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There is nothing like curling up with good books that are real page-turners, unless it is reading those mystery stories online. Murder mysteries and suspenseful crime stories can keep you captivated for hours. At PublicBookshelf you can read books online free. All types of books, even online mysteries.

Love a great who-dunnit? Find the perfect mystery writer who will keep you in suspense until the end and coming back for more. Whether you love old-fashioned mysteries complete with red herrings or you prefer to solve more difficult puzzles, there are books to fit the bill. Find cozy mysteries and classic mysteries that feature new heroes and heroines that you're sure to enjoy.

Great detective novels, like the Sherlock Holmes series, have kept readers entertained for centuries. If you love playing detective and matching wits with both the criminals and their pursuers, then Mystery and Suspense titles are sure to please. Step inside the mind of a great detective and see if you can solve the crime before they do!

While mysteries keep you guessing until the end, in suspense novels often you know who the bad guy is up front. The focus shifts from determining who committed the crime to why or how. Both genres are designed to make you think and to add a little drama into what otherwise might be a dull world.

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  1. Forever Young
    Forever Young

    by Pat Dilloway

    Forever Young
    by Pat Dilloway

    Rating: 3.4/5 (1090 votes cast)

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    A young girl wakes up with no idea of who she is or how she got there on an island ruled by a strict reverend. As she struggled to find her place among the island's other children she uncovers the reverend's terrible secret.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  2. Mountain Ice (David Dean Mysteries)
    Mountain Ice (David Dean Mysteries)
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 3.3/5 (40 votes cast)

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    Escaping her abusive husband, Edith and her mute son register at the Dean’s B&B. An ex-boyfriend shows up, followed by her husband. Her husband’s climbing rope is cut and he plunges to his death. Did she sever the line or was it her ex-boyfriend or someone else? The police have made up their minds…

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  3. Crime Time
    Crime Time
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 3.3/5 (30 votes cast)

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    Two couples realize their friend has dreams which are visions of past happenings. They use his mystifying ability to locate missing children. A retired FBI agent helps obtain more info and improves their success. Public suspicion grows. It takes all their wile and skill to outsmart the kidnapper.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  4. Dead on the Fourth of July (David Dean Mysteries)
    Dead on the Fourth of July (David Dean Mysteries)
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 3.3/5 (35 votes cast)

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    David Dean's election bid for Sheriff becomes complicated after ten-year-old Martha discovers a skeleton in an abandoned mine. He and his wife promise the girl they'll identify the remains; but, the bones disappear. Someone wants the skeleton to remain anonymous! Tragedy strikes...

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  5. Shannon O'Reilly
    Shannon O'Reilly

    by Charlotte E. Gerber

    Shannon O'Reilly
    by Charlotte E. Gerber

    Rating: 3.2/5 (776 votes cast)

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    Shannon O'Reilly is being haunted in her own home. The ghosts haunting her are murder victims from a century-old crime. The small town of Beeman has many secrets and there are people that would prefer to keep the murder mystery buried along with the Edmondson family. Will Shannon discover the truth before her family pays the ultimate price?

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, SciFi & Horror, Teen

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  6. Retribution
    Retribution
    by Paul Johnson

    Rating: 3.2/5 (483 votes cast)

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    Ryan Larkin is tied to a seat in the middle of a locked room, beaten and broken. He can't remember how he got there but a stranger points a gun at him and gives Ryan a minute to tell what he was doing earlier in the day. Maybe a bullet would be better than The Chamber.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, SciFi & Horror

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  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Rating: 3.2/5 (588 votes cast)

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    A series of mysteries are solved by detective Sherlock Holmes. A Colonel dies after receiving seeds in the mail, a young bride disappears, a jewel is stolen and a son is accused of this father's murder.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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  8. Skip Case (David Dean Mysteries)
    Skip Case (David Dean Mysteries)
    by R. E. Derouin

    Rating: 3.1/5 (187 votes cast)

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    When Jeffrey Byrne disappears there is no evidence of a skip, suicide or foul play. Byrne left his lovely wife Cynthia, a sports star son, and a comfortable if boring life. The case is officially closed, but the detective's feelings for the missing man's wife grow, along with his suspicions.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  9. A Study in Scarlet
    A Study in Scarlet
    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Rating: 3.1/5 (421 votes cast)

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    Sherlock Holmes makes his debut in the mystery of a corpse found in a run-down, abandoned house. He encounters a strange clue, the word RACHE written in blood on the wall near the body. Only the astute mind of Mr. Holmes can make sense of such a cryptic clue.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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  10. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles
    by Agatha Christie

    Rating: 3.1/5 (457 votes cast)

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    This baffling mystery story seeks to find who poisoned the stepmother. Was it one of her sons, her new husband or someone else. The book captivates the reader with characters, clues and intrigue. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot closely observes all suspects to find a pattern to lead him to the murderer.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Other Fiction, Romantic Suspense

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