Discover Mystery: A List to Help You Find Something New

Dear Readers,

As voracious mystery readers, we’re sure you have the same experiencewe do: Sometimes you just don’t know what to read next. Not everyone can keep up with our shared appetite for words. And that book your sister recommended? Well, it just wasn’t what any of us would typically look for.


We spend an inordinate amount of time thinking how can we help our dear readers discover mystery! That’s why we created The Mystery List. It’s a tool for you to discover new mysteries based on the mystery genres and authors you’ve already read and loved. We want everyone in the Poisoned Pen Press community to be among the first to discover great new mysteries, so voila!


Bear in mind, what follows is by no means all-inclusive. Scroll through the list, or download the complete list as a PDF by clicking here. Let’s make discovering new mysteries a team effort.


Happy Reading!

Robert, Jessica and the Team at Poisoned Pen Press


Organized by Subgenre/Type

  • Prehistory

    • Jean Auel (Earth’s Children Series)
    • Kathleen O’Neal Gear & Michael Gear
    • Judith Tarr (The Epona Sequence series)
  • Egyptian

    • P.C. Doherty (Amerotke Series & Egyptian Mystery Series)
    • Lauren Haney (Lieutenant Bak series)
    • Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody Series)
    • Lynda Robinson (Lord Meren series)
  • Greek/Roman

    • Gary Corby (Nicolaos Series)
    • Lindsey Davis (Marcus Didius Falco Series)
    • Ruth Downie (Roman Empire series)
    • Jane Finnis (Aurelia Marcella series)
    • Robert Harris (Marcus Cicero Series)
    • Bruce Macbain (Roman Games)
    • Rosemary Rowe (Libertus series)
    • Steven Saylor (Roma sub Rosa series)
      Early Medieval/Early Christian
    • Frederick Ramsay (Jerusalem Mysteries)
    • Mary Reed & Eric Mayer (John the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries)
    • Peter Tremayne (Sister Fidelma Series)
  • Medieval

    • Maureen Ash (A Templar Night Mystery)
    • Alys Clare (Abbess Helewise and Sir Josse d’Acquin series)
    • P.C. Doherty (Nicholas Chirke series and Brother Athelstan series)
    • Ariana Franklin (Adelia Series)
    • Margaret Frazer (Dame Frevisse Series & Joliffe Series)
    • Susanna Gregory (Matthew Bartholomew Series)
    • Michael Jecks (Simon Puttock Series)
    • Bernard Knight (Sir John de Wolfe series)
    • Edward Marston (Domesday Series)
    • Sharan Newman (Catherine LeVendeur series)
    • Sharon Kay Penman (Justin de Quincy)
    • Ellis Peters: (Brother Cadfael Series)
    • Candace Robb (Owen Archer Mysteries)
    • Priscilla Royal (Eleanor, Prioress of Tyndal Series)
  • Renaissance/Elizabethan

    • Fiona Buckley (Ursula Blanchard Series)
    • P.F. Chisholm (Sir Robert Carey Mysteries)
    • Rory Clement ( John Shakespeare Series)
    • Dorothy Dunnett (Dolly series)
    • Kathy Emerson (Lady Appleton Mysteries)
    • Phillipa Gregory (the Tudor series)
    • Karen Haper (Elizabeth I Mysteries)
    • Edward Marston (Nicholas Bracewell Series)
    • S.J. Parris (Giordano Bruno Series)
    • Anne Smith (historical romance series)
  • Baroque

    • David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
    • Beverle Graves Myers (Tito Amato Series)
  • Georgian

    • Bruce Alexander (Sir John Fielding Series)
    • Diana Gabaldon (Lord John Grey Series)
    • Deryn Lake (John Rawlings series)
    • David Liss (Benjamin Weaver Series)
    • Imogen Robertson (Harriet Westerman Series)
  • Regency 1790-1820

    • Stephanie Barron (Jane Austen Series)
    • Anna Dean (Miss Dido Kent Series)
    • Barbara Hambly (James Asher series)
    • C. S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr Series)
    • Lauren Willing (Eloise Kelly Series)
  • Victorian 1837-1901

