New to Walter Mosley Mysteries? Start Here.


Walter Mosley has written a lot of great novels. His catalog is impressive and extensive—more than 50 books! And that can feel super intimidating if you’ve never dipped a toe into the pool of Mosley’s writing because where do you start?! As someone who was once there and is now thrilled to be making my way through his catalog, here are four ways to jump in and find your next great read.


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Go for your favorite genre.

Or, just pick one—anyone!

I’m not joking. Go with the one that has the highest rating on Goodreads. The first one you see on the shelf at your local bookstore. Or the one your library has available. Your favorite cover design. The title that starts with the same letter as your name. Whatever! Make it fun and surprise yourself.


There’s so much great work to choose from in Walter Mosley’s catalog, hopefully, this will help you start with the best pick for yourself. Regardless of where you jump in, you’re guaranteed great writing, excellent characters, and an important look at social issues, past and present. I’ll be continuing my attempt to read through all of Mosley’s work while hoping for a sequel to Down the River Unto the Sea that centers Oliver’s daughter even more.

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.