What are the best mystery books for adults?

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    #1Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution is a book by C.J Sansom that tells the story of Henry VIII. He proclaimed his self as the head of the Chruch during his reign, but not everybody will agree with him. 

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    Patrick May
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book as many customers to left positive reviews. I myself felt the book was really good. While reading I would often lose track of time. I highly recommend it to family and friends who enjoy mystery books."
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    #2The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche fiction written by Laurie R. King as the first book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2002 by Bantam.

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    Andrew Knight
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I love a good mystery and this book did not disappoint. Just as you think you have things figured out it turns everything around on you and you are on the hunt again. I highly recommend this great book from Laurie King. "
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    #3Silent On The Moor

    Silent On The Moor

    Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel) is Victorian mystery Gothic Novel about Lady Julia written by Deanna Raybourn. It was published February 17, 2009 by Mira.

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    Eric Santos
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I usually a fan of books that are centered on mystery, however, I did not enjoy Silent On The Moor by Deanna Raybourn. I think I was turned off by the story due to the Victorian Gothic theme. "
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    #4Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)

    Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)
    Cocaine Blues is the first book in the historical fiction series Phryne Fisher written by Kerry Greenwood which centers on Phryne Fisher who gets caught up in a mystery upon arriving in Melbourne's Hotel Windsor.
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    Jessica Bryant
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This mystery novel kept me guessing the entire way. When I was reading this novel it was incredibly hard to set the book down. Whenever I wasn't reading Cocaine Blues, I was wishing I was. Even after completion, this novel stayed on my mind for weeks to come."
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    #5The Silver Pigs

    The Silver Pigs
    The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis is a historical fiction and mystery crime novel published in 1989. This book follows  Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman "informer", and the time he got into trouble with bloodthirsty traitors.
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    Kyle Perry
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Silver Pigs is a decent read if you're into historical fiction. It's a bit on the boring side though, I found myself nodding off while reading it before bed, which rarely happens with other books."
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    #6A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    A Morbid Taste for Bones is a historical mystery novel written by the author Ellis Peters. A Morbid Taste for Bones was published on January 1, 1994 by Grand Central Publishing. 

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    Heather Hanson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A Morbid Taste is a good book, but certainly not the best. If you want better, go to Patterson or Koontz. They're much better writers."
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    #7Mistress of the Art of Death

    Mistress of the Art of Death
    Sent to medieval Cambridge in order to exonerate a group of Jewish prisoners with financial ties to King Henry I, University of Salerno medical examiner Adelia and a group of companions struggle to avoid being accused of witchcraft and discover that the killer may be a former crusader. 150,00 first printing.
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    Wei Zhang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Mistress of the Art of Death is a great mystery book. Keeps you on your toes."
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    #86 Killer Bodies

    6 Killer Bodies
    6 Killer Bodies is the sixth book in the Body Movers series. This mystery novel is written by Stephanie Bond, and it was published in 2009. The story focuses on proving the innocence of the main character's best friend.
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    Russell Lee
    Written on April 14, 2018
    ""6 Killer Bodies" is a good read about a counselor and a detective who are set out to solve a murder mystery. This will be a good read for those who like to read about everyday life with a twist of drama. This book is mundane and is worth a read if you're into guessing and solving mysteries."
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    #9Pray for Silence: A Thriller

    Pray for Silence: A Thriller

    Pray for Silence: A Thriller by Linda Castillo is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in 2010. This is one of the books by Castillo featuring character Kate Burkholder. It is followed by Breaking Silence.

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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What I love about Amish mystery novels is the perseverance of faith and family in the face of incredibly difficult challenges. Pray for Silence doesn’t disappoint, while Chief of Police Kate Burkholder straddles two worlds: the Amish she grew up in and the one of law and order that she now serves and she must face her own demons to solve this new mystery in time, for herself, her family, and the community. "
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    #10A Dead Husband

    A Dead Husband
    A Dead Husband by Anna Celeste Burke is a mystery fiction novel published in 2013. This book is the first one in the Jessica Hungtinton Desert Cities Mystery Series. Burke is a USA Today Best-Selling Author.
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    Christian Jones
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A Dead Husband by Burke is a pretty good adult mystery book. It never devolves into incredulity or inanity. The plot is coherent and the characters aren't all-knowing."
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    #11A Christmas Homecoming

    A Christmas Homecoming
    A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry tells about a murder that takes place on Christmas. With plausible characters, this well-written mystery book will hook you from the first page!