    • Tasha Alexander (Lady Emily Ashton Series)
    • Emily Brightwell (Inspector Witherspoon)
    • Peter Lovesey (Sergeant Cribb Mysteries)
    • Ann Parker (Silver Rush mystery series)
    • Caro Peacock (Liberty Lane Series)
    • Matthew Pearl (Literary Historical mysteries)
    • Anne Perry (William Monk Series and Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Series)
    • Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody Series)
    • Deanna Raybourn (Lady Julia Grey series)
    • Victoria Thompson (Sarah Brandt Gaslight Mystery Series)
    • Sarah Waters (non-series)
  • WWI

    • Suzanne Arruda (Jade del Cameron Series)
    • Anne Perry (Matthew Reavley Series)
    • Charles Todd (Ian Rutledge series & Bess Crawford series)
    • Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)
  • 1920s

    • Simon Brett (Blotto Twinks Series)
    • Kerry Greenwood (Phryne Fisher Series)
    • Catriona McPherson (Dandy Gilver Series)
    • Jonathon Rabb (Nikolai Hoffner Series)
  • 1930s

    • Susan Witting Albert (Darling Dahlias Series)
    • Aileen G Baron (Lily Sampson Series)
    • Rhys Bowen (Lady Georgiana Series)
    • Rebecca Cantrell (Hannah Vogel Series)
    • Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller Series & Eliot Ness Series)
    • Sam Eastland (Inspector Pekkala Series)
    • William Ryan (Alexei Korolev Series)
    • Robert Skinner (Wesley Farrell Series)
    • Nicola Upson (Josephine Tey Series)
    • Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs Series)
  • Private Eye

    • Cara Black (Aimée Leduc Series)
    • Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder Series)
    • Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe series)
    • Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot Series)
    • Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller Series)
    • John Connolly (Charlie Parker Series)
    • Robert Crais (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series)
    • Mark de Castrique (Buryin Barry series & Sam Blackman series)
    • Loren D Estleman (Amos Walker Series)
    • David Fulmer (Valentin St. Cyr Series)
    • Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone Series)
    • Dashiell Hammett (Continental Detective Agency series)
    • C. S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr Series)
    • Philip Kerr (Bernie Gunther Series)
    • Ken Kuhlken (Tom Hickey Series)
    • Dennis Lehane (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series)
    • Walter Mosley (Easy Rawlins series & Leonid McGill series)
    • Sara Paretsky (V.I. Warshawski Series)
    • Robert B. Parker (Spenser Series and Sunny Randall series)
    • George Pelecanos (Nick Stefanos Series & Derek Strange Series)
    • Bill Pronzini (The Nameless Detective Series and John Quincannon Series)
    • Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Series)
    • Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe Series)
    • Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Hector Belascoaran Shayne Series)
    • Jane Tesh (David Randall Series)
    • Betty Webb (Lena Jones Series)
    • Don Winslow (Neal Carey Series and Boone Daniels Series)
    • Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)
  • Legal Thrillers

    • Michael Connelly (Mickey Haller series)
    • Robert Dugoni (David Sloane series and standalones)
    • Linda Fairstein (Alexandra (Alex) Cooper series)
    • Paul Goldstein (Michael Seeley series)
    • John Lescroart (Dismas Hardy series)
    • Hillary Bell Locke (Cynthia Jakubec)
    • Steve Martini (Paul Madriani series)
    • David Rosenfelt (Andy Carpenter series)
    • American Psychological Suspense
    • Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar series & Non-series books)
    • Tami Hoag (Tony Mendez Series)
    • Alice LaPlante (Turn of Mind)
  • British Psychological Suspense

    • S.J. Bolton (Lacey Flint series, and non-series books)
    • Ruth Rendell (Reginald Wexford series & Barbara Vine books)
    • Minette Walters (Non-series)
    • Nicci French (Non-series)
    • Barbara Michaels (Non-series)
    • Vicki Delany (Non-series) [Canadian]
      Translated Psychological Suspense
    • Åke Edwardson (Erik Winter Series)
    • Camilla Läckberg (Patrik Hedström series)
    • Stieg Larsson (Millennium Trilogy)
    • Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallander Series)
    • Jo Nesbø (Harry Hole series)
    • Roslund & Hellström (Ewert Grens series)
  • Hardboiled

    • Lawrence Block (Matt Scudder series, Bernie Rhodenbarr series, & John Keller series)
    • Ken Bruen (All novels)
    • Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta series)
    • Elmore Leonard (All novels not including westerns)
  • Noir

    • Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series, and non-series)
    • T. Jefferson Parker (Charlie Hood series, Merci Rayborn series & non-series books)
    • James Sallis (All novels including Lew Griffin series & John Turner series)
    • Daniel Woodrell (Rene Shade series and non-series)
  • Police Procedurals

    • Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne series)
    • Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series)
    • Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid series)
    • Mark de Castrique (Buryin Barry series & Sam Blackman series)
    • Colin Dexter (Chief Inspector Morse series)
    • Christopher Fowler (Bryant & May series)
    • Lisa Gardner (Both series)
    • Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles series)
    • Stephen F. Havill (Posadas County Series)
    • Reginald Hill (Andrew Dalziel series)
    • Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire series)
    • Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallander series)
    • Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney series)
    • Jo Nesbø (Harry Hole series)
    • Michael Norman (Sam Kincaid series & J. D. Books series)
    • Robert B. Parker (Jesse Stone)
    • Ridley Pearson (all series)
    • Louise Penny (Three Pines Series)
    • Frederick Ramsay (Ike Schwartz series)
    • Ian Rankin (John Rebus series & Malcolm Fox series)
    • Peter Robinson (Alan Banks series)
    • Jeffrey Siger (Andreas Kaldis series)
    • Jon Talton (David Mapstone series & Will Borders series)
    • Joseph Wambaugh (Hollywood Station series)
    • Qiu Xialong (Chen Cao series)
  • Crime Capers

    • Dave Barry (non-series)
    • Elmore Leonard
    • Tim Maleeny (Cape Weathers series)
    • Thomas Perry (Butcher’s Boy series, Jane Whitefield series, & non-series)
  • Thrillers

    • Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)
    • Lincoln Child (Pendergast Series, Gideon Crew Series, & Non-series)
    • Tom Clancy (All novels)
    • Jeffrey Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
    • Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp series)
    • Brent Ghelfi (Volk series)
    • Robert Harris (Marcus Cicero Series & non-series books)
    • Douglas Preston (Pendergast Series, Gideon Crew Series, & Non-series)
    • James Rollins (Sigma Force series and action thriller non-series)
    • Brad Thor (Scot Harvath series)
    • Randy Wayne White (Marion “Doc” Ford series)
  • Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories

    • David Baldacci (Michelle Maxwell & Sean King Series, Camel Club Series, & Shaw Series)
    • Brett Battles (Jonathan Quinn Series)
    • Ted Bell (Alex Hawke Series)
    • Lawrence Block (Evan Tanner Series)
    • P. C. Doherty (Hugh Corbett Series & Matthew Jenkyn Series)
    • Alex Dryden (Anna Resnikov series)
    • Ian Fleming (James Bond Series)
    • Alan Furst (Non-Series Spy Novels)
    • Susanna Gregory (Thomas Chaloner Series)
    • W E B Griffin (Men At War Series)
    • Jack Higgins (Sean Dillon Series)
    • Joseph Kanon (non-series books)
    • Philip Kerr (Bernie Gunther)
    • John Le Carre (George Smiley Series & Some non-series)
    • Margit Liesche (Pucci Lewis Series)
    • Stella Rimington (Liz Carlyle Series)
    • Greg Rucka (Queen & Country series)
    • Daniel Silva (All novels)
    • Olen Steinhauer (both series)
    • Lauren Willig (Eloise Kelly Series)
  • Cozy/Crafts

    • M C Beaton (Agatha Raisin)
    • Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy Series & Lady Georgiana Series)
    • Laura Childs (egg-themed Cackleberry Club series, scrapbooking shop series, and Indigo Teahouse series)
    • Diane Mott Davidson (Goldy Bear Series)
    • Earlene Fowler (Benni Harper Series)
    • Carolyn G. Hart (Death on Demand Series & Bailey Ruth Series)
  • Chicklit Sleuths

    • Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series)
    • K.J. Larson (Cat deLuca series)
    • Lisa Lutz (Spellman Files)
    • Nancy Martin (Blackbird Sisters mysteries & Roxy series)
    • Elaine Viets (Francesca Vierling series, Dead-End Job series, & Josie, Marcus Mystery Shopper series)
  • Amateur Sleuths

