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Best Mystery Audiobooks

Cracking the list of top mystery audiobooks wide open. 

Love a good whodunit? What about a whoisit? Or wherearethey? Then you’re after the best mystery audiobooks. This is the genre that poses more questions than it’s willing to answer without a solicitor present and keeps you guessing until the very end. It is also incredibly moreish, in a once-you-pop unstoppable sort of way. 

 

Defining what counts as an audiobook of the mysterious kind is in itself almost as puzzling as the works of Agatha Christie. In the traditional sense, it means murder mystery, with a detective and an investigation. But there’s so much more to it. Thrillers are often mysteries as are many works of women’s fiction. 

 

Audiobook producers have some nifty tricks to add twists and turns to the labyrinth of unknowns and red herrings. They might mislead by using the same narrator for different roles. They might switch narrator at the very end for the ultimate reveal. And the narrators themselves can either drop breadcrumbs or misdirect with a deft change of tone. 

 

Best Mystery Audiobooks 2022

 

Mystery came bursting out of the gate in 2022, with audio books like The Maid, The Birthday Party and Just Another Liar. And there’s a lot more where those came from.

Top Mystery Audiobooks

1

I'll Never Tell

By

Casey Kelleher

Read By

Daphne Kouma

I FOUND YOU. Three simple words that set this sinister story in motion and immediately signpost its utterly creepy tone. Oh and there is so much more. Two little girls, one terrible secret, a place called "the doll house", it's all going on in this fanastic 2022 release.

2

The Girls

By

Lisa Jewell

Read By

Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell

Is there such a thing as unassailable purity? How much can we protect our kids? A communal garden is the setting of this intruiging mystery that explores the darkest parts of human nature.

3

The Woods

By

Harlan Coben

Read By

Carol Monda , David Chandler

It's absolutely zero surprise that Netflix made this one into a series. Harlan Coben is a master of mystery and this is one of his best. When a body is found in the woods, it reawakens a twenty year old crime. What really happened the night four teen disappeared in the woods? A mix of relatable characters, a gripping story and dramatic twists that keep on coming, this is a must read.

4

The Night Sister

By

Jennifer McMahon

Read By

Cassandra Campbell

Cassandra Campbell's vocals alone make this audiobook a worthwile listen, giving it a dreamy, ethereal quality. But if you need further enticement, how about a mystery replete with sibling rivalry, long held secrets and revenge? Oh, and did I mention the paranormal? This is Jennifer McMahon, after all. ,

5

The Girl Upstairs

By

Georgina Lees

Read By

Meg Travers

Get ready to question every character judgement you've ever made because The Girl Upstairs is all about the stark disparity between reality and our view of it. You start with some basic assumptions. Seemigly obvious conclusions. And yet, these are slowly but surely torn to shreds. In the end, there is only one question. Would you bet your life on what you think you know?

6

The Wife Between Us

By

Greer Hendricks

Read By

Sarah Pekkanen, Julia Whelan

If you like your mystery audiobooks to mess with your mind, Greer Hendricks has you covered. The Wife Between Us takes deception to another level, weaving in jealousy, betrayal and factual handbrake turns aplenty.I say take the advice in the blurb: Assume Nothing.

7

Never Saw Me Coming

By

Vera Kurian

Read By

Brittany Pressley

Shady characters are a staple in the mystery audiobooks world. Ditto unreliable narrators. But what happens when everyone involved meets both criteria? How do you guess whodunnit when the cast of characters includes not one, but several psychopaths? Find out in this tale of a college campus study that goes drastically awry.

Lots more mysteries to uncover. Here are the best of the rest.

Rest of the Best Mystery Audiobooks

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Peter Clines

Ray Porter

Gripping Sci-Fi with a Great Squad.

214 Palmer Street

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Karen McQuestion

Stacey Glemboski

Refreshingly Different

A Tidy Ending

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Joanna Cannon

Lissa Berry

This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant

Before the Fall

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Noah Hawley

Jeff Harding

Gripping and Suspenseful Meets Thought Provoking and Moving

Blink

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K.L. Slater

Lucy Price-Lewis

That Twist Gave Me Whiplash

Close Your Eyes

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

DCI Douglas As Gripping As Ever

Come Back For Me

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Heidi Perks

Sally Scott, Nathalie Buscombe

Closets Open, Skeletons Everywhere.

