The 40 Most Popular Mysteries of the Past Five Years

Posted by Cybil on April 6, 2020


Has it been a while since you've explored the mystery and thriller genre? Well, you're in luck because you are about to discover a lot of great new books and emerging stars of the whodunit! 

To help you find a recent page-turner, we examined our data to find the 40 most-reviewed mysteries and thrillers that have been published since 2015. 

From runaway debut smashes, including The Woman in the Window, The Silent Patient, and My Sister the Serial Killer, to books from beloved authors, you're sure to find a new favorite read among these mysteries!
 

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Which new mystery would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!
 

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message 1: by Rob (new)

Rob Final Girls is my favorite on the list.


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan Read everything by Ruth Ware Fabulous


message 3: by April (new)

April The Dry was my favorite from the list...waiting for the next book in the series.


message 4: by Brittany (new)

Brittany The woman in the window was definitely the best of the ones I’ve read!


message 5: by Anissa (new)

Anissa The Woman in the Window & Before the Fall were my favourites here. Lethal White was sadly, my least fave of the Strike series.


message 6: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the BEST


message 7: by Denise (new)

Denise McQuillen My fav of what I read from that list was The Silent Patient. I'm reading Lisa Jewell's The Third Wife right now and loved her book The Family Upstairs. I have Then She Was Gone in my reading "pile."


message 8: by Vicki (new)

Vicki An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris


message 9: by Holly (new)

Holly Huebner The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕


message 10: by Phil (new)

Phil Thrower I'm excited to read a few of these as I've never heard of them before. Especially the 7.5 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. It sounds very intriguing!


message 11: by Donna (new)

Donna Phil wrote: "I'm excited to read a few of these as I've never heard of them before. Especially the 7.5 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. It sounds very intriguing!"

It's an amazing read! It's like a cross between Cluedo, Agatha Christie and Groundhog Day!


message 12: by Phil On The Hill (new)

Phil On The Hill Only 3 :-(


message 13: by Bonnie G. (new)

Bonnie G. My Sister the Serial Killer is not a mystery No mystery The killer, its HER SISTER.


message 14: by Alison (new)

Alison Holliday Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

Yes Holly! This one has been on my TBR for so long. I need something to keeping me turning the pages right now and keep me from watching the news ALL THE TIME. This would be perfect. Thanks for the reminder.


message 15: by Alison (new)

Alison Holliday Donna wrote: "Phil wrote: "I'm excited to read a few of these as I've never heard of them before. Especially the 7.5 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. It sounds very intriguing!"

It's an amazing rea..."


I agree. Have not read anything like it. 5 star read for sure.


message 16: by Aaron (new)

Aaron My favorite on this list is 7.5 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Very unique premise and a real page turner.


message 17: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Bonnie G. wrote: "My Sister the Serial Killer is not a mystery No mystery The killer, its HER SISTER."

Good point! Not much of a mystery, but it is thrilling! And a great read!


message 18: by Margie (new)

Margie Bonnie G. wrote: "My Sister the Serial Killer is not a mystery No mystery The killer, its HER SISTER."

Absolutely agree with this. Very misleading. I would recommend it but do not expect any mystery involved or plot twist typical of the mystery and thriller genre.


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Johnson Diogene D


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim April wrote: "The Dry was my favorite from the list...waiting for the next book in the series."

it's already out, x2
Force of Nature
The Lost Man


message 21: by Allie (new)

Allie I've read 24 of these! And I second most of the comments here, I adore everything Ruth Ware has written (she has a new one called One By One out later this year) and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of the best mysteries I have ever read.


message 22: by Bonnie G. (new)

Bonnie G. Elizabeth wrote: "Bonnie G. wrote: "My Sister the Serial Killer is not a mystery No mystery The killer, its HER SISTER."

Good point! Not much of a mystery, but it is thrilling! And a great read!"


