Here are some best mystery authors to read

There is a different joy of flipping through the mystery as it unfolds with every page

Among the various genres of books and novels that one is spoilt to choose from, the genre of mystery novels is equally vast and intriguing. While there is a thrill and kick in watching mysteries being solved or reached to a conclusion, there is a whole lot of different charm in flipping through pages to find the suspense end. Literature has a pool of mystery narrations that are mesmerizing and captivating to the core. From quirky characterization to dingy backgrounds, the narrations are an absolute delight. So here is a list of authors who have excelled in the mystery genre to its core.

Tana French

The author struck the chord with her 2007 debut, a psychological mystery novel In the Woods. The book went on to win various awards. French has been referred to as ‘the First Lady of Irish Crime’. The author is best known for using psychological suspense at its grave level and then driving her stories towards an outward scenario. Tana French is best known for the Dublin Murder Squad series, which is touted to be the perfect amalgamation of spine-chilling mystery, in-depth development of characters, and most importantly, impeccable writing.


Penname of Japanese novelist Mariko Hashioka, Kirino is a well-known writer of Japanese detective fiction. Kirino’s writing is intriguing as it leaves the narration at a point for the reader to decide what they would do if they were in the situation. Most often, her work has been compared with horror fiction. One will also find loneliness often the theme of her narrations.  A few of her most famous and well-received novels are Out, Kao niFurikakaruAme (Rain Falling on My Face), Yawarakanahoho (Soft Cheeks), Grotesque, Real World, The Goddess Chronicle, and others.

Raymond Chandler

The author began his career as a detective fiction writer at the age of 44 in 1932. Chandler’s first short story, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot, was published in 1933, while his first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. Chandler continued writing short mystery stories but also published seven novels. The author is known for his immense stylistic influence on American popular literature and is also known to be one of the founding fathers of the school of detective fiction. Three of Chandler’s novels – Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister, and The Long Goodbye – have been regarded as masterpieces. Most of Chandler’s writings have also been adapted into films.

A few other mystery writers are Gillian Flynn, Ann Cleeves, David Baldacci, Stephen King, Harlan Coben, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Louise Penny, and Lee Child, among various others.

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