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Best Christian mystery novels

Are you a huge fan of mystery novels but also want to incorporate your faith into your reading? Look no further, because I have you covered! In this blog post, I will be sharing the best Christian mystery books and some of my favorite go-to authors.

Christian fiction is more than just reading a book for fun, it’s an opportunity to grow in your faith while still enjoying a good story.

Keep reading to discover some of the top Christian mystery writers and their novels!


What are Christian mystery books?

Christian mystery books are a subgenre of Christian fiction that blends elements of solving a mystery with faith values and beliefs.

These stories often feature characters who are on a journey of faith and growth, with the backdrop of a good mystery to solve. These books can write about themes of redemption, forgiveness, and hope. The great thing about this genre is the ability to offer readers a thrilling and thought-provoking storyline while also deepening their spiritual understanding.

It’s no surprise that Christain mystery books are popular among readers looking for wholesome content.

Top Christian Mystery Authors

There are so many best Christian mystery writers it can be hard to pick just a few.

But here are some of the best Christian mystery authors that are popular among many readers:

1. Jaime Jo Wright
2. Terri Blackstock
3. Ted Dekker
4. Steven James
6. Karen Kingsbury
7. Lynette Eason

Whether you’re new to Christian mystery books or a long-time fan, these authors and their novels are definitely worth checking out!

Who is the best author for mystery books?

One of the hardest questions for readers to answer is “Who is the best” or “your favorite” author? There are so many authors that I love it can be hard to narrow it done to one writer.

It really comes down to personal preference.

But if you are looking for the most popular Christian author for mystery books, most readers would say Ted Dekker.

He has written books like “Thr3e” and “The Circle Series” that people LOVE to read. His writing features complicated plots and makes you think about big-faith topics.

Some honorable mentions are Jaime Jo Wright and Karen Kingsbury. They also have a huge fan base and write some of the best Christian mystery books.

Best Christian mystery books

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

1 | The Pawn by Steven James

Christian Mystery Thriller

Agent Patrick Bowers must catch a dangerous serial killer in North Carolina who always stays ahead of the police. The killer is called the Illusionist and Bowers needs to use all his skills to stop him. However, the clues are confusing, and Bowers must figure out the killer’s next move before he strikes again.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This book has a very thrilling, spooky plotline that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! I loved the mystery, and puzzle aspect making it a great book to start out this list of best Christian mystery books.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

2 | If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Christian Mystery Suspense, Romance

Casey’s DNA was found at a crime scene, making her fear being arrested. To clear her name, veteran Dylan Roberts is hired to find her even though he struggles with PTSD.

Despite the evidence against Casey, Dylan believes something is not right. As he investigates, he questions whether Casey is a killer or a hero, but the truth could be dangerous.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This book had everything you could want out of a mystery romantic suspense novel! It had great characters, pacing, and some twists that you won’t see coming.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

3 | Identity by Ted Dekker

A thrilling page-turner that will leave you questioning your own reality. The story follows a 17-year-old girl named Christy Snow, who searching for a lost necklace and accidentally stubble’s upon a hospital wing for the mentally ill.

As she tries to uncover her true identity, she discovers that she is not who she thought she was and is thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? Wow! I usually avoid shorter novels but you are going to binge-read all of these Christian mystery series books in one weekend!

Ted captures your attention from the first page and you will be hooked to discover who Christy Snow is and what is exactly happening in the hospital.

🚨 This is a great Christian mystery book for young adults as well.

The only barrier to apprehending the truth is our own unwillingness to see the world as it is instead of how we prefer it to be.

Identity by Ted Dekker

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

4 | Being Ethel: In a world that loves Lucy by Michele Olson

Christian Cozy Mystery

Piper Penn is tired of 1979, so she escapes to Mackinac Island where she inherits some money, stays at a nice hotel, meets a cute gardener, and even gets to be in a movie.

However, Piper’s free-spirited ways cause problems and she is accused of things by some of the island’s inhabitants. With the help of a nun who loves “I Love Lucy,” Piper gains a new perspective. Will she be able to hold onto her inheritance or was she tricked?

🕵️ Why should you read this mystery Christian book? This novel is perfect for readers just starting out in the mystery genre. This series leans more toward light mystery books with the perfect amount of romance.

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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

5 | The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Christain Historical Mystery

Kaine Prescott’s husband died under suspicious circumstances two years ago. She relocated to her grandfather’s hometown in Wisconsin, sight unseen. Upon arrival, she regretted her decision as she discovered the abandoned house’s creepy and dark history.

Ivy Thorpe, who lived in the house a century ago, also has painful memories of it. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy works with a man from her past to solve the mystery before anyone else dies, including herself.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? The dual POV and historical time periods really bring this book to life and make it unique in the mystery Christian books world. The novel has a very gothic feel, with a creepy writing style and spooky phenomenons.

