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 Fact of a Body

    • A Murder and a Memoir
    • By: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
    • Narrated by: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 551
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 513
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 512

    Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Memoir of Molestation

    • By Margaret on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • In the Still of the Night

    • By: Ann Rule
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    From true crime legend Ann Rules comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon - and a determined mother’s crusade to clear her daughter’s name....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

    • By Fred on 03-09-12

    Regular price: $23.58

    • My Story

    • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234

    For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

    • By Andy on 11-08-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Stranger Beside Me

    • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
    • By: Ann Rule
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,713
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364

    Ann Rule was working on a story tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did she know the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good One from Ann Rule

    • By Malia on 08-24-12

    Regular price: $28.30

    • Molly's Game

    • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
    • By: Molly Bloom
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

    Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world - an insider's story of excess and danger, glamour and greed....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Zero payoff. *Semi-Spoilers*

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-16
    • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
    • By: Molly Bloom
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 06-24-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210 ratings

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Mother's Day

    • By: Dennis McDougal
    • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 209

    In June of I985, while her teenage sons held their half sister down, Theresa Cross beat her I9-year-old daughter, Sheila, unconscious and then stuffed her into a 2' x 2' storage locker....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shocking true story

    • By Karen Vanderjagt on 07-10-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Strange Piece of Paradise

    • By: Terri Jentz
    • Narrated by: Margaret Colin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Strange Piece of Paradise--a compelling listen!

    • By Antoinette on 03-09-12

    Regular price: $23.93

    • West Cork

    • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19,087
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,026
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17,017

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT.

    • By Ilia on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

    • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
    • By: Michelle McNamara
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,417
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,411
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,376

    A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A haunting masterpiece

    • By Kat - Audible on 03-02-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Hate Crime

    • The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
    • By: Joyce King
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    More than a spectacular true-crime debut, Hate Crime is a breathtaking work of reportage and a searing look at how the question of race continues to shape life in America....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar

    • By: Virginia Vallejo
    • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
    • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A revealing memoir of Colombian television journalist Virginia Vallejo's affair with the "King of Cocaine", notorious Medellin drug lord Pablo Escobar....

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Murder in Matera

    • A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy
    • By: Helene Stapinski
    • Narrated by: Helene Stapinski
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Since childhood Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy she was a loose woman who had murdered someone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story about unraveling the family lore

    • By Denise Sproed on 08-04-17

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

    • Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
    • By: Karen Abbott
    • Narrated by: Karen White
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 278

    The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Shockingly Bad Narrator

    • By Sheesha on 11-12-14

    Regular price: $31.93

    • I Let Him Go

    • By: Denise Fergus
    • Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    A truly inspiring and heart-reaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world....

    Regular price: $29.84

    • Dreaming of Her

    • By: Pamela Colloff
    • Narrated by: Staci Snell
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    On March 31, 1995, South Texas came to a standstill as the shocking news spread that the hugely popular Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez had been shot and killed....

    Regular price: $5.59

    • Court Reporter

    • By: Jamelle Wells
    • Narrated by: Jamelle Wells
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    From true crime to petty crime - this is the memoir of Jamelle Wells, one of Australia's most experienced court reporters....

    Regular price: $37.30

    • The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals

    • By: Michelle Morgan
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences....

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Pure Land

    • A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth
    • By: Annette McGivney
    • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death guided the author through her own crisis....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story about Tomomi, too much personal

    • By Portsman on 02-02-18
    • A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for Heaven on Earth
    • By: Annette McGivney
    • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 01-30-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Girl on the Velvet Swing

    • Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
    • By: Simon Baatz
    • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    From New York Times best-selling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of a 1906 murder at Madison Square Garden that shocked the world....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • strange and interesting tale

    • By Anonymous User on 01-29-18

    Regular price: $29.65