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:

    • Need to Know

    • A Novel
    • By: Karen Cleveland
    • Narrated by: Mia Barron
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 786
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 732
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 734

    In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency - and to her family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Chemist

    • By: Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27,987
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25,752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25,717

    She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listened all night!

    • By bebe on 06-04-17

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set, Books 1-3

    • By: Cheryl Bradshaw
    • Narrated by: Crystal Sershen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    On the slopes of Park City, Utah's newest ski resort, a woman is found dead. At first glance, it has all the makings of an accident....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quite a surprise

    • By Dawn on 04-30-17

    Regular price: $23.94

    • The Alice Network

    • A Novel
    • By: Kate Quinn
    • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24,090
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,235
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,128

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

    • By Marie on 02-25-18

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Restless

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 573

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favorite Book of 2007

    • By Susianna on 12-27-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • At Risk

    • By: Stella Rimington
    • Narrated by: Jennifer McMahon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    In this terrifying and tautly drawn debut thriller, Stella Rimington takes us to the heart of the intelligence world. It is a place she is uniquely qualified to describe....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping - Excellent Narration

    • By Simon on 06-12-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Black Roses

    • By: Jane Thynne
    • Narrated by: Julie Teal
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Berlin, 1933. Warning bells ring across Europe as Hitler comes to power. Clara Vine, an attractive young Anglo-German actress, arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios....

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Angel from Hell

    • Angel Fehrbach Series, Book 1
    • By: Christopher Nicole
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    When in March 1938 Germany invades Austria, all anti-Nazis are immediately rounded up and imprisoned....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • spy at its best!!!!!

    • By J. Spencer on 12-30-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Lady Vanishes

    • By: Ethel Lina White
    • Narrated by: Kim Hartman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Iris Carr is tired and exhausted. Travelling by train from Switzerland to England she is surrounded by alien languages and situations which she finds difficult to comprehend....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ripping good mystery

    • By Alexis☺ on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $10.32

    • A Spy in the House

    • The Agency 1
    • By: Y. S. Lee
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    In Victorian England, orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of 12, she’s rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • yes, it's YA-but credible for genre for any age

    • By connie on 02-25-11

    Regular price: $19.99