This house was a reflection of what was in Kaine’s soul. This house was terrifying. This house was dead.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

6 | Double the Lies by Patricia Raybon

Christian Historical Mystery

Amateur detective Annalee Spain races against time to solve the murder of a stunt pilot before being framed and falling in love with his twin. Annalee becomes the prime suspect after her handkerchief is found next to the victim’s body.

With only a few days to solve the crime, Annalee heads to Estes Park, Colorado to search for clues. She questions the victim’s wife and her uncle, a wealthy banker, at their mountain lodge, but discovers more suspects and unanswered questions.

Annalee’s investigation reveals secrets and lies that could jeopardize her new love and her life.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? The second book in this Christian mystery series, An Annalee Spain Mystery, is a true detective-style book that you can immerse yourself in. Patricia dives into racial issues alongside a thrilling plot line.

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Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

7 | The View From the Lighthouse by Melody Carlson

Christian Cozy Mystery

Diane Spencer has moved to Marble Cove, Maine to write a novel and start over in life after her husband’s death. She meets her neighbors Shelley, Margaret, and Beverly. The four women have all survived brushes with death and are given a second chance at life.

One evening, they see a strange flash from the Orlean Point Light, which has been empty for decades. The beam saves a man’s life, and the women start to realize that God has a plan for them.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This is the first book in the Christian mystery series called Miracles of Marble Cove. It has the found family trope and is the perfect cozy mystery to read at the beach.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

8 | No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert

Christian Mystery Fiction

Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia and starts a new business with her brother Bo. Barks & Beans Cafe is a cozy place for dog lovers and coffee drinkers.

When a golf instructor is killed at a nearby spiritual center, Macy adopts his Great Dane. She finds a mysterious message under the dog’s collar, but then the Dane is stolen. Macy starts searching for her new friend but ends up uncovering a killer.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? Heather writes some of the best Christian mystery books! Macy and Bo’s brother/sister relationship is so fun to read. Plus the combination of coffee, dogs, and a good puzzle mystery, will have you binge-reading this whole series!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

9 | Phoebe’s Secret by Sydney Tooman Betts

Christian Fiction Mystery

In April 1843, on her way to a new home in the Shenandoah Valley, Phoebe’s family learns of a murder. The victim attended the church where Phoebe’s father will be the pastor, and the crime occurred on a plantation owned by a prominent church member.

Phoebe’s quest for friendship leads to her involvement in the mystery, where she begins to question the motives of several acquaintances. Can she uncover their secrets before the son of the plantation owner discovers hers?

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This is a great light-hearted cozy mystery. I loved that there were so many characters and Sydney did an amazing job including biblical truths throughout the book.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

10 | Joy Redefined by Teresa Slack

Christian Cozy Mystery

Joy Kessler has spent almost forty years trying to stand up for herself. Her neighbor and best friend, Dorothea Westlake, is the only person who believes in her. Together, they strive to transform Joy into a strong and confident woman.

However, when Dorothea’s nephew, Gunnar, arrives after twenty years missing, Joy becomes suspicious. Three days later, Dorothea goes missing, and Joy is convinced something is wrong. To save her friend and herself, Joy must uncover the truth on her own.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? I fell in love with Joy’s character and really related to her fear of confrontation. There was great character growth throughout the book and I loved how the author kept bringing it back to God. This is the perfect book to add to your spring TBR.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

11 | The Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer

Christian Mystery Romance

Hope Sparrow came to Wanishin Falls to find her family’s history and a rumored family treasure to start over. However, the bookshop is in bad condition, and the elderly owner has dementia, so she can’t remember where the books are.

Hope needs to accept help from the townsfolk to find the treasured volumes and understand where she came from, but letting them in may be the greatest risk of all.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This book has everything you could want. The dusty, old bookshop fulfilled all my dreams and memories of browsing small bookstores. And the blend of mystery, a sweet contemporary romance, and Christian values made this book even better.

Sometimes we have to stop moving around and quiet down to realize He’s been there all along.

The Bookshop of Secrets by Mollie Rushmeyer

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

12 | The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper D. Basham

Christian Historical Mystery, Romance

Lord Frederick Percy marries for his estate instead of his heart, but the wrong bride may be the right choice.

Gracelynn Ferguson takes her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride and uses her imagination to win Frederick’s heart and solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall, before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? There was such beautiful character growth for Frederick and Grace. Plus the book has the marriage of convenience trope, amateur sleuthing, Christmas festivities, and a great historical romance.

