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Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Mystery Suspense books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel (2012)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListThe closing of the grand old Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna, who go there one last time for cocktails. But even more poignant—and curious—is a striking young woman in elegant attire and dark glasses, alone there and waiting in vain. Two days later, police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last. But when a sordid revelation finally cracks the…
Author(s): Jonathan Kellerman

2. Bad To The Bones: An Evan Buckley Thriller (Evan Buckley Thrillers) (Volume 1) (2017)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListEvan Buckley’s wife went to work one day and didn’t come home. He’s never stopped looking for her. Tormented by demons, consumed by his unrelenting quest for the truth, he loses himself in other people’s problems.When Linda Clayton’s son Daniel disappeared ten years ago, she didn’t think her life could get any worse—until her husband ran away. Makes you thankful you’re not Linda Clayton.After Evan’s latest case ends in disaster, he’s at the end of his tether—until fate throws him headlong into Linda Clayton’s desperate world and a long-dead investigation…
Author(s): James Harper

3. Caught (2019)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListReporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationally televised sting operations. But when social worker Dan Mercer walks into her trap, Wendy gets thrown into a story more complicated than she could ever imagine.Dan is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old New Jersey girl, and the shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts about the motives of the people around her, while confronting the true nature of guilt, grief, and her own capacity for forgiveness……
Author(s): Harlan Coben

4. Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller-Book #1) (2017)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate List“Thriller writing at its best. Thriller enthusiasts who relish the precise execution of an international thriller, but who seek the psychological depth and believability of a protagonist who simultaneously fields professional and personal life challenges, will find this a gripping story that’s hard to put down.” –Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary) “One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the…
Author(s): Jack Mars

5. Cold Lake (David Wolf) (2014)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListWhen a fisherman reels in a plastic bag containing a severed human head from the depths of Cold Lake, Colorado, Sheriff David Wolf and his deputies scramble to the scene, and quickly realize there are more surprises to be found below. Their grim discoveries reopen a cold case Wolf’s father worked twenty-two years ago, and Wolf must try to succeed where his father failed before him. Wolf has the advantage on his dad, however, because he has bodies. Lots of them. Amid sweeping political changes that have his department and the entire county on edge, Wolf and his deputies come to the disturbing realization there is a…
Author(s): Jeff Carson

6. Elusive (On The Run International Mysteries) (2016)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListWhen her ex goes missing, Zoe is swept into an international mystery that takes her from glitzy Las Vegas to the old-world charm of Italy.Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black. But when her ex, Jack, goes missing along with several million dollars from his business and the FBI zeros in on her as a person of interest, Zoe’s life goes from delightfully unpredictable to downright frightening.Plunged into a world of fake identities,…
Author(s): Sara Rosett

7. TRAIL OF Secrets (Love & Lies in Paradise) (2019)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListWho killed the vivacious Emily McGuire and laid out her body at the water tower? Orderly, rule-abiding Mia McGuire is the least likely person to answer this question. Lately, her life has taken a downward spiral with her sister Emily’s murder, the breakup with her boyfriend, and the loss of her editing position. But when the homicide investigation crawls, Mia can’t stand by doing nothing. She’s convinced the murderer is nearby, watching. She hires the problematic former bad boy Lucas Davis to help her find the truth.After suffering trauma form a shooting on the job,…
Author(s): Nora LeDuc, Patti Roberts

8. Forgotten Secrets (Singing River) (2016)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListAt age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice…and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found.When Riley gets a call from the only man who’s ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile—ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming—it stirs up dark memories. Thayne’s sister,…
Author(s): Robin Perini

9. Cut and Run (2018)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListTrauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she’s finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking…
Author(s): Mary Burton

10. Deranged Souls: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Haunted Village Series) (2019)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListEvery experiment must come to an end…Marcus Holt is Subject B, a Vietnam veteran forced to run the gauntlet of Professor Abel Worthe’s sadistic study of terror. But the professor’s brutal experiment is finally coming to an end. And Worthe has saved his deadliest surprise for last.Still injured from his battles against the supernatural, Marcus struggles to keep his team together. As they desperately try to escape from Worthe’s horrifying village, a new structure appears in the twisted landscape. A simple little house that Marcus knows all too well…As the wounded soldier confronts a ghost…
Author(s): Ron Ripley , Scare Street , et al.

11. In the Spirit of Murder: A Claudia Hershey Mystery – Book #1 (The Claudia Hershey Mysteries) (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListA dead psychic on Halloween night. Heroin filtering into the town’s schools. A sullen ex-con with a beef of his own, and a legislator with secrets to protect. Not what homicide detective Claudia Hershey expected when she moved to Indian Run, a smudge on Florida’s map. But there’s no turning back when the killer makes things personal….
Author(s): Laura Belgrave

12. Hazardous Duty (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) (2011)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListGabby St. Claire dropped out of school on her way to completing a degree in forensic science. Instead, she did the next best thing: she started her own crime scene cleaning business. When a routine cleaning job uncovers a murder weapon the police overlooked, she realizes that the wrong person is in jail. But the owner of the weapon is willing to do anything to keep Gabby quiet. With the help of her neighbor, Riley Thomas, Gabby plays detective. But can Riley help her before another murder occurs?…
Author(s): Christy Barritt

13. Ham Bones (Southern Belle Mysteries) (2008)

Best Mystery Suspense Books: The Ultimate ListCarolyn Haines’s Southern Belle mysteries kick sleuthing up a notch with Sarah Booth Delaney, the sassiest heroine this side of the Mississippi. . . Displaced from its New Orleans venue, a red-hot touring production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is opening right in the heart of Zinnia, and featuring hunky star Graf Mileau! Sarah Booth, who had her own brief stint with Mileau himself, is less than thrilled. Graf is now linked with his costar, Renata Troviola, a dyed-in-the-wool diva who plans to ride Graf’s coattails all the way to Hollywood. But Renata’s trip to the top comes to a screeching halt on the play’s second…
Author(s): Carolyn Haines

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Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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