Top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers on Goodreads

Posted by Cybil on April 30, 2017

Mystery & Thriller Week is sponsored by The Fact of a Body, a Goodreads Best Book of May.


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 4.02 rating, but another girl—Girl on a Train—just misses the list at 3.88. Then there are the usual suspects you won't find on this list: The Maltese Falcon (3.92), Angels & Demons (3.85), and Strangers on a Train (3.84) 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.

1st to Die
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A Fatal Grace
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A Great Deliverance
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A Red Herring Without Mustard
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A Scandal in Bohemia
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A Study in Scarlet
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A Time to Kill
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Absolute Power
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Along Came a Spider
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American Tabloid
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And Then There Were None
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Big Little Lies
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Black Betty
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Blindsighted
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Burial Rites
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Child 44
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Clear and Present Danger
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Confessions
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Crocodile on the Sandbank
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Dead to the World
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Dissolution
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Double Indemnity
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End of Watch
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Eye of the Needle
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Fatal Voyage
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Fer-de-Lance
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Finders Keepers
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Fingersmith
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Gaudy Night
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Gone Girl
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Gorky Park
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Heaven's Prisoners
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I Am Pilgrim
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I Let You Go
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Journey Under the Midnight Sun
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Killing Floor
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L.A. Confidential
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Love You More
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M is for Malice
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Mean Streak
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Murder at the Vicarage
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Murder on the Orient Express
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Mystic River
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Naked in Death
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No Country for Old Men
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One for the Money
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Patriot Games
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Postmortem
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Presumed Innocent
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Rebecca
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Red Dragon
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Red Harvest
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Relic
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Rules of Prey
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Shroud for a Nightingale
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Shutter Island
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Storm Front
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Tell No One
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The Alienist
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
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The Big Sleep
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The Black Echo
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The Blessing Way
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The Bone Collector
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The Bourne Supremacy
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The Boys from Brazil
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The Camel Club
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The Day of the Jackal
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The Devotion of Suspect X
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The Forgotten Garden
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The Full Cupboard of Life
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The General's Daughter
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The Girl Who Played with Fire
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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The Godfather
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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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The Hunt for Red October
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The Innocent
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The Likeness
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The Lincoln Lawyer
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The Long Goodbye
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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The Name of the Rose
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The Odessa File
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The Poet
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The Secret History
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The Secret Keeper
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The Shadow of the Wind
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The Silence of the Lambs
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The Silkworm
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The Snowman
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
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The Surgeon
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The Westing Game
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This Present Darkness
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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Triptych
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Two for the Dough
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Watchers
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When the Bough Breaks
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Tell us how many you've read in the comments! And be sure to check out more of our Mystery & Thriller Week coverage here.

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message 1: by T (new)

T 27 plus a couple as movies....


message 2: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Smith Five of 100


message 3: by Jinhee (new)

Jinhee 39.


message 4: by Robin (new)

Robin I'm a big mystery fan, but not really a thriller fan. I was surprised to find that I had only read 27 of these. I've read some in the same series as the book listed - like Ludlum's Bourne Identity and Penny's Still Life. Some are on my wishlist - le Carre, Nesbo, Eco, and there are some that I will never read - King, Grisham and Thomas Harris.

I was extremely surprised to find a few of my favorites - Alan Bradley, Laurie R King, Ellen Raskin and Elizabeth George, and I was also surprised that there were only 2 of the 3 (or 4) Queens of the Golden Age of Detection on the list.


message 5: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand I've read 9 of these. I'm kinda disappointed that Edogawa Rampo isn't on this list, though. He's the greatest Japanese mystery writer of all time!


message 7: by Zachary (new)

Zachary I've read 5, I mostly stick to the oldies which is probably why I don't have more read on this list; I do want to read more of these new books.


message 8: by Nadhiah Aida (new)

Nadhiah Aida i have read 6 books from the list .. currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ...


message 9: by Karen Floyd (new)

Karen Floyd 14 Missing Helen MacInnes author of literate, intelligent and tightly plotted spy novels. No Albert Campion or Mrs. Pollifax?


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ I've read 23 - & only one The Secret History is while not terrible, is overrated.

