100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime: Readers' Picks

The Editors at Amazon put together a list of 100 Mysteries & Thrillers. What books would you nominate for your bucket list of murder, espionage, and intrigue?

Here's a link to our final list: http://amazon.com/100mysteries/ref=10...
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991 books · 3,240 voters · list created April 22nd, 2014 by Chris Schluep (votes) .
Tags: mystery, thriller
626 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Chris 154 books
143 friends
Nancy 72 books
23 friends
Jeff 316 books
106 friends
Alicia 1315 books
158 friends
Tom 499 books
23 friends
Mary 1139 books
0 friends
Valerie 2042 books
51 friends
Seth 552 books
62 friends

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message 1: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Some people don't know the definition of mystery or thriller! Grrr!


message 2: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Gone with the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath? Mystery? Thriller?


message 3: by Elois (new)

Elois Holt good


message 4: by Joe (new)

Joe R. No Ellery Queen? I'd vote for Calamity Town (1942).


message 5: by Joe (new)

Joe R. Also, there's nothing by Sara Paretsky--she's one of the best of the contemporary authors.


message 6: by Harley (new)

Harley Bennett Joe wrote: "No Ellery Queen? I'd vote for Calamity Town (1942)."

3 Queens on the list: The Roman Hat Mystery, The Finishing Stroke, and A Study in Terror


message 7: by Joe (new)

Joe R. Harley wrote: "Joe wrote: "No Ellery Queen? I'd vote for Calamity Town (1942)."

3 Queens on the list: The Roman Hat Mystery, The Finishing Stroke, and A Study in Terror"


OK, I stand corrected. I wouldn't list A Study in Terror, however. It was a movie tie-in; the Queens did not write the center part (it was ghosted, although they may have changed it from the movie plot to tie to the frame), and the middle part does not imitate the British style for the Sherlock Holmes material. A poor book. Calamity Town is far better.


message 8: by Joe (new)

Joe R. Joe wrote: "Harley wrote: "Joe wrote: "No Ellery Queen? I'd vote for Calamity Town (1942)."

3 Queens on the list: The Roman Hat Mystery, The Finishing Stroke, and A Study in Terror"

OK, I stand corrected. ..."


I just went down the list of the top 100--that's all I've seen. Ellery Queen is not in those, and that was what I was responding to, originally. I gather there are others, with fewer votes; hence Harley's reply.


message 9: by Dagny (new)

Dagny The Moonstone is on the list twice. Currently on pages 1 & 3.


message 10: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Maskus Does anyone have this list in an Excel document? Thank you.


message 11: by Wache (new)

Wache Pretty good list but I would drop Dan Brown (too ridiculously awful), and Lee Child (too gratuitously violent), and add an Arthur Upfield Australia story, a James Melville Japan story, a Stuart Kaminsky Russian story, and a Henning Mankell Sweden story.


message 12: by Dagny (new)

Dagny I also love Kaminsky's Russian stories. I loved Lee Child's Killing Floor and the first half of Die Trying, but noted that there was way too much fighting in the last half. Have the third in the series, but haven't made up my mind to read it yet.

I disagree though about The Da Vinci Code. It's the only thing I've read by Dan Brown, but I loved it. A big surprise too as I usually don't like books that go back and forth in time the way it did. A matter of taste I suppose.


message 13: by Ilona (new)

Ilona Where are the Adam Dalgleish series by P.D. James? They are probably among the most intelligent, well written books on the market.


message 14: by Jbodde (new)

Jbodde J


message 15: by Jbodde (new)

Jbodde J


message 16: by Jbodde (new)

Jbodde My picks


message 17: by Jbodde (new)

Jbodde My picks


message 18: by Jbodde (new)

Jbodde My picks


message 19: by Raven (new)

Raven Haines Iris Johansen books are great


message 20: by Nehal (new)

Nehal Nothing from Sydney Sheldon??? *_*


message 21: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis Ilona wrote: "Where are the Adam Dalgleish series by P.D. James? They are probably among the most intelligent, well written books on the market."

Ilona, if you want them there and don't see them, you have to add them yourself, per the subscript. Go to the top of the list and click on the right-hand tab to add a book. When it gives you a choice of what to look under, you can select "read", for all the books you have read that are in your Goodreads list, or if you have created a more specific shelf,such as "mysteries" or some such, you can ask to see that shelf Each of your books will turn up with the offer to add the book; just click on that, up to 100 titles.

