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:

    • Blood on the Tracks

    • Sydney Rose Parnell Series, Book 1
    • By: Barbara Nickless
    • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

    A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great debut, looking forward to more from this author

    • By shelley on 10-07-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • My Sister's Grave

    • By: Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,840
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,332

    Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quite good...

    • By Rebecca on 10-18-15

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Don't Tell a Soul

    • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 1
    • By: D. K. Hood
    • Narrated by: Alison Farina
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 605
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 528
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 517

    When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sooo good

    • By ginger anderson on 11-16-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Lost Child

    • By: Patricia Gibney
    • Narrated by: Michele Moran
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488

    An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great engaging tale!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Girl in the Ice

    • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Robert Bryndza
    • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,331
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,619
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,599

    When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay

    • By Meg on 05-26-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Good Daughter

    • A Novel
    • By: Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,767
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,057
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,992

    Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Karin Slaughter has done it again!

    • By shelley on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Heartsick

    • By: Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 878
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 488
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 486

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good 1st Book

    • By Robin on 10-28-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Apprentice

    • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
    • By: Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 744

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Read

    • By Mary S. Murray on 09-02-07

    Regular price: $27.93

    • 3rd Degree

    • The Women's Murder Club
    • By: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Patterson can't be outdone

    • By Sherry on 03-06-04

    Regular price: $17.09

    • A Share in Death

    • By: Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,133
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 982
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 981

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • series readers, start here

    • By connie on 02-09-13

    Regular price: $15.36