Fancy Yourself A Sleuth? Try Solving These Murder Mystery Audiobooks!

The murder mystery genre is a thrilling and captivating category of literature that has captivated readers for generations. From classic whodunits to gritty crime thrillers, murder mysteries offer suspenseful, nail-biting stories that keep you guessing until the very end. Follow detectives, amateur sleuths, and even the killers themselves as they navigate the twists and turns of complex investigations. With their captivating plots, unforgettable characters, and unrelenting suspense, murder mysteries have become a staple of the literary world. So if you're looking for a heart-racing read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, dive into the world of murder mysteries today.

Murder/Mystery Audiobooks Statistics

Total Audiobooks in this Category:

31,616 audiobooks

Total Authors in this Category:

33,443 authors

Average Audiobook Length:

8.42 hours

Average Audiobook Rating:

3.57/5

Audiobooks in the Top 50:

5

Pretty Girls Audiobook, by Karin Slaughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Narrator: Kathleen Early

Audio Length: @1x speed 20.00 hours
@1.5x speed 13.33 hours
@2x speed 10.00 hours

Overall Rating: 4.322033 out of 54.322033 out of 54.322033 out of 54.322033 out of 54.322033 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.428571 out of 54.428571 out of 54.428571 out of 54.428571 out of 54.428571 out of 5

Story Rating: 3.982142 out of 53.982142 out of 53.982142 out of 53.982142 out of 53.982142 out of 5

Pretty Girls Audiobook

Lee Child says it’s “stunning… certain to be a book of the year.”

 

Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”

Jeffery Deaver says that “fiction doesn’t get any better than this.”

 

Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”

 

See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.

 

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: What could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago … and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.

Included with this gripping thriller is Karin Slaughter’s chilling short story “Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes.”

“Great book! This book is very suspenseful. I listen to audio books on my car rides to and from work and this book definitely kept my attention and made me look forward to my commutes. This story is brilliantly written. It caught my interest right off the start and i was never bored.”

— Charla
The Silkworm Audiobook, by Robert Galbraith

Author: Robert Galbraith

Narrator: Robert Glenister

Audio Length: @1x speed 17.25 hours
@1.5x speed 11.50 hours
@2x speed 8.63 hours

Overall Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

The Silkworm Audiobook

Private investigator Cormoran Strike must track down a missing writer -- and a sinister killer bent on destruction -- in this "wonderfully entertaining" mystery (Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review) that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike.

 

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days -- as he has done before -- and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

 

But as Strike investigates, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him.

 

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

 

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

“This is a wonderful listen! Once again, talented narrator Robert Glenister brings detective Cormoran Strike from the printed page to full life…Glenister captures the likable but flawed Strike with a voice as gritty and heavily accented as London’s North End. Yet he transitions easily to more refined accents and softer tones to convincingly portray all the memorable characters…and gives each character a distinct voice by merely varying tone and pace. Fans of Rowling’s previous works and listeners who simply like a good mystery will be hoping Rowling and Glenister continue their partnership. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile
The Cuckoos Calling Audiobook, by Robert Galbraith

Author: Robert Galbraith

Narrator: Robert Glenister

Audio Length: @1x speed 16.00 hours
@1.5x speed 10.67 hours
@2x speed 8.00 hours

Overall Rating: 4.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 54.833333 out of 5

The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

Published under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling's brilliant debut mystery introduces Detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates a supermodel's suicide in "one of the best books of the year" (USA Today).



After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he's living in his office.



Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry -- known to her friends as the Cuckoo -- famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.



You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.



Fast-paced and sharply drawn, this dazzling detective novel inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide.

“I''m normally not into detective novels much an rarely read them. I walk three hours a day so need something to keep my bind off the boredom. This book sounded good so I thought I'd try it. It is a GREAT book. It was only when I was looking for the next book in the series (audiobookstore would be smart to show the series for all such books - have the same problem with Dune) that I found out that Robert Galbraith is in reality JK Rowling. No wonder it was so well written. I've purchsed the second book in the series and am looking forward to it.”

