Welcome to Topmystery.com - the website about the top mystery books, movies and authors. This site is dedicated to the best mystery movies, books and authors from all time periods, except the movies which are mostly current.

It is a good start into the mystery genre. I haven't read all the books listed but the lists are written by mystery writers, organizations, book clubs, readers votes, etc. so they should be a good source. What is more many books appear in almost every list( ex: "The Murder Of Rodger Acroyd") which is a good sign that only the top mystery books are listed. There are also lists of more recent books if you are interested in that.

Best Mystery Books

Lehman's Recommended Detective Novels And Stories ( 85 Books )
In his book, The Perfect Murder: A study in Detection (1989), David Lehman provides a list of recommended titl ...

Booksellers 100 Favorite Mysteries Of The Twentieth Century ( 96 Books )
Members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association compiled a list released in January 2000 of their 1 ...

Keatings 100 Best Crime And Mystery Books ( 97 Books )
H. R. F. Keating was the crime books reviewer for the London Times for 15 years, a former chairman of the Brit ...

Winks' Personal Favorites In Detective Fiction ( 304 Books )
In the Appendix to his Detective Fiction, A Collection of Critical Essays, Robin W. Winks includes "A Personal ...

Anthony Award For Best Mystery Novel ( 29 Books )
This award for the Best Novel of the Year is named for Anthony Boucher, a writer, critic, and fan of the myste ...

Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger For Fiction ( 57 Books )
The Crime Writers Association of Great Britain was founded in 1953 and is open to published writers of crime f ...

Edgar Allan Poe Award For Best Mystery Novel ( 60 Books )
The Edgar awards are presented in the year after that of the publication of the work. The following is the lis ...

Macavity Award For Best Mystery Novel ( 28 Books )
Nominees for and the winners of the Macavity Awards are selected by the members of Mystery Readers Internation ...

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Mystery Movies

Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that critics say “sizzles with so m...

Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio

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Director: David Fincher
Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggli...

Director: Paul Haggis
Actors: Russell Crowe

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb...

Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is abducted and locked up in a strange, priva...

Director: Chan-wook Park
Actors: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu and Hye-jeong Kang

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Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Actors: Luke Mably, Adar Beck

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

A Vietnam vet, back at home in New York City, finds himself losing his grip on reality, in a horrifying way; only his friend can help him.
Genre: Feat...

Director: Adrian Lyne
Actors: Tim Robbins

This psychological thriller combines murder, mystery and deception as only David Lynch, the critically acclaimed director and writer of Blue Velvet and <...

Director: David Lynch
Actors: Patricia Arquette

Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster (Best Actress, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991) gives an outstanding performance in the heart-pumping action thriller FLIGHT...

Director: Robert Schwentke
Actors: Jodie Foster

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Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Actors: Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton

The year is 2047. Years earlier, the pioneering research vessel Event Horizon vanished without a trace. Now a signal from it has been detected, and the United...

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Actors: Laurence Fishburne

The only clues to a serial killers vicious crimes are pieces of a bizarre puzzle. And only onetime top homicide investigator lincoln rhyme can put the pieces to...

Director: Phillip Noyce
Actors: Denzel Washington

From Mel Gibson, director of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and the Academy Award®-winning BRAVEHEART (Best Director, Best Picture, 1995) comes the thrilling histor...

Director: Mel Gibson
Actors: Rudy Youngblood

Here I consider a wide variety of movies. As long as there is a mysterious situation that is gradually revealed in the movie, which is not obvious to guess, and the ending is not the usual obvious Hollywood ending. Basically movies that present some chalenge to guees the outcome of the movie. Mostly newer movies are includedd.
Book adaptations, no matter how great when reading by the fireplace on a rainy day, in my opinion require lots of changes in order to overcome the sitcom/theater feel of them and become good movies, and therefore are also not included.

Mystery Authors: I looked at many mystery sites on the Internet and compiled a list of the best Mystery Authors. Most of them are classic mystery authors that do not write anymore. Nevertheless, some of the best mystery books were written by them. For each author you will find a biography, a photo, list of his works and links to other webpages about the author.

Detectives: In this section you will find the most famous mystery detectives. Probably you know many of them. For each detective there is a link to the books he or she is the main character in.

Online books: Public domain mystery books that are available to read free online. The links are to external websites. If you are interested to read more online books you can go to www.Blackmask.com. They have downloadable books in many formats( palm, Pocketpc, etc.)

Links: Many links to the best mystery sites on the Internet. You can find links to book reviews sites, authors sites, book discussions, general mystery sites and so on.

Agatha Christie: Since in my opinion Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer of all times I created a website specially about her. Here you will find Agatha Christie's biography, interesting facts and articles, list of her books, summary and reviews off all her books, many online books by Agatha Christie to read and much more.