    • Jane Cleland (Antiques mysteries)
    • Aaron Elkins (Gideon Oliver Mysteries)
    • Earlene Fowler (Benni Harper series)
    • Carolyn Hart (Death on Demand Series)
    • Nancy Pickard (Jenny Cain series)
    • Jane Tesh (Madeline Maclin Series)
  • Clerical Sleuths

    • G.K. Chesterton (Father Brown series)
    • P.C. Doherty (Hugh Corbett series & Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series)
    • Harry Kemelman (David Small series)
    • Sharan Newman (Catherine LeVendeur series)
    • Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael series)
    • Priscilla Royal (Medieval Mysteries)
  • English Village/Country House

    • Margery Allingham (Albert Campion series & non-series books)
    • Nancy Atherton (Aunt Dimity series)
    • Belinda Bauer (non-series)
    • Rhys Bowen (Evan Evans series)
    • Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot series & Miss Marple series)

    War Espionage

    • James R Benn (Billy Boyle Series)
    • Rebecca Cantrell (Hannah Vogel series)
    • David Downing (John Russell Series)
    • Ken Follett (spy & suspense non-series books)
    • Frederick Forsyth (non-series)
    • Alan Furst (All novels)
    • W E B Griffin (Men at War series)
    • Joseph Kanon (non-series)
    • Philip Kerr (Bernie Gunther)

