Mystery Books

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.

  • The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp unlocks the gates to hell in Roman Polanski's newest thriller. Depp stars as Dean Corso, an unscrupulous rare-book dea

  • Cube

    Six ordinary strangers awaken from their daily lives to find themselves in a seemingly endless maze of interlocking cubical chambe

  • The Arrival

    Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get in

  • 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

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Mystery Authors

The Best Mystery Books - Top 100

NERO WOLFE AWARD FOR BEST "FAIR-PLAY" MYSTERY NOVEL


Presented annually for the novel that best captures the spirit and fair-play aspects of the Nero Wolfe novels. The award is presented at the Black Orchid Banquet, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in December in New York City.

1 Though Not Dead / A Kate Shugak Novel Dana Stabenow 2012
2 Dead Anyway Chris Knopf 2012
3 Bury Your Dead Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2011
4 FACES OF THE GONE Brad Parks 2010
5 The Tenth Case Joseph Teller 2009
6 ANATOMY OF FEAR Jonathan Santlofer 2008
7 All Mortal Flesh Julia Spencerfleming 2007
8 Vanish Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli/Isles series novels 2005
9 The Enemy Lee Child novels 2004
10 Fear Itself Walter Mosley 2004
11 Winter And Night S. J. Rozan 2003
12 The Deadhouse Linda Fairstein 2002
13 Sugar House Laura Lippman Tess Monaghan 2001
14 Coyote Revenge Fred Harris 2000
15 The Bone Collector Jeffery Deaver Lincoln Rhyme novels 1997
16 Sacred Dennis Lehane The Kenzie-Gennaro novels novels 1997
17 The Poet Michael Connelly Jack McEvoy series novels 1996
18 A Monstrous Regiment Of Women Laurie King 1996
19 She Walks These Hills Sharyn McCrumb Spencer Arrowood, Appalachian sheriff novels 1994
20 Old Scores Aaron Elkins Chris Norgren novel 1994
21 Booked To Die John Dunning 1992
22 A Scandel In Belgravia Robert Barnard 1992
23 Coyote Waits Tony Hillerman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn novel 1990
24 The Corpse In Oozaks Pond Charlotte MacLeod 1987
25 Murder In E Minor Robert Goldsborough 1986
26 Sleeping Dog Dick Lochte 1985
27 Emily Dickinson Is Dead Jane Langton 1984
28 The Anodyne Necklace Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels 1983
29 Past Present And Murder Hugh Pentecost 1982
30 Death In A Tenured Position Amanda Cross 1981
31 Burn This Helen McCloy 1980
32 The Burgar Who Liked To Quote Kipling Lawrence Block 1979