— Agent
The Maid: A Novel Audiobook, by Nita Prose

Author: Nita Prose

Narrator: Lauren Ambrose

Audio Length: @1x speed 9.50 hours
@1.5x speed 6.33 hours
@2x speed 4.75 hours

Overall Rating: 4.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.90909 out of 54.90909 out of 54.90909 out of 54.90909 out of 54.90909 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 54.818181 out of 5

The Maid: A Novel Audiobook

A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers a guest murdered in his bed. Solving the mystery will turn her once orderly world upside down in this utterly original debut. “Smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing . . . a murder mystery with tremendous heart.”—Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection. But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late? A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

“This is a wonderful novel and the narration by Lauren Ambrose is truly outstanding. Her voice is warm and inviting as she manages to make even the darkest moments sound hopeful and uplifting. She lends such warmth and complexity that you can really feel her emotions when difficult moments arise in this story. Nita Prose and Lauren Ambrose have created an incredibly powerful listening experience that I literally could not stop listening to until it was over!”

— Mandy B13
The Disappeared Audiobook, by C. J. Box

Author: C. J. Box

Narrator: David Chandler

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.25 hours
@1.5x speed 7.50 hours
@2x speed 5.63 hours

Overall Rating: 4.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.5625 out of 54.5625 out of 54.5625 out of 54.5625 out of 54.5625 out of 5

The Disappeared Audiobook

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two cases to contend with, both of them lethal, in the electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes-these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" aren't uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers who can no longer hunt with eagles even though their permits are in order. Who is blocking the falconers and why? The more he investigates both cases, the more someone wants him to go away. Is it because of the missing woman or because he's become Nate's advocate? Or are they somehow connected? The answers, when they come, will be even worse than he'd imagined.

“This is my first C.J. Box novel and I loved it. I have tried to think of something negative to say about this book and its narration, but I have not come up with anything--particularly the narration. David Chandler did an outstanding job with this story and I will be searching for other novels that he has performed. Eagerly awaiting the next in the series. One word of caution: read this series in order; I wish I had known to do that before ordering this particular book.”

— lisa
And Then There Were None Audiobook, by Agatha Christie

Author: Agatha Christie

Narrator: Dan Stevens

Audio Length: @1x speed 6.00 hours
@1.5x speed 4.00 hours
@2x speed 3.00 hours

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5

And Then There Were None Audiobook

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One of the most famous and beloved mysteries from The Queen of Suspense—Agatha Christie—now a Lifetime TV movie.

"Ten . . ."

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U. N. Owen."

"Nine . . ."

At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

"Eight . . ."

Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.

"Seven . . ."

Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

“This was probably the best book I have ever read. I enjoyed it a lot because it simply was brilliant and marvellously well planned. I doubt that another book will be my favourite one since And Then There Were None is a masterpiece.”

— Hugo
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery: The Official Authorized Edition Audiobook, by Agatha Christie

Author: Agatha Christie

Narrator: Dan Stevens

Audio Length: @1x speed 6.50 hours
@1.5x speed 4.33 hours
@2x speed 3.25 hours

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5

Story Rating: 4.166666 out of 54.166666 out of 54.166666 out of 54.166666 out of 54.166666 out of 5

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery: The Official Authorized Edition Audiobook

THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIMENOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT!

 

“The murderer is with us—on the train now . . .”

 

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

 

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

 

“What more . . . can a mystery addict desire?”—New York Times

 

“Love Agatha Christie. She just has a way of presenting all of these colorful characters, and throwing them together in an impossible situation. Each one of the personalities is someone I would like to have dinner with, even the evil ones! They're still very cool. Hecule Poirot is a bit of a snob, but I still love him. Agatha has such a way of throwing you on a scent, convincing you that you know who the killer is, and flipping the tables on you, over and over and over again! Everytime I think I know, it changes...it's almost like she is the writer AND reader at the same time....she makes effortless changes that have a huge impact on the outcome, and half the time you don't even realise that something has changed...very good listen!”

— Marie
The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook, by Louise Penny

Author: Louise Penny

Narrator: Ralph Cosham, Geoffrey Howard

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.75 hours
@1.5x speed 7.83 hours
@2x speed 5.88 hours

Overall Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Audiobook

The Cruelest Month is the third book in Louise Penny's award winning Three Pines mystery series featuring the wise and beleaguered Inspector Armand Gamache. "Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie ... " -Sarah Weinman Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil---until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death, or was the victim somehow helped along? Brilliant, compassionate Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is called to investigate, in a case that will force him to face his own ghosts as well as those of a seemingly idyllic town where relationships are far more dangerous than they seem.