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    Ryan Tran
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Horror story by Anne Perry that was not my "cup of tea." Murders on Christmas?! Who wants to read about that?"
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    #12A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro)

    A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro)

    A Drink Before the War is a mystery thriller crime fiction and the first book in Kenzie & Gennaro series written by Dennis Lehane. It is first published in 1994. 

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    Paul Lucas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "this adult content book i liked it it is very interesting and nice i liked the context of the book and the idea of the book"
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    #13A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)

    A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)

    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in 2012. This book belongs to Chapman's A Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. It is followed by Material Witness.

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    Amy McCoy
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Few stories are as involved with secrecy than the Amish. A very tight knit, god fear community that likes to handle their own issues."
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    #14Break In (Kit Fielding)

    Break In (Kit Fielding)

    Break In is a mystery thriller fiction and the first book in Kit Fielding series written by Dick Francis.This suspense thriller book is first published in 1985.

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    Rodolfo Ayala
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is an excellent example of Dick Francis and his masterful character development. This is a book that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Good but should be in the best of mystery column."
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    #15Gone Missing: A Thriller

    Gone Missing: A Thriller

    Gone Missing: A Thriller by Linda Castillo is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in 2012. This is one of Castillo's book featuring character Kate Burkholder. It is followed by Her Last Breath.

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    Russell Carpenter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Gone Missing: A Thriller is an excellent read that will have you checking over your shoulder if you read it at night. There are some really good character arcs in this book that you don't usually find in this genre. It quickly picked up pace and soon after picking it up I couldn't put it down."
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    #16Skinny Legs and All

    Skinny Legs and All

    Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins is a mystery suspense and speculative fiction novel originally published in 1990 by the Bantam Books. This epic narrative was the fifth book written by Robins.

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    Ann Howard
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Mystery books are some of my favs! This one kept me guessing until the end. So many times throughout, I thought I had it figured out but then it would switch up again."
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    #17The Watcher in the Shadows

    The Watcher in the Shadows

    The Watcher in the Shadow is a mystery/fantasy book written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Originally published in 1995, The Watcher in the Shadow is the third book in the Niebla series.

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    Tejas Patil
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "i love fantasy books"
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    #18The Name of the Star (Shades of London)

    The Name of the Star (Shades of London)

    The Name of the Star is a young adult paranormal fantasy fiction and the first book in Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. It is first published in 2011.

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    Amy Feng
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The book is a highly rated murder mystery book for adults"
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    #19Client Privilege (Brady Coyne)

    Client Privilege (Brady Coyne)

    Client Privilege by William G. Tapply is a mystery fiction and legal story originally published in 1990. This is the ninth book in Tapply's Brady Coyne series. It was followed by The Spotted Cats in 1991.

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    David Valdez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Murder mysteries are some of my favorites. This is one of the ones I was asked to read about in college. I found the story being interesting and it develops nicely. William G. Tapply is a credible author and his works are fun to read. This is no exception. "
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    #20The Dead Secret

    The Dead Secret

    The Dead Secret is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic book is first published in 1856. 

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    Jesse Tucker
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I never got bored even for a moment when I read this mystery fiction novel because it is well written and the plot is well displayed.The characters in the book are interesting too."
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    #21A Small Death in Lisbon

    A Small Death in Lisbon

    A Small Death in Lisbon is a thriller novel set in Portugal written by Robert Wilson. A Small Death in Lisbon was published on March 5, 2002 by Berkley Books.

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    Stephen Banks
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love a good mystery book. "A Small Death in Lisbon" by Robert Wilson, is one a read awhile back. This book is well written with a great plot and lots of unexpected twists. This book is very exciting to read. It is sexy, thrilling, etc. This book is certainly worth the effort."
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    #22Close to the Bone (Brady Coyne)

    Close to the Bone (Brady Coyne)

    Close to the Bone by William G. Tapply is a mystery fiction and legal story originally published in 1993. This is the 14th book in Tapply's Brady Coyne series. It was followed by the Cutter's Run in 1998.

