Starting reading as a hobby is an overwhelming task. Picking through a huge pool of best-sellers with several genres to pick from and a myriad of titles at your disposal can sometimes be discouraging. Especially, for first-time readers. Therefore, picking out the best book genre and story for you is crucial in helping you either discover or rediscover your passion for reading. They say nothing could go wrong if you begin with a good mystery book. So, if you’re looking for the best ones, or perhaps attempting to break free from a long and tiring reading slump, you came to the right place. We got you, fam!
Recommending my favorite mystery books to first-time readers
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
This classic mystery novel features Sir Conan Doyle’s iconic titular character, the eccentric genius detective – Sherlock Holmes. This brought the author to fame in the 19th century. The story follows Dr. John Watson’s accounts of the many short stories of Holmes’ gripping adventures of crime and detection.
If you started looking for a quick read of exhilarating and perplexing mysteries that will surely make you keep reading, this is the perfect beginner’s read you might be looking for. The novel features a plethora of mystifying plots, and interesting characters readers would love and hate at the same time. This book is also perfect for polishing your vocabulary as it is impressively well-written in 19th-century English.
Nancy Drew Mystery Series
Looking for a mystery novel you could finish in one sitting? This mystery series is surely what you’re looking for. This classic series comes from the author under the pseudonym – Carolyn Keene. She has made its titular character a household name in the mystery genre. It features 64 varying mystery plots that showcase Nancy’s crime-detecting abilities as an amateur teenage detective.
If you find the 64 books overwhelming, don’t fret! The Nancy Drew Mystery series consists of stand-alone books that you can read alone without depending on other books to understand the story. Most books also have several images inside to aid you in your immersion in the story.
And Then There Were None
When speaking of the best mystery novels of all time, one could never go without pulling up an Agatha Christie novel from their sleeves. From a myriad of stories to choose from written by the most published author of all time, picking one book may seem tough. But, if the locked-room mystery is what you’re looking for, then this book is for you.
The story follows a group of ten people who received an invitation to a remote island from a mysterious host. Upon their arrival, during dinner, a mysterious recording played accusing each of the guests of horrendous crimes. Soon, the guests find themselves horrifically murdered one by one dying clueless about who the culprit really is.
Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island remained one of the best murder mystery novels of all time that became famously made into a box-office hit flick. The story has the setting in 1954 when U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule arrived at Ashecliffe Hospital, an asylum for the criminally insane, to investigate a patient’s disappearance.
Confronted with a killer hurricane and a murderer patient on the loose, Daniels unravels a disturbing truth about his past. If you’re looking for a suspenseful and baffling mystery to kick-start a reading hobby, then Shutter Island is what you’re looking for.
Have you discovered anything you liked? Start compiling your mystery novels collection with these suggestions today.
Hannah Charade is a broadcasting student deeply passionate about the art of storytelling. She is highly inclined towards films, TV series, and classic and contemporary literature. Apart from this, having a taste in high-stakes plots and a penchant for whodunnits, she often finds herself absorbed in mystery and detective stories. She believes that the beauty of storytelling lies in its ability to make people feel listened to and understood.