With the world in a seemingly constant state of turmoil, it comes as no surprise that reading is listed as one of the most common hobbies around. Reading provides us with an escape – an opportunity to put the real world aside and live vicariously through the characters on a printed page. Historically, mystery, thriller and crime novels have been some of the most popular. They inspire the imagination by provoking thought and intuition and allow readers to experience in their fantasies what they would (most likely) never want to experience in real life. As with any of art, though, there are really terrible mystery novels out there. In order to help you avoid these stinkers, we’ve combed the web to find some of the best websites for mystery novel reviews.
from the editors of Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
If you’re looking for a site with a truly extensive list of mystery reviews, this is an excellent place to start. The Mystery Reader offers not only a VERY comprehensive collection of reviews, but a special section dedicated to featured works and a variety of author interviews. If you’re looking for reviews for a specific work, you have the option of searching by sub-genre (crime, thriller, historical, etc.) or by author.
Mystery Ink Online
Taking the mystery out of finding reviews.
While this site may seem simplistic in design, it is actually very well organized and easy to navigate. With categories dedicated to book reviews, author interviews, and even additional reference materials, this MysteryInkOnline.com makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for with a minimum of hassle. The reviews are short, sweet, to the point, and always honest. The Mystery Ink Online credo, venerating honesty and insight, is displayed proudly on the front page, reassuring visitors that the information presenting therein is well worth the time it takes to read it.
>> MysteryInk.com – MysteryInk.com
Reviewing the Evidence
The extra insight makes all the difference.
This is a truly excellent site, with some of the best book reviews on the web. The contributors have obviously taken time to really dig into the meat and bones of the top mystery novels to provide visitors with solid, dependable book reviews. This site also features a section known as “Sixty Seconds with…” dedicated to gaining a little extra insight into the thought processes of the authors behind some of the best mystery novels on the market.
>> ReviewingTheEvidence.com – ReviewingTheEvidence.com
Mystery reviews from the UK.
Out of all of the sites we found, this one is one of the most fun. The website design is actually well done, and the reviews contained there are thought-provoking and well written. The variety of books reviewed is extensive, and the site also offers reviews for fans of other genres such as science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. The site is update regularly, ensuring that the newest releases are always reviewed in a time manner.
>> twbooks.co.uk – twbooks.co.uk
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
A website to die for, if you love mysteries.
Aside from having what might be the BEST website name on the ENTIRE INTERNET, this site is one of the most comprehensive around – listing everything from the truly great mystery novels to the more obscure works that didn’t receive the critical acclaim of some of their counterparts. StopYoureKillingMe.com offers everything from reviews to release lists to historical indices, and even a newsletter. If you are a connoisseur of novels, mystery, crime, or thriller, this site is definitely worth checking out.
True Crime Reviews
When the mystery is pulled straight from the headlines…
True Crime is one of the most popular sub-genres in the realm of mystery novels, and this website is an excellent resource for those dedicated true crime readers. The reviews featured are comprehensive and very well written. This website also offers a section dedicated to upcoming releases, as well as an open discussion forum that allows visitors to share and recommend their favorite works.
>> TrueCrimeBookReviews.com – TrueCrimeBookReviews.com
Crime Fiction Blog
Current reviews from an expert.
Created by the mystery critic David J. Montgomery, this blog offers reliable and well-written reviews for the most current mystery/thriller/crime novels. This site offers specialized categories for searching for the right novels, as well as links to find additional sources for reviews and author information. Montgomery is well-regarded in the industry, so if you’re a mystery buff, you should be sure to include this in your regular rotation of reviews.
>> CrimeFictionBlog.com – CrimeFictionBlog.com