Come With Me

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Ronald Malfi

Joe Hempel

A carefully crafted mystery with echoes of (and I don't bandy this about) Gone Girl

Deadly Little Lies

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Stephanie DeCarolis

Norma Butikofer

I Know What You Did Last Summer Meets Gossip Girl

Dear Amy

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Helen Callaghan

Laura Aikman, John Sackville, Helen Baxendale

Don't Ever Tell

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Lucy Dawson

Georgia Maguire, Rachel Atkins

A Juicy, Vengeful Delight

Elizabeth Is Missing

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Emma Healey

Anna Bentinck

Charming, compelling, utterly unique

Existentially Challenged

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Yahtzee Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw

A Religious Experience

Fallen Angel

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Chris Brookmyre

Cathleen McCarron

Far from the Tree

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Rob Parker

Warren Brown

Good Performance

Gone Girl

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Gillian Flynn

Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne

Julia Whelan as I’ve never heard her before

Hide

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Nell Pattison

David Thorpe, Sherry Baines, Alex Wingfield, Nick Biadon, Clare-Louise English, Billy Ashcroft, Beth Eyre

Excellent, Especially the Characters

I Let You Go

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Clare Mackintosh

David Thorpe, Julia Barrie

An Irresistable Page Turner

I See You

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Clare Mackintosh

Rachel Atkins

Chills and Thrills

I'll Never Tell

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Casey Kelleher

Daphne Kouma

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

Invisible Girl

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Lisa Jewell

Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly, Connor Swindells

Lisa Jewell Casts Another Dazzling Spell

Just Another Liar

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Mandy Byatt

Melissa Woodbridge

Elements of John Marrs, Rachel Abbott and Adele Parks.

Kill Me Again

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Rachel Abbott

Lisa Coleman

Little Disasters

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Sarah Vaughan

Sophie Roberts, Esther Wane, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Sarah Feathers

Predictable but still enjoyable.

Nanny Needed

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Georgina Cross

Emma Ashton

Twisted Me Round Its Little Finger

Never Look Back

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Clare Donoghue

Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church

Never Saw Me Coming

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Vera Kurian

Brittany Pressley

Aaaaaargh-mazing. Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test meets Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie meets Scream (shout out 1996).

Our Endless Numbered Days

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Claire Fuller

Eilidh L. Beaton

A tough, but beautiful listen

Our House

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Louise Candlish

Elizabeth Knowelden, Elliott Hill

Poison Orchids

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Sarah A. Denzil, Anni Taylor

Aimee Horne

Kept Me Guessing To The End

Rock Paper Scissors

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine, Richard Armitage

Thrilling and Creepy With A Killer Twist

Sisters and Lies

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Bernice Barrington

Sleep Tight

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Rachel Abbott

Melody Grove, Andrew Wincott

Sometimes I Lie

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Alice Feeney

Stephanie Racine

Flawed? Yes. But Eerie and Captivating

The Birthday Party

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Wendy Dranfield

Sarah Borges

Moriarty, Jewell and now Dranfield

The Child

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Fiona Barton

Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Steven Pacey

Just brilliant.

The Family Upstairs

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Lisa Jewell

Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn

Story? Good. Narration? Good. Result? Fantastic.

The Flower Girls

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Alice Clark-Platts

Emilia Fox

A Chilling Exploration of Inherent Evil.

The Fold

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Peter Clines

Ray Porter

Stargate Meets Stephen King

The Girl She Wanted

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K.L. Slater

Kristin Atherton

Slater Snares Me Again

The Girl Upstairs

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Georgina Lees

Meg Travers

Utterly Engrossing Mystery

The Girl on the Train

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Paula Hawkins

Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher

Entertaining

The Girls

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Lisa Jewell

Gabrielle Glaister , Amelie Jewell

A Heady, Toxic Web of Secrets: Peak Jewell

The Grace Year

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Kim Liggett

Emily Shaffer

Creepy and evocative.

The Last

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Hanna Jameson

Anthony Starke

The Last Thing She Told Me

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Linda Green

Joan Walker, Sarah Durham

Truly Chilling

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

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Rhett McLaughlin

Link Neal, Vikas Adam

A layer cake of secrets, lies and divisive characters, addictive to the last bite.

The Love of My Life

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Rosie Walsh

Imogen Church, Theo Solomon

Mystery + Love Story + Drama + Thriller = Mind Blown

The Maid

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Nita Prose

Lauren Ambrose

The Rosie Project Meets Murder Mystery

The Marriage Pact

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Michelle Richmond

Tom Taylorson

Captivating, Addictive, Flawed But Enjoyable

The Memory Chamber

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Holly Cave

Imogen Church

I’m In Limbo On This One

The Night She Disappeared

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Lisa Jewell

Joanne Froggatt

I “Dug It”…

The Night Sister

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Jennifer McMahon

Cassandra Campbell

Another gripping masterpiece by McMahon, only enhanced by Cassandra Campbell’s flawless narration.

The One

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John Marrs

Clare Corbett, Vicki Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, Sophie Aldred

Enthralling, Twisted, Intriguing

The One I Left Behind

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Jennifer McMahon

Julia Whelan

Tragic, Horrifying, Fascinating