Alphabetically by Author

  • Bruce Alexander Georgian
  • Tasha Alexander Victorian
  • Margery Allingham English Village/Country House
  • Suzanne Arruda WWI
  • Nancy Atherton English Village/Country House
  • Jean Auel Prehistory
  • Stephanie Barron Regency
  • Dave Barry Crime Capers
  • Belinda Bauer English Village/Country House
  • Mark Billingham Police Procedurals
  • Lawrence Block Hardboiled
  • S.J. Bolton British Psychological Suspense
  • Rhys Bowen 1930s
  • Rhys Bowen English Village/Country House
  • C.J. Box Hardboiled
  • Ken Bruen Hardboiled
  • Fiona Buckley Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Rebecca Cantrell 1930s
  • Rebecca Cantrell War Espionage
  • Raymond Chandler Private Eye
  • G.K. Chesterton Clerical Sleuths
  • Lincoln Child Thrillers
  • Lee Child Thrillers
  • P.F. Chisholm Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Agatha Christie English Village/Country House
  • Tom Clancy Thrillers
  • Jane Cleland Amateur Sleuths
  • Rory Clement Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Harlen Coben American Psychological Suspense
  • Michael Connelly Legal Thrillers
  • Michael Connelly Police Procedurals
  • Gary Corby Greek/Roman
  • Patricia Cornwell Hardboiled
  • Lindsey Davis Greek/Roman
  • Mark de Castrique Private Eye
  • Mark de Castrique Police Procedurals
  • Anna Dean Regency
  • Jeffrey Deaver Thrillers
  • P.C. Doherty Egyptian
  • P.C. Doherty Medieval
  • P.C. Doherty Clerical Sleuths
  • Ruth Downie Greek/Roman
  • David Downing War Espionage
  • Alex Dryden Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • Robert Dugoni Legal Thrillers
  • Dorothy Dunnett Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Aaron Elkins Amateur Sleuths
  • Kathy Emerson Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Janet Evanovich Chicklit Sleuths
  • Linda Fairstein Legal Thrillers
  • Jane Finnis Greek/Roman
  • Vince Flynn Thrillers
  • Ken Follett War Espionage
  • Frederich Forsythe War Espionage
  • Earlene Fowler Cozy/Crafts
  • Earlene Fowler Amateur Sleuths
  • Ariana Franklin Medieval
  • Alan Furst War Espionage
  • Lisa Gardner Police Procedurals
  • Kathleen O’Neal Gear & Michael Gear Prehistory
  • Tess Gerritsen Police Procedurals
  • Paul Goldstein Legal Thrillers
  • Sue Grafton Private Eye
  • Kerry Greenwood 1920s
  • Susanna Gregory Medieval
  • Phillipa Gregory Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Barbara Hambly Regency
  • Dashiell Hammett Private Eye
  • Lauren Haney Egyptian
  • Robert Harris Greek/Roman
  • Robert Harris Thrillers
  • Carolyn G. Hart Cozy/Crafts
  • Carolyn G. Hart Amateur Sleuths
  • David Hewson Baroque
  • Tami Hoag American Psychological Suspense
  • Joseph Kanon Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • Joseph Kanon War Espionage
  • Harry Kemelman Clerical Sleuths
  • Philip Kerr War Espionage
  • Bernard Knight Medieval
  • Deryn Lake Georgian
  • Joe R. Lansdale Noir
  • Steig Larson Translated Psychological Suspense
  • K.J. Larson Chicklit Sleuths
  • John Le Carre Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • Dennis Lehane Private Eye
  • Elmore Leonard Crime Capers
  • John Lescroart Legal Thrillers
  • David Liss Georgian
  • Bruce Macbain Greek/Roman
  • Tim Maleeny Crime Capers
  • Henning Mankell Translated Psychological Suspense
  • Nancy Martin Chicklit Sleuths
  • Steve Martini Legal Thrillers
  • Mary Reed & Eric Mayer Early Medieval/Early Christain
  • Michael McGarrity Police Procedurals
  • Walter Mosley Private Eye
  • Beverle Graves Myers Baroque
  • Sharan Newman Medieval
  • Sharan Newman Clerical Sleuths
  • Michael Norman Police Procedurals
  • Sara Paretsky Private Eye
  • Ann Parker Victorian
  • Robert B. Parker Private Eye
  • T. Jefferson Parker Noir
  • S.J. Parris Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Matthew Pearl Victorian
  • Ridley Pearson Police Procedurals
  • Sharon K. Penman Medieval
  • Anne Perry Victorian
  • Thomas Perry Crime Capers
  • Elizabeth Peters Egyptian
  • Ellis Peters Medieval
  • Elizabeth Peters Victorian
  • Ellis Peters Clerical Sleuths
  • Nancy Pickard Amateur Sleuths
  • Douglas Preston Thrillers
  • Frederick Ramsay Police Procedurals
  • Frederick Ramsey Biblical
  • Ian Rankin Police Procedurals
  • Deanna Raybourn Victorian
  • Ruth Rendell British Psychological Suspense
  • Candace Robb Medieval
  • Imogen Robertson Georgian
  • Lynda Robinson Egyptian
  • James Rollins Thrillers
  • David Rosenfelt Legal Thrillers
  • Rosemary Rowe Greek/Roman
  • Priscilla Royal Medieval
  • Priscilla Royal Clerical Sleuths
  • Greg Rucka Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • James Sallis Noir
  • Steven Saylor Greek/Roman
  • Daniel Silva Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • Anne Smith Renaissance/Elizabethan
  • Dana Stabenow Private Eye
  • Olen Steinhauer Espionage Thrillers/Spy Stories
  • Jon Talton Police Procedurals
  • Judith Tarr Prehistory
  • Brad Thor Thrillers
  • Charles Todd WWI
  • Peter Tremayne Early Medieval/Early Christain
  • Elaine Viets Chicklit Sleuths
  • Minette Walters British Psychological Suspense
  • Joseph Wambaugh Police Procedurals
  • Sarah Waters Victorian
  • Randy Wayne White Thrillers
  • Lauren Willing Regency
  • Jacqueline Winspear WWI
  • Jacqueline Winspear 1930s
  • Daniel Woodrell Noir
  • Qiu Xialong Police Procedurals

Resources

Historical Novels

http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/
http://www.historicalnovels.info/Articles.html


Tudor

http://wwwappskc.lonestar.edu/prodev/elizabeth/images/mystery_books2.pdf

Egypt

http://www.kenseamedia.com/amelia/mysteries.htm
http://www.egyptomania.org/aef/Egyptmyst.html#ANC


Medieval

http://www.medieval-novels.com/


Cozy Mysteries

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/


General Resources

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/
http://www.dorothyl.com/

7 Responses to Discover Mystery: A List to Help You Find Something New

  1. It is a great list, but I would also add Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey to the English Country House/English Village category, along with the previously mentioned Georgette Heyer, Dorothy L. Sayers, and (my personal favorite) Patricia Wentworth.

  2. Fan of many of these authors but where’s John Maddox Roberts, Michael Kurland, Magdalen Nabb, Shirley Wells, Kate Ross, Jane Jakeman, Georgette Heyer, Patricia Wentworth, Alan Gordon & Rosemary Stevens?

  3. Great list – but Barbara Hambly’s Ben January series, beginning with A FREE MAN OF COLOR, is outstanding. I ‘d like to see that listed too.

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