The best mystery audiobooks

The best mystery audiobooks

The best mystery audiobooks are the ones you listen to on a very long hellish ride knowing the mystery will be solved at the end of your trip. It’s how I’ve managed to listen to the best mystery and thriller during my long road trips.  

The drama, the suspense, the clues, the goosebumps, the twisted murders, the unraveling secrets are all worth it! And our list of tried and tested mystery audiobooks, including thriller audiobooks, is guaranteed to give listeners that edge of the seat entertainment, and then some. Get your headphones ready. It’s time to dig in. 

The woman in cabin 10 by Ruth Ware narrated by Imogen Church 

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Length: 11 hours and 9 mins 

Inside The woman in cabin 10 is the suspenseful and haunting story from New York Times best-selling phenomenon Ruth Ware. This twist blockbuster thriller audiobook is narrated ever so wonderfully by Imogen Church. It leaves even most sure-footed listeners restlessly uneasy long after the last minute ends.

Set at the North sea, The woman in cabin 10 features a travel journalist Laura Lo Blacklock on a luxury cruise aboard the exclusive ship, Aurora, for an adventure of a lifetimeThe lush dinner parties with select guests are perfect. What could go wrong? Lo witnesses an incident where a woman is tossed overboard from the next cabin. Each member is accounted for, so Aurora sails on despite her desperate attempt to raise alarm bells. 

Ruth ware, one of the best suspense novelists, takes us on a thrilling and intense journey as Lo tries to find the answers. Who is the woman? What actually happened that night? Is she going crazy from sleep problems? The woman in cabin 10 is perfect for long commutes.  

The silent patient by Alex Michaelides narrated by Jack Hawkins, Louise Brealey 

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Length: 8 hours and 44 mins 

Alex Michaelides New York Times bestselling, record-breaking, and spell-binding psychological mystery and thriller has got everyone talking. Alex’s intense and must-listen debut novel will be adapted into a film soon, and it’s easy to see why. 

Alicia Berenson, a famous successful painter, shoots husband and in-demand fashion photographer five times in the face. Alicia’s act of violence against Gabriel and refusal to never speak about it casts her into notoriety. While the price of her artwork skyrockets, a North London criminal therapist, Theo Faber, is obsessed with treating her to uncover her motive. His determination to get Alicia to talk and unravel the mystery of why Gabriel lost his life takes him down a page-turning twisting path into his very own motivations. His search for the truth could consume him. 

Alex reveals the killer very early on, but it’s the numerous twists and turns of how and why it happened and the explicit imagery of the characters that’s engrossing in a macabre sense. Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey successfully pull off the shocking twist with exceptional reading, making it one of the best mystery audiobooks around.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn narrated by Ann Marie Lee 

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Length: 9 hours and 30 mins 

Now an HBO limited series, Sharp objects is one of those chilling mystery audiobooks you should listen to before watching it on screen. If you loved Gillian Flynn in Gone Girl, then you’ll enjoy thistraditional mystery audiobook.

Reporter Camille Preaker is fresh out of a brief stint at a psych hospital. A troubling assignment awaits; she must cover the murders of two preteen girls in her hometown. Camile reluctantly heads back home to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother and her tiny bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion after eight years away. She finds herself relating with the young victims – a bit too strongly – and confronting the troubled past she’s spent her entire life running from. She must do this to get at the story and uncover the truth. 

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke narrated by J. D. Jackson  

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Length: 9 hours and 26 mins

JD Jackson, the narrator of this heartbreaking yet relevant mystery audiobook, is outstanding in his performance. J.D. conveys each chapter’s myriad emotions with great mastery guaranteed to make your long commute or road trip worthwhile.  

Attica Locke, writer and producer of award-winning show Empire brilliantly captures the nuance of East Texas in this hype thriller. Darren Mathews, a black man who grew up in a rural town called Lark, knows precisely how deep the history of race is in the state that only plays by its rules. So he relocates to Highway 59. 

A black man wounds up dead in Lark, and three days later, a white woman loses her life. Darren has to go back home to solve each crime in the small town filled with strange suspects, complex secondary characters, and a bucketload of twists and turns. Darren Mathews knows he too has to save himself from his own struggles before Lark’s long-simmering racial tensions erupt. 

