Mystery Books

Mystery Movies

  • The Killing Room

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

  • The Orphanage

    Orphanage, The (WS/DVD)The Orphanage centers on Laura (Belén Rueda) who purchases her beloved childhood orphan

  • Phone Booth

    A single phone call can change a man's life…or possibly end it. Colin Farrell delivers a captivating, off-the-hook performance a

  • Moon [Blu-ray]

    Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the completion of his 3-year-long contract with Lunar Industries, mining Earth's primary source

  • Prometheus

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

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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.”

Hamlet Revenge 1937

Michael Innes
The List Of Adrian Messenger

Philip MacDonald
The Satan Bug As Ian Stuart 1962

Alistair MacLean
One Corpse Too Many

Ellis Peters
Journey into Fear

Eric Ambler novel
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