What are the best murder mysteries of all time?

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    #1Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders)

    Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders)
    Dying For Revenge is the first book in the romantic suspense fiction series The Lady Doc Murders written by Barbara Golder which follows the investigation of medical investigator Dr. Jane Wallace on the series of murders of the residents of Telluride.
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    Theresa Armstrong
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Bought this one for my dad. He really loves murder mysteries, and he wasn't disappointed at all when receiving this one. Personally I don't think this is the best of the genre, but it's quite entertaining."
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    #2Curtain

    Curtain

    Curtain is a novel that revolves around the accusation of Detective Poirot to one of the guests of Captain Hastings in his house. He thought that the detective is just an old man who accuses without proof but he might be wrong.

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    Virginia Fisher
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Curtain is a great murder mystery series. The novel is about a Detective's accusation that are doubted but may just be correct. "
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    #3A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where he presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature.

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    Joan Banks
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, then this is a must read book for you. It gives a pretty good introduction about his history. However, it was a bit dragging."
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    #4A Gun for Sale

    A Gun for Sale

    A Gun for Sale is a book by Graham Greene that tells the story of Raven, an ugly man who is dedicated to his ugly deeds. He will be on the run because of his killings and he will find out who draws him to the police.

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    Sarah Hernandez
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This was a decent read but the beginning of the book started off really slow. It was hard for me to grasp around the writing sometimes too. I had to chug through to finish the book."
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    #5The Firemaker (Murder in China)

    The Firemaker (Murder in China)
    The Firemaker (Murder in China) is a Mystery, Thriller, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Peter May. It was published August 11, 2005 by Minotaur Books. It is the first book in the China Murder series.
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    Brandon Harper
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a really great book. But may not be the best one of all time."
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    #6Betrayals

    Betrayals
    Betrayals is a historical myteryfiction written by Charles Palliser. This 20th-century literature book is first published in 1994 by Ballantine Books. 
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    Lori Oliver
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Mystery books are always captivating. Betrayals is an interesting take by Palliser."
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    #7The Seventh Bullet (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Seventh Bullet (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    The Seventh Bullet is a mystery novel by Daniel D. Victor, part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series. This pastiche features the American novelist David Graham Phillips, who gets assassinated in the countryside.
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    Enrique Vega
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Any fan of sherlock holmes will love this series. Very enjoyable and loads of stories to tackle. I can't wait the next one."
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    #8The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson is a nonfiction and true crime novel written by Jeffrey Toobin. This book was originally published in September 1996 by the Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Andy Wen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "No true-crime case has captivated the country as much as the O.J. Simpson trial, and so as far evaluating the best murder mysteries of all time, The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson is up there as a gripping account. Even though the book was written more than 20 years ago, at the height of Kato Kaelin's fame, this book revealed a lot of information that I hadn't known about, so it's well worth the read."
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    #9The Case of the Constant Suicides

    The Case of the Constant Suicides

    First published in 1941, The Case of Constant Suicides is a classic murder mystery novel by John Dickson Carr. It tells the story of Dr. Fell, a detective, as he tries to identify Angus Campbell's murderer in a locked room mystery.

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    Alan Holland
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Fairly typical murder mystery. It was interesting, not the best I've read, and didn't really wow me. "
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    #10Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express is a book about Hercule Poirot and his three-day journey through Balkan Hills. He will face many suspects just to find out who murders a gangster on the Orient Express.

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    Sara Salazar
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down! I had watched the movie but never read the book."
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    #11The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)
    Roger Ackroyd knew that the woman he loved committed suicide with an apparent drug overdose. He had received a letter of information but before he could finish, he was stabbed to death. Hercule Poirot, his friend, takes over to solve the mystery.
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    Dylan Morrison
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Thats technically correct I suppose. Though its a bit like saying "American Beauty" is a movie about a guy having a midlife crisis. Or Shawshank Redemption about prison rape. While technically correct leaves the masterpiece a bit underwhelming to those who dont know what it is."
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    #12A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    "A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where he presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature.

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    Trishla Patel
    Written on March 10, 2018
    ""A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature."
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    #13The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency narrates the story of Precious Ramotswe whose passion is to help people with their life problems. She gets hired to solve cases until she is in danger for the case that involves a missing 11-year-old boy.

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    Matthew Henderson
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "if you have not read The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, then you are missing out big time. it is one of the best murder mysteries of all time"
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    #14The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a classic mystery novel by renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1841. Deemed to be the first detective fiction novel, it follows the story of C. Auguste Dupin as he solves a murder case.

