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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 Sunlit Ambush

Mark Derby 1955
The Yellow Turban

Charlotte Jay 1955
The Beast In View

Margaret Millar 1955
The Day Of The Dead

Bart Spicer 1955
Beat Not The Bones

Charlotte Jay 1954
The Cuckooline Affair

Andrew Garve 1953
The Night Of The Hunter

Davis Grubb 1953
Dead Low Tide

John MacDonald 1953
The Tiger in the Smoke

Margery Allingham novels 1952
Death In The Fifth Position

Edgar Box 1952
Death in Captivity

Michael Gilbert novels 1952
The Killer Insude Me

Jim Thompson 1952
Last Seen Wearing

Hillary Waugh 1952
Death Has Deep Roots

Michael Gilbert novels 1951
AN ENGLISH MURDER (The Christmas murder)

Cyril Hare novel 1951
A Rough Shoot

Geoffrey Household 1951
The Daughter Of Time

Josephine Tey novels 1951
The New Shoe (Also published as: The Clue of the New Shoe)

Arthur W. Upfield :novel 1951
The Long Escape

David Dodge 1950
The 31st Of November

Julian Symons 1950
The Bachelors of Broken Hill

Arthur W. Upfield :novel 1950
The Department Of Dead Ends

Roy Vickers 1949
And Be a Villain

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1948
Minute For Murder

Nicholas Blake 1947
The Fabulous Clipjoint

Fredric Brown novel 1947
One More Unfortunate

Edgar Lustgarten 1947
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946
Death of a Train

Freeman Wills Crofts novel 1946
The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis 1946
Ride The Pink Horse

Dorothy Hughes 1946
The Man Who Watched The Trains Go By

Georges Simenon 1946
The Red Right Hand

Joel Townley Rogers 1945
The Case of the Crooked Candle

Erle Stanley Gardner novel 1944
The Lady In The Lake

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1943
The Ministry Of Fear

Graham Greene 1943
Payment Deferred

C.S. Forester 1942
Calamity Town

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1942
Mountain Meadow

John Buchan 1941
The Case of the Constant Suicides

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1941
A Toast To Tomorrow

Manning Coles 1941
I Wake Up Screaming

Steve Fisher 1941
A Taste For Honey

H.F.A. Heard 1941
Above Suspicion

Helen MacInnes 1941
The Abominable Snowman

Nicholas Blake 1940
Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1940
The Patriotic Murders

Agatha Christie 1940
Drink To Yesterday

Manning Coles 1940
Verdict Of Twelve

Raymond Postgate 1940
The Bride Wore Black

Cornell Woolrich novel 1940
A Coffin For Demetrious

Eric Ambler 1939