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Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Nonfiction Mystery courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery (2014)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionA Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of 2013Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. A triumph of reporting, a riveting narrative, and "a lashing critique of how society and the police let five young women down" (Dwight Garner, New York Times), Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the…
Author(s): Robert Kolker

2. Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science (2013)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionEgypt’s first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE — was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage is never heard from again. Find out how spectroscopy points to some probable explanations. Case Closed? examines these and six other mysteries from ancient and modern times. Accompanied by photos, maps, diagrams and illustrations, this book reveals how modern…
Author(s): Susan Hughes, Michael Wandelmaier

3. Unexplained Mysteries Of The World: A Non-Fiction Collection About True Hauntings, Lost Civilizations, Alien Contact & Other Paranormal Enigmas (2019)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionDiscover Some Of The Most Captivating Mysteries Of All TimeHumanity has come so far and explored so much. As a species, we have more or less conquered the entire Earth and all of its resources. We have built towering structures, intricate systems and settled everywhere — from the tallest peaks to the deepest valleys.We have now entered what many like to think of as the enlightened, scientific era — where old superstitions and fears have been abolished, and the mysteries of the past have been solved. Basically, many of us like to think we have figured it all out.However, whether we want to admit…
Author(s): Brian Kingsley

4. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland: A Civil Lawyer’s View Of A Murder Trial From The Jury Box (2017)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionEvan Meisner thought he had a lot of life ahead of him at twenty-two. Instead, he became one of the 103 people murdered in Oakland, California, in 2011. Not Just Another Killing in Oakland is an intriguing blow-by-blow account of People v. Gadlin. From jury selection to the final verdict and sentencing, David H. Fleisig writes with meticulous detail about the events that led to the murder of Evan Meisner, the arrest of the main suspect, and the trial that followed. As a juror and civil trial lawyer, Fleisig offers a unique perspective of what happened in and out of the courtroom and…
Author(s): David H. Fleisig

5. Spilled Milk: Based on a true story (2013)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionBrooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call to social services about the escalating brutality in her home.When they jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home, and she risks losing the support of family, coming to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved.Spilled Milk is a novel of shocking narrative, triumph and resiliency….
Author(s): K.L Randis

6. The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders: The Story of a Town in Terror (2016)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionSet in the rowdy, often lawless town of Texarkana shortly after WWII, The Phantom Killer is the history of the most puzzling unsolved cases in the United StatesThe salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana’s “lovers lanes” in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this…
Author(s): James Presley

7. Mystery: How to Write Traditional & Cozy Whodunits (Genre Writer) (2017)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionHow do you write a cozy murder mystery that readers will love? You need to include all of the things they expect to find in their favourite genre:- A murderer and a victim- An investigator – either a Great Detective in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes; a Spinster Sleuth like Miss Marple; or a fiesty modern amateur sleuth- A closed setting with a small circle of suspects- A ‘Watson’ to assist (or hamper!) the sleuth- An investigation that explores Means, Motive, Opportunity and Alibis – Clues to what really happened and red herrings that muddy the waters – A plot that…
Author(s): Paul Tomlinson

8. Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries (2019)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs a Yale School of Medicine physician, the New York Times bestselling author of Every Patient Tells a Story, and an inspiration and adviser for the hit Fox TV drama House, M.D., Lisa Sanders has seen it all. And yet she is often confounded by the cases she describes in her column: unexpected collections of symptoms that she and other physicians struggle to diagnose. A twenty-eight-year-old man, vacationing in the Bahamas for his birthday, tries some barracuda for dinner. Hours later, he collapses on the dance floor with crippling stomach pains. A middle-aged…
Author(s): Lisa Sanders

9. The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (True Rescue Series) (2015)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis adaptation for young readers of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman tells the story of the shipwreck of two oil tankers and the harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. Now a major motion picture from Disney, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half. With the storm in full force and waves up…
Author(s): Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman

10. The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral (1980)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionMass Market Paperback: 206 pages Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 1980) Language: English ISBN-10: 0380003864 ISBN-13: 978-0380003860 Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Louis Charpentier

11. The Unsolved Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Unexplained Mysteries) (2013)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionA sudden splash. A giant creature lurking under the water. A 1,500-year old legend of a sea creature in a Scottish lake. Could the Loch Ness monster be real? No one knows for sure. Explore this unsolved mystery, and why some people believe and others don’t….
Author(s): Terri Sievert

12. Minnesota’s Oldest Murder Mystery: The Case of Edward Phalen: St. Paul’s Unsaintly Pioneer (2012)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionOn September 27, 1839, the battered body of a middle-aged Irishman was found by some Dakota Indian boys. The corpse washed up along the Mississippi River shore, about seven miles downstream from Fort Snelling near the ancient Indian landmark the non-Indians called Carver’s Cave. It was the body of Sgt. John Hays, a popular former soldier, who, prior to his disappearance twenty-one days earlier, had been sharing a log shanty a few miles upriver from the cave with his friend and business partner, Edward Phelan (or Phalen). Before the year was…
Author(s): Gary Brueggemann

13. The Maine Islands in Story and Legend (1987)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collectiona reprint of the 1960 title, the maine islands in story and legend – history and folklore of the maine islands, collected by the Maine Writers Research Club, and written by Dorothy Simpson….
Author(s): Dorothy Simpson

14. The Girl Who Lived: A Thrilling Suspense Novel (2017)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionNo one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right—but did she see the killer?  — Independent Publisher Book Awards 2018  — National Indie Excellence Awards 2018  — Silver Falchion Award 2018  — Indie Book Awards 2018  — Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2018  — NetGalley Readers As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her…
Author(s): Christopher Greyson

15. The Life We Bury (2014)

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate CollectionA USA Today bestseller and book club favorite! College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and…
Author(s): Allen Eskens

Best Nonfiction Mystery Books: The Ultimate Collection

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 nonfiction mystery 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.

Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery

Author(s): Yaron Reshef
Publisher: , Year: 2014, Size: 763 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2418701

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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