Halloween Thrillers to Give You Chills

Happy Halloween! Here are some great mysteries to read in between handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Any Agatha Christie novel

I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan, and any of her novels would do well if you'd like a good mystery. For some particularly thrilling adventures, I'd recommend The Murder of Roger Ackroyd or And Then Were None.

Sherlock Holmes

I would highly recommend reading one of the longer Sherlock Holmes stories (A Study in Scarlet or The Sign of Four) or a couple of the shorter stories (The Five Orange Pips, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and A Scandal in Bohemia are all favorites of mine, and are all in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes). 

 The Maisie Dobbs mysteries


If you'd prefer mysteries with a side dish of philosophic musings on the grave societal impact of the Great War, then Maisie Dobbs is the sleuth for you. There's plenty of danger afoot, though, so don't worry about missing out on action.

The Stoker and Holmes novels

The Stoker and Holmes novels are both great mysteries with paranormal flavors. However, the second book, The Spiritglass Charade, is especially appropriate for Halloween, as it explores séances and vampires. 

Northanger Abbey

This tale of a young women so obsessed with gothic novels that she becomes convinced of a murderous plot is sure to please those who take a more skeptic view towards outlandish mysteries.



Ten is thrilling in a breathless-terror-at-every-creaking-floorboard kind of way. A modern retelling of the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None, this is the book to read if you want to stay up all night with every light on. 

What are your favorite mystery novels? Are any of you factoring books into your Halloween celebrations?