Who Done It?

By Ayesha Khan

Do you like the suspense created by a good mystery? Better yet, what about the shiver that runs down your spine when you realize the mystery is unsolved? The books on this list offer fictitious, as well as true, tales of truly horrifying mysteries and crimes. Look here if you want to add some darkness and tension to your summer!

  • Dead Guy's Stuff

    2002 by Sharon Sloan Fiffer

    Sometimes strange fetishes add spice to life. Sometimes strange fetishes are just strange (sorry). But in the case of Jane Wheel, her knack for hunting old, useless, collectibles has lead her to an intricate mystery involving a dead guy and his stuff. This book maintains the air of mystery, yet is also relaxing to read. If you're not so much into dark and devious tales, but still enjoy a good mystery, this one's for you.

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    2008 by Stieg Larsson

    Read this one in a sunny room, preferably with a pet, if you have one, resting on your lap. This book is dark and twisted, with a complex storyline, so if you’re tired of the relentless monotony of life, pick this one up—it’ll have you entranced.

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  • Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries

    2012 by Kathryn Clay

    Someone has gone missing. Ridiculously complex structures built when humans lacked sophisticated tools. Do we have the answers? Not all of them, but read this book and get the deeper details on the great mysteries of the world.

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  • The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of All Time


    Mystery has always beguiled humans. We love the suspense, the thrill, the raciness. The editors of Life put together this collection of oddities for your entertainment. You’ll walk away wondering what else in life isn’t as it seems.

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  • The Jinx : The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    2015 by Andrew Jarecki

    This six-part documentary digs deep into the life of major real estate multimillionaire Robert Durst, the mysterious disappearance of his wife, and the murder of their acquaintances. Details of the case become so bloodcurdling, it’s difficult to remind yourself that it's a true story. Watch the series to view an exclusive interview with Durst himself.

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  • Angels & Demons

    2000 by Dan Brown

    This book has it all: a chase for a missing canister, gory murders, brewing romance, kidnapping, and the Illuminati. Join Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra for a wild chase all across Rome’s historic sites.

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  • I Hunt Killers

    2012 by Barry Lyga

    This is one of my all time favorites: the main characters’ edgy sense of humor coupled with the grisly murders makes for an enthralling read. You can’t help but fall in love with the main character, Jazz, as you watch him on this emotional, and also dangerous, roller coaster.

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  • 1st to Die

    2001 by James Patterson

    Depression, a terminal disease, a cycle of murders of newlyweds, an unlikely partnership, strange romance— exactly what your summer needs, right? First to Die will leave your heart racing with a perpetually riveting plot line.

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    2013 by Robert Galbraith

    J.K. Rowling wrote this book under a pseudonym, so you can expect a rich plot with countless intricacies and major plot twists. Reading this book is the metaphorical equivalent of walking down a twisty, long, and mysterious road.

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  • Dark Places

    2009 by Gillian Flynn

    The story’s protagonist and narrator is the sole survivor of a massacre affiliated with a Satanic cult ritual. What’s more, the narrator testified against her brother as the main suspect in the murders. Overwhelmed yet? I think so. But wait, is her brother the murderer? Read more to find out.

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