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June 24, 2019

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 six: "Presumed Innocent"; "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold"; "Rebecca"; "Anatomy of a Murder"; "The Postman Always Rings Twice;" and "The Godfather."

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

June 24, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Chandler is my favorite, and “The Long Goodbye” in particular. I very much dislike the audiobook narration by Elliot Gould, and I despise the movie version starring same. Whattayagonnado.

[...I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar-that's wonderful," I agreed with him....]

Posted by: Paul Tempke | Jun 25, 2019 10:57:46 AM

You gotta read 'The Daughter of Time'.

Posted by: antares | Jun 24, 2019 4:36:22 PM

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