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    Sharon Hoffman
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I'm a big mystery fan, but I'm not quite sure this book would be considered one of the best mysteries for adults. It's in the middle of a series and if you haven't read the others yet, you may not enjoy this one."
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    #23Liberty Falling

    Liberty Falling

    Liberty Falling is a mystery novel written by Nevada Barr. It was first published by Avon Books in 1999 under ISBN 0380728273. Liberty Falling is the seventh book in the Anna Pigeon series.

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    Bruce Bowman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Mediocre. That's really the one word that sums up this book. It's a mediocre mystery, with mediocre characters, with a mediocre plot, and mediocre writing. This is the type of book you buy for a plane trip because you're just going to leave it when, either, you get to where you're going or you finish it."
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    #24The Incredulity of Father Brown

    The Incredulity of Father Brown

    The Incredulity of Father Brown is a detective mystery fiction and the third book in Father Brown series written by G.K. Chesterton. It is first published in 1923. 

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    Harini Rodrigues
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book seems a little too "out there" for my liking. I feel as if it would be hard to follow. I do not desire to read it."
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    #25Cutter's Run (Brady Coyne)

    Cutter's Run (Brady Coyne)
    Cutter's Run by William G. Tapply is a mystery fiction and legal story originally published in 1998. This is the 15th book in Tapply's Brady Coyne series. It was followed by the Muscle Memory in 1999.
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    Thomas Martin
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I love this mystery series. It doesn't disappoint with it's thrilling aspects. If you like a good mystery thriller you will love this one. "
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    #26Trial Run

    Trial Run
    Trial Run is a mystery and thriller fiction book written by Dick Francis. It was published on September 7, 2004 by G. P. Putnam's Sons. It follows the story of the horseman Randall Drew as he helps a Russian royal family.
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    Jacqueline Woods
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Trial Run is an interesting mystery that provides interesting action surrounding a horsemn helping a Russian royal family. This book was published 2004 but I found it interesting today reading about a russian family given the current political news. "
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    #27The Marine Corpse

    The Marine Corpse

    The Marine Corpse by William G. Tapply is a mystery fiction and legal story originally published in 1986. This is the fourth book in Tapply's Brady Coyne series. It was followed by the Dead Meat in 1987.

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    Yang Xia
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a classic mystery book that has stood the test of time for 30 years. The plot is fresh and original even after all of these years. The price is accessible to most people and the characters are still relevant today, over 30 years later."
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    #28Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek
    Hide and Seek  is a 
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    Yi Liang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I like the way Wilkie Collins writes, the particular flow of words, and ideas... This novel is about an affectionate husband with an invalid wife, and a deaf adoptive daughter...they were a happy family, in spite of their problems... that is a very important message. You always may be happy, no matter your problems, if you have a positive attitude in life, love and non attachment; there is also a young man, who wanted to follow his way in art, instead of doing his father will; the characters are well portrayed, very interesting book; I recommend it."
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    #29Frog Music

    Frog Music

    Frog Music is a historical mystery fiction novel written by Emma Donoghue. It is first published in  2014 by Little, Brown and Company. 

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    Bryan Edwards
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "A Book that brings you back in time to early San Francisco. This book is a mystery book but if your one to think ahead then things may seem to end a little early for you. This is a book that uses real names in its script and not much character development. A hard read with no motive push through."
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    #30Scar Tissue (Brady Coyne)

    Scar Tissue (Brady Coyne)
    Scar Tissue by William G. Tapply is a mystery fiction and legal story originally published in 2000. This is 17th book in Tapply's Brady Coyne series. It was followed by Past Tense published in 2001.
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    Samantha Ward
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I have read a few in the Brady Coyne mystery series and I'm definitely a fan. I find him to be an interesting main character and the books generally pack a good deal of suspense. Scar Tissue is one of my favorite in the series."
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    #31Betrayals

    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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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is pretty cool, it's a historical fiction which I'm not used to when it comes to mysteries. I really liked it though! The details in the setting and characters were really well done. "
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    #32The Guest Room

    The Guest Room

    The Guest Room is a fictional mystery/thriller novel written by Chris Bohjalian. The Guest Room was published on January 5, 2016 by Doubleday. The Guest Room was set in Westchester.