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    Bruce Davidson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "You have to love The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe. Not only for its historical importance, but also that the murder mystery it encompasses in its pages is pretty damned engrossing. This one's highly recommended."
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    #15The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose
    The Name of the Rose is a novel by Umberto Eco about a friar who investigates and collects pieces of evidence with the series of historical murder mysteries in an Italian monastery. This book has won many international awards.
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    Andrea Nichols
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This only has 4 stars, not sure I'd call that best of all time. Story seems intriguing though "
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    #16Strong Poison

    Strong Poison

    Lord Peter Wimsey works on one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in a decade. For the detective, there's a little doubt that the women will be found guilty.

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    Alan Cox
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I hadn't heard of this author or novel until my grandmother recommended it. I was expect her to have good tastes in murder mysteries but I gave it a shot. It was a thrilling and engaging ride. I became as engaged with the mystery as Peter did in Harriet. The ending is more brilliant than most I've ever read."
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    #17The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.

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    Gerald Simmons
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Alienist refers to Dr. Lazlo Kreisler. An alienist the nineteenth century referred to experts who studied varying mental pathologies. A killer is loose in the dark, fetid and dank streets of New York City. The year is 1896. Kreisler puts together a team to help track down a serial killer whose specialty the gruesome murder of young boys who spend their miserable lives as male prostitutes. The team includes Harvard educated New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore. Moore is joined with Sara Howard a weapon wielding feminist who aspires to be a female police officer in the male dominated corrupt police department of the city. Young Theodore Roosevelt is the crusading police commissioner who is out to stamp out crime and corruption in the big city. Carr is good at including historical details in this intricate work. We learn all about the Metropolitan Opera, Natural Museum of Natural History, the various bridges and boroughs of the teeming city of immigrants are drawn with pastel colors illuminating the gilded age of gas and gory murder. It was during this era that Jack the Ripper in London and other serial killers first became known to the public. The lengthy work is well written and suspenseful. Those looking for explicit sex scenes should look elsewhere; this is a sober work whose chief focus is on the solving of the horrendous crimes. There are many surprises and exciting moments on our ride to justice. The book has been turned into a new miniseries on TNT network which will draw new fans to the honey of this outstanding work. I first read the book in 1994 when it appeared to acclaim by critics and public alike. I enjoyed rereading the novel gaining new insights and appreciation of all the research Carr lent to this fine work. It is destined to become a classic in the historical crime genre. Recommended."
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    #18Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile is a 1978 film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel Death on the Nile, directed by John Guillermin. While Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board.

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    Joyce Carter
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I'm not really into murder mysteries but my boyfriend loves them. He recently read Death on the Nile and talked me into reading it with him. This was a toe curler!! I'm not joking. I have never been so involved in a book in my entire life. You have to check it out!"
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    #19The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 

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    Jorge Pacheco
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown and published in 2009, is well-worth the 597 pages it contains. A murder mystery set in Christianity, this novel really blew me away with its attention to detail and cunning and interesting plot. As for all-time murder-mysteries, it's top 10, for sure."
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    #20The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes)

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes)

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes collection by Arthur Conan Doyle comes in 2 volumes which tells us the story of Sherlock Holmes and why he is considered as the greatest fictional detective character of all time.

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    Jerry Pearson
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The classic series of books, a total must read."
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    #21The Mystery of The Yellow Room

    The Mystery of The Yellow Room
    The Mystery of The Yellow Room is a classic locked-room mystery written by Gaston Leroux. This book is credited to have established the locked-room subgenre, along with Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in Rue Morgue.
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    Andrés Valadez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love murder mystery books. I find them so engaging and intriguing. I recently read "The Mystery of The Yellow Room" and found it to be one of the best murder mystery books that I've ever read. The story is so well written and tightly wound and you get into the heads of all the characters! I'm really amazed by all the skill demonstrated by the author in order to write such an amazing book!"

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Best What are the best murder mysteries of all time
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders)Books 1 Paid
2CurtainBooks 1 Paid
3A Study in ScarletBooks 0 Paid
4A Gun for SaleBooks 0 Paid
5The Firemaker (Murder in China)Books 0 Paid
6BetrayalsBooks 0 Paid
7The Seventh Bullet (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)Books 0 Paid
8The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. SimpsonBooks 0 Paid
9The Case of the Constant SuicidesBooks 0 Paid
10Murder on the Orient ExpressBooks 0 Paid
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