You can continue to read these two main characters in Fredrick & Grace Mystery making it one of my favorite Christian fiction mystery series!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

13 | In Spotlight and Shadow by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Christian Historical Mystery, Romance

Elise Malvern disappoints many people, including her ex-boyfriend who wanted to marry her, her grandfather who wanted her to run the family auction company, and most importantly, herself. Despite her love for playing the violin, she is too afraid to audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony.

During her internship at Heinz Hall, she discovers an old stage prop that seems to hold more than meets the eye. Seeking help from Peirson Brooks, a famous country music star and her childhood friend, they investigate further and their feelings become entangled.

A century ago, Sophie Walters, a would-be actress, returns to Pittsburgh after a failed attempt at Hollywood. She lands a small role in a popular play and watches from behind the curtain at Loew’s Penn Theatre. Her big break comes in the form of an accusation of theft, and she seeks help from Sterling Monroe, a man she left at the altar five years prior.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? I was instantly entranced by the two dual timelines and the story’s parallels with each other. There is swoon-worthy second chance romances, mystery, and rich historical detail about Pittsburgh.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

14 | Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen

Christian Historical Regency Mystery, Romance

Rebecca Lane reluctantly agrees to deliver her brother’s manuscript to an author staying at Swanford Abbey. Strange occurrences, including a ghostly figure and whispers of the past, lead to the discovery of the author’s murder.

Sir Frederick, a former neighbor, investigates and discovers multiple suspects, including Miss Lane and her brother. As he searches for answers, he must also navigate his growing feelings for Miss Lane and her mysterious past.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? This is a regency romance with a cozy mystery. I loved the added gothic elements without it feeling too dark. There were lots of secrets and surprises that you won’t expect.

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

15 | Final Vows: Murder, Madness, and Twisted Justice in California by Karen Kingsbury

Christian Non-Fiction, Mystery, True Crime

Carol Montecalvo started writing to a man in prison through her church’s program. They fell in love and got married in the prison chapel just before Dan was released. Their marriage ended after nine years due to the tragic event where Dan called 911 to report his wife’s murder.

Dan is the primary suspect due to the large insurance policy on his wife’s life and his past affairs. However, could he be an innocent widower in the wrong place at the wrong time? In this gripping true crime story, Karen Kingsbury keeps readers guessing until the final conclusion.

🕵️ Why should you read this Christian mystery book? I had to sneak this true story in at the end! I can hardly believe that this story is true because it reads like a normal Christian mystery fiction. There are so many twists and turns you won’t expect the ending. Karen really shows her journalist roots in this thrilling story.

What is edgy Christian fiction?

Edgy Christian fiction books are a new way to describe novels that push traditional boundaries in the Christian publishing world. These fiction books tackle real-life issues that can be avoided in some of the more clean novels out there.

These novels may be darker and cover topics like crime, violence, abuse, addiction, and mental illness.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with writing about these topics instead I think it can draw a whole new group of people to Christian fiction that is looking for more relatable books. By writing books with these “darker” topics, you get to show readers that God CAN and IS everywhere. Even in the darkest of moments.

God can offer redemption for every single person no matter what they have done and I think it’s a great thing to reflect on in your reading.

Some examples of the best Christian mystery books that push the boundaries of traditional fiction include:

The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
Kiss by Ted Dekker
The Pawn by Steven James

Exploring edgy Christian fiction is a great way to bring bible values and morals into the modern world, engaging readers in a new way.

Who are the best Christian fiction writers?

There are so many great Christian fiction writers that have made a huge impact on this genre. As mentioned above some of the top Christian mystery authors include Ted Dekker and Karen Kingsbury.

However, if you are looking at Christian fiction writers as a whole some of the best include:

– C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are known for their epic fantasy works.
– Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers have both written moving contemporary and historical fiction.
– Ted Dekker is known for his Christian suspense and thrilling stories that often have supernatural elements.

Regardless of the specific genre, these authors have made a lasting impact on Christian fiction. They infuse all their stories with faith values, creating stories that are entertaining and uplifting.

Did you discover the best Christian mystery books?

I hope you were able to discover some of the best Christian mystery books and maybe some new mystery authors to keep your eye on.

From Jaime Jo Wright to Ted Dekker, Karen Kingsbury to Terri Blackstock, there are so many amazing Christian mystery books to read.

What’s great about this genre is that it provides readers with thrilling mystery stories that also explore Christian themes. You can gain a better understanding of faith, forgiveness, and redemption through these characters.

So, if you’re looking for books that are both engaging and thought-provoking, be sure to bookmark this page so you can keep track of the best Christian mystery books.

If you are looking for even more recommendations make sure to go check out this blog post from Crosswalk for more books to add to your TBR. They feature some of the best Christian mystery books for adults.

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