Mystery Resources | Top 100 Mysteries

As selected by The Mystery Writers of America

  1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  3. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  5. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  6. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  8. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  10. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  11. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  12. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie     
  13. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler     
  14. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  15. The Godfather  by Mario Puzo
  16. The Silence of the Lambs  by Thomas Harris
  17. A Coffin for Dimitrios  by Eric Ambler
  18. Gaudy Night  by Dorothy L. Sayers
  19. Witness for the Prosecution  by Agatha Christie
  20. The Day of the Jackal  by Frederick Forsyth
  21. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
  22. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  23. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  24. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
  25. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  26. Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
  27. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  28. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
  29. Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
  30. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  31. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  32. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  33. Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley
  34. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  35. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  36. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  37. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  38. The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake
  39. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  40. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  41. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  42. The Firm by John Grisham
  43. The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
  44. Laura by Vera Caspary
  45. I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane
  46. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  47. Bank Shot by Donald E. Westlake
  48. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  49. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  50. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  51. "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  52. The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
  53. A Thief of Time byTony Hillerman
  54. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  55. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  56. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
  57. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  58. Smiley's People by John le Carre
  59. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  60. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  61. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  62. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  63. Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey
  64. Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham
  65. The Seven Per-cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
  66. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
  67. Stick by Elmore Leonard
  68. The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre
  69. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  70. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  71. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  72. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
  73. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  74. Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh
  75. Little Caesar by W. R. Burnett
  76. The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George W. Higgins
  77. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
  78. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
  79. Beast in View by Margaret Millar
  80. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  81. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
  82. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  83. Shroud for a Nightingale by P. D. James
  84. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  85. Chinaman's Chance by Ross Thomas
  86. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  87. The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald
  88. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  89. Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  90. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
  91. The Chill by Ross Macdonald
  92. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  93. The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh
  94. God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake
  95. Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice
  96. The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr
  97. Prizzi's Honor by Richard Condon
  98. The Steam Pig by James McClure
  99. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  100. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  101. Rosemary's Baby (TIE) by Ira Levin

Source: The Crown Crime Companion. 1995
New York : Crown Trade Paperbacks

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