If you like to solve a good old mystery and prefer your audio material a little more challenging, then the mystery genre for audiobooks is undoubtedly the one for you!
With more of us trying to crack cases before they’re revealed by the author, mystery books undeniably engage us and get our investigative senses working overtime.
Here we recommend no less than 11 of the very best mystery audiobooks all definitely worth adding to your list.
Best Mystery Audiobooks 2019 List
1. Sherlock Holmes – The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
Everybody’s favourite detective, or rather a high functioning sociopath, the complete works of Sherlock Holmes is brought to life on audiobook.
Narrated by no less than the man himself, the formidable, Mr. Stephen Fry, Sherlock continues to captivate fans all around the world with the most intricate, complex, and utterly unique tales.
From The Hound of the Baskervilles, and His Last Bow, to A Study in Scarlet and more, there’s something for all fans in this complete collection. What’s more, Fry offers a personal and thoroughly insightful introduction to each of the titles.
Narrator – Stephen Fry
Length – 62 hours & 52 minutes
2. The Institute by Stephen King
The grandmaster of storytelling, Stephen King’s latest audiobook is a dark, compelling mystery with a supernatural element to it. Concentrating his storytelling efforts on that younger generation of characters, he charts the increasing power of an obscure state facility seemingly abducting children from all over the US.
Yet, these are no ordinary children, and all are chosen for their distinctive form of exceptional gifts. Their newest abductee though proves to be a match for the powers that be and threatens to expose much more than just the institute.
A thrilling story, The Institute is at times heart-breaking but ultimately tinged with a sense of hope.
Narrator – Santino Fontana
Length – 18 hours & 59 minutes
3. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Published to huge acclaim in the book industry, audiobook listeners are now able to listen to this most hyped of psychological mysteries. What appears to be a perfectly ordinary family moving into the house opposite hers soon turns out to be Anna’s lifeline to the outside world. Day after day, she watches her neighbours comings and goings, drawn to what appears to be a perfect family – something we discover Anna once had. But, one evening that perfection cracks, leaving Anna desperate to solve a mystery that no one else is ready to believe as something so sinister.
Narrator – Ann Marie Lee
Length – 13 hours & 42 minutes
4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
A multiple award-winning book, Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die several times over – that is until one of her guests, Aiden, can solve the mystery and reveal the killer.
In a rush against time to break the cycle, Aiden is thwarted as he wakes each day in the body of a different guest. Claimed to be one of the most original and unique of storylines, this book is a bewildering mystery with fantastic acclaim from so many readers.
A plot unlike any other, it makes for an excellent audiobook choice with its twists and turns at every corner alongside remarkably poised prose from beginning to end.
Narrator – Jot Davies
Length – 16 hours & 41 minutes
5. The Binding by Bridget Collins
A spellbinding story filled with magic, mystery, and suspense; this is a Sunday Times award-winning book which is an unforgettable audiobook choice.
With the most compelling of narratives and a twist you won’t see coming until the very end, this is a love story with a difference. Focusing on Emmett Farmer’s apprenticeship as a bookbinder, the story alludes to the power of memory and the destruction of secrets.
Working on binding other people’s memories to store as books, Farmer soon realises that one of those very books has his name on it, and his life will never be the same again.
Narrator – Carl Prekopp
Length – 15 hours & 31 minutes
6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
No audiobook list would be complete without the Queen of mystery, intrigue, and suspense – that is Agatha Christie.
And Then There Were None is just one of her most popular titles. A true masterpiece in the art of the mystery genre, this well-known story features ten people, all strangers, summoned to an island mansion, far away from prying eyes.
As all guests take their seats for dinner, the games begin with an unseen host declaring each one of them around the table has a secret. When the first guest is found murdered that same evening, it soon becomes clear there may be secrets worth dying for!
Narrator – Hugh Fraser
Length – 5 hours & 36 minutes
7. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A fantastic British classic and an immensely enjoyable narration by Shakespearean actor Sir Ian Holm, this is a story based on an actual criminal case.
Considered one of the first-ever mystery novels, a truly significant plot accompanies some excellent unique characterisation throughout. A woman in white wonders around one moonlit night until she is saved from her pursuers by Walter Hartright.
Determined to solve the mystery and discover the story behind her terror and distress, Hartright takes listeners on a Victorian gothic timeless tale. Using several different narratives throughout the book, this is undoubtedly a story to lose yourself in.
Narrator – Josephine Bailey & Simon Prebble
Length – 25 hours & 6 minutes
8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
No mystery audiobook list is complete without a Dan Brown choice! Favoured by all for its intricate plot, thoroughly satisfactory twists, conspiracy theories galore, and historical content, The Da Vinci Code is a book that grips from the very first page.
With fan favourite Professor Robert Langdon joining forces with gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, what follows are bizarre riddles and rituals leading to some of the most mind-blowing of discoveries of the art world and an extraordinary historical revelation.
An international bestseller, listeners will marvel at the sheer amount of intricate and indeed factual research that has gone into this book.
Narrator – Jeff Harding
Length – 16 hours & 39 minutes
9. The Reckoning by John Grisham
Long-time international bestseller John Grisham gets it right again with his masterpiece The Reckoning. For some, this is his best work to date, with solid story structure, intrigue, suspense, and mystery.
This time Grisham transports us back to historical events when his protagonist Peter Banning, a decorated war hero, does the unspeakable in his beloved hometown. Trying to pick up the pieces, the town, and Banning’s family are left to unravel the far-reaching consequences of his actions, with seemingly nothing to go on and no explanation from Banning himself for his actions.
A story fantastically weaved, this is a thorough blood pumping and mind-racing audiobook choice.
Narrator – Michael Beck
Length – 17 hours & 36 minutes
10. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rose Walsh
With rave reviews all-round, Rose Walsh offers what at first glance seems to be a love story – but as the story rolls on, soon suggests a mystery genre at its best with a most fantastical twist no one sees coming! Perfect for audio, this resonates with all those who’ve waited for that phone call that just never happened.
As Sarah meets a man, spends seven days with him, and falls in love, she doesn’t expect to one day say goodbye to him for good as he leaves for a previously planned holiday.
Feeling that all is not as it seems and determined not to chalk it down to experience, Sarah sets out to discover the truth. This is a story that positively differs from your usual chick-lit, making this an incredible listen (or read).
Narrator – Katherine Press
Length – 9 hours & 22 minutes
11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The series may now be on its sixth book, but this was the book that started it all, making Larsson a publishing phenomenon! Brought to audio for enhanced enjoyment, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a critically acclaimed book boasting some of the most deeply intriguing characters.
Complex but thoroughly intelligent in story and pacing, reader favourite Lisbeth Salander, computer hacker extraordinaire, is employed to help disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist with a forty-year-old case.
Unprepared for the lengths the family in question will go to prevent any interrogation or snooping into their private affairs, Blomkvist and Salander walk into the darkest and appalling of family history, endangering their own lives in the process.
Narrator – Saul Reichlin
Length – 18 hours & 46 minutes
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