Best Literary Mysteries
These mysteries are more than a typical whodunit. The characters in these are complex, the storyline intriguing, and the language is rich.
201 A Trick of the Light (Chief...
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202 The Blood-Dimmed Tide (John...
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203 Hotel Paradise
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203 Murder Must Advertise  (Lor...
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205 Rumpole and the Penge Bunga...
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206 The Speckled Band (The Adve...
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207 Coyote Waits (Navajo Myster...
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208 Father Brown Stories
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209 The Crying of Lot 49
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209 The Sense of an Ending
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211 Though Not Dead (Kate Shuga...
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212 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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213 Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa,...
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214 Breakheart Hill
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215 The Hangman's Beautiful Dau...
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216 Arcadia Falls
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217 The Queen's Man
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218 Os Crimes do ABC
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219 The Moving Toyshop (Gervase...
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220 Stone's Fall
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221 A Spectacle of Corruption (...
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222 Devices and Desires (Adam D...
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223 The Devil's Star (Harry Hol...
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224 The Sisters Brothers
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225 The Distant Echo
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225 The Thin Man
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227 Too Late to Call Texas
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227 Hiding Gladys (Cleo Cooper ...
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227 Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam
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227 Gatsby's Smile
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231 Coeur d'Alene Waters
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232 The Sherlockian
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233 A Rule Against Murder (Chie...
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234 Everyone Burns (Time, Blood...
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235 The Brutal Telling (Chief I...
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236 The Empire of the Wolves
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237 The End of the Wasp Season ...
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238 L'ultimo capodanno
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238 The Cruelest Month (Chief I...
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240 The Old Silent (Richard Jur...
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241 Death in a Tenured Position...
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241 The Gods of Gotham (Timothy...
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243 Deception Point
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244 Raven Black (Shetland, #1)
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245 Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
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245 A Night Too Dark (Kate Shug...
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247 The Ballad of Frankie Silve...
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248 The Weed That Strings the H...
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249 Where Are the Children?
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250 Blood Will Tell (Kate Shuga...
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251 Polar Star (Arkady Renko, #2)
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252 The Big Sleep
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252 Dead Famous (Kathleen Mallo...
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254 V.
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255 Havana Bay (Arkady Renko, #4)
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256 Dead Water (Shetland, #5)
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257 Speaking from Among the Bon...
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257 The Spies of Warsaw (Night ...
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257 Hide and Seek (Inspector Re...
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260 Knots and Crosses (Inspecto...
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261 Night Soldiers (Night Soldi...
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262 The Dupin Stories
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263 A Criança N.º 44
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 27,572 ratings
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264 The Boomerang Clue
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 8,142 ratings
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265 An Inspector Calls
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266 The Woods
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267 Queenpin
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267 Morte No Nilo
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269 Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor, #1)
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269 The Pelican Brief
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271 The Fire (The Eight #2)
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272 The Wire In The Blood (Tony...
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273 Last Act in Palmyra (Marcus...
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274 The Silver Swan (Quirke, #2)
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275 Not the End of the World
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276 The Torment Of Others (Tony...
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277 From Doon With Death (Inspe...
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278 Red Bones (Shetland, #3)
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278 Blue Lightning (Shetland, #4)
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280 The Man from Beijing
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280 A Death in Summer (Quirke, #4)
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282 White Nights (Shetland, #2)
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283 The Sound of Broken Glass (...
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284 Stone of the Goddess
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284 The Einstein Girl
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284 The Gordonston Ladies Dog W...
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284 The Rules of Dreaming
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284 Spiritus Mundi Book II The ...
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284 Pelican Bay
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290 And When She Was Good
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290 The Belvedere at Stone Gate
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290 Honor Code
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293 Ties That Bind (Madison Kni...
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294 Stone Angel (Kathleen Mallo...
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294 Enigma Club
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296 Death of a Kingfisher
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297 Unpunished
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298 The Devil's Game
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298 The Prisoner of Zenda
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298 The Skull Mantra (Inspector...
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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I define "literary mystery" as the person who created the list does: mysteries written in the style of quality literature.


message 2: by Foxontherun (new)

Foxontherun Have you seen the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie yet? Almost as good as the book. Amazing acting and cinematography, and it stays amazingly faithful to the text.


message 3: by thegift (new)

thegift Foxontherun wrote: "Have you seen the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie yet? Almost as good as the book. Amazing acting and cinematography, and it stays amazingly faithful to the text."

Geniuswaitress wrote: "I define "literary mystery" as the person who created the list does: mysteries written in the style of quality literature."

liked the movie more than the book: shorter, more intense, and less fantasy- subtlety not required, images can cover same plot mechanics quickly, images indelible, characters iconic rather than pages of description


message 4: by Ramona (new)

Ramona Long Great reading list!


message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori I have 'mysteries written in the style of quality literature' as well as literature that happens to have a mystery. I also only have one book per author.


message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Thoughts on adding Louise Penny's "Inspector Armand Gamache" series to this list?


message 7: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Wilson I agree that Louise Penny's novels should be added to literary mystery category. They are wonderfully complex with intriguing motifs.


message 8: by Sue (new)

Sue Waymire Sandra wrote: "I agree that Louise Penny's novels should be added to literary mystery category. They are wonderfully complex with intriguing motifs."

I voted for a couple of her books; surprised they are not on the list!


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