Volunteer librarians like me cannot go in and add your titles unless we have also read them and wish to vote for them. For me, paring it down to 100 favorites will be a challenge!


message 22: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis I know everyone is entitled to an opinion, thus the Steve King books that look like horror to me are someone else's thrillers...but GR staff, Gone With the Wind? (mid-200's).


message 23: by J_BlueFlower (new)

J_BlueFlower Both "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and two of the novels. That is a bit redundant.


message 24: by Harley (new)

Harley Bennett J wrote: "Both "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and two of the novels. That is a bit redundant."

I agree. Anthologies like "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" should not be on the list. The novels and short story collections should each be listed separately.


message 25: by Yasmina (new)

Yasmina L. I'll try to go down the list from now on until the end of the year. Seems like a good balance of classics and lighter reads!


message 26: by Cymon (new)

Cymon Okoriko its a great pleasure being a member of this community of readers. Please anyone with ebooks of .pdf and .txt format should email me via simonok2@mail.com. Thanks.


message 27: by Marianne (new)

Marianne Michel Raven wrote: "Iris Johansen books are great"Actually I was really into her thrillers when the main protagonist was Eve; I didn't like the book she wrote with her son and I'm not buying any harcovers books from her anymore...


message 28: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 08, 2016 08:53PM) (new)

Booklovinglady I didn't get the impression one is meant to add titles to this list, but as there are so many books on it now, it is nearly impossible to get back to the original one hundred....

Also, there are titles on this list which, in my opinion at least, have nothing to do whatsoever with being 'Mysteries and Thrillers'. And the checking for duplicates function (for librarians) is no longer working, undoubtedly due to the huge number of books on this list (and I've seen lots of duplicates). It's impossible to weed out this list though, unless it is brought back to the bare beginnings, but that's nearly impossible, I guess.


message 29: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Booklovinglady wrote: "I didn't get the impression one is meant to add titles to this list, but as there are so many books on it now, it is nearly impossible to get back to the original one hundred....

Also, there are t..."


I'm just going through this list and thinking the same thing. I've voted on ones I've read, but some listed as mystery/thriller?? Lol, makes no sense.


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Booklovinglady wrote: "Please. please. please do not add books to this list anymore, as I'm trying to clean it up and bring it back to the original 100 titles."

I'm sorry. I'm going through extreme/critical life circumstances dealing with life/death/family/kids/loss.....literally and came to the lists to try to have something positive to keep my mind off of those things. I wasn't anle to concentrate on reading. I'll delete what I added. Won't ever do it again :'(


message 31: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Booklovinglady wrote: "Please. please. please do not add books to this list anymore, as I'm trying to clean it up and bring it back to the original 100 titles."

Just deleted all my votes and any I might have added. Don't remember which ones if I did. I'm not joking about my last post so I wasn't really fully aware or looking at the top message like I usually do. Just needed a break.......


message 32: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Booklovinglady wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Booklovinglady wrote: "Please. please. please do not add books to this list anymore, as I'm trying to clean it up and bring it back to the original 100 titles."

Just deleted all my..."


I don't know how to not worry. After 19 years of abuse and it being in the midst of the worst and hopefully end of it, I don't know how to not worry, I don't know how to feel anything other than in the way and annoying. That's what I've been taught through awful words and physical assaults/actions for more than half my life, so I'm just crying it out and will move on. My Heart hurts too deeply. Again, I 'am very' sorry. Have a wonderful day and sincerely, best to you on getting the list back to how you'd like it to be.


message 33: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 08, 2016 08:59PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Melissa wrote: "I don't know how to not worry...."

What I meant was, don't worry about adding books. Lots of others have done so as well.

I found the oddest titles on this list, like Anne Frank's diary, a biography by Abraham Lincoln. a book by Betty White about her life on television, and so on and so forth.... Lots and lots of titles on this list had nothing whatsoever to do with being 'Mysteries and Thrillers'. And I noticed a few that were author spam as well.


message 34: by Lulu3601 (new)

Lulu3601 Why not present two lists? The original 100 and a separate list of reader recommendations?,


message 35: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady @vijay govind
Don't use this section to promote your own book!


Vijay Narayan Govind My sincere apologies. Not sure how a previous comment is to be deleted - may I request the admin to kindly do it if possible on my behalf. Else - request that it may be kindly ignored as my inadvertence.

Thanks and best regards


message 37: by Booklovinglady (last edited Oct 11, 2018 06:00AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Vijay Narayan Govind wrote: "My sincere apologies. Not sure how a previous comment is to be deleted - may I request the admin to kindly do it if possible on my behalf. Else - request that it may be kindly ignored as my inadver..."

The person who placed a comment is also able to delete it by clicking 'delete' at the bottom of the comment...


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