Agreed! Loved the book, just hate to see readers mislead.


message 23: by Tesalonica (new)

Tesalonica Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

+10 that book is genius


message 24: by Darci (new)

Darci Day Loved The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Before the Fall. Was very disappointed with The Woman in the Window.


message 25: by Judy (new)

Judy Taylor Holly, please forgive me for flagging your comment about The Kind Worth Killing. I meant to flag the comment by "Esorv", which is clearly a promotion and probably a scam.


message 26: by Judy (new)

Judy Taylor Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

Holly, please forgive me for flagging your comment on this book. I was trying to flag the comment by "Esorv", which is clearly a promotion and probably a scam.


message 27: by Anand (new)

Anand Mayakonda The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Omg!
Victorian mansion, time travel, body hopping, It was such a brain duck. Best ever.


message 28: by Isa (new)

Isa Rebekah wrote: "7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the BEST"For me too! Very original, well written, fascinating!


message 29: by Abhishek (new)

Abhishek Nandi 7 and half is the BEST of the best. I 'hate' that book because since I read that book, all other 'mysteries' appear lame to me.


message 30: by Trina (new)

Trina You missed a couple:
The Wolf & the Watchman, a breathtakingly bold, intricately constructed novel set in 18th c. Stockholm
The Chain, a real nailbiter, takes place in modern-day New England


Your Local Zannie Shlomo wrote: "Kinda gay"

What do you mean?


Your Local Zannie Esorv wrote: "i'm making almost 10-15 thousand bucks each month for independent occupations I do at home. For every body organized to do easy independent challenge for 2h-5h each day from your parlor and make wo..."

Yeah, that’s not sketchy at AAAAALLL


message 33: by Lectus (new)

Lectus The mystery to me is how “my sister the serial killer” is a mystery....


message 34: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

LOVED it !!!
The ending !!!! Ahhhhhh, : )


message 35: by Barb (new)

Barb Jim wrote: "April wrote: "The Dry was my favorite from the list...waiting for the next book in the series."

it's already out, x2
Force of Nature
The Lost Man"


I thought The Lost Man was a stand alone?


message 36: by Debra (new)

Debra Belmudes Not bad ... I've read 29 of the 40 books plus 2 are on my TBR list.


message 37: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Greathouse I’ve read 20 of the 40. Woman in the Window is my fav.


message 38: by Fenris (new)

Fenris I did not enjoy Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. Westaway. I found it confusing and disliked the main character so much that it was difficult to read.


message 39: by Mahtab (new)

Mahtab Safdari The Woman in the Window really deserves to be NO. 1


message 40: by Mark (new)

Mark I'm surprised "The Dead Key" wasn't on the list. One of my favorites.

Mark


message 41: by L. (new)

L. McCoy Well I’m mildly disappointed in myself, I’ve apparently only read 2 of these (Outsider (4-stars) and Final Girls (5-stars) which does probably make sense as I’m more into horror than mystery). I have quite a few in my reading list though. Slightly surprised to not see Mr Mercedes or any of Ed Brubaker’s work.


message 42: by Oana (new)

Oana Pop Rebekah wrote: "7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the BEST"
I completely agree!


message 43: by William (new)

William "The Outsider" tv series was extraordinary. Terrific production, especially camera work, fine direction and acting, flawless editing, fully fledged characters, perfect suspense - all round 10/10!


message 44: by Sybille (new)

Sybille 24 out of 40 not bad. I clear need to read Evelyn Hardcastle


message 45: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Stotts How could you leave off The Fourth Monkey by JD Barker? The entire series is incredible.


message 46: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Frisch April wrote: "The Dry was my favorite from the list...waiting for the next book in the series."

You mean Force of Nature? It's already out.


message 47: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Frisch Timothy wrote: "Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

LOVED it !!!
The ending !!!! Ahhhhhh, : )"


That IS a good one!


message 48: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Frisch All the Missing Girls and The Dry are my two faves on this list. I've only read 10/40, but a lot of the others are on my TBR.


message 49: by Meg (new)

Meg Anything by B.A. Paris is amazing!


message 50: by Bridgette (new)

Bridgette Holly wrote: "The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson💕"

That was so good! I enjoy all his books


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