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In 1950, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine took a vote of 11 experts, among them Vincent Starrett, Charles Honce, and Lew D. Feldman asking for the experts' pick of the best detective stories ever written. There were 83 detective stories nominated. The final selection of the best was as shown below. The results were published in the July 1950 issue of the magazine.

The Purloined Letter

Edgar Allan Poe :Poe Tales 1844 *mystery
The Hands Of Mr Ottermole

Thomas Burke
The Redheaded League

Arthur Conan Doyle
The Avenging Chance

Anthony Berkeley
The Absentminded Coterie

Robert Barr
The Problem Of Cell 13

Jacques Futrelle
The Invisible Man

G. K. Chesterton
Naboths Nineyard

Melville Davisson Post
The Gioconda Smile

Aldous Huxley
The Yellow Slugs

H. C. Bailey
The Genuine Tabard

E. C. Bentley

Dorothy Sayers