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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


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.

Post Mortem

Guy Cullingford 1953
Last Seen Wearing

Hillary Waugh 1952
The Tiger in the Smoke

Margery Allingham novels 1952
The Daughter Of Time

Josephine Tey novels 1951
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
The Stain On The Snow The Snow Was Black

Georges Simenon 1950
My Friend Maigret

Georges Simenon 1949
The Asphalt Jungle

W. R. Burnett 1949
The Franchise Affair

Josephine Tey novels 1948
Devil Take The Bluetail Fly

John Franklin Bardin 1948
More Work for the Undertaker

Margery Allingham novels 1948
The Fabulous Clipjoint

Fredric Brown novel 1947
Murder Among Friends

Elizabeth Ferrars 1946
The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis 1946
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946

Michael Innes novel 1945
The High Window

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1942)

Cyril Hare Inspector Mallett novel 1942
Calamity Town

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1942
The Bride Wore Black

Cornell Woolrich novel 1940
Surfeit Of Lampreys Or Death Of A Peer

Ngaio Marsh 1940
The Beast Must Die

Nicholas Blake 1938
The Wheel Spins

Ethel Lina White 1936
The Hollow Man T Three Coffins

John Dickson Carr 1935
The League Of Frightened Men

Rex Stout 1935
Murder On The Orient Express

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1934
The Nine Tailors

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1934
The Case of the Sulky Girl

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1933
Before the Fact

Anthony Berkeley written as Frances Iles novels 1932
The Sands of Windee

Arthur W. Upfield :novel 1931
The Documents in the Case

Dorothy Sayers shorts 1930
The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett novel 1930
Red Harvest

Dashiell Hammett novel 1929
Death Of My Aunt

C. H. B. Kitchin 1929
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1926
The Mind Of J G Reeder

Edgar Wallace 1925
Uncle Abner

Melville Davisson Post 1918
The Innocence Of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton collections 1911
The Thinking Machine

Jacques Futrelle 1907
The Circular Staircase

Mary Roberts Rinehart Miss Cornelia Van Gorder 1907
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle novels 1902
The Amateur Cracksman

E. W. Hornung 1899
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1892
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens :Novels 1870

Wilkie Collins novels 1868
The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M. Cain
Green For Danger

Christianna Brand
Sadie When She Died

Ed McBain