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    Rodolfo Rentería
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The guest room keeps you guessing at every turn. It is an attention grabber, and will really help take your mind off of things. It never ceases to surprise you."
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    #33Ilustrado

    Ilustrado

    Ilustrado is a Filipino historical mystery fiction novel written by Miguel Syjuco. It is first published in 2008 and won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for English Novel. 

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    Bruce Stevens
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I suspect that people familiar with Filipino history and culture will like this book quite a bit, but that for those of us who are largely ignorant of these things, the book just doesn't resonate. So much seems to depend on understanding those contexts. "
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    #34The Lisbon Labyrinth

    The Lisbon Labyrinth

    The Lisbon Labyrinth: A Jack Telford Short Read is a book set in Portugal written by David Ebsworth. The Lisbon Labyrinth was publishd on May 1, 2017 by sBooks.

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    Jordan Lane
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a decent looking thriller mystery, in which the main character has a lot to lose. It might cost him his life, or the cost might be even higher."
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    #35I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger)

    I, Sniper (Bob Lee Swagger)
    I, Sniper is an action mystery thriller fiction and the sixth book in (Bob Lee Swagger series written by Stephen Hunter. It is first published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 
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    Christina Richards
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I, Sniper, part of the Bob Lee Swagger series written by Stephen Hunter is a very sophisticated story that has made me a fan. It's the first book by Stephen Hunter that I have read, but it won't be the last. I love the depth to his characters and the intelligence of his plot telling. I highly recommend this read for fans of the mystery genre."
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    #36Careless in Red

    Careless in Red

    Careless in Red by Elizabeth George is a mystery fictional book. The story started with the murder of the wife of Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley in which the hunt for the murderer began.

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    #37Over the Edge (Alex Delaware)

    Over the Edge (Alex Delaware)

    Over the Edge is a mystery and suspense fiction novel written by Jonathan Kellerman and it was first published in 1987. This book belongs to the author's Alex Delaware series. It was followed by Silent Partner in September 1989.

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    Jacqueline Shaw
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A solid mystery book, not the best, but good. Will interest fans of the author, or those who like mystery books that don't have to be too grounded in reality."
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    #38Bad Love (Alex Delaware)

    Bad Love (Alex Delaware)

    Bad Love is a mystery and suspense fiction novel written by Jonathan Kellerman. This book was first published in 1993 by the Ballantine Books. It was preceded by Devil's Waltz and followed by Self-Defense.

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    Daniel Stevens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Meh. Nothing to say in terms of greatness or originality. A mystery book for adults for sure, but not adults who value their time and want to do something better than taking a deuce."
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    #39Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity

    Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity
    Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity by Robert Littell is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in June 2005 by The Overlook Press. This book tells the conflict between two countries among other political factors.

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    Ryan Richardson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book had me on the edge of my seat. Each twist and turn was amazing and gripping."
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    #40Tranquility

    Tranquility
    Tranquility is a standalone mystery fiction novel written by Laurie Gardiner which centers on support worker Sarah Scott who is trying to uncover the secrets in a dementia unit where she believes the new resident Edie does not have dementia. 
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    Kathy Robinson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Tranquility is a great book. I had never read anything by Laurie Gardiner before, but she is on my favorites list now. Three generations of women living together, and then the story of how one of them finds out how dementia patients are being treated and abused. Parts made me laugh, parts made me cry, and all of it made me want to read more by Laurie. "
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    #41Chosen Prey

    Chosen Prey
    Chosen Prey by John Sanford is a mystery and crime fiction novel originally published in 2001. This is the 12th book in Sanford's Lucas Davenport series. It was preceded by Easy Prey in 2000 and it was followed by Mortal Prey in 2002.

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    Angela Martin
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A great mystery thriller that keeps you on your toes. The author makes sure to include details about everyone. Prey series is a must. "
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    #42Sticks & Scones (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery)

    Sticks & Scones (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery)

    Sticks and Scones is the 10th book in the mystery fiction series A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery written by Diane Mott Davidson which centers on Colorado caterer and meddling sleuth Goldy Schulz. 

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    Pamela Ward
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Sticks & Stones is an okay mystery book. This is a popular genre, there are some excellent books among this genre and I can't come close to putting these among my favorites, I can't even put this one among the best of the Goldy Bear Culinary series."
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    #43The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion)

    The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion)

    The Crime at Black Dudley is a classic British crime mystery fiction and the first book in Albert Campion series written by Margery Allingham. It is first published in 1929. 

