Posted by: nancycurteman | July 30, 2012

Good Mystery Novels That Make Great Vacation Reads

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Good mystery novels make great vacation reads. The format and content of these books make them perfect vacation companions.

Vacation is supposed to be a time to relax. One way to relax is to escape into an interesting book. Good mystery novels make great vacation reads because they meet a variety of a vacationer’s needs—not too long, not too serious and not too deep. At the same time they are engrossing, and challenge the reader to solve the crime puzzle.

Often people travel during vacation. They may take a train, plane or bus. The trip may take one hour or several hours—time that can be used for reading but not enough time to wade through a thousand-word novel. The same is true for vacation time on the beach, at the cabin or on a cruise. However, a three-hundred page mystery novel would fit right into these time slots.

Here are some suggestions for popular mystery novels, some classics some new:

Agatha Christie           Ten Little Indians
Mary Higgins Clark     The Lost Years
Nancy Curteman         Murder Down Under
Arthur Conan Doyle    The Hound of the Baskervilles
Janet Evanovich          Explosive Eighteen
Elizabeth George         Believing the Lie
Sue Grafton                V is for Vengeance
Robert O. Greer         Astride a Pink Horse
Dashiell Hammett      The Maltese Falcon
Daphne du Maurier     Rebecca
Marcia Muller              City of Whispers
Edgar Allen Poe          Murders in the Rue Morgue

Do you have some favorite mystery novels? Please share them. We mystery readers can never have enough good mystery novels for great vacation reads.


  1. There are some good books suggested here—and a couple of memorable films based upon them.


    • Art, Can you add a couple of your favorite mystery novels?


  2. I’m a Raymond Chandler fan so I’d list “The Big Sleep.” My favorite Cold War thriller is John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.”

    The Mystery Guild of America has its own list at:


    • I read “The Spy who Came in From the Cold” and really enjoyed it. Haven’t read “The Big Sleep.” I’ll put it on my list. Thanks for sharing your favorites.


  3. Oh, my… there goes my MUST READ list.


    • Share some of the mysteries on your “must read” list?


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