Mystery Books

  • Dreamcatcher

    Once upon a time, in the haunted city of Derry, four boys stood together and did a brave thing. It was something that changed them

  • Jihad (Stephen Coonts' Deep Black, Book 5)

    The word's most effective anti-terrorist force has the tools to monitor every move the enemy makes. They've planted a listening

  • My Laugh Comes Last

    Farrell Brannigan, President of the National Californian Bank, is an extremely successful man. So when he builds another bank in a

  • Capital Crimes

    Internationally bestselling husband and wife Jonathan and Faye Kellerman team up for a powerful one-two punch with Capital Crim

  • Burn Marks (V.I. Warshawski Novels)

    Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news  arrives in the form of her wack

  • Tell Me Your Dreams

    Computer whiz Ashley Patterson is convinced she is being stalked. Coworker Toni Prescott has a penchant for Internet dating and li

  • Bad Business (Spenser)

    One of the great series in the history of the American detective story gets even better when Spenser is hired by a jilted bride to

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Mystery Movies

  • Interstellar (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

    With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling bey

  • Devil

    Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their

  • The Killing Room

    In this highly charged, psychological thrill ride, four strangers are recruited as volunteers in a scientific research study. But

  • Prometheus

    Ridley Scott, director of "Alien" and "Blade Runner," returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundb

  • Lost Highway

    Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highwa

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Mystery Authors

The Best Mystery Books - Top 100

WINKS' PERSONAL FAVORITES IN DETECTIVE FICTION


In the Appendix to his Detective Fiction, A Collection of Critical Essays, Robin W. Winks includes "A Personal List of Favorites." He writes that “the following list of titles is provided … as a point of entry; authors are limited to no more than three titles. The editor regards all of the books as good, although for a variety of reasons. Not all have contributed to the history of the field and not all are written with equal grace, but each has substantial merit, whether for plot, well-realized setting, characterization, detection, or even trickery. For the most part, books from the early classic period (pre-1930) are omitted.”

Early Graves

Joseph Hansen 1987
Fire Lake

Jonathan Valin 1987
Ground Money

Rex Burns 1986
The Staked Goat

Jeremiah Healy 1986
Floater

Joseph Koenig 1986
A Criminal Comedy

Julian Symons 1986
The Marine Corpse

William G. Tapply 1986
Lifes Work

Jonathan Valin 1986
Very Old Money

Stanley Ellin 1985
The Dutch Blue Error

William G. Tapply 1985
New Hope For The Dead

Charles Willeford 1985
Death In The Old Country

Eric Wright 1985
The Suspect

L.R. Wright 1985
The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy novels 1984
The Dirty Duck

Martha Grimes Richard Jury novels 1984
The Ghostway

Tony Hillerman Jim Chee novel 1984
Emily Dickinson Is Dead

Jane Langton 1984
The Man In The Middle

Norman Lewis 1984
The Artful Egg

James McClure 1984
Victims

Colin Wilcox 1984
Smoke Detector

Eric Wright 1984
Hindsight

Peter Dickinson 1983
The Name Of The Rose

Umberto Eco 1983
The Glass Highway

Loren D. Estleman 1983
Fatal Obsession

Stephen Greenleaf 1983
Deadheads

Reginald Hill Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novel 1983
La Brava

Elmore Leonard 1983
Ice

Ed McBain 1983
Cobalt

Nathan Aldyne 1982
Bad Company

Liza Cody 1982
The Man Who Likes Slow Tomatoes

K. C. Constantine 1982
Ritual Murder

S.T. Haymon 1982
Trotskys Run

Richard Hoyt 1982
The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey 1982
Indemnity Only

Sara Paretsky Warshawski novel 1982
The Butchers Boy

Thomas Perry 1982
Death In A Tenured Position

Amanda Cross 1981
The Amateur

Robert Littell 1981
Bogmail

Patrick McGinley 1981
The Outside Man

Richard North Patterson novels 1981
Deep And Crisp And Even

Peter Turnbull 1981
The Mind Murders

Janwillem Van de Wetering 1981
The Rembrandt Panel

Oliver Banks 1980
One Foot In The Grave

Peter Dickinson 1980
The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
Castles Burning

Arthur Lyons 1980
Looking for Rachel Wallace

Robert B. Parker Spenser novels 1980
The Eurokillers

Julian Rathbone 1980
Death of a Literary Widow APA Posthumous Papers

Robert Barnard novel 1979
Angle Of Attack

Rex Burns 1979
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