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    Brandon Barnes
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Great book. Its a classic Who-dun-it style mystery book. Takes place at a remote country house. "
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    #44Hidden Prey

    Hidden Prey

    Hidden Prey by John Sanford is a mystery and crime fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the 15th book in Sanford's Lucas Davenport series. It was preceded by Naked Prey in 2003 and it was followed by Broken Prey in 2005.

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    Kathryn Brewer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " This book is gripping from the first page. If you love mystery novels then this is the book for y"
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    #45The Pull Out Method

    The Pull Out Method

    The Pull Out Method is a crime and mystery fiction novel written by Lucky Stevens. It is about Reggie Stanchion's life as a criminal and it is first published in 2011 by Mill City Press, Inc.

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    Nancy Ray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Pull Out Method is about a repair person and former criminal who gets stuck in the crawlspace during a bank robbery. He overhears the plan and decides he can do better. Then he finds himself stuck in more than a crawlspace but in over his head in trouble. Can he escaped this alive?"
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    #46Dead Watch

    Dead Watch
    Dead Watch by John Sanford is a mystery-suspense and political fiction novel originally published in 2006. This book follows the complicated story that involves a family with political affairs caught up in a problem.
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    Kyle Bryant
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Nice departure from Sanford's Davenport and Flowers characters. A good read with a good flow to story line. Would recommend it."
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    #47Mortal Prey

    Mortal Prey
    Mortal Prey by John Sanford is a mystery fiction novel originally published in 2002. This is the 13th book in Sanford's Lucas Davenport series. It was preceded by the Chosen Prey and followed by the Naked Prey.
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    Ishan Dasgupta
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A good read. This is #13 in a very long series that has been going on for quite a number of years. Sanford is tried and true; you always know what you're getting with him and the Davenport novels. They are good, quick reads that serve the purpose. They aren't the best, but they are pretty decent. "
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    #48The Sea Horse Trade

    The Sea Horse Trade

    The Sea Horse Trade is a mystery fiction book written by Sasscer Hill and was originally published in 2013. This is the third book in the Nikki Latrelle Racing Mystery series.

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    #49Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire)

    Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire)
    Kindness Goes Unpunished is a Western mystery fiction and the third book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is published in 2007 by Viking Adult. 
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    #50Before the Fall

    Before the Fall
    Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is a mytery fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in May 2016. This book is an Edgar Award for Best Novel winner. It was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
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    Nicholas Hughes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am getting back into reading and wanted to find the best mystery books for adults. I was told to try Before the Fall. This was an amazing novel that I had trouble putting down."
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    #51Death Without Company (Walt Longmire)

    Death Without Company (Walt Longmire)
    Death Without Company is a Western mystery fiction and the second book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is first published in 2006.
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    Eduardo Mora
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Death Without Company is a terrific mystery novel set in an old western town. You will get drawn into an ivestigation that spans fifty years. Rich descriptions will make it seem as if you are there with them. Character development is what this sets this apart from others."
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    #52Casino Royale (James Bond)

    Casino Royale (James Bond)

    Casino Royale is a mystery espionage thriller fiction and the first book in James Bond series written by Ian Fleming. This classic fiction novel is first published in 1953. 

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    Angela Hunt
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I believe one can never go wrong when choosing James Bond."
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    #53Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire)

    Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire)

    Junkyard Dogs is a mystery thriller fiction and the sixth book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is first published in 2010 by Viking. 

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    Walter Scott
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Great series and the books are not predictable. It's a good read like all of the Longmire books. The people from the junkyard were worse "dogs" than the actual dogs. Good but not best."
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    #54Red (Black)

    Red (Black)

    Red is a dark romance crime mistery fiction written by T.L. Smith and illustrated by Love N. Books. As the second book of the Black series, this novel has over 200 pages and published in 2016.

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    Kevin Gilbert
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A very dark book that takes the reader to a dark place. I think it was too dark for me to enjoy. The author didn't make me care about the characters. They were all shallow and menacing. The story needed a better protagonist that I could identify with."
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    #55My Gal Sunday

    My Gal Sunday

    My Gal Sunday is a standalone mystery-thriller novel written by Mary Higgins Clark which centers on former president Henry Parker Britland IV and his new wife Sunday. 