The Outsider by Stephen King narrated by Will Patton  

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Length: 18 hours and 41 mins

One of the best thriller audiobooks you’ll come across in a long time. This psychological thriller is curiously long, but it’s Stephen King. He’s known for writing long books with almost unbearable suspense, and this is no different. 

Will Patton takes you through a gripping journey of a perplexing murder mystery with supernatural elements using King’s usual sprawling characters to deliver a performance worthy of praise. Save this masterful audiobook for your next road trip. 

Flint City is reeling from a horrific crime in a small town park. There’s a corpse, and overwhelming evidence points to one of the city’s most popular citizens, English teacher, coach, husband, and father of two. Despite having an alibi, Terry Maitland has been arrested for the brutal murder of an 11 year old boy under detective Ralph Anderson’s orders whose son Terry once coached. Skepticism blurs the lines between good and evil.The happily married family man has more profound questions to answer. So does Flint City.  

The girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher 

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Length: 10 hours and 59 mins 

The award-winning thriller author, Paula Hawkins, wants us to know that everyone has secrets, so you should trust no one. A trio of outstanding narrators voice the three mysterious women in the book, shooting this unsettling yet compulsive listen to the best mystery audiobook in our exclusive list. 

Paula’s exceptional novel is undoubtedly emotionally immersive as she takes us on a gripping journey aboard a commuter train. Rachel takes this train every morning, glances at people around her, making up stories about them. Including her favorite couple, “Jess and Jason,” who live just outside the train stop. It takes her mind off her not-so-perfect life. 

However, this particular morning, she witnesses something shocking that forever changes the perfect image she had of the couple she admired and the seemingly perfect marriage. Has she seen too much? Or should she find out more? She heads to the police. Deeply entangled in the lives of every suspect and with secrets unfolding, she will soon realize she’s done more harm than good. At the center of this book, the three women, Rachel, Anna, and Megan, make this riveting thriller perfect for your daily commutes. Trust me; you’ll never look out the window during your commutes the same way again. 

The lying game by Ruth Ware narrated by Imogen Church 

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Length: 13 hours and 39 mins

Fans of legendary writer Ruth Ware and her narrating prowess Imogen church will devour yet another gripping mystery from this duo. In The lying game, Ruth Ware’s third novel is told in her signature gentle suspenseful style, exploring obsessive friendships and unraveling truths. 

The lying game is a game four women, whose lies have caught up with them, used to play in Salten House school to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of shared secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Isa Wilde walks her dog across the idyllic coastal village of Salten one fine morning. To her shock, the dog retrieves a human bone. Her three childhood best friends converge to comfort her. 

It’s no cozy reunion. Salten makes that abundantly clear for them. Terrifying discoveries are made in this slow-burning psychological thriller, and their collective past, including that of the life lost, slowly unravels. The four compelling characters have to get their story straight. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie narrated by Dan Stevens 

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Length: 6 hours and 37 mins

The accomplished best-selling fiction author of all time, Agatha Christie, writes the much-lauded classic murder mystery in one of the most exciting and suspense-filled mystery audiobooks. I recommend any fan of Agatha Christie to devour it without reservation – before seeing any film versions. 

Two words; Dan Stevens. His impeccable voice performance in this audiobook makes for such an entertaining and easy listen. Dan’s soothing voice slips effortlessly from one conversion to another, giving life to multiple characters in such a unique way. Mystery listeners will want to devour one of the best mystery audiobooks ever, right away. 

The luxurious Orient Express is surprisingly full after midnight, but the snowbound train is one passenger less by morning. Millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his sleeper car after being stabbed a dozen times. His door is locked from the inside. A locked-room crime mystery with minimal clues? Perfect. 

Which passenger is the killer? Detective Hercule Poirot must find the answers amidst the storm before the murderer decides to strike again. It’s quite a complicated murder investigation with several suspects, so it makes sense to get it all in your head at once during your long road trips or in a couple of listens. 

