Mystery Books

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

  • The Game

    There are no rules in "the game." And that will make life very difficult for Nicholas Van Orton, a successful businessman who is a

  • American Psycho (Uncut Version) (Killer Collector's Edition)

    Patrick Bateman, a young, well to do man working on wall street at his father's company kills for no reason at all, collects body

  • The Yellow Sea

    Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a young man living in China agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the

  • Mulholland Dr.

    This sexy thriller has been acclaimed as one of the year's best films. Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mys

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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.

Martin Hewitt Investigator

Arthur Morrison 1894
The Tragedy Of Puddnhead Wilson

Mark Twain 1894
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1893
The Big Bow Mystery

Israel Zangwill 1892
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1892
The Sign Of The Four

Arthur Conan Doyle 1890
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson 1886
The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume 1886
New Arabian Nights

Robert Louis Stevenson 1882
The Leavenworth Case

Anna Katharine Green novel 1878
The Expressman And The Detective

Allan Pinkerton 1874
Old Sleuth The Detective

Harlan Page Halsey 1872
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens :Novels 1870
Monsieur Lecoq

Emile Gaboriau novel 1868
THE MOONSTONE

Wilkie Collins novels 1868
Le crime d'Orcival - The Mystery of Orcival / Crime at Orcival

Emile Gaboriau novel 1867 (tr. by M. Villiers)
File No 13

Emile Gaboriau 1867
The Widow Lerouge

Emile Gaboriau 1866
The Dead Letter

Regester Seeley 1866
Crime And Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky 1866
The Dead Letter

Regester Seeley 1866
Les Miserables

Victor Hugo 1862
THE WOMAN IN WHITE

Wilkie Collins novels 1860
Recollections Of A Detective Police Officer

William Russell Waters 1856
Bleak House

Charles Dickens 1853
Tales

Edgar Allan Poe 1845
Memoirs De Vidocq

Francois Eugene Vidocq 1828
The Adventures Of Caleb Williams

William Godwin 1794
Zadig

Voltaire 1748
The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M. Cain
Rebecca

Daphne DuMaurier
Wisteria Cottage 1948

Robert M. Coates
Trial by Fury (1941)

Craig Rice John J. Malone novel
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