Mystery Books

  • The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel

    The #1 New York Times bestselling dramatic serial novel and inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starr

  • The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2)

    NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESViolet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are cha

  • One Door Away from Heaven

    Hailed as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a rich new phase of his

  • The Distant Echo

    Bestselling, award-winning author Val McDermid delivers her most stunning story yet in The Distant Echo---an intricat

  • Mr. Murder

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz delivers a gripping novel of a man accused of stealing not just someone

  • Levanter

    Michael Howell lives the good life in Syria, just three years after the Six Day War. He has several highly profitable business int

  • Sphinx

    It was the magic and mystery of an empire long past that beautiful Erica Baron came to explore. Innocently she cast her eyes in fo

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Mystery Movies

  • Sphere (Special Edition)

    When a spaceship is found 1000 feet below the Pacific Ocean it is carbon dated to be over 400 years old. A crack team of scientist

  • Lost - The Complete First Season

    Get lost in the hottest series of 2004. From J.J. Abrams, the creator of ALIAS, comes the action-packed adventure that became a wo

  • Inception (Blu-ray)

    Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into

  • Devil's Advocate

    Hotshot attorney accepts tempting offer from an elite New York law firm only to find himself fighting for his soul.Genre:

  • The Prestige

    Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in THE PRESTIGE, the twisting, turnin

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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.”

The Ravengers

Donald Hamilton 1964
Cotton Goes To Harlem

Chester Himes 1964
From Cuba With Love

E. Howard Hunt 1964
The Perfect Murder

H.R.F. Keating 1964
Friday The Rabbi Slept Late

Harry Kemmelman 1964
The Most Dangerous Game

Gavin Lyall 1964
The Quick Red Fox

John MacDonald 1964
From Russia, with Love

Ian Fleming James Bond novels 1963
Florentine Finish

Cornelius Hirschberg 1963
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

John LeCarre novel 1963
The Drowner

John MacDonald 1963
The Venetian Affair

Helen MacInnes 1963
Death And Circumstance

Hillary Waugh 1963
The Catfish Tangle

Charles Williams 1963
The Fifth Passenger

Edward Young 1963
Ficciones

Jorge Luis Borges 1962
The Rose Of Tibet

Lionel Davidson 1962
The Ipcress File

Len Deighton 1962
Dead Cert

Dick Francis 1962
Love In Amsterdam

Nicholas Freeling 1962
Cover Her Face Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1962
A Rush On The Ultimate

H.R.F. Keating 1961
The Spoilt Kill

Mary Kelly 1961
Court Of Crows

Robert A. Knowlton 1961
The Ballad Of The Running Man

Shelley Smith 1961
The Chinese Bell Murders

Robert Van Gulik 1961
The Chinese Nail Murders

Robert Van Gulik 1961
Sylvia

E.V. Cunningham 1960
Night Of Wenceslas

Lionel Davidson 1960
Death Of A Citizen

Donald Hamilton 1960
The Pass Beyond Kashmir

Berkely Mather 1960
The Pyx

John Buell 1959
Venetian Blind

William Haggard 1959
Ossians Ride

Fred Hoyle 1959
The Galton Case

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1959
Plot It Yourself

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1959
Or Be He Dead

James Byrom 1958
The Eighth Circle

Stanley Ellin 1958
The Galloway Case

Andrew Garve 1958
The Telemann Touch

William Haggard 1958
South By Java Head

Alistair MacLean 1958
The Running Man

Ben Benson 1957
Rebeccas Pride

Donald McNutt Douglass 1957
The Soft Talkers

Margaret Millar 1957
The Lenient Beast

Fredric Brown novel 1956
The Day Of The Ram

William Campbell Gault 1956
The Wreck Of The Mary Deare

Hammond Innes 1956
Gideons Week

John Creasey (J. J. Marric) 1956
The Pub Crawler

Maurice Proctor 1956
Wilders Walk Away

Herbert Brean 1955
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