Then she was gone by Lisa Jewell narrated by Helen Duff 

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Length: 10 hours and 13 mins 

Dark, disturbing family secrets, and what just happened to Ellie? Lisa Jewell is no stranger to psychological suspense. Helen Duff provides competent narration in this fascinating best mystery, perfectly capturing the characters’ deep emotions and conflicts. 

Beloved fifteen year old Ellie Mack was days away from a highly anticipated summer vacation with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. After a life of misery, estrangement, and a divorce from her husband, Ellie’s mother meets a charming gentleman in a cafe. One thing leads to another, and before she knows it, Laurel Mack has gone to meet Floyd’s daughters.  

Poppy, the nine year old, looks exactly like Ellie. Now all the unanswered questions that have consumed Ellie’s mother for ten years come flooding back. Lisa’s writing lures you in, but I have to say that what you find out about Ellie and the other central characters at the end of the mystery novel is hard to get out of your head.  

The last widow by Karin slaughter narrated by Kathleen Early

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Length: 17 hours and 38 mins 

A timely thriller full of shocking surprises is what Karin Slaughter had in mind for her latest story on her list of incredible audiobooks. It’s a Will Trent series featuring medical examiner Sara Linton in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Kathleen Early performs and develops each character with a chilling depiction, a fascinating experience you don’t want to miss. 

A mysterious abduction of a scientist, Michelle Spivey, at a shopping center parking lot sends waves across the Center for Disease Control (CDC). A month later, devastating explosions occur at Emory University, two major hospitals, FBI headquarters, and the CDC.  

Will Trent, an agent at Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rushes to the scene with Sarah Linton. Things spiral out of control and assailants abduct Sarah. Will is forced to go undercover to save the life of the woman he supposedly loves from a radical militia deep inside the Appalachian mountains. He has to confront what happened to Michelle in this fast-paced, compulsive audiobook and comes to terms with his inhibitions.

The life we bury by Allen Eskens narrated by Zach Villa 

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Length: 8 hours and 24 mins

Lovers of The Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens will enjoy listening to this character-driven mystery wonderfully performed by Zach Villa. Zach’s next level narration and portrayal of the characters and events is impressive, and he delivers right to the shocking end. 

Joe Talbert, a college student, is set to interview a stranger and write the person’s biography. He meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran who’s a convicted rapist and murderer on parole at a nursing home. Joe’s life changes forever. The relationship between Joe and his younger autistic brother is sweet and refreshing, away from the trauma inflicted by their alcoholic mother.

As he dives into Carl’s twisted world, Joe can no longer reconcile the honesty of the veteran hero with his despicable acts. He desperately wants to uncover the truth, and his skeptical neighbor, Lila, is ever so willing to help Joe get to the bottom of it. As the stakes grow higher, Joe opens a can of worms with severe implications to a man dying of cancer. Will he escape in time? 

The life we bury is a must-listen from Allen Eskens.

The fourth monkey by J. D. Barker narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton

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Length: 12 hours and 32 mins

The delightful and talented J.D. Barker makes our list of best mystery audiobooks with a deliciously dark suspense thriller. His knack for blending mystery, suspense, crime, horror, and the supernatural all in one story has earned him accolades and thousands of sales in books. If you’re a Stephen King lover, this is a perfect listen.  Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton provide an outstanding reading of the novel.

There’s a demented serial killer on the loose in Chicago. The Fourth monkey killer (4MK) mode of operation is killing somebody related to the actual person he wants to get at. This way, the intended target suffers more, knowing they are to blame. The master manipulator sends to his victim’s family ears, then the eyes, and then the tongue. Fast forward, 4MK is hit by a bus and left for dead. 

Police are on the hunt for one of his victims believed to be still alive, but they don’t know who or the secret place she’s in. Detective Sam Porters, who’s been on a 5-year hunt for 4MK, knows that the fight isn’t over. If anything, the race is very much on, and he must race against time to rescue one last girl. The diary inside 4MK’s jacket reveals the mind of a psychopath, and Porter is very much caught up in it. With only a handful of clues to interpret, 4MK taunts Porter from beyond the grave. The clock keeps ticking.