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:

    • Y is for Yesterday

    • By: Sue Grafton
    • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
    • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712

    The most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not her best

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • One for the Money

    • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1
    • By: Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,744
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,180
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,175

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer. Now the rent is due again. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love reading Janet Evanovich because her....

    • By Wayne on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Silent Corner

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: Dean Koontz
    • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,370

    "I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Need a new narrator

    • By 4DogsInAnRV on 07-16-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Deadly Summer

    • Darling Investigations, Book 1
    • By: Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated by: Megan Tusing
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    Ten years ago, Summer Butler was television's most popular teenage sleuth. Since then, she's hit - what gossip sites just love to call - the gutter.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!!

    • By Laura on 02-23-18

    Regular price: $16.09

    • The Last Move

    • By: Mary Burton
    • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370

    In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

    • By shelley on 09-21-17

    Regular price: $16.09

    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • The Millennium Series, Book 1
    • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,702
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,530
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,606

    Our Mysteries and Thrillers winner and pick for Audiobook of the Year, 2008....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

    • By Robert on 12-22-08

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Still Midnight

    • By: Denise Mina
    • Narrated by: Jane MacFarlane
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 769
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 667
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 674

    Alex Morrow is not new to the police force--or to crime--but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a Fan

    • By Yennta on 07-11-12

    Regular price: $18.80

    • Silent Scream

    • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Angela Marsons
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,988

    When human remains are discovered at a former children's home, DI Kim Stone fast realizes she's on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb story and wonderful performance!

    • By David J Delaney on 02-21-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,058
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,433
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,440

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transcends its Genre

    • By Gene on 12-07-03

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Ice Princess

    • By: Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated by: David Thorn
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 898
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 895

    Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Difficult to get through.

    • By Leigh on 09-12-15

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Invisible Guardian

    • By: Dolores Redondo
    • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lead character inconsistent

    • By Dr. William J. Kass on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Falls

    • An Inspector Rebus Novel
    • By: Ian Rankin
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    A missing student, a six-inch coffin containing a wooden doll, and mysterious role-playing games on the Internet are the intriguing elements of the latest case to challenge Inspector Rebus....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Rebus book

    • By Maura on 08-22-08

    Regular price: $39.87

    • Alone

    • By: Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,430
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,899
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,892

    As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, annoying characterizations.

    • By Jacqueline Dolata on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Easy Innocence

    • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Corruption, Greed, and Prostitution …

    • By Snoodely on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Doubleback

    • The Georgia Davis P.I. Series #2
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Money can't buy happiness but it sure is a start"

    • By Norma Miles on 06-07-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • ToxiCity

    • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 3
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond, Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    When three bodies turn up in rapid succession, all in landfills or waste disposal dumpsters, rookie cop Georgia Davis is drawn into the investigation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tight, Gritty Grip on All Kinds of Melee

    • By espanolish on 10-08-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Nobody's Child

    • Georgia Davis, Book 4
    • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hellmann delivers another winner.

    • By Snoodely on 09-03-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Crossing Places

    • By: Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,895

    When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

    • By Sara on 05-19-14

    Regular price: $18.33

    • In the Woods

    • By: Tana French
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11,218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,745
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8,733

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

    • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

    Regular price: $42.00