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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


This list was compiled by Howard Haycraft and published in 1941 in Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story. The list was prepared for “unpretentious detective story fans who may care to assemble for their own pleasure ‘cornerstone’ libraries of the best and most influential writing in the medium.” The titles were published 1841-1938. See also the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones.

The Patience Of Maigret

Georges Simenon 1940
The Beast Must Die

Nicholas Blake 1938

Michael Innes novel 1938
The Listening House

Mabel Seely 1938
The Arabian Nights Murder

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1936
Overture To Death

Ngaio Marsh 1936
The Plague Court Murders

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1935
The Murder Of My Aunt

Richard Hull 1935
Death of a Ghost

Margery Allingham novels 1934
The Nine Tailors

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1934

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1934
The Case of the Sulky Girl

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1933
The Red Castle

H. C. Bailey Joshua Clunk novel & shorts 1932
Reenter Sir John

Clemence and Helen Simpson Dane 1932
Before the Fact

Anthony Berkeley written as Frances Iles novels 1932
The Fatal Five Minutes

RAJ Walling 1932
The Tragedy Of X

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novels witten under the name barnaby ross 1932
The Cape Cod Mystery

Phoebe Atwood Taylor 1931
The Book Of Murder

Irving Anderson, Frederick 1930
The Hammersmith Murders

David Frome 1930
The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett novel 1930
The Documents in the Case

Dorothy Sayers shorts 1930
The Poisoned Chocolates Case

Anthony Berkeley Roger Sheringham novels 1929
The Patient In Room 18

Mignon G Eberhart 1929
The Roman Hat Murder

Ellery Queen 1929
The Bellamy Trial

Frances Noyes Hart 1927
The Benson Murder Case Or The Canary Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine 1927
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1927
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1926
The House Without A Key

Earl Derr Biggers 1925
The Viaduct Murder

Ronald Knox novel 1925
The Paddington Mystery

John Rhode 1925
The Mind Of J G Reeder

Edgar Wallace 1925
Inspector French's Greatest Case

Freeman Wills Crofts novel 1924
The Rasp

Philip MacDonald 1924
The Brooklyn Murders

G.D.H. Cole & R. Postgate 1923
The Eight Strokes of the Clock

Maurice Leblanc series 1922
The Red House Mystery

A.A. Milne 1922
The Grey Room

Eden Phillpotts 1921
Call Mr. Fortune

H. C. Bailey Reggie Fortune shorts 1920
The Cask

Freeman Wills Crofts novel 1920
The Middle Temple Murder

JS Fletcher 1918
Uncle Abner Master Of Mysteries

Melville Davisson Post 1918
His Last Bow

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1917
Max Carrados

Ernest Bramah 1914
The Valley of Fear

Arthur Conan Doyle novels 1914
The Lodger

Marie Belloc Lowndes 1913
The Singing Bone

R. Austin Freeman short stories 1912
The Silent Bullet

Arthur B Reeve 1912