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Best Mystery Detective Books

Updated on December 22, 2012

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors because he writes his books in series and he has an excellent flare for mystery. He also co writes with other authors which is really a nice change in character and perception. Below are some of his books that I’ve read:

Women's Murder Club Series Co Written by Maxine Paetro

This series is full of mystery and thrill and will keep you up at night turning page after page. I have read the first ten of eleven books so far and hope for many more to come.

The main characters are a handful of women who are linked together by their careers, a female homicide detective, chief medical examiner, a district attorney and a crime reporter for the local news paper. These characters are vibrant and complex, coming alive to fight serial killers and homicidal maniacs.


James Patterson and co-author Michael Ledwidge

This is a series of four books so far. It makes me check all the windows and doors before I go to bed at night and I leave a night light on!

Lee Child's Jack Reacher adventures

If you read one Jack Reacher Novel you have to read the rest! There are seventeen Reacher adventures and I have read them all. My only complaint is that they only come one a year.

Jack is a commitment phobe, rough ex-Military Cop, thumbing around the United States never staying in one place long enough to put down roots. Trouble and mystery always find him wherever he goes.

Reacher fights for the underdog and when he gets angry about injustice watch out! He doesn’t play by the rules but he always wins.

Tom Cruise is starring as Jack Reacher in One Shot which comes out in December of 2012. I can't wait to see Reacher come alive on the screen!

Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series

The Alphabet Series stars Kinsey Millhone, private detective extraordinaire, trouble magnet and crime solver. When faced with a mystery Kinsey has to solve it no matter the danger to herself. A MUST read for mystery lovers!


Kate White, Author

Not only is Kate White Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine she also finds time to write the most chilling thrillers I have ever read. Bailey Weggins, true crime journalist, doesn't just report the news, she solves the crimes by gathering the evidence and drawing the criminals to her! I hope Kate gives Bailey a long and productive career because her books are a must for every mystery lovers shelves.


These are just a few of the mystery novels I have read in the last month or two and are just a grain of sand in the wonderful world of mysteries out there. If you love to read do it often and explore many different authors.

Who is your favorite Mystery Author of the five listed?

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      daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

      I like good mystery books so I find this hub useful. Lots of the ones I have read are kind of cheesy so I will try out some of your suggestions.

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      tigerbaby777 5 years ago from Nampa

      Thank you Daisyjae. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. My mom was a mystery reader, while I was into romance novels. I have TONS of catching up to do!

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