Mystery Books

  • Claws and Effect: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

    CLAWS AND EFFECTWinter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze and everyone seems to be suffering from the winter bla

  • The Dead Zone (Signet)

    Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one ho

  • The False Inspector Dew

    The year is 1921. A passionate affair between voracious romance reader Alma Webster and her dentist, Walter Baranov, has led to hi

  • Killing Time: A Novel

    Returning to the entrancing supernatural territory of her popular novels Dream Man and Son of the Morning, New York Times bestsell

  • The Stabbing In The Stables (Fethering Mysteries)

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again as Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay, after stumb

  • Silent Joe

    Scarred for life by a brutal father, Joe Trona found a safe haven and a loving childhood in the home of the couple who adopted him

  • Code to Zero

    In this classic Cold War thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett puts his own electrifying twist on t

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Mystery Movies

  • Mystic River

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

  • Flightplan (Widescreen Edition)

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

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • Orphan

    Orphan (DVD)Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga star as a couple who adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their ow

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Mystery Authors

The Best Mystery Books - Top 100

LACHMAN'S ONE HUNDRED NOTABLE AMERICAN NOVELS OF DETECTION


In his A Reader's Guide to the American Novel of Detection (1993), Marvin Lachman includes a list of "One Hundred Notable Novels of Detection." He writes: "Though I did consider historical importance, my primary concern was quality... The detective plot and the ingenuity and fairness of the solution are also basic to the detective story, so certain writers of the Golden Age of Detection (Queen, Carr and Stout) appear frequently. Yet also included are many more recent writers, people who have substituted regional insights, humor and exploration of social problems for sheer brilliance of puzzle. Though this list is, of course, subjective, it is based on 50 years of reading mysteries and 25 years of reviewing them."

Carolina Skeletons

David Stout 1989
Old Bones

Aaron Elkins Gideon Oliver novel 1988
Emily Dickinson Is Dead

Jane Langton 1984
Strike Three Youre Dead

Richard Rosen 1984
Death In A Tenured Position

Amanda Cross 1981
A Family Affair

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1975
The Fly On The Wall

Tony Hillerman 1971
A Case Of Need

Jeffrey Hudson 1969
Murder Against The Grain

Emma Lathen 1967
Murder Makes The Wheels Go Round

Emma Lathen 1966
The Doorbell Rang

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1965
Friday The Rabbi Slept Late

Harry Kemelman 1964
Fear Is the Same

John Dickson Carr novel as carter dickson 1956
Wilders Walk Away

Herbert Brean 1955
The Beast In View

Margaret Millar 1955
The Black Mountain

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1954
A Gentle Murderer

Dorothy Salisbury Davis 1951
What A Body

Alan Green 1950
Through A Glass Darkly

Helen McCloy 1950
In the Best Families

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1950
Cat of Many Tails

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1949
The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis 1946
Pick Your Victim

Patricia McGerr 1946
The Silent Speaker

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1946
He Wouldn't Kill Patience

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1944
The Case of the Crooked Candle

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1944
The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1944
She Died a Lady

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1943
The Gilded Man (Also published as: Death and the Gilded Man)

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1942
Calamity Town

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1942
The Case of the Constant Suicides

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1941
The Norths Meet Murder

Richard & Francis Lockridge 1940
The Reader is Warned

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1939
The Case of the Perjured Parrot

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1939
Some Buried Caesar

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1939
The Crooked Hinge

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1938
The Judas Window (Also published as: The Crossbow Murder)

John Dickson Carr Sir Henry Merrivale novel as carter dickson 1938
Death From A Top Hat

Clayton Rawson 1938
Too Many Cooks

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1938
The Burning Court

John Dickson Carr novel 1937
The Case of the Lame Canary

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1937
The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla

Stuart Palmer novel 1937
The Rubber Band

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1936
The Three Coffins (UK Title: The Hollow Man)

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1935
The Case of the Counterfeit Eye

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1935
The Case of the Howling Dog

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1934
Fer-de-Lance

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1934
The Chinese Orange Mystery

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1934
Hag's Nook

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1933
The Greek Coffin Mystery

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1932
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