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Introduction to the mystery genre

The mystery fiction genre usually involves a puzzling situation, crime, or mysterious death to be solved. From the Latin word "mysterium", meaning secret thing, this category of books is filled with titles that can include everything from classics to police procedurals, hard-boiled detective novels to supernatural mysteries. What they all share, and what makes them so enjoyable to read, is that they turn the reader into a detective. Who, what where, when, and why did a particular crime happen? And will you be able to solve the mystery before the book ends or will the author keep you guessing with every turn of the page?

Cozy mysteries

Manna from Hades by Carola Dunn
Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanna Fluke
Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs
The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams
The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Detective mysteries

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
Whose Body? By Dorothy Sayers
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke

Procedural mysteries

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
The Tenant by Katrine Engberg
Inspector Alleyn 3 Book Collection by Ngaio Marsh
Inspector Maigret series by Georges Simenon
The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

Historical mysteries

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
What Angel’s Fear by C S Harris
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James

New to mysteries? Try one of these to start.