36 Mystery and Thriller Recommendations Based on Pop Culture

Posted by Sharon on April 6, 2020


Are you new to reading mysteries and thrillers and feeling overwhelmed by where to start? As all good detectives know, narrowing down the list of possible suspects is the first place to start. And we're here to help!

Here are some of our recommendations for mysteries and thrillers to try, based on other recent pop culture you might enjoy. From cozy country houses to suspenseful true crime to magical murder, this list should give you a good hunch about what to read next.

Don't forget to add any titles that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf! Already a mystery and thriller aficionado? Tell us which titles you'd recommend to newbies in the comments below.

 

Movies


If you liked Knives Out, try...

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If you liked Parasite, try...

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If you liked Crazy Rich Asians, try...

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Television


If you liked the BBC Sherlock, try...

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If you like The Young Pope, try...

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If you like You, try...

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Podcasts


If you like My Favorite Murder, try...

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If you like Serial, try...

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If you like Critical Role, try...

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Want to play along? Drop your pop culture-based mystery and thriller suggestions in the comments below!
 

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message 1: by Luz (new)

Luz Ripas I didn't watch You, but I'd like to read the book


message 2: by Vicki (new)

Vicki For a modern, multi-ethnic Sherlockian detective, try IQ, by Joe Ide.


message 3: by Blob (new)

Blob It's cheating to say Hey you Liked Sherlock the SHOW! Well you'll love Sherlock the BOOK!


message 4: by Meg (new)

Meg Lowry Vicki wrote: "For a modern, multi-ethnic Sherlockian detective, try IQ, by Joe Ide."

I really enjoyed all the Joe Ide IQ books, good suggestion


message 5: by Allie (new)

Allie I agree with the IQ by Joe Ide suggestion for Sherlock fans, it's a great book! Also for Sherlock fans I would recommend The House of Silk


message 6: by Simalova (new)

Simalova It looks like someone got real lazy with the Sherlock Holmes category...


message 7: by Dabs (new)

Dabs If you're going to recommend Sherlock Holmes pastiches, Lyndsay Faye's Dust and Shadow and The Whole Art of Detection are a must!


message 8: by Shatarupa (new)

Shatarupa  Dhar If you like Sherlock, then read Murder at the Fitzwilliam


message 10: by Carmen (new)

Carmen You know, in the part of the world I'm living in (the southern hemisphere - where autumn is starting to creep up), this is a lovely time for mysteries and thrillers.


message 11: by Larisa (new)

Larisa I. For Sherlock Holmes fans I recommend The Sherlockian by Graham Greene


message 13: by Lorna (new)

Lorna Victoria If you liked "You" read "You"... Deep.


message 14: by Kat (new)

Kat Galvez I watched Knives Out and I love it, now I want to read all these books!


message 15: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I find it funny how not one of the Sherlock recommendations were for the originals. LOL


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Sajadi If you like mystery and YA the Charlotte Holmes series is REALLY good - descendants of James Watson and Sherlock Holmes go from enemies to partners when they’re framed for a murder based on the infamous Sherlock cases.


message 17: by Pradnya (new)

Pradnya K. It is very interesting post. Adding a few to my tbr.


message 18: by Debra R. Shadoff (new)

Debra R. Shadoff Vicki wrote: "For a modern, multi-ethnic Sherlockian detective, try IQ, by Joe Ide."

My son and I just flew through the series - excellent character in interesting situations!


message 19: by Alan (new)

Alan If you like "You" try reading......"You". Must have taken hours of computers analyzing algorithms and a staff of dozens to come up with that one....🙄


message 20: by Amber (new)

Amber If you can, check out the audiobook - it is the rare one I found even better on audibook because of the second person narration and also because the narrator was amazing (it's the man who was the voice actor of Hans in Frozen).


message 21: by K.D. (new)

K.D. McQuain Bláthnaid wrote: "Does anyone have any recommendations of a book for fans of Killing Eve?"

I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend any books to someone who leaves one star reviews on an author's entire collection on the same day. Obviously without reading them.


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