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1,551 books · 3,103 voters · list created October 6th, 2008 by Colleen (votes) .
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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I define "literary mystery" as the person who created the list does: mysteries written in the style of quality literature.


message 2: by Foxontherun (new)

Foxontherun Have you seen the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie yet? Almost as good as the book. Amazing acting and cinematography, and it stays amazingly faithful to the text.


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Foxontherun wrote: "Have you seen the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie yet? Almost as good as the book. Amazing acting and cinematography, and it stays amazingly faithful to the text."

Geniuswaitress wrote: "I define "literary mystery" as the person who created the list does: mysteries written in the style of quality literature."

liked the movie more than the book: shorter, more intense, and less fantasy- subtlety not required, images can cover same plot mechanics quickly, images indelible, characters iconic rather than pages of description


message 4: by Ramona (new)

Ramona Long Great reading list!


message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori I have 'mysteries written in the style of quality literature' as well as literature that happens to have a mystery. I also only have one book per author.


message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Thoughts on adding Louise Penny's "Inspector Armand Gamache" series to this list?


message 7: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Wilson I agree that Louise Penny's novels should be added to literary mystery category. They are wonderfully complex with intriguing motifs.


message 8: by Sue (new)

Sue Waymire Sandra wrote: "I agree that Louise Penny's novels should be added to literary mystery category. They are wonderfully complex with intriguing motifs."

I voted for a couple of her books; surprised they are not on the list!


message 10: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Asselin Have read all I voted for. Love PD James a d Eco. My favorite genre. Sheila


message 11: by MElisabeth (new)

MElisabeth Bergeron What about Nicci French? Or more by Elizabeth George? Or the series featuring Emma Graham by Martha Grimes? All of these are high on my list.


message 12: by Greg (new)

Greg Hickey Great list! For the best literary mysteries based on a variety of sources like curated lists from The Guardian, Book Riot and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads and Library Thing, and picks from literary mystery authors like Mark Haddon, Jenny Milchman, Laurie R. King and Derek B. Miller, check out The 112 Best Literary Mysteries at https://www.greghickeywrites.com/best....

Plus, download two special bonus features:
1. The favorite literary mysteries and crime novels from nine contemporary mystery and crime authors
2. A one-page PDF shopping guide to The Best Literary Mysteries and Crime Novels

Happy reading!


message 13: by Greg (new)

Greg Hickey Greg wrote: "Great list! For the best literary mysteries based on a variety of sources like curated lists from The Guardian, Book Riot and more, suggestions from readers on Goodreads and Library Thing, and pick..."

Here’s an update to that list with The Best Literary Mysteries of 2019: https://www.greghickeywrites.com/best....


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