Congratulations Goodreads Community!


message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I've read 27/100 and there are about 5 on my TBR list.


message 12: by Prachi (new)

Prachi Mishra Well this increases my tbr pile..I have read 7 of these


message 13: by Beth (new)

Beth Carroll 21


message 14: by Angela (new)

Angela 8/100 and 5 are on my TBR.


message 15: by Jaline (new)

Jaline From the list, I have read 24 and a further 14 are on my TBR shelves.


message 16: by Jan C (new)

Jan C 41


message 17: by Jill (new)

Jill 12/100


message 18: by Kathy (new)

Kathy E 26 read and about 20 that are on my to be ist!


message 19: by Robby (new)

Robby 25 Read ... 8 TBR ... 10 Considering


message 20: by Tea (new)

Tea Jovanović 36, and I've been Serbian editor to 13 of them :)


message 21: by Cheryl A (new)

Cheryl A 37/100. Remember, it's based on GR popularity. Great classic titles and authors are sorely missing and whoever thought Agatha Christi and Janet Evanovich would be on the same list?!!!


message 22: by Karolynn (new)

Karolynn Cechowski 11 and a couple of movies. Some authors I read are unfortunately, not on the list.


message 23: by Catherine (last edited May 01, 2017 03:45AM) (new)

Catherine Only read 9 so far....but lots here on my list :)

Plenty that are not on here also!


message 24: by Britta (new)

Britta I've read 13/100.


message 25: by Marie (new)

Marie It seems to me you've mixed up detective stories and thrillers, which are two different genres (although they often overlap)....


message 26: by Vera (new)

Vera VB 31, not bad


message 27: by Jammin Jenny (new)

Jammin Jenny I've read 20/100 - need to get reading!


message 28: by Supratim (new)

Supratim Hmmm ..... 30 so far. I need to read more mysteries. !!! :) :) :)

Thanks for the article. I discovered some pretty interesting books!


message 29: by Maarvin (new)

Maarvin 47 here, which I find surprising....


message 30: by Mirela (new)

Mirela I've read 36 !!


message 31: by John (last edited May 01, 2017 03:26AM) (new)

John Hatley I've only read 7, but thanks to this list I've added another 3 to my want-to-read shelf.


message 32: by Orlok (new)

Orlok 47 :)


message 33: by Steve (new)

Steve I have read 24 on the list. This is my favorite genre so I am kind of surprised that I haven't read more.


message 34: by Crime Addict (new)

Crime Addict Sifat 11 out of 100
Sounds like I need to give more time in reading. I am way back than new readers. Grrrr..


message 35: by Elena (new)

Elena Boychinova 21


message 36: by Nomad (new)

Nomad nimrod 61. Damn, i know i love a mystery but didn't think i would have read so many from this list.


message 37: by Nomad (new)

Nomad nimrod Just incase, some of you ladies and gentleman are considering what to read, these should be worth your time.

Louise Penny books are generally awesome.
Child 44 is good
confessions by minato
C.J samson shardlake series is definately worth reading.
Gaudy night
the forgotten garden
shadow of the wind
the poet


message 38: by Karen (new)

Karen Arrowood 32


message 39: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Hubbard 10/100 so many good books--never enough time. My want to read list keeps growing!


message 40: by Umar (new)

Umar Hanazuwa 3 of 100


message 41: by Eric (new)

Eric I have read 17.
Too many on the list are thrillers which I loathe!


message 42: by Belle (new)

Belle 33 plus a few on my bookshelves to be read soon.


message 43: by Katherine (last edited May 01, 2017 05:15AM) (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Mystery/ thriller is not a genre I read a lot of. I've read Big Little Lies and seen A Time To Kill but not read the book. That and Kate Morton's book are in my TBR list. I like Stephen King- Bag of Bones (book and movie) is one of my favorites of his. Planning to read more books in this genre. Thanks for the huge list of ideas!


message 44: by Alice (new)

Alice Well I thought I was a huge mystery/thriller/crime enthusiast but I haven't read any of these..


message 45: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I've read 11. Several more are on my TBR shelf as well.


message 46: by Dolly (new)

Dolly I've read six. I was surprised not to see any by William Kent Krueger. Currently my favorite mystery writer is Louise Penny (the Armand Gamache series, all of them).


message 47: by Robin (new)

Robin Cheryl A wrote: "37/100. Remember, it's based on GR popularity. Great classic titles and authors are sorely missing and whoever thought Agatha Christi and Janet Evanovich would be on the same list?!!!"

I so agree. I warn you not to check out the cozy mystery list - Christie is there with Joanne Fluke and other like authors.


message 48: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Cwiakala I loved so many of these! ANd... some were inspiration for my own work. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713QND4Y/


message 49: by Jenene (new)

Jenene 24/100. Several more on my TBR list.


message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah 12 read, 47 to be read; and of those 59 books I own 27.


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