The best mystery books—full of secrets and intrigue—to read in 2021

The best mystery books cover tales of crime, betrayal, and detective work

Best mystery books
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The best mystery books both scare us and satisfy us in equal measure. After all, seeking reassurance from fear is something we can all relate to. 

And just as we were soothed by the lovely outcomes of fairy tales in our youth or the best romance books into adulthood, so we search for more stories as adults that will confirm what we hope to be true: that mysteries will be solved and normality will resume. 

It is no surprise, then, that whodunnits, whydunnits, and what-the-heck-dunnits continue to dominate the best selling book charts. Because no matter how macabre a tale might be (and a few on this list truly are), we can be sure that by the time the final page is turned on our best eReader, we will have all the answers – and perhaps have learned an important lesson along the way.

The best mystery books to read in 2021

There has never been a more pertinent time to lose yourself in one of the best mystery books, and these spring titles offer everything from ruthless ballerinas to dark family secrets, missing teenagers to modern retellings of Gothic classics, clone scientists, people trafficking and bodies buried in back gardens. Take your pick and start devouring, because these standout stories deserve your undivided attention.

Isabelle Broom

Isabelle Broom is a bestselling author and lifestyle/books journalist. After 12 years at heat magazine, she set off on her freelancer writing career, and has now penned over nine hit novels. She is a regular contributor to woman&home, sharing her expert insight on the latest book releases—from fiction to fantasy—and when she's not pouring over novels (either writing or reading them), you can find her out walking her two adorable dogs in the Suffolk countryside.