Top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers on Goodreads

Posted by Hayley on March 15, 2018
Culprits, spies, bad guys, and women with vendettas: There's something so very satisfying about spending your time with the criminal element. And by that, we mean following the clues and solving the capers when you sit down with a great mystery or thriller. Always in search of a great book, Goodreads recently set out to uncover your 100 most-loved thrillers and mysteries.

There are, of course, rules to this game. Namely, every one of these books has at least a 4.0 rating from the Goodreads community. That means it's a bit of a popularity contest; for example Gone Girl is represented with a 4.04 rating, but another girl—Girl on a Train—just misses the list at 3.89. Then there are the usual suspects you won't find on this list: The Maltese Falcon (3.92), Angels & Demons (3.87), and Strangers on a Train (3.81) among others. It may seem brutal, but the readers have spoken.

Of course, many of your favorite writers have stayed with a character for a while, so in the cases of serialized mysteries and thrillers, we picked the books that, again, are over 4.0 and have the largest number of ratings.

It's time to unveil the top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers on Goodreads, arranged in alphabetical order. How many have you read? Tell us in the comments.


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Tell us how many you've read in the comments!

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message 1: by Chris (new)

Chris 37


message 2: by Katsuro (last edited Apr 02, 2018 08:18AM) (new)

Katsuro The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's English translation is a spit in the face of Stieg Larsson. Tons of details have been changed from the Swedish original.

For instance, the titular tattoo is of a very different size depending on if you read the original or the translation.


message 3: by Smitha (new)

Smitha 45 read


message 4: by Ruth Ann (new)

Ruth Ann 20


message 5: by Rae Marie (new)

Rae Marie 22


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura L. Van Dam 25! one of my favorite genres


message 7: by Janet (new)

Janet H. 17


message 8: by Janice (new)

Janice Christine Feehan, Oliver North, and Joel Rosenberg, have great Thrillers....though I rarely read Thrillers. I prefer Lite Mysteries such as TV/Movie mysteries such as Murder She Wrote, or Clue.


message 9: by Scott (new)

Scott I have only read six of these, but have seen adaptations of a few others.


message 10: by Adrian (new)

Adrian 23 (although my GR only says about 5)


message 11: by Bill (new)

Bill 31 read, but some of them many years ago!


message 12: by Beth (new)

Beth Smith 21 read and a few on my Want to Read list.


message 13: by Tone (new)

Tone 23 books + some films and TV-series.


message 14: by John (new)

John Hatley 7 and a handful still on my "to-read" list.


message 15: by Supratim (new)

Supratim 31 read and many more on TBR!


message 16: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Miller 32 Read
31 TBR

:)


message 17: by X (new)

X 4... Although what a nice coincidence. I was planning to up my readings in this genre & now this link made my life exponentially easier.


message 18: by Γιάννης (new)

Γιάννης 17


message 19: by Vickie (new)

Vickie 30 or more read and/or watched as a movie or television series. 20 on the TBR [aka Mt Git'r'Read or the Wanton Wantin' Wish List]


message 20: by Evalunasylva (new)

Evalunasylva 20


message 21: by Dirk (new)

Dirk Van 19

I just started on the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton, who sadly passed away before she could finish with Z.
I m currently reading E, so a couple more to go before I reach your choice (M).


message 22: by Pam (new)

Pam 15


message 23: by Sadie (new)

Sadie 21 read.


message 24: by Kristin (new)

Kristin 9! I loved all of them too.


message 25: by Sania (new)

Sania 22, not including the tv-shows or the movies watched


message 26: by Pat (new)

Pat Ojanen 42 read


message 27: by Erin (new)

Erin 24 but I have a few of these on my TBR


message 28: by Carol (new)

Carol Brown Read 25. Got some good ones left to read.


message 29: by Huguette (new)

Huguette Larochelle i want to read 3 of this lists and i read 2 ,
the shadow of the wind , is amazing book
the Lincoln lawyer is good too


message 30: by Kristie (new)

Kristie Uebbing Can’t believe there is no Robert Crais on this list!


message 31: by Connie (new)

Connie Heinzer 17 read, 6 more sitting on my bookshelf


message 32: by Cat (last edited Apr 02, 2018 11:06AM) (new)

Cat 19 - There are three series that should be on this list but are not.....
The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn
The Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva
The Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz

All of these series are consistently above 4.0 on Goodreads. They are all excellent thrill rides that are hard to put down.

Enjoy!!!!


message 33: by Jay (new)

Jay From this list I have read 15 of the titles. I've seen the movies based on 12 others on this list.


message 34: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Kalmakoff Have only read 4 of these, but I'm trying to get into mystery and thriller novels more now, so the several that I do have on my shelf are up next on my tbr :-)


message 35: by Danjal (new)

Danjal Only 7 of these :P


message 36: by Nadine (new)

Nadine 27


message 37: by Ann at the Beach (new)

Ann at the Beach 34


message 38: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Peppercorn I've read 4. lol Mysteries/thrillers aren't really my thing.


message 39: by Gretchen (new)

Gretchen 45. This list has changed from previous versions. Of the Amazon list, I have read around 55


message 40: by Rob (new)

Rob Cohen 45!


message 41: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe Pan 10 read, 10 on to-read


message 42: by Katy (new)

Katy I've only read 6 and one of them I didn't like. Mysteries are my favorite genre, but I've always had different tastes than everyone else.


message 43: by Anissa (last edited Apr 03, 2018 03:28AM) (new)

Anissa I've read 9 from this list (all the Christies & a few more) and I read a fair number of mysteries. Points to Goodreads for explaining the qualifying parameters to make the list.


message 44: by Sergei (new)

Sergei Ter-Tumasov (Սերգեյ Տեր-Թումասով) 14.


message 45: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski 15.

Coincidentally 3 out of the last 4 books I've read were Hercule Poirot novels.


message 46: by Jay (new)

Jay Schutt Only 12


message 47: by Luis (new)

Luis just 10, but a lot of them in the queue :D


message 48: by Gaylinn (new)

Gaylinn I have read 54.


message 49: by Mario (new)

Mario J. 45. I know I have read more of these but so long ago I can’t remember exactly.


message 50: by Clare (last edited Apr 02, 2018 12:33PM) (new)

Clare Quinlan read 34


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