We've got 30 mystery authors for you to consider. Thrillers, suspense, crime novels, detective fiction - whatever you call them, mystery books are thrilling to read. The mystery genre has been around for more than two centuries, with pioneers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Edgar Allan Poe and G.K. Chesterton leading the way.
From former computer analyst Patricia Cornwell to journalist Steig Larsson, mystery authors come from all walks of life and so do their protagonists. From elderly spinster Miss Marple and hard-drinking P.I. Phillip Marlowe and medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the mystery genre spans far and wide. Whether it's the Victorian era, classic mysteries from the golden age of crime, or contemporary psychological thrillers, enjoy our list of essential mystery authors.