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Mystery books focus on solving a crime, usually a murder. The crime is the so-called "inciting incident" that sets the events of the book in motion. The protagonist (an investigator), along with the reader, tries to piece together the available clues that lead him or her to the crime's perpetrator. The story usually concludes with the discovery and capture of the evil-doer. The investigator is usually a member of the police force, a private eye, or an amateur detective. The setting may be contemporary or historical.

This blog post elaborates on the difference between mysteries and thrillers.

The mystery subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write mystery novels, explore a genre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.


  • Cozy Mystery
  • General Mystery
  • Historical Mystery
  • Noir/Hard-Boiled
  • Paranormal Mystery
  • Police Procedural Mystery

Landmark Mystery Titles

Here are select mystery must-read titles:

  • SUEDE TO REST by Diane Vallere is a Cozy Mystery Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY by P.D. James is a Landmark Historical Mystery Title on Book Country.  
  • GHOSTWALK by Rebecca Stott is a Mystery Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • Cozy Mystery - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder  
  • General Mystery - The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency  
  • Historical Mystery - Maisie Dobbs  
  • Noir/Hard Boiled Mystery - The Talented Mr. Ripley  
  • Paranormal Mystery - Secondhand Spirits  
  • Police Procedural Mystery - Trunk Music  
  • Cozy Mystery - Murder with Peacocks  
  • General Mystery - A Sleeping Life  
  • Historical Mystery - Roman Blood  
  • Noir/Hard-Boiled Mystery - Devil in a Blue Dress  
  • Paranormal Mystery - Shadow Man  

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