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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


In A Readers Guide to the Classic British Mystery (1988), Susan Oleksiw listed “one hundred novels that are outstanding for various reasons: some are historically important as well as being well written; some are fascinating stories; and others are ingenious tales that capture and hold the reader until the surprise ending.” In her book each title is discussed.

Dead Letter

Douglas Clark 1984

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1983
The Man With a Load of Mischief

Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels 1981
Assault And Matrimony

James Anderson 1980
The Murder Of The Maharajah

H.R.F. Keating 1980
The Lake of Darkness

Ruth Rendell novels 1980
So Soon Done For

Marian Babson 1979
A Sprig Of Sea Lavender

J.R.L. Anderson 1978
The Blackheath Poisonings

Julian Symons 1978
Treasure Up In Smoke

David Williams 1978
The Gimmel Flask

Douglas Clark 1977
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

Colin Dexter novel 1977
Death of an Expert Witness Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1977
A Judgment In Stone

Ruth Rendell 1977
Death Cap

June Thomson 1977
Step In The Dark

Elizabeth Lemarchand 1976
Swing Swing Together

Peter Lovesey Sergeant Cribb 1976
Over The Sea To Death

Gwen Moffat 1976
Never Pick Up Hitch Hikers

Ellis Peters 1976
The Affair Of The Bloodstained Egg Cosy

James Anderson 1975
Harriet Farewell

Margaret Erskine 1975
The Black Tower

P.D. James 1975
Death of an Old Goat

Robert Barnard novel 1974
A Pigeon Among The Cats

Josephine Bell 1974
Cyanide With Compliments

Elizabeth Lemarchand 1972
Death To The Landlords

Ellis Peters 1972
Inspector Ghote Breaks An Egg

H.R.F. Keating 1970
The Man Who Lost His Wife

Julian Symons 1970
The Complete Steel

Catharine Aird 1969
The Hidden Wrath

Stella Phillips 1968
Murder Fantastical

Patricia Moyes 1967
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Colin Watson 1967
A Caribbean Mystery

Agatha Christie Miss Marple Novel 1965
The End Of Solomon Grundy

Julian Symons 1964
Death And The Joyful Woman

Ellis Peters 1963
Dead Cert

Dick Francis 1962
The Sunken Sailor Or Down Among The Dead Men

Patricia Moyes 1961

Michael Innes novel 1960
This Wont Hurt You

Nigel Fitzgerald 1959
Death In The Quadrangle

Ellis Dillon 1956
Landscape With Dead Dons

Robert Robinson 1956
Bones Of Contention

Edward Candy 1954
Midsummer Malice

Nigel Fitzgerald 1953
The Singing Sands

Josephine Tey novels 1953
AN ENGLISH MURDER (The Christmas murder)

Cyril Hare novel 1951
Opening Night

Ngaio Marsh 1951
The Sole Survivor

Roy Vickers 1951
Corpse Diplomatique

Delano Ames 1950
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950