stakes by Dick Francis

178. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

179. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

180. Marathon Man by William Goldman

181. Decider by Dick Francis

182. Slay Ride by Dick Francis

183. My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart

184. The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart

185. The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10) by Louise Penny

186. A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7) by Louise Penny

187. Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2) by Jasper Fforde

188. A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2) by Louise Penny

189. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

190. Nowhere To Run (Joe Pickett, #10) by C.J. Box

191. When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

192. Without Warning (J. B. Collins, #3) by Joel C. Rosenberg

193. 0.558333333333333 by M. Dolon Hickmon

194. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

195. Dead Man’s Hammer by Christina Engela

196. Mystery:Raw and Personal: Murder Mystery (Mystery :Raw and Personal Book 1) by Yolanda Taylor

197. The Angel of Innisfree by Patrick F. Rooney

198. Advocate of the truth by Adriaan Bos

199. Blood Secrets by Craig Jones

200. Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders #1) by Barbara Golder

201. The Lie by C.L. Taylor

202. The Damascus Cover (The Jerusalem Spy Series Book 1) by Howard Kaplan

203. A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust

204. Rat Race by Dick Francis

205. The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg, #1) by Fred Vargas

206. The Hanging Murders (A Jim Cobb Murder Mystery, #1) by Rex Carothers

207. Codename: Chimera (The Adventures of Kevin Kris #1) by J.K. Persy

208. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

209. The Linebacker: Absolute Action Thriller by Gregory S. T. Charlton

210. Thorns of Rosewood (Rosewood Series, #1) by G.M. Barlean

211. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

212. Learning to Breathe Part One (The Collective Season #1, Episode #3) by Ellie Masters

213. The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller, #1) by J.D. Barker

214. A-List by D.P. Lyle

215. The Master of the Name by Tavi Florescu

216. Is Goat Beef?: Tales from the Front Served with Dishes from the Rear by Jeffery M Camp

217. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

218. The Advocate by Randy Singer

219. Fly by Night (Fly by Night, #1) by Frances Hardinge

220. Its All Over by Yolanda Tayler

221. ’Til the End: A Novel of Murder, Addiction, and Lies by Joseph Patrick33

222. The Villa Of Mysteries (Nic Costa, #2) by David Hewson

223. Recipes For Revenge, A Four-Course Novel by G.M. Barlean

224. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

225. Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

226. Poetic Justice: A Douglas Pennington Story by Christopher Stone

227. Face of Our Father by G Egore Pitir

228. The Third Target (J. B. Collins #1) by Joel C. Rosenberg

229. Cries of the Eagle by Michael E. Nathanson

230. Harvest by Tess Gerritsen

231. Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey, #2) by Dorothy L. Sayers

232. Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6) by Dorothy L. Sayers

233. The Crocodile by Maurizio de Giovanni

234. Dead Blow by G.M. Barlean

235. Queenpin by Megan Abbott

236. Sensual Secrets: Not Your Mother’s Coffee Table Book by Ellie Masters

237. Come Home by Patricia Gussin

238. Alternatives to a Frozen Mouse by A.J. Mouse

239. The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

240. All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1) by Ally Carter

241. The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3) by Jo Nesbø

242. Changing Roles by Ellie Masters

243. Seconds to Midnight (Donovan Nash #7) by Philip S. Donlay

244. Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery, #4) by Victoria Thompson

245. A Question of Sanity by Katherine Black

246. Reversione: Reset the Future by Chris A. Jones

247. Open Season (Joe Pickett, #1) by C.J. Box

248. Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer

249. Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort, #1) by Lauren Child

250. Redemption Road by John Hart

251. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

252. Maigret in Montmartre by Georges Simenon

253. The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald

254. Ashes to New: an Angel Fire Rock Romance Prequel by Ellie Masters

255. Passenger 19 (Jammer Davis, #3) by Ward Larsen

256. Murder on Gramercy Park (Gaslight Mystery, #3) by Victoria Thompson

257. Pedigree Crush with a Twisted Gene by Katherine Black

258. Public Information 2nd Edition by Rolf Margenau

259. Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters, #2) by Amy Stewart

