Mystery Books

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  • The Next Three Days

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

  • Primal Fear

    Clever twists and a bona fide surprise ending make this an above-average courtroom thriller, tapping into the post-O.J. scrutiny o

  • The Bone Collector

    He takes his victims' lives and leaves behind mysterious pieces of a bizarre puzzle. And the only person who may be able to make s

  • Mystic River

    Three friends who grew up in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them.

  • Vanilla Sky

    A renowned womanizer meets his match in his best friend's girlfriend. Just as begins to develop feelings for her, his last girlfri

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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


The Crime Writers Association of Great Britain was founded in 1953 and is open to published writers of crime fiction and non-fiction. The Macallan Daggers are sponsored by The Macallan, distillers of the single Highland malt whiskey, in association with the Crime Writers' Association. The CWA Gold Dagger is awarded for the best crime novel of the year.

1 This Dark Road to Mercy Wiley Cash 2014
2 Dead Lions Mick Herron 2013
3 The Rage Gene Kerrigan 2012
4 Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin 2011
5 Blacklands Belinda Bauer 2010
6 A Whispered Name William Broderick 2009
7 Silence of the Grave Arnaldur Indridason 2005
8 Blacklist Sara Paretsky Warshawski novel 2004
9 Fox Evil Minette Walters 2003
10 The Athenian Murders Jose Carlos Somoza 2002
11 Sidetracked Henning Menkell 2001
12 Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem 2000
13 A Small Death In Lisbon Robert Wilson 1999
14 Sunset Limited James Lee Burke Dave Robicheaux novels 1998
15 Black Blue Ian Rankin 1997
16 Popcorn Ben Elton 1996
17 The Mermaids Singing Val McDermid 1995
18 The Scolds Bride Minette Walters 1994
19 Cruel and Unusual Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta novels 1993
20 The Way through the Woods Colin Dexter novel 1992
21 King Solomons Carpet Barbara Vine 1991
22 Bones and Silence Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1990
23 The Wench is Dead Colin Dexter novel 1989
24 Ratking Michael Dibdin 1988
25 A Fatal Inversion Barbara Vine 1987
26 Live Flesh Ruth Rendell novels 1986
27 Monkey Puzzle Paula Gosling 1985
28 The Twelfth Juror B.M. Gill 1984
29 Accidental Crimes John Hutton 1983
30 The False Inspector Dew Peter Lovesey 1982
31 Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith 1981
32 The Murder Of The Maharajah H.R.F. Keating 1980
33 Whip Hand Dick Francis 1979
34 The Chelsea Murders Lionel Davidson 1978
35 The Honourable Schoolboy John LeCarre novel 1977
36 A Demon in My View Ruth Rendell novels 1976
37 The Seven Percent Solution Nicholas Meyer 1974
38 Other Paths to Glory Anthony Price David Audley,a historian and spy in England novel 1974
39 The Defection Of Aj Lewinter Robert Littell 1973
40 The Levanter Eric Ambler novel 1971
41 The Steam Pig James McClure 1971
42 Young Man I Think Youre Dying Joan Fleming 1970
43 A Pride Of Heroes Peter Dickinson 1969
44 Skin Deep Peter Dickinson 1968
45 Murder Against The Grain Emma Lathen 1967
46 A Long Way To Shiloh Lionel Davidson 1966
47 The Far Side of the Dollar Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1965
48 The Perfect Murder H.R.F. Keating 1964
49 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John LeCarre novel 1963
50 When I Grow Rich Joan Fleming 1962
51 The Spoilt Kill Mary Kelly 1961
52 The Night Of Wenceslas Lionel Davidson 1960
53 Passage of Arms Eric Ambler novel 1958
54 Someone From The Past Margot Bennett 1958
55 The Colour Of Murder Julian Symons 1957
56 The Second Man Edward Grierson 1956
57 The Little Walls Winston Graham 1955