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Lehman's Recommended Detective Novels and Stories

In his book, The Perfect Murder: A study in Detection (1989), David Lehman provides a list of recommended titles. They "were chosen for their importance in the evolution of the mystery genre or simply for the pleasure they reliably give; in many cases, both reasons apply."

Bitter Medicine

Sara Paretsky Warshawski novel 1987
A Fatal Inversion

Barbara Vine 1987
C Is for Corpse

Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone novels 1986
A Taste for Death Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1986
Kiss Me Once

Thomas Maxwell 1986
The Singing Detective

Dennis Potter 1986
The New York Trilogy

Paul Auster 1985
Dancing Bear

James Crumley 1985

Elmore Leonard 1985
The Killing Doll

Ruth Rendell novels 1984
Strike Three Youre Dead

Richard Rosen 1984
The Name Of The Rose

Umberto Eco 1983

Ed McBain 1983
Hard Trade

Arthur Lyons 1981
The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
Means of Evil

Ruth Rendell short stories 1979
Falling Angel

William Hjortsberg 1977
Death of an Expert Witness Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1977
Long Time No See

Ed McBain 1977
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1975
The Big Kissoff Of 1944

Andrew Bergman 1974
The Big Fix

Roger Simon 1974
The Death Of The Detective

Mark Smith 1974
Words For Murder Perhaps

Edward Candy 1971
The Underground Man

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1971
The Goodbye Look

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1969
Friday The Rabbi Slept Late

Harry Kemelman 1964
The Chill

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1964
Ten Plus One

Ed McBain 1963
Death Over Deep Water

Simon Nash 1963
The Widows Cruise

Nicholas Blake 1959

Jim Thompson novel 1959
The Eighth Circle

Stanley Ellin 1958
Mystery Stories

Stanley Ellin 1956
The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1954
A Kiss Before Dying

Ira Levin 1953

Jim Thompson novel 1952
The 31st Of February

Julian Symons 1951
The Daughter Of Time

Josephine Tey novels 1951
Strangers On A Train

Patricia Highsmith 1949
The Second Confession

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1949
And Be a Villain

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1948
Minute For Murder

Nicholas Blake 1947
Too Many Women

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1947
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946
The High Window

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1942)
The Corpse In The Snowman

Nicholas Blake 1941
Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1940
And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie 1940