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

HAYCRAFT-QUEEN CORNERSTONES, A DEFINITIVE LIBRARY OF DETECTIVE, CRIME AND MYSTERY FICTION 1748-1952


In 1941, Howard Haycraft compiled a list of detective stories for a book entitled Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story. The list was prepared for “unpretentious detective story fans who may care to assemble for their own pleasure ‘cornerstone’ libraries of the best and most influential writing in the medium.” Ellery Queen (the writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee) revised the Haycraft list several times expanding it to include a broader range of crime and mystery fiction. The list below is the final revision and includes books from 1748 to 1952. Any entry followed by an * indicates it was added by Ellery Queen.

Whose Body?

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1923
The Eight Strokes of the Clock

Maurice Leblanc series 1922
The Red House Mystery

A.A. Milne 1922
The Grey Room

Eden Phillpotts 1921
Call Mr. Fortune

H. C. Bailey Reggie Fortune shorts 1920
The Cask

Freeman Wills Crofts novel 1920
The Mysterious Affair At Styles

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1920
Bull

Sapper 1920
Tutt And Mr Tutt

Arthur Train 1920
The Great Impersonation

E. Phillips Oppenheim novels 1920
The Middle Temple Murder

JS Fletcher 1918
Uncle Abner

Melville Davisson Post 1918
His Last Bow

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1917
Limehouse Nights

Thomas Burke 1916
The Thirtynine Steps

John Buchan 1915
Max Carrados

Ernest Bramah 1914
The Lone Wolf

Louis Joseph Vance 1914
The Valley of Fear

Arthur Conan Doyle novels 1914
Trent's Last Case

E. C. Bentley novel 1913
The Lodger

Marie Belloc Lowndes 1913
The Singing Bone

R. Austin Freeman short stories 1912
The Silent Bullet

Arthur B Reeve 1912
The Innocence Of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton collections 1911
The Eye of Osiris

R. Austin Freeman novels 1911
The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin Gentleman Burglar

Maurice Leblanc series 1910
813

Maurice Leblanc series 1910
At The Villa Rose

AEW Mason 1910
The Achievements Of Luther Trant

William & Edwin Balmer MacHarg 1910
The Old Man In The Corner

Baroness Orczy 1909
The Clue

Carolyn Wells 1909
John Thorndyke's Cases

R. Austin Freeman novels 1909
Through The Wall

Cleveland Moffett 1909
The Mystery Of Dr Fu

Sax Rohmer 1908
The Gentle Grafter

O Henry 1908
The Perfume Of The Woman In Black

Gaston Leroux 1908
The Red Thumb Mark

R. Austin Freeman novels 1907
The Thinking Machine

Jacques Futrelle 1907
The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad 1907
The Circular Staircase

Mary Roberts Rinehart Miss Cornelia Van Gorder 1907
The Man Who Was Thursday

G. K. Chesterton novels 1907
The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Gaston Leroux novels 1907
The Triumphs Of Eugene Valmont

Robert Barr 1906
Tracks In The Snow

GR Benson 1906
The Scarlet Pimpernell

Baroness Orczy 1905
The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1905
The Riddle Of The Sands

Erskine Childers 1903
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle novels 1902
The Amateur Cracksman

E. W. Hornung 1899
Dracula

Bram Stoker 1897
Prince Zaleski

MP Shiel 1895
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