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Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate List

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Mystery Thriller books.

1. I Am Watching You (2017)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListWhen Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her…
Author(s): Teresa Driscoll

2. Tahoe Deathfall (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) (2001)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListDisaster struck when twin sisters Jennifer and Melissa Salazar went hiking with their grandmother on their sixth birthday. Melissa got lost, fell off a cliff on the rock slide above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe and died. Eight years later, fourteen-year-old Jennifer wants to hire Detective Owen McKenna to look into the death, which she believes was a murder. When Owen begins to investigate, another body is discovered. Owen’s girlfriend Street Casey, a forensic entomologist, analyzes maggots found in the corpse. Her information helps Owen connect the body to the case. Owen…
Author(s): Todd Borg

3. The Boy: A Novel (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate List  When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, KJ, has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry and no clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving…
Author(s): Tami Hoag

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

Best Mystery Thriller 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 that everybody wants to stay that way.But Evan never does what everybody…
Author(s): James Harper

5. Caught (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller 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

6. Her Silent Cry: An absolutely gripping mystery thriller (Detective Josie Quinn) (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListWhen seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city park, joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.Josie is faced…
Author(s): Lisa Regan

7. Dead and Gone to Bell (A Samantha Bell Mystery Thriller) (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListInvestigative reporter, Samantha Bell, knows the end is near. But when young women are suddenly being targeted by a mysterious serial killer who leaves little clues behind, Samantha pushes her way into the biggest murder investigation of her life. On a mission to tell the story to save her career, nothing is as it seems. Met by terrifying roadblocks, Samantha needs a win. Willing to do whatever it takes, she and her friends risk their lives to work together and sift through the lies and deception that seem to be waiting for them around every turn. It’s a race against…
Author(s): Jeremy Waldron

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

Best Mystery Thriller 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

9. Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery–Book #1) (2017)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate List“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn’t let go.”–Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”–Books and Movie Reviews,…
Author(s): Blake Pierce

10. Miami Chill (Titus South Florida Mystery Thriller Series) (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListTitus thought he’d be long gone after the stunning end of Miami Burn. Instead, he finds himself thrown into the middle of a blackmail scheme against a stunning billionaire CEO who insists she doesn’t need his help.But Titus doesn’t take orders—especially after clues point to a human-smuggling ring protected by an enemy agent embedded in a position of power. Titus teams up with a rogue cop to smash the ring and uncovers a personal connection that forces him to face his tortured past—including someone he never expected to see again. *Miami Chill is Book 2 of…
Author(s): John D. Patten

11. Bell Hath No Fury (A Samantha Bell Mystery Thriller) (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListInvestigative reporter, Samantha Bell, wakes to the worst news of her life. As shots ring out at a local high school, Samantha is thrown into the crosshairs of the biggest story of her career. Determined to learn why a young man declared war on innocent children, she is relieved that her son was lucky enough to make it out alive. Now it’s game on to set the record straight. With all hands on deck, Samantha and her three crime-solving girlfriends set out to find who was responsible. Danger is hot on their trail as what began as a hate-crime suddenly appears to be something much more terrifying. There wasn’t one shooter, but two, and…
Author(s): Jeremy Waldron

12. The Hit (Police Inspector Hadas Levinger, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Series) (2018)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListIt is a warm and sunny day when gunfire destroys the peace of lunchtime diners at a trendy café in central Tel Aviv. The shots, fired by a mysterious biker, hit several people, and two of them die on the spot: Kobi Ozri, a former criminal and police informer, and a young woman, a local office worker. Kobi’s handler, Hadas Levinger, is immediately brought in to solve the double murder. As she mourns Kobi’s death and confronts a public storm about the powerlessness of the police in their battle against the underworld, Hadas sets out on a journey full of startling twists…
Author(s): Michal Hartstein , Rassel Dickshtein, et al.

13. Tahoe Blowup (An Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller) (2001)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListWhen Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna’s cabin narrowly escapes burning in an arson-set forest fire, the local fire department hires him to investigate. As more fires follow and people die, Owen can’t tell if the fires are an act of eco-terrorism or a method of murder. Before Owen can solve the case, the firestarter kidnaps Owen’s girlfriend Street Casey. Owen has just hours to save Street before she burns up in a fire so big, fire fighters call it a BLOWUP….
Author(s): Todd Borg

14. Miami Storm (Titus South Florida Mystery Thriller Series) (2019)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListA wealthy New York City attorney on the payroll of a Mexican drug czar is found murdered—in exactly the manner Titus said he’d do it on a recording played on the Miami six o’clock news. Now Titus is the target of government agencies, the Miami-Dade Police, and the Quintana cartel.But that’s the least of his problems.Titus wakes up in a hospital bed in a strange mansion—heavily medicated, under guard, unable to walk, with no memory of what happened. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the door blasts open and things take another turn so bizarre that even Titus can’t believe it… *Miami Storm is Book 3 of…
Author(s): John D. Patten

15. What Have You Done (2018)

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate ListWhen a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he’d had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there’s a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder.Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam, who must race against time and his…
Author(s): Matthew Farrell

Best Mystery Thriller Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some mystery thriller books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Horror Stories: 51 Sleepless Nights: Thriller short story collection about Demons, Undead, Paranormal, Psychopaths, Ghosts, Aliens, and Mystery

Author(s): Tobias Wade
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2175628

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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