Mysteries

Mysteries are probably the most widely read genre, as they appeal to a large cross-section of the reading population. The central part of any mystery novel is the mystery itself, or the puzzle. Over the course of the book, the author provides clues, which a savvy reader can then put together and guess the ending. The puzzle also usually involves a crime, most often a murder. Lastly, the main character in a mystery will fall into one of three categories: a police detective, a private investigator or an amateur detective.

 

Amateur Detectives

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Police Detectives

  • Nevada Barr
  • MC Beaton
  • Stephen Booth
  • Michael Brandman
  • Richard Castle
  • Michael Connelly
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Deborah Crombie
  • Colin Dexter
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Elizabeth George
  • Tess Gerritsen
  • Leslie Glass
  • Joan Hess
  • Tony Hillerman
  • P.D. James
  • J.A. Jance
  • Faye Kellerman
  • Ed McBain
  • Val McDermid
  • Jill McGown
  • Nele Neuhaus
  • Carol O’Connell
  • Robert Parker
  • Ridley Pearson
  • Anne Perry
  • Ian Rankin
  • Kathy Reichs
  • J.D. Robb
  • Peter Robinson
  • John Sandford
  • Alan Scholefield
  • Julie Smith
  • Aimee Thurlo
  • Ted Wood

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Private Investigators

  • Ace Atkins
  • Richard Barre
  • Rhys Bowen
  • Liza Cody
  • Robert Crais
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Charles Finch
  • Lee Goldberg
  • Sue Grafton
  • Jane Haddam
  • Parnell Hall
  • Laurie R. King
  • Dennis Lehane
  • G.A. McKevett
  • Marcia Muller
  • Robert B. Parker
  • Sara Paretsky
  • Lawrence Sanders
  • Steven Saylor
  • Stuart Woods