Looking for something to read? With the mountains of new fiction out there, it’s REALLY hard to find free Kindle mystery books that are well-written, with a solid story, that you can sink your teeth into.

Or is it?

Well, as it turns out, you can find decent ones to read, especially when you listen to someone who has the inside scoop.

Like a mystery author. Who knows other mystery authors.

In this list, I’m going to tell you about five outstanding writers that you may have never heard of…and the unbeatable first books in their series.

Some of these authors I’ve spoken with before, and some of them I haven’t, but each one has the talent to keep you up long into the night, reading well past the time you should have snuggled into your favorite pillow.

Here’s the deal:

I know you probably have a ton of emails coming in each day from all those free Kindle book sites out there…

…and to be perfectly honest, I get a couple of them myself, because I’m always looking for great mystery, suspense, and thriller novels to read too.

I know that makes it harder to wade through all the noise when you have so many options, and that’s why I’m breaking it down for you. So, here we go…

Free Kindle Mystery Books

(Clicking the cover of each book will take you to another page where you can find each book’s detailed description.)

Take this one, for example:

1. Russell Blake

free kindle mystery booksThis guy:

–Has sold multiple hundreds of thousands of copies of his fiction

–Has co-authored a novel with none other than Clive Cussler

–May or may not live in Mexico and may or may not drink tequila like water

Russell is intelligent, funny, and hardworking. I don’t know how he keeps up with his own writing schedule. If it was me, I’m sure I’d have to take a nap or three.

Be sure to check out his free series starter, Night of the Assassin.

It’s a shorter prequel to his Assassin Series, but it’s highly rated and an excellent place to start getting familiar with Russell.

Next up on the list:

2. Liliana Hart

free kindle mystery booksJust pure, wild, crazy fun here. I’ve watched Liliana’s career progress over the past couple of years from occasionally hanging out on author forums…

…to being one of the hottest selling romantic suspense authors out there.

And a New York Times bestseller.

Liliana’s bestselling Whiskey series is everywhere, and the last time I checked none of them were free, unfortunately.


You can check out Dirty Little Secrets for free, which is the introductory novel in her J.J. Graves suspense and thriller series.

With a 4.4 out of 5.0 average rating on Amazon, I doubt you could go wrong there as a great place to begin with Liliana’s fiction.

Next up, we’re going to take a little bit of a detour.

Stick with me here.

Not every fantastic mystery has to fall into an easy, predictable category, does it?

How about a little science fiction thrown into the mix?

Next up, let’s take a trip down into the silo with…

3. Hugh Howey

Wool Book One

Over the past two or three years, you haven’t been able to toss around a digital pixel without running into Hugh’s WOOL series somewhere.

Originally a standalone novella, WOOL began and ended with a group of post-apocalyptic survivors living in an underground silo nearly two hundred stories deep.

Sixty pages of a science fiction mystery – how did they get there, what’s outside – led to millions of copies sold once Hugh fleshed out the story.

I had lunch with Hugh and some friends while he was on his book tour, and that kind of success couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

WOOL is made up of five novellas encompassing an entire storyline; it’s then followed by Shift, and finally, Dust. (Shift is technically a prequel, and Dust is a sequel. Still, you should read them in the following order: Wool, Shift, Dust.)

You can read the original novella for free on your Kindle, but be prepared to work your way through the entire collection.

Yeah, it’s that good.

Who’s next?

4. Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank - Twenty-Eight WishesI actually haven’t met or talked to Denise yet, though I’ve had a lot of readers recommend her work to me!

That just goes to show the power of a good read, doesn’t it?

Great books live or die by word of mouth. Take Gone Girl, or Fifty Shades of Grey, or The Hunger Games

Any of those books—love ‘em or hate ‘em—can easily attribute their level of success to word of mouth.

Social media, the woman next to you on the subway, your mom…

…hey, don’t laugh, she probably read it! (You know what I’m talking about.)

As of this writing, Denise has two different free ebooks that you can get started with as an introduction to her work: Chosen, and Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. You can’t go wrong with either!

At last:

Who’s number five?

I thought about flipping a coin, but you know what?

I’ll just call it a tie between a couple of Brits who are out there writing unbelievable mysteries, who also just happen to have the first novels in their series free for your perusal.

5.  Mark Dawson/Nick Stephenson

1000 Yards DawsonGreat guys, both of them, who are dedicated to their craft and willing to help out their fellow authors with lots of great information, which just goes to show the strength of their characters.

Nick used to be a lawyer, but we won’t hold that against him.

Mark worked in the London film industry and now writes full time. I’m more familiar with Mark, having hung out in the same online circles.

Mark’s work was recently acquired by a division of Amazon Publishing, and I’m certain that his star is only going to get brighter in the coming years.

Both excellent authors, both with free mystery books on Amazon to get you started.

Take a look at 1000 Yards (John Milton Series) by Mark, and Wanted by Nick.Free Kindle Mystery Books

Now that I’ve given you this insider list, an author recommending authors…

I’d be kind of a dummy not to mention my own work, but I’m totally okay with taking a back seat to the rest of these wonderful folks.

I’ve sold a few hundred thousand copies myself, and probably given away twice that, and I also managed to become a USA Today bestseller.

The thing is:

I’d rather you have a look and see if you’re interested than try to talk you into downloading my work.

So, here’s a link to get a free copy of Sara’s Game. This mystery-thriller has been downloaded close to 500,000 times worldwide. Have a look, and if you’re interested, jump on in with the rest of us.

If not, no biggie! I’ve given you plenty of options here for some top-notch free books for your Kindle and there are tons of other excellent mystery authors out there. Enjoy!


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