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October 20, 2010

Experts' Experts: Top 15 mystery novels of all time


Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" (1887-1927)

Dashiell Hammett: "The Maltese Falcon" (1930)

Edgar Allan Poe: "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1852)

Josephine Tey: "The Daughter of Time" (1951)

Scott Turow: "Presumed Innocent" (1987)

John le Carré: "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" (1963)

Wilkie Collins: "The Moonstone" (1868)

Raymond Chandler: "The Big Sleep" (1939)

Daphne du Maurier: "Rebecca" (1938)

Agatha Christie: "And Then There Were None" (1939)

Robert Traver: "Anatomy of a Murder" (1958)

Agatha Christie: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (1926)

Raymond Chandler: "The Long Goodbye" (1953)

James M. Cain: "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1934)

Mario Puzo: "The Godfather" (1969)


The Mystery Guild of America in 2006 created a list of the top 15 mystery novels ever written; it appears above.

The list does not appear to be in any particular order.

How many have you read?

I've read four: "Presumed Innocent"; "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold"; "Anatomy of a Murder"; and "The Godfather."

Pictured at the top of this post is the cover of the 1926 first edition of Agatha Christie's novel.

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I have read seven of them (at least, may have read more Agatha Christie) : "The Complete Sherlock Holmes", "The Maltese Falcon", "Presumed Innocent", "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold", "The Big Sleep", "And Then There Were None", "The Long Goodbye".

But I have read a lot of stuff a few years ago; I think I will get back into it - there are still lots of good books that I have nor read.

Posted by: Terrence | Oct 20, 2010 5:51:40 PM

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