Goodreads Employees Recommend Their Favorite Mysteries

Posted by Cybil on April 6, 2020


Twists, turns, and whodunits. We pride ourselves on recommending some great mysteries and thrillers here at the Goodreads office. So, we decided to turn our colleagues' love of the mystery and thriller genre into some great reading recommendations for you. Below we've rounded up their three best picks!

Be sure to add the ones that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf. And share your three recommendations with us in the comments!

 
 

Margo Throckmorton, Senior Account Manager 

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Priscilla S. Guido, Revenue Operations

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Brooke Ginnard, Visual Designer

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Alexander Reyes, Revenue Operations Associate

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Megan Dormoy, Executive Assistant to the CEO

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Sam Julian, Product Designer

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Sharon Hsu, Associate Editor

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Cybil Wallace, Senior Editor 

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Danny Feekes, Managing Editor 

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Veronica Moss, CEO 

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Heino Colyn, Program Manager 

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Lisa Jablonsky, Sales Director 

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What are your three mystery and thriller recommendations? Share them with your fellow readers in the comments below!
 

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message 2: by Pat (last edited Apr 06, 2020 05:11AM) (new)

Pat The Lost Man by Jane Harper;
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn;
Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill


message 3: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Pet Sematary by Stephen King

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris


message 4: by Yuliya (new)

Yuliya Astapova Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood, the first in the Phryne Fisher mysteries series!


message 5: by Katherine (new)

Katherine The Silent Patient by Alex Michalides
I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz


message 6: by Karin (new)

Karin Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich


message 7: by Rebekah (new)


message 8: by Vicki (last edited Apr 06, 2020 12:28PM) (new)

Vicki Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey


message 9: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Katherine wrote: "The Silent Patient by Alex Michalides
I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz"


I also very much enjoyed The Word is Murder.


message 10: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Karin wrote: "Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich"


One fro the Money is a necessary entrance to the Stephanie Plum series, but I thought Two for the Dough was much better, as are several of the subsequent books--hilariously so.


Ⓟⓔⓐⓒⓗⓨ Ⓚⓔⓔⓝ Ⓡⓔⓐⓓⓢ I just finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It was great. I am so glad that Lisa Jablonsky chose it. Also, Priscilla S. Guido chose Inferno by Dan Brown and Origin by Dan Brownthe next ones I want to read in the Robert Langdon!

Glad they are so popular.


shazzalovesnovels The Collector
not sure if this is completely a mystery but..


message 14: by S S H I N E (last edited Apr 07, 2020 12:07AM) (new)

S S H I N E I recommand :
Lisa GARDNER "Live to Tell"
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary D. Brown's books.
"Gone girl",
"The name of the rose"


message 16: by Neha (last edited Apr 07, 2020 07:55AM) (new)

Neha Singh The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
No Exit by Taylor Adams
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James


message 17: by JennM (new)

JennM Sharp Objects / Gillian Flynn
Unravelling Oliver / Liz Nugent
The Talented Mr. Ripley / Patricia Highsmith


message 18: by Stella (new)

Stella Chen Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


message 19: by Deb (new)

Deb Jones The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Son by Jo Nesbo


message 20: by Javad (new)

Javad Arefee The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
Dark Places by Gilian


message 21: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Chapman The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale
Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien


message 22: by arkadi cloud (last edited Apr 08, 2020 05:48AM) (new)

arkadi cloud The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

From the late 1800s but still is great!

Some consider it the first ever mystery novel.


message 23: by Erica (new)

Erica The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson


message 24: by Alison (new)

Alison Holliday Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Also 5 star reads for me already mentioned:
Miracle Creek, Pet Sematary, the Likeness, I Let You Go and the 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hugo. All just so damn good!!!


message 25: by Donna (new)

Donna Intensity by Dean Koontz
False Memory by Dean Koontz
Dragonwyck by Anya Seton (classic)


message 26: by Izetta Autumn (new)

Izetta Autumn I can't believe Attica Locke's books weren't on the list! They are some of my favorite for their plot, character development, cinematic noir atmosphere, and great writing. Heaven My Home Locke's most recent book was really fantastic.

And of course, two classic writers: Chester Himes and Walter Mosley whose Easy Rawlins series remains one of my favorite mystery series.


message 27: by David (new)

David Hesson The Faces of God by Mallock
The Second Rider - Alex Beer


message 28: by Fenris (new)

Fenris The Yiddish Policeman's Union was remarkable and highly enjoyable. Michael Chabon is a genius!


message 29: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana my 3 recommendations:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.

Please try these, they're amazing!


message 30: by Lauren (new)

Lauren American Fire by Monica Hesse


message 31: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins!


message 32: by Leah (new)

Leah Windley Dana wrote: "my 3 recommendations:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.

Plea..."


I was waiting for someone to say The Woman in the Window! Also agree on Before I Go to Sleep :)

For a short thriller try You Should Have Left. by Daniel Kehlmann


message 33: by J (last edited Apr 08, 2020 07:39PM) (new)

J Jahir Dana wrote: "my 3 recommendations:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.

Plea..."


I'm completely agree with you, mellenium series and the women on the window are amazing! before I Go to Sleep I haven't read it.


message 34: by Chetna (new)

Chetna good post loved reading


treat.your.shelves Gone Girl
The Kind Worth Killing
Dark Matter

Dark Matter is perhaps Sci-Fi/Mystery/Thriller but definitely needs to be on this list just because it is amazing!!


message 37: by L. (new)

L. McCoy The Fade Out! Brubaker is awesome.


message 38: by Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia) (last edited Apr 09, 2020 05:02AM) (new)

Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Velocity by Dean Koontz
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


message 39: by Roslyn (new)

Roslyn Reid A Scandal at Crystalline, of course!


message 40: by Shari (new)

Shari The Woman in the Window by AJ Flynn.
The Red Mist by Patricia Cornwall
The Institute by Stephen King and The Stand by King ( a tie)
there are many others that I have read and enjoyed!


message 41: by Pam (new)

Pam Too many to pick just three, but the first to come to mind are:
Endless Night, Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
The Pelican Brief, John Grisham


message 42: by William (new)

William Richardson Bones On Ice by Kathy Reich. The Lost Order by Steve Berry. The Last Mile by Dave Baldacci.


message 43: by Sleemon (new)

Sleemon It's amazing what some people consider "mysteries" To rank Dan Brown novels above those of P.D. James Adam Dalgliesh series or Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series is a travesty. I pity the readers who haven't experienced the pleasures of fine literary genre fiction.


message 44: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Listing some favorites that are off the beaten path a bit...

Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, Philippe Georget
Eva's Eye, Karin Fossum
Generation Loss, Elizabeth Hand


message 45: by Madeline (last edited Apr 09, 2020 01:30PM) (new)

Madeline anything by Marjorie Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy Sayers.


message 46: by Susan (new)

Susan Hamilton Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid


message 47: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Smila's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg


message 48: by CalifCat (new)

CalifCat Life or Death by Michael Robotham
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund


message 49: by Donna (new)

Donna My favorite edgy, twisty or demented thrillers are:
The Kind Worth Killing...by Peter Swanson
My Lovely Wife...by Samantha Downing
Still Missing..... by Chevy Stevens


message 50: by Kat (new)

Kat Galvez I have at least one book of every list recommendation 😭🙌🏼


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