Mystery Books

  • Claws and Effect: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

    CLAWS AND EFFECTWinter puts tiny Crozet, Virginia, in a deep freeze and everyone seems to be suffering from the winter bla

  • The Dead Zone (Signet)

    Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one ho

  • The False Inspector Dew

    The year is 1921. A passionate affair between voracious romance reader Alma Webster and her dentist, Walter Baranov, has led to hi

  • Killing Time: A Novel

    Returning to the entrancing supernatural territory of her popular novels Dream Man and Son of the Morning, New York Times bestsell

  • The Stabbing In The Stables (Fethering Mysteries)

    Fethering's favorite sleuths are at it again as Jude and Carole Seddon find themselves in the midst of some horseplay, after stumb

  • Silent Joe

    Scarred for life by a brutal father, Joe Trona found a safe haven and a loving childhood in the home of the couple who adopted him

  • Code to Zero

    In this classic Cold War thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett puts his own electrifying twist on t

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Mystery Movies

  • Mystic River

    Three friends who grew up in working-class Boston drift apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them.

  • Flightplan (Widescreen Edition)

    Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster (Best Actress, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991) gives an outstanding performance in the heart-

  • The Killing Room

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

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • Orphan

    Orphan (DVD)Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga star as a couple who adopt a 9-year-old girl after losing their ow

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Mystery Authors

The Best Mystery Books - Top 100

SYMONS 100 BEST CRIME STORIES


Julian Symons was awarded the British Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, served as President of the Detection Club in London and was a distinguished critic of the mystery genre. In 1957-58, Julian Symons selected the 100 Best Crime Stories for the London Sunday Times. That list follows.

The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
From Russia, with Love

Ian Fleming James Bond novels 1963
Compulsion

Meyer Levin 1957
A Tangled Web

Nicholas Blake 1956
The Blunderer

Patricia Highsmith 1956
The Lord Have Mercy

Shelley Smith 1956
Mystery Stories

Stanley Ellin 1956
The Man Who Didnrsquot Fly

Margot Bennett 1955
THE MAN FROM THE SEA

Michael Innes novel 1955
A Beast In View

Margaret Millar 1955
The Man With Two Wives

Patrick Quentin 1955
The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1954
Last Seen Wearinghellip

Hillary Waugh 1953
A Kiss Before Dying

Ira Levin 1953
My Name Is Michael Sibley

John Bingham 1952
Reputation For A Song

Edward Grierson 1952
The Ivory Grin aka Marked for Murder

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1952
Venetian Bird

Victor Canning 1951
Maigret In Montmartre

