8 of the Best Classic Murder Mystery Books of All Time

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express is a must-read classic murder mystery. Detective Poirot solves a snowy night train murder.

The Honjin Murders (Detective Kindaichi Mysteries)

Japanese detective Kindaichi solves mysteries in a 1948 novel, translated to English in 2019. In Okamura village, newlyweds are murdered with a samurai sword.

The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery

Published in 1932, this novel is considered the first detective novel by a Black author. In "The Conjure-Man Dies," detective Perry Dart investigates the death of N'Gana Frimbo in Harlem.

A Study in Scarlet

In A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle introduces Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, transforming detective stories. They solve their first case: an American tourist's murder in an empty house.

The Daughter of Time

In Josephine Tey's 1951 book, Inspector Alan Grant from Scotland Yard checks out King Richard III's supposed crimes. A cool twist on a murder mystery with a modern detective diving into the past!

The Moonstone (Collector's Library Classics)

Wilkie Collins wrote The Moonstone, a pioneer in detective novels. It starts with Lady Rachel getting a big diamond as a gift, but it's stolen on her birthday.

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1

Ngaio Marsh's first Roderick Alleyn novel, "A Man Lay Dead," is a classic murder mystery set at a weekend party where a real murder happens during a detective game.

The Red House Mystery

A.A. Milne, famous for Winnie the Pooh, wrote a mystery called The Red House. It's set in an English house and revolves around the murder of the host's brother.