I love a good mystery. Whether it's a police detective closing in on a criminal, hapless amateurs stumbling onto clues, or you, the reader, sussing out the details, there's nothing like the excitement and engagement of a well-done whodunit - whatever the form. My obsession, which may have started with all those choose your own adventure mystery books I once devoured, only grew as I did. And so did my desire to see myself in these stories. Thankfully, especially in recent years, there's no shortage of mysteries and thrillers with women as the driving force behind them - and not always on the virtuous side. That's what keeps it interesting and why we love them, right? So I've pulled together this list of 100 of my favorites (adding it to our 100 club).

We've got an array of popular subgenres from which to choose. Psychological thrillers with shifting perspectives and shifty states of mind. Police Procedurals that are very focused on solving the case. Suspense titles that'll keep you guessing. True Crime books that prove reality can often be more horrifying than fiction. Modern Detective tales that ground us in the contemporary world and a keen sense of the hero's inner workings. Classic Detective titles that harken back to a different time, with different sensibilities. And Espionage books to get your spy game on. Pick your poison below and find your next listen that's sure to make you shudder with delight. -- Abby, Audible Editor

Choose your favorite kind of Mystery or Thriller below:

    • The Murder at the Vicarage

    • A Miss Marple Mystery
    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542

    The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!

    • By Scaramouche239 on 06-11-14

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Maisie Dobbs

    • By: Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,363
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,489
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,483

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence and the patronage of her benevolent employers she works her way into college at Cambridge....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful discovery

    • By Lori on 08-07-09

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

    • By: Julie Berry
    • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 506

    There's a murderer on the loose - but that doesn't stop the girls of St. Etheldreda's from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpectedly delightful

    • By Adi Gilo on 06-01-15

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Grey Mask

    • Miss Silver, Book 1
    • By: Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 264

    The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The shaky first of a long, strong series

    • By Phebe on 07-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Yellow Room

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    In a nearly empty house, a young woman finds herself alone with a killer....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If you knew Mary like I know Mary

    • By Deborah on 06-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Man in Lower Ten (Tantor Edition)

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The Man in Lower Ten follows the investigation of the murder of a man in a sleeping car on a train....

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Circular Staircase

    • By: Mary Roberts Rinehart
    • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Twenty-year-old Halsey and 24-year-old Gertrude, nephew and niece of Rachel Inness, a well-to-do middle-aged spinster, talk Rachel into renting a large country house for the summer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Influential

    • By Linda on 06-28-15

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Jane and the Waterloo Map

    • Being a Jane Austen Mystery
    • By: Stephanie Barron
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    November 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has left the British economy in shreds; Henry Austen, Jane's favorite brother, is about to declare bankruptcy....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series!!

    • By Yvonne on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Picture Miss Seeton

    • A Miss Seeton Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Heron Carvic
    • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HISS for the Villain!

    • By Betababe on 08-17-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Wurst Is Yet to Come

    • A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery, Book 27
    • By: Mary Daheim
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Ellison
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The charming Hillside Manor is the perfect B&B for a few days of R&R. Okay, so it also features the occasional corpse or two....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exactly What I Expected

    • By Janet on 08-05-12

    Regular price: $34.99