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19 Best Murder Mystery Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of Murder Mystery books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 5 most popular“best Murder Mystery books" articles online (we chose 5 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1

    The Alienist

    Caleb Carr

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    2
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 3

    Gone Girl

    Gillian Flynn

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6

    Rebecca

    Daphne du Maurier

    Appears in 3 articles
  7. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    7

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9
    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    Night Film

    Marisha Pessl

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    The Dry

    Jane Harper

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    The Big Sleep

    Raymond Chandler

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17

    Postmortem

    Patricia Cornwell

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    Mystic River

    Dennis Lehane

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19

    Big Little Lies

    Liane Moriarty

    Appears in 2 articles

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