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KEATINGS 100 BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY BOOKS


H. R. F. Keating was the crime books reviewer for the London Times for 15 years, a former chairman of the British Crime Writers’ Association, and a past president of the Detection Club. His 100 Best Crime and Mystery Books was published 1987. Keating provides a page discussion of each of the titles that are listed below.

The Artful Egg

James McClure 1984
To Make A Killing

June Thomson 1982
The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey 1982
All On A Summers Day

John Wainwright 1981
Death In A Tenured Position

Amanda Cross 1981
The Glitter Dome

Joseph Wambaugh 1981
Skinflick

Joseph Hansen 1979
Kill Claudio

P. M. Hubbard 1979
The Green Ripper

John MacDonald 1979
A Pinch of Snuff

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1978
A Judgement in Stone

Ruth Rendell novels 1977
Laidlaw

William McIlvanney 1977
Nobodys Perfect

Donald Westlake 1977
The Blue Hammer

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1976
Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case

Agatha Christie Miss Marple Novel 1976
A Death In The Life

Dorothy Salisbury Davis 1976
The Investigation

Dorothy Uhnak 1976
The Black Tower Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1975
The Long Shadow

Celia Fremlin 1975
The Naked Nuns Or Six Nuns And A Shotgun

Colin Watson 1975
The Poison Oracle

Peter Dickinson novels 1974
Fletch

Gregory McDonald 1974
Dance Hall of the Dead

Tony Hillerman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn novel 1973
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

George V. Higgins 1972
The Players And The Game

Julian Symons 1972
Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Stanley Ellin 1972
Young Man I Think Youre Dying

Joan Fleming 1970
Beyond This Point Are Monsters

Margaret Millar 1970
The Tremor Of Forgery

Patricia Highsmith 1969
Blind Man With A Pistol

Chester Himes 1969
The Glasssided Ants Nest

Peter Dickinson 1968
Mr Splitfoot

Helen McCloy 1968
The Man Who Killed Himself

Julian Symons 1967
Murder Against The Grain

Emma Lathen 1967
Roseanna

Sjowall & Wahloo 1967
The Last Best Friend

George Sims 1967
R S V P Murder

E. B. Eberhart 1966
POP. 1280

Jim Thompson novel 1964
Gun Before Butter

Nicholas Freeling 1963
The Expendable Man

Dorothy Hughes 1963
Maigret In Court

Georges Simenon 1960
THE NEW SONIA WAYWARD

Michael Innes novel 1960
Gideons Week

John Creasey (J. J. Marric) 1956
Mystery Stories

Stanley Ellin 1956
The Talented Mr Ripley

Patricia Highsmith 1955
The Beast In View

Margaret Millar 1955
The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1954
The Party At No 5

Shelley Smith 1954
Five Roundabouts To Heaven

John Bingham 1953
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