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Survey of Mysteries and Crime Fiction

Description: This is a representative survey of crime fiction and mysteries, selected from the 19th century through today, for those looking to read broadly in the genre. Feel free to add or vote for your own recommendations. Thumb-down any books you couldn't finish, didn't like, or don't want to read.

Members: 16 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
4,345 members, 113 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (1), tricia013101 (1), aulsmith (1), ahef1963 (1), merrystar (2), inge87

2
13,843 members, 364 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: neicybee (1), smcwl (1), MissJessie (2), lewbs (2), ahef1963 (5)

3
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: MissJessie (3), lewbs (4), smcwl (5), aulsmith (7), merrystar (15)

4
10,872 members, 283 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (4), merrystar (7), ahef1963 (13), aulsmith (25), cej1027

5
4,534 members, 184 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), neicybee (6), ahef1963 (17), inge87

7
34,356 members, 1,573 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), neicybee (4), cej1027

8
6,554 members, 210 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (6), MissJessie (9), merrystar (21), aulsmith (26)

9
9,847 members, 186 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), MissJessie (5), aulsmith (23)

10
5,938 members, 89 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: smcwl (3), MissJessie (6), ahef1963 (15)

11
14,584 members, 830 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: neicybee (7), ahef1963 (9), cej1027

12
37,510 members, 1,197 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: neicybee (2), ahef1963 (2), cej1027

Thumbs down: merrystar

13
2,892 members, 68 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: merrystar (6), MissJessie (7), aulsmith (19)

14
8,364 members, 188 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: neicybee (5), merrystar (14), ahef1963 (14)

15
761 members, 14 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (10), aulsmith (12), merrystar (13)

16
2,725 members, 52 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (11), aulsmith (21), inge87

17
3,702 members, 134 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (12), aulsmith (22), inge87

18
3,039 members, 81 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (10), MissJessie (13), ahef1963 (21)

19
4,005 members, 87 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (9), ahef1963 (18), merrystar (20)

20
3,062 members, 91 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (14), merrystar (17), aulsmith (20)

21
3,441 members, 91 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (15), aulsmith (18), ahef1963 (20)

22
14,038 members, 390 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: neicybee (3), lewbs (5)

23
729 members, 29 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: smcwl (2), merrystar (11)

24
253 members, 28 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

Lists: smcwl (6), inge87

25
4,314 members, 127 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: merrystar (5), MissJessie (16)

26
8,414 members, 265 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: merrystar (19), cej1027

27
4,064 members, 75 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: lewbs (6), MissJessie (17)

28
2,263 members, 28 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: lewbs (7), MissJessie (18)

29
2,141 members, 113 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (19), inge87

30
1,277 members, 36 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (9), ahef1963 (27)

31
3,562 members, 84 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: NinieB (1)

32
1,516 members, 117 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1)

33
485 members, 5 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (1)

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): Wonderful mystery lacking the English village,the quirky detective, the police procedure, and the solution.

34
796 members, 22 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (15), MissJessie (20)

35
15,597 members, 241 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: lewbs (1), MissJessie (21)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (31)

Explanations:

aulsmith (31): I had a tough time getting threw this and really disliked it when I was done.

36
4,477 members, 136 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: lewbs (3), ahef1963 (4)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (27)

Explanations:

aulsmith (27): Although there is a mystery this is more of a thriller, a genre I don't like

37
6,238 members, 169 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (16), MissJessie (22)

38
2,529 members, 27 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22), MissJessie (23)

39
1,297 members, 24 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (24), ahef1963 (24)

40
7,768 members, 78 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2)

41
119 members, 4 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2)

Explanations:

aulsmith (2): Not only a good mystery, but a good novel about the end of World War II in England.

42
94 members, 3 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: NinieB (2)

43
12 members, 0 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (2)

Explanations:

bluepiano (2): It has the unexplained murder, the medical examiner, and the investigator, but it's also refreshingly odd and has funniest opening pages I've read.

44
11,734 members, 342 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (8), ahef1963 (12), cej1027

Thumbs down: merrystar, pjw328

45
7,781 members, 226 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3)

46
329 members, 15 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3)

Explanations:

aulsmith (3): The first of the Brandstetter mysteries

47
321 members, 9 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3)

48
54 members, 1 review
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: NinieB (3)

49
18 members, 1 review
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (3)

Explanations:

bluepiano (3): Unformulaic mystery. Very much not formulaic.

50
8,660 members, 371 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (4)

Explanations:

aulsmith (4): The mystery is almost secondary to everything else, but I loved it anyway.

51
732 members, 30 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4)

52
350 members, 12 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: smcwl (4)

53
188 members, 7 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (4)

Explanations:

bluepiano (4): There are detectives and there is a mystery but the book's much more original than that.

55
1,313 members, 99 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (5)

Explanations:

aulsmith (5): Alternate history

56
254 members, 4 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (6)

Explanations:

aulsmith (6): Not Nava's best, but the beginning of an excellent series.

57
6,653 members, 298 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7)

58
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: smcwl (7)

59
1,429 members, 54 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (8)

60
1,320 members, 51 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: inge87

61
1,294 members, 44 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: inge87

62
1,191 members, 41 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: inge87

63
1,135 members, 33 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: inge87

64
425 members, 38 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: inge87

65
359 members, 6 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: merrystar (8)

66
202 members, 14 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: inge87

67
136 members, 14 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: inge87

68
80 members, 7 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: inge87

69
869 members, 28 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: smcwl (9)

70
5,352 members, 134 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (10)

71
4,167 members, 294 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (10)

72
1,297 members, 16 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: merrystar (10)

73
71 members, 1 review
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: smcwl (10)

74
1,289 members, 105 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (11)

75
213 members, 11 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: merrystar (12)

76
7,113 members, 215 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (13)

77
1,429 members, 32 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (14)

Explanations:

aulsmith (14): I got tired of MacDonald fairly quickly but this was one of the first ones I read, and I enjoyed it.

78
702 members, 44 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (16)

79
648 members, 38 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: merrystar (16)

80
2,044 members, 34 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: merrystar (18)

81
4,116 members, 153 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (19)

82
3,360 members, 105 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (24)

83
1,166 members, 15 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (25)

84
2,091 members, 39 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (26)

85
1,096 members, 14 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (26)

86
829 members, 19 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (28)

87
558 members, 3 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (29)

88
390 members, 6 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (30)

89
11,083 members, 224 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Thumbs down: MissJessie

Explanations:

MissJessie (0): Just didn't like it.

90
13,583 members, 532 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (25), cej1027

Thumbs down: merrystar, aulsmith (32)

Explanations:

aulsmith (32): Didn't make it to chapter 2.

91
187 members, 13 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: smcwl (8)

Thumbs down: bluepiano

Explanations:

bluepiano (0): There are deaths and there is ambiguity, but that doesn't mean it's a mystery. It isn't.

93
2,592 members, 95 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (23)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (28)

Explanations:

aulsmith (28): I didn't get through this one. Again it seemed more of a thriller.

94
1,426 members, 51 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: MissJessie (27)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (33)

Explanations:

aulsmith (33): This is the first Nero Wolfe. Stout wasn't quite up to speed yet.

95
1,121 members, 39 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (30)

Explanations:

aulsmith (30): I thought this was more of a thriller than a mystery. Maybe if I had started earlier in the series I would have loved it as much as other people do.… (more)

96
194 members, 2 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Thumbs down: aulsmith (29)

Explanations:

aulsmith (29): Hansen is great, but start at the beginning of the series.

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About this list

Started by: sturlington (February 2014)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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