5 Best Books … With A Mystery To Solve

5 Best BooksCassandra of Indie Reader Houston is running the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.

This week, the topic is 5 best books with a mystery to solve. I love a good thriller or mystery, and read them regularly, in between books of other genres that I enjoy.

Here’s my list:

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg

I’m not going to say this is the best book ever, but it’s really, really high on my list of favorites. Why? Because Miss Smilla is an independent woman that isn’t afraid of confrontation. She notices something odd about the “accident” of a young boy and won’t rest until she knows who and what is behind it.

And of course the setting: first Denmark, then we move on to Greenland. Oh, Greenland!


Who is Mr Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee

Who is Mr. Satoshi? by Jonathan Lee

The mystery is already in the titel! A man needs to fulfill his mother’s last request and return a package to Mr Satoshi. But who is he?

He travels from England to Japan to search for this unknown man and meets a number of interesting characters and situations.



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

An autistic teenager investigates the murder of his neighbour’s dog. In order to do so, he has to overcome many of his in-built anxieties. He discovers that he is capable of much more than he would have originally thought.

But his father doesn’t like him to dig too deep. And for good reasons.



A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

An advertising executive receives a postcard in which a mutant sheep is pictured. A man in black tells him to find that sheep or else…

As this is Murakami, it’s weird, but I loved it. One of my favorite Murakami books.



Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
Another scandinavian author! Yes, I omitted Stieg Larsson, who is of course a brilliant author, but I wanted to show some books that you may not have heard of.

A woman has committed suicide and Erlender, a police officer, looks into her motives. He doesn’t have any reason to believe the suicide is suspicious but digs deeper and deeper into her background.


What are your favorite mysteries?

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21 Responses to 5 Best Books … With A Mystery To Solve

  1. Cindy says:

    I’ve read the Peter Høeg and Haddon books and enjoyed both.

  2. I like the sound of all of these! I do have a copy of Hypothermia at home already so looking forward to it even more now. I read Curious Incident many years ago but remember enjoying it too. Must look out for Wild Sheep Chase – it sounds fun.

    Oh, and on the subject of mysteries – in Body Double where Maura Isles finds out she has a twin; we already know she was adopted at birth from the book before so it’s not as improbable as you may first think 🙂

  3. I second the recommendation for Smilla’s Sense of Snow What added to my enjoyment was that I read it while travelling in Greenland – a wonderful country.
    And The Curious Incident is one of my favourite contemporary novels.
    As for other favourite mystery novels: I recently discovered the Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom, about a lawyer in the days of Henry VIII. Great stuff: intelligent and atmospheric, especially for those readers who like historical novels.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Oh, wow, Anna. That sounds perfect, Reading Miss Smilla (the UK title) in Greenland. I would love to visit it sometime.

      I have read Winter in Madrid by Sansom, which I really enjoyed. I hadn’t really caught on that he’s the same one of the historical novels. They don’t appeal to me (to look at) but at your recommendation, I must try them!

  4. I have a copy of Mr Satoshi so it is great to see it on your list of favourite mysteries. I look forward to finding out who he is!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Jackie, you have the book and not read it (Satoshi)? Erm, OK, that happens to me too. 🙂 This book was mentioned on Twitter so I asked and got a proof copy. I love the book.

  5. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out says:

    I have not read any of your recommendations – though I have seen the movie of Miss Smillia’s Feeling for Snow and Have the Curious Incident in my ereader waiting patiently.

    I just recently posted a list of recommendations for Crime and Mystery books by Australian authors here http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/aussie-author-month-its-a-crime-and-a-mystery/ come and take a look 🙂

  6. liannouwen says:

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these but they all sound good 🙂 Will try one or two maybe when I’ve finished what I have lying around here right now 🙂

  7. Tea Norman says:

    Nothing like a good mystery.

  8. Cassandra says:

    What a great list! I like being exposed to a whole new set of books. Even when I’m familiar with the author, I often see new titles that aren’t available in the US – or as readily available, anyway.

    I also tried to include a couple that I thought people may not be as familiar with on my list:

  9. Pam says:

    I generally don’t like mysteries but I love Deanna Raybourn’s set. Maybe I should try reading more.

  10. Parrish says:

    loved the Maruki & the Haddon books, not read any of the others & will add Andrey Kurkov’s ” The Good Angel of Death” not quite in the same light (very humerous) but a good read all the same.
    Ps. Is it your Anniversary Yet, if so congrats.

  11. Leslie says:

    I love a good mystery too. I haven’t read any of these although I recently picked up a copy of The Curious Incident because I kept hearing about it.

  12. I have not read these, but they all sound great! Mysteries are my favorite.

  13. Chinoiseries says:

    Haven’t read any of these yet, but they sound interesting! Of course, Sheep is still on my tbr pile, slowly snowed under by all the new library arrivals 😉

  14. Julie says:

    These sound good, especially Hypothermia. I’m going to check that one out.

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