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    David Hernandez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a one of a kind story that is both thrilling and engaging to the reader. I got this book a couple of years ago as a gift for my wife and managed to read it when she was done with it. I don't regret it! The story and world portrayed here was immaculate and engaging!"
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    #56Soul Mountain

    Soul Mountain

    Soul Mountain is a fictional Chinese book written by Gao Xingjian and translated by Mabel Lee. Soul Mountain was published on October 23, 2001 by Harper Perennial.

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    Ruth Dean
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A completely fascinating fictional book with a great plot. In hopes of avoiding death - Gao flees to the mountains. In his journey, he goes through jungles, escapes death, and learns something more valuable throughout the voyage then he ever would have thought."
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    #57A Land More Kind Than Home

    A Land More Kind Than Home

    A Land More Kind Than Home is a Southern mystery fiction book written by New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash. It is first published in 2012. 

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    Dylan Foster
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A Land More Kind Than Home is an excellent mystery fiction book, written by a New York Times best-selling author, and providing enough substance to keep you entertained for days and weeks to come!"
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    #58Tod Einer Roten Heldin (Inspector Chen Cao)

    Tod Einer Roten Heldin (Inspector Chen Cao)

    Tod Einer Roten Heldin (Inspector Chen Cao) is a fictional book written by Qiu Xiaolong and translated by Holger Fliessbach. Tod Einer Roten Heldin (Inspector Chen Cao) was published by Zsolnay.

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    Amanda Hart
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Tod Einer Roten Heldin literally translates to "death of a red heroine". When a worker known fo rher her ties to the communist party is found dead in the Shanghai Canal, it's up to Inspector Chen Cao from the Shanghai police department to solve the mystery. This riveting mystery is sure to add some culture along with mystery to your daily reading life."
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    #59A Great Reckoning

    A Great Reckoning

    A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is a mystery fiction novel originally published in August 2016. This book won the Anthony Awards for Best Novel in 2017. It is preceded by The Nature of the Beast and followed by Glass Houses.

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    Kathleen Jones
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I adore this book! Not just the mystery itself, but how the characters are created, the environment woven, the whole atmosphere that feel entirely real, and like you are there. Ity's the kind of book where you hope that something goes wrong with the reveal at the end, just so that the story can continue. Fortunately this is part of a large series, so there is lots more to experience."
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    #60The Whiskey Rebels

    The Whiskey Rebels

    The Whiskey Rebels is a standalone historical fiction novel written by David Liss which centers on the most valuable spy Ethan Saunders who now haunts in the taverns of Philadelphia. 

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    Kyle Phillips
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a great book for all adults whether they have a PhD or have not finished high school. The character development seems great and the plot appears to be deep. This may be a good mystery book that everyone can like."
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    #61Burn

    Burn
    Burn is a romantic mystery suspense fiction novel written by Linda Howard. This contemporary romance fiction book is first published in 2009 by Ballantine. 
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    Michael Stephens
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This was a unique adult mystery book to read. It had a little more sexy romance than I was expecting but it was a good timekiller. It took a little bit to get interesting but it ended up being quite engaging. Definitely a good book to read over a weekend. Not the best book I've ever read but far from the worst."
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    #62The Alibi

    The Alibi

    The Alibi is a is a romantic mystery suspense fiction novel written by Sandra Brown. This adult fiction is first published in 1999 by Hatchette Books. 

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    Alexander Curtis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I was intrigued by the premise: Could a woman be a murderer? I've heard of Stranger Things, certainly, than that. I was a jury summons, and needed a book to read, and this was just a wonderful mystery book to enjoy while waiting to be called. Unfortunately, I wasn't chosen, but I'll keep trying. I just thank shoddy security the state database is so easy to access."
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    #63Righting Wrongs

    Righting Wrongs

    Righting Wrongs is a Christian historical mystery fiction novel written by Larry J. Tate. It is published in 2012 by Total Publishing and Media. 

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    James Spencer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book seems to have some commonalities with the topic and has some interesting twists that are unexpected but also doesn't seem to stick to close to the topic being presented."
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    #64You Only Live Twice (James Bond)

    You Only Live Twice (James Bond)

    You Only Live Twice is a mystery espionage thriller fiction and the twelfth book in James Bond series written by Ian Fleming. This classic adventure fiction novel is first published in 1964. 

