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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


Members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association compiled a list released in January 2000 of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the century. It was agreed that each author would appear on the list only once. The Association is a trade association for owners of businesses wholly or substantially devoted to the sale of mysteries. As of January 2000 the group represented 58 stores in the United States and Canada.

Dreaming Of The Bones

Deborah Crombie 1998
On Beulah Height

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1998
Deaths Bright Angel

Janet Neel 1998
Dead Right US title, Blood at the Root

Peter Robinson Inspector Banks novels 1997
Darkness Take My Hand

Dennis Lehane The Kenzie-Gennaro novels novels 1996
The Concrete Blonde

Michael Connelly Harry Bosch series novels 1994
One for the Money

Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels 1994
Booked To Die

John Dunning 1992
Bootleggers Daughter

Margaret Maron 1992
The Ice House

Minette Walters 1992
Black Cherry Blues

James Lee Burke Dave Robicheaux novels 1989
The Silence Of The Lambs

Thomas Harris 1989
The Monkey's Raincoat

Robert Crais Elvis Cole / Joe Pike novel 1988
Old Bones

Aaron Elkins Gideon Oliver novel 1988
Presumed Innocent

Scott Turow novels 1987
When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

Lawrence Block Matt Scudder novels 1986
Tourist Season

Carl Hiaasen novels 1986
The Ritual Bath

Faye Kellerman Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus novels 1986
Rough Cider

Peter Lovesey 1986
When The Bough Breaks

Jonathan Kellerman Alex Delaware novels 1985
Sleeping Dog

Dick Lochte 1985

Sara Paretsky Warshawski novel 1984
Strike Three Youre Dead

Richard Rosen 1984
Death by Sheer Torture AKA Sheer Torture

Robert Barnard Perry Trethowan, Scotland Yard inspector in London novel 1981
Looking for Rachel Wallace

Robert B. Parker Spenser novels 1980
Whip Hand

Dick Francis 1979
Chinamans Chance

Ross Thomas Artie Wu and Quincy Durant, a couple of soldiers of fortune for their company, WuDu Ltd : novel 1978
Edwin Of The Iron Shoes

Marcia Muller Sharon McCone 1977
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1972
The Laughing Policeman

Sjowall & Wahloo 1971
In The Heat Of The Night

John Ball 1966
The Chill

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1964
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

John LeCarre novel 1963
The Hours Before Dawn

Celia Fremlin 1960
A Dram Of Poison

Charlotte Armstrong 1957
The Tiger in the Smoke

Margery Allingham novels 1952
AN ENGLISH MURDER (The Christmas murder)

Cyril Hare novel 1951
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
Brat Farrar

Josephine Tey novels 1949
Cat of Many Tails

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1949
The Fabulous Clipjoint

Fredric Brown novel 1947
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946
The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1939
Some Buried Caesar

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1939
The Beast Must Die

Nicholas Blake 1938

Michael Innes novel 1937
The Three Coffins (UK Title: The Hollow Man)

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1935
Murder Must Advertise

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1933
The Sands of Windee

Arthur W. Upfield :novel 1931
The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett novel 1930