“Louise Penny writes magical books that make you want to read the next one. You are about the people and want to see what happens next in their lives and the mysteries are complicated and believable. Highly recommend her to one and all. PS: read them in order from first published to last.”

— Erin
The Closers Audiobook, by Michael Connelly

Author: Michael Connelly

Narrator: Len Cariou

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.75 hours
@1.5x speed 7.83 hours
@2x speed 5.88 hours

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5

Story Rating: 3.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 53.833333 out of 5

The Closers Audiobook

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Detective Harry Bosch joins LA's elite Open/Unsolved Unit to help piece together the mysterious death of a teenage girl.

He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit -- and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night . . .

“This book is a prime example of just how brilliant the mystery genre has become. Characters here are vividly brought to life. The descriptions provide true-to-life portrayals of Los Angeles and its often-troubled police department. The internal political battles ring true, and the suspense keeps readers turning pages.”

— Forbes
Lost Light Audiobook, by Michael Connelly

Author: Michael Connelly

Narrator: Len Cariou

Audio Length: @1x speed 9.50 hours
@1.5x speed 6.33 hours
@2x speed 4.75 hours

Overall Rating: 4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5

Narrator Rating: 4.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 54.272727 out of 5

Story Rating: 3.90909 out of 53.90909 out of 53.90909 out of 53.90909 out of 53.90909 out of 5

Lost Light Audiobook

The vision has haunted him for four years: a young woman lying crumpled in death, her hand outstretched in silent supplication. Harry Bosch was taken off the Angella Benton murder case when the production assistant's death was linked with the violent theft of two million dollars from a movie set. Both files were never closed. Now retired from the L.A.P.D., Bosch is determined to find justice for Angella. Without a badge to open doors and strike fear into the guilty, he's on his own. And even in the face of an opponent more powerful and ruthless than any he's ever encountered, Bosch is not backing down.

“This is the story where haunted by one of the un solved murders, Harry sets out to investigate the case on his retirement from LAPD. The book has all the elements which makes it fast paced like LAPD politics, FBI, FBI counter terrerist division and a Movie set robbery.Fast paced,and good read.”

— Ashvini
The Beach Audiobook, by Alex Garland

Author: Alex Garland

Narrator: Michael Page

Audio Length: @1x speed 11.25 hours
@1.5x speed 7.50 hours
@2x speed 5.63 hours

Overall Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

The Beach Audiobook

The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The Khao San Road, Bangkok -- first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, in a low-budget guest house, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach." The Beach, as Richard has come to learn, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden. Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck -- the name by which the Thai police have identified the dead man -- and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful and idyllic as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly, undercurrents. Spellbinding and hallucinogenic, The Beach by Alex Garland -- both a national bestseller and his debut -- is a highly accomplished and suspenseful novel that fixates on a generation in their twenties, who, burdened with the legacy of the preceding generation and saturated by popular culture, long for an unruined landscape, but find it difficult to experience the world firsthand.

“This book was amazing. I have been reading things for school all year and finally had a chance to read something for pleasure and for myself, and i am so glad i chose the beach. Not only does this make me want to run out and get anything Alex Garland has written, but I appreciate the movie (2000 with leonardo dicaprio) much more now. I do not even like travel writing, but this book's story was so intense that it did not read as a travel novel. I've heard this called a cult classic and that is exactly what it is, and i am more than happy to have finally joined the cult :)”

— Colleen
Magpie Murders: A Novel Audiobook, by Anthony Horowitz

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Narrator: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond

Audio Length: @1x speed 15.75 hours
@1.5x speed 10.50 hours
@2x speed 7.88 hours

Magpie Murders: A Novel Audiobook

Don’t miss Magpie Murders on PBS's MASTERPIECE Mystery!

"A double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." —Janet Maslin, New York Times

New York Times Bestseller | Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Novel | NPR Best Book of the Year | Washington Post Best Book of the Year | Esquire Best Book of the Year

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

“Samantha Bond begins enticingly with her husky vibrato and fully realized performance as a contemporary book editor who’s been given a murder-mystery manuscript. Soon, we’re in the midst of that book, set in 1955 and performed by Allan Corduner with a delightful bow toward the storytellers of old…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile

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