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    Jose Beck
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I’m a huge James Bond fan but this book did not live up to my expectations that I have for his books. While the book was alright it wasn’t the same impactful read that I have experienced with many others."
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    #65Death at Rainy Mountain (Tay-Bodal Mystery)

    Death at Rainy Mountain (Tay-Bodal Mystery)

    Death at Rainy Mountain by Mardi Oakley Medawar is a mystery and historical western fiction originally published in 1996. This is the second book in Medawar's Tay-Bodal Mystery series. It was followed by Witch of the Palo Duro.

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    Kathy Moreno
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a new take on the mystery genre for me. It is very different than the other books I have read by this author. I enjoyed the historical aspect very much. "
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    #66Bank Shot (Dortmunder)

    Bank Shot (Dortmunder)

    Bank Shot is a humorous mystery crime fiction and the second book in Dortmunder series written by Donald E. Westlake. It is first published in 1989 by Mysterious Press.

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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I am an avid fan of mystery and crime novels so Bank Shot (Dortmunder) is exactly the type of book I like to read. I found that the characters were well developed and offered a humor to the storyline. Donald Westlake is an excellent author."
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    #67Armadale

    Armadale

    Armadale is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era gothic fiction book is first published in 1866. 

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    Michael Richards
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Interesting premise and a decent read, but it wasn't exactly what i was after. I wanted a top book in the genre and this isn't it. This book was fairly well written and did keep me entertained (for the most part) but again, it wasn't anything that stands out or could be considered next level. "
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    #68Prince of Thieves

    Prince of Thieves

    Prince of Thieves is a mystery suspense crime fiction novel written by Chuck Hogan. It is first published in 2004 and won the Hammett Prize in the same year. 

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    Rebecca Ross
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "having only seeing the movies it was a different experience watching the movie i enjoyed seeing the difference "
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    #69Midnight Bayou

    Midnight Bayou

    Midnight Bayou is a paranormal contemporary romantic suspense novel written by Nora Roberts. This mystery fiction book is first published in 2001. 

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    Kathleen Lynch
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a scary but fun book. It is for people who love fictions about ghosts."
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    #70Interrupted Aria (Tito Amato)

    Interrupted Aria (Tito Amato)

    Interrupted Aria is a historical fiction fantasy and the first book in Tito Amato series written by   Beverle Graves Myers. This mystery book is first published in 2004. 

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Set in fictional 17th Century Venice, interspersed with real word historical characters and occurrences, describes the populace in great detail and does excellent world building to bring the settings truly alive. The story revolves around 2 orphan boys forced into a life of opera, plays, and thematic dramas, trying to escape their lives of entertainment and pursue their own artistic interests. It does a good job of making you feel for the character and keep you reading in hopes that they succeed in their plight."
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    #71The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch)

    The Janissary Tree (Yashim the Eunuch)

    The Janissary Tree is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Yashim the Eunuch series written by Jason Goodwin. It is first published in 2006.

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    Steven Gibson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Janissary Tree is an interesting historical based mystery book taking place in the 19th century. It is the first book in the Yashim the Eunuch series. I found the mystery to be well written and engaging. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down."
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    #72Easy Prey

    Easy Prey

    Easy Prey by John Sanford is a mystery and crime fiction novel originally published in 2000. This is the 11th book in Sanford's Lucas Davenport series. It was preceded by Certain Prey in 1999 and it was followed by Chosen Prey in 2001.

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    Tiffany Grant
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "John Sanford is a huge name in modern mystery circles. He's written a ton of books in his Lucas Davenport series. While I'm sure the 11th book is good and all, I'd be hard pressed to name it one of the best."

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Best What are the best mystery books for adults
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dissolution (The Shardlake series)Books 35 Paid
2The Beekeeper's ApprenticeBooks 33 Paid
3Silent On The MoorBooks 29 Paid
4Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher Mysteries)Books 25 Paid
5The Silver PigsBooks 17 Paid
6A Morbid Taste for BonesBooks 14 Paid
7Mistress of the Art of DeathBooks 10 Paid
86 Killer BodiesBooks 9 Paid
9Pray for Silence: A ThrillerBooks 7 Paid
10A Dead HusbandBooks 5 Paid
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