Best Books: Mystery

1 The Summer of 75

The Summer of 75

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


Almost a decade after finding himself working for a shadowy Government department, ex-Detective John Gallagher is sent on a task that will become his most testing yet. Armed only with a two inch revolver, 12 bullets, some cryptic clues and a sense of humour, his mission is to assist a high ranking East German foreign intelligence operative to...

2 Tom the Telephone Boy

Tom the Telephone Boy

Frank V. Webster | Mystery


The apartment was a small front one, and contained two sewing machines, and, from the cloth, patterns, needles and thread scattered about, it did not need a sign to tell that dressmaking was conducted in it.

3 'The Magic Ring of Brodgar' book 1

'The Magic Ring of Brodgar' book 1

Katelyn Emilia Novak | Mystery


The Magic Ring of Brodgar follows young and successful Megan McKenzie as she travels to northern Scotland to claim her inheritance, an ancestral castle. Finding herself in brand new world and community, she makes loyal friends and terrible enemies, as she learns about the histories of this ancient land. Falling in love with Derek, a highlander...

4 The Summer of 66

The Summer of 66

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


In what could be considered a prequel to the Leveller Trilogy, Special Branch Detective Constable John Gallagher is seconded to a British Home Office Statistical Unit for what he considers a minor violation of trust. He's not well pleased; he knows nothing of statistics and had been hoping for a much less boring end to his year. The summer of...

5 The House of the Arrow

The House of the Arrow

A. E. W. Mason | Mystery


In The House of the Arrow we once again meet French Inspector Gabriel Hanaud. Hanaud is a towering figure in the history of genre mystery fiction as he is the obvious inspiration for Hercule Poirot. Hanaud is called in to investigate when the wealthy widow Mrs. Harlowe dies suddenly and her heiress, Betty Harlowe, is accused of murder.

6 Ask the River

Ask the River

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


With death taking a break, DCI Thurstan Baddeley, with nothing to do and too much time to do it in, agrees to delve into a 'something or nothing' job for one of his team. What seemed like a good idea at the time is gradually shoved on the back burner as 'normality' returns to the streets of Liverpool and the jobs start to stack up but it's not...

7 The Clevedon Case

The Clevedon Case

John Oakley and Nancy Oakley | Mystery


I became mixed up with the Clevedon case—the Cartordale Mystery, as it has been called—in curious fashion. True, it was to some extent in my line of business, though I do not actually earn my living by straightening out tangles. With me it is all a matter of “copy.”

8 The Plot That Failed; or, When Men Conspire

The Plot That Failed; or, When Men Conspire

Nicholas Carter | Mystery


Nick Carter stands for an interesting detective story. The fact that the books in this line are so uniformly good is entirely due to the work of a specialist. The man who wrote these stories produced no other type of fiction. His mind was concentrated upon the creation of new plots and situations in which his hero emerged triumphantly from all...

9 The Road to Eden is Overgrown

The Road to Eden is Overgrown

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


After losing his wife to cancer, Nicks tries to steadily drink himself to death and discovers it takes longer than he thought but then a mysterious encounter one evening sets his life on a completely unexpected path. Taking over his new desk at the Major Investigation Team, DCI Thurstan Baddeley was expecting the odd murder or two but not the...

10 No Room for the Innocent

No Room for the Innocent

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


The last of the Leveller Trilogy, the MIT’s DCI Thurstan Baddeley reluctantly recognises the return of an old adversary but as if that wasn’t enough, there's a complication to their equation, an encrypted clue, a puzzle that leads to personal and professional dilemmas for them both.