260. The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander

261. Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus, #20) by Ian Rankin

262. The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

263. The Zombie Room by R.D. Ronald

264. Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1) by Amy Stewart

265. The Rocker That Needs Me (The Rocker, #3) by Terri Anne Browning

266. When the Wind Blows (When the Wind Blows, #1) by James Patterson

267. Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, #5) by Donna Leon

268. Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1) by Victoria Thompson

269. Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2) by Karina Halle

270. Night School (Jack Reacher, #21) by Lee Child

271. Cain His Brother (William Monk, #6) by Anne Perry

272. Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, #7) by James Patterson

273. 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson

274. Europa blues (A-gruppen, #4) by Arne Dahl

275. Hide and Seek by James Patterson

276. NYPD Red 4 (NYPD Red, #4) by James Patterson

277. Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher

278. Judge & Jury by James Patterson

279. The Hot Rock (Dortmunder, #1) by Donald E. Westlake

280. Roses are Red (Alex Cross, #6) by James Patterson

281. Hamlet, Revenge! (Sir John Appleby #2) by Michael Innes

282. Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross, #4) by James Patterson

283. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

284. Silence of the Grave (Inspector Erlendur #4) by Arnaldur Indriðason

285. The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

286. Jack & Jill (Alex Cross, #3) by James Patterson

287. The Fallen Man (Leaphorn & Chee, #12) by Tony Hillerman

288. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

289. 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, #2) by James Patterson

290. Clockers by Richard Price

291. Mr Campion and Others by Margery Allingham

292. 3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, #3) by James Patterson

293. The Lake House (When the Wind Blows, #2) by James Patterson

294. Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag

295. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

296. A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, #2) by Kelley Armstrong

297. The Beach House by James Patterson

298. The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis

299. The Ashes of Loda by Andrew Garve

300. Step on a Crack (Michael Bennett, #1) by James Patterson

301. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

302. Man of Two Tribes by Arthur W. Upfield

303. The Waters of Eternal Youth (Commissario Brunetti, #25) by Donna Leon

304. Nick’s Trip by George Pelecanos

305. Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1) by Ariana Franklin

306. Night Soldiers (Night Soldiers, #1) by Alan Furst

307. Busman’s Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) by Dorothy L. Sayers

308. The Moving Toyshop (Gervase Fen, #3) by Edmund Crispin

309. Pulp by Charles Bukowski

310. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis

311. Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4) by Clive Cussler

312. The Accident by C.L. Taylor

313. The Sibyl in Her Grave (Hilary Tamar, #4) by Sarah Caudwell

314. The Chicago Way (Michael Kelly, #1) by Michael Harvey

315. The Sculptress by Minette Walters

316. Revolver by Duane Swierczynski

317. The Devil in Music (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #4) by Kate Ross

318. Looking For Rachel Wallace (Spenser, #6) by Robert B. Parker

319. Cut to the Quick (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #1) by Kate Ross

320. The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys, #1) by Franklin W. Dixon

321. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey, #5) by Dorothy L. Sayers

322. Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All (Encyclopedia Brown, #5) by Donald J. Sobol

323. True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne

324. Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, #1) by John Verdon

325. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

326. The Attenbury Emeralds (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, #3) by Jill Paton Walsh

327. Hit Parade (Keller, #3) by Lawrence Block

328. Wife of the Gods (Darko Dawson #1) by Kwei Quartey

329. Below the Belt (Stone Barrington #40) by Stuart Woods

330. Locked In by Marcia Muller

331. Person or Persons Unknown (Sir John Fielding, #4) by Bruce Alexander

332. The Galton Case by Ross Macdonald

333. Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding, #1) by Bruce Alexander

334. Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles, #11) by Tess Gerritsen

335. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

336. The Only Good Body’s a Dead One by Tony Kenrick

337. A Dance At The Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder, #9) by Lawrence Block

338. Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire, #7) by Craig Johnson

339. A Ticket to the Boneyard (Matthew Scudder, #8) by Lawrence Block

340. The Hound, the Fox and the Harper by Shaun Herron

341. Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1) by Tom Rob Smith

342. Festive in Death (In Death, #39) by J.D. Robb

343. The Ghost by Robert Harris

344. Hit Man (Keller #1) by Lawrence Block

345. Family Jewels (Stone Barrington #37) by Stuart Woods

346. Origin in Death (In Death, #21) by J.D. Robb

347. No Time for Goodbye (No Time For Goodbye #1) by Linwood Barclay

348. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

349. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

350. Jassy by Norah Lofts

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