What is the best mystery you ever read?

United States
July 28, 2007 2:28pm CST
I don't read very much in this genre, but I am becoming more interested after reading some mysteries this summer. What mysteries do you recommend? Who are good authors to read?
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@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I am more old-school. I like Agatha Christie. Murder On The Orient Express was a good one.
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• United States
29 Jul 07
Sometimes the old school stuff is the best!
• United States
29 Jul 07
I do enjoy modern mysteries but I LOVE to go back and reread Agatha Christie. She is timeless.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
30 Aug 10
Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries for sure, old or new!
• United States
28 Jul 07
I would recommend Contest by Matthew Reilly! It is a really good (GREAT) suspenseful novel and I finished it in two days (despite it's quite long length). It is really good and easy to get lost in. I would also recommend Catherine Coultirs, Riptide. I loved this book a lot and am saving it to read it agian sometime in the future. I recommended this book to my friend to read, and she loved it. She almost stopped reading because the beginning was boring for her (not me) but just before she quit she reached a point that made her want to keep reading! I promise if you read these books you won't be disappointed! A lot of surprises in them, ESPECIALLY in Contest.
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• United States
29 Jul 07
Thanks for the specific recommendations. I'll be looking for these books soon. You really have me intrigued by Matthew Reilly.
• United States
29 Jul 07
Oh! Contest was the best! If you read the back covers of books before you buy them, don't be misled by this one! It doens't tell you the whole plot twist of the novel (you see it almost right away though). So you think it is about one thing that seems cool, but it is a whole lot more! lol.
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• United States
28 Jul 07
Harlan Coben does some awesome mystery writing. I highly suggest any of his books. I never been disappointed yet with one of his books.
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• United States
29 Jul 07
I've heard of the author, but never read any of his stuff. Thanks for the recommendation; I'll be on the lookout.
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
30 Aug 10
Yes I agree, Harlan Coben really is amazing! I love his work! But now I have read all of his books already, so I am anxiously waiting for him to write more, haha!
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I would highly recommend anything by Mary Higgins Clark or Anne Perry. I've never read anything by either of these ladies that I didn't like, especially Mary Higgins Clark.
• United States
29 Jul 07
I've heard of Mary Higgins Clark and have seen her books around, but never read any. I'm not familiar with Anne Perry. Thanks for the mystery recommendations!
@puchapox (583)
• Philippines
5 Aug 07
I agree with you on that! Anne Perry for me is better than Mary Higgins Clark though, because her setting is really believable, and you will feel as if you're transported to the victorian era. You may want to read her own colorful history too. :)
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I used to be a real die hard mystery fan ever since my Nancy Drew days...then graduated to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, etc...now I hardly ever read mysteries, but the closest I got I guess to a mystery type, least I thought it was, was The Da Vinci Code...couldn't put that book down
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• United States
31 Jul 07
I love the "Da Vinci Code" too. After that book, I got and read all the other Dan Brown books, except "Angels and Demons," but it's still on my list. I also ended up reading a lot about the background of "Da Vinci Code" too. I can't wait for his book about the freemasons.
• India
29 Jul 07
More than a decade a go I had read "Than there were none" by Agatha Christie, I still have to read a more thrilling mystery. It has been so far the best.
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• United States
29 Jul 07
I'll definitely check this one out. Thanks for your recommendation.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
29 Jul 07
It depends on what kind of stories you like. There are what's called "cosy" mysteries that are light hearted, without much blood, guts anf violence. One of my favorite series in that category is "The Cat Who..." series, by Lillian Braun. (I think I have the author's name right, not sure.) If you like the more realistic murder stories then anything by James Patterson might suit you better. There are historical mysteries. Elizabeth Peters writes a series about a female archeologist in Egypt in the early 1900's. Another author, Ellis Peters, writes about a monk detective in the middle ages. Sue Grafton has the alphabetical series, i.e., "A is for Alibi" that features a female detective by the name of Kinsey Milhone. Nevada Barr writes about a female park ranger that solves mysteries in the US national parks. Elliot Roosevelt and Harry Truman's daughter Margaret (can't think of her last name) write mysteries involving the White House and the government. Lots of good mysteries out there, these are just a few of my favorites. I hope you will find something you really enjoy. . Hope you
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• United States
29 Jul 07
Thanks for your detailed recommendations. I saw the term "cozy" on a mystery book website: ReviewingtheEvidence.com and had no idea what that meant. I did read an Elizabeth Peters book a long time ago; just picked it out accidentally. I really enjoyed it too. I'll have to keep an eye out for more of her stuff. Also Nevada Barr sounds interesting...I love our national parks. Is this a man or woman? Finally, I love mysteries about the government or CIA so your last two recommendations sound great. Thanks again.
• United States
29 Jul 07
I've just finished reading all of the Inspector Lynley books by Elizabeth George. I'm getting my Inspector Lynley fix while waiting for PBS to air the next season of the Inspectory Lynley Mysteries on Mystery! I'm old school also - love Agatha Chrisie and (I hope I get this right, it's been ages since I've read her books) Margery Allingham ?? Geez, now this is going to bug me. Peter Davidson (Dr Who, Distant Shores, All Creatures Great/Small) played a dectective in the TV adaption series. My mind has gone a complete blank. Sorry. But, her books are great also!
• United States
29 Jul 07
I love PBS and have discovered a lot of great writers from watching that channel. Now I live in an area where you have to get cable to get PBS in. I sure do miss it (it was free in Chicago). Thanks for your recommendations; I plan to check them out.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I like series, where the same hero is there. I really like Tony Hillerman, Janet Evonvich, Lilian Jackson Braun and Ellis Peters. That's not to say I don't like lots of others, just those are probably my favorites. Since Sherlock Holmes went out of copyright, there have been a lot of new Holmes books available & I enjoy those too.
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• United States
29 Jul 07
Years ago someone recommended Tony Hillerman to me and I never followed up on it. Looks like a good time to do that. Thanks for all your recommendations.
• India
12 Aug 10
I love sherlock holmes...thhree students was the best i ever read ...
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• Pamplona, Spain
9 Sep 10
Hiya AA, I loved reading the Moonstone I have forgotten who it was written by but I found it a really good book. Oh it was written by Wilkie Collins really good not that I like mysteries in Books that much but I did take to this one. I have read Mysteries and Romance Books that are intermingled mystery with Romance I much prefer those. Again I read them all ages ago and I had to give the Books away in the end. I was not able to take all of them with me.