11 of the Best Mystery Novels of 2017 to Take to the Beach This Summer

Updated 08/09/18
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We stocked our shelves with quite a few good reads last year—spanning coming-of-age stories that made us nostalgic for our college years and essay collections that made us laugh so hard we cried. While we'll admit that we're fans of literary novels and books that improve our relationships here at MyDomaine headquarters, we have to confess that these mystery books are the ones that kept us up all night reading.

Whether you're looking for a bone-chilling thriller or a page-turning whodunit, these are the best mystery novels of 2017 that belong on every Agatha Christie fan's to-read pile. Trust us, you won't even need a bookmark—you'll be tearing through these mysteries in one sitting. In case you missed them, ahead are 11 enthralling reads that'll have you on the edge of your beach chair this summer.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz Magpie Murders $14

As editor Susan Ryeland reviews the latest manuscript by famed crime writer Alan Conway, she realizes that there may be some truth hidden within his pages. Lauded as a clever "whodunit within a whodunit" by The New York Times, Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders is a must-read for Agatha Christie fans in search of a riveting modern-day mystery.

The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Denise Mina The Long Drop $17

Based on true events, The Long Drop is the reimagining of an infamous night two men spent 12 hours drinking together. One man is a victim and one man is a murderer. Simply put, Denise Mina's novel is unputdownable, and you should read it—stat.

Ill Will by Dan Chaon
Dan Chaon Ill Will $12

Named one of The New York Times' 100 notable books of 2017, Dan Chaon's literary thriller chronicles a psychiatrist's journey to confront his family's dark past and his community's terrifying present. Ill Will is a riveting read that will keep you up long after you turn the last page.

The Driver by Hart Hanson
Hart Hanson The Driver $18

In The Driver, a former special forces sergeant turned limo driver is reluctantly thrown back into action when a celebrity skateboard mogul gets into his car with a target on his back. This thrilling novel is action-packed, unrelentingly suspenseful, and morbidly hilarious all at once.

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin
Samanta Schweblin Fever Dream $14

Samanta Schweblin's Fever Dream is a genre-defying novel that's part mystery, part thriller, and part science fiction. It's haunting, unsettling, page-turning—you need to stop what you're doing and read it immediately.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Attica Locke Bluebird, Bluebird $18

Attica Locke's Bluebird, Bluebird features a Texas ranger who must solve a crime at the risk of shaking a small town to its core. It's gripping, it's gut-wrenching, and it's already in the works as a television series, so you know it's good.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins Into the Water $13

In Into the Water, a community's submerged secrets rise to the surface after a single mother is found dead in the town's river, better known as the Drowning Pool. Paula Hawkins (yes, the author of the best-selling psychological thriller The Girl on the Train) keeps readers guessing until the last page yet again, proving she's the master of the genre.

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Mindy Mejia Everything You Want Me to Be $9

When Hattie Hoffman is found brutally murdered, the small town she lived in is forced to grapple with dark secrets they'd rather not shed light on. Filled with deception and questions of identity, Mindy Mejia's Everything You Want Me to Be deserves a spot on every Gillian Flynn fan's bookshelf.

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Malin Persson Giolito Quicksand $15

Malin Persson Giolito's novel about the aftermath of a mass school shooting in Stockholm "provides a razor-sharp view of modern Sweden and its criminal justice system, yet is a tonic for readers who have had enough of the brooding, often-bloody 'Scandi-crime' that has been so popular in recent years," raves NPR.

The Dry by Jane Harper
Jane Harper The Dry $14

In this New York Times bestseller, a small town's big secrets finally come to light 20 years after a mysterious murder implicated two teenage boys—one of whom is now dead. Everyone from Booklist to Publishers Weekly is recommending this Jane Harper novel.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Gin Phillips Fierce Kingdom $7

"Warning: You will finish this in one sitting," warns TheSkimm. Yes, Gin Phillips' novel about a mother and a son fleeing from danger by navigating through the local zoo after hours really is that engrossing.

This story was originally published on January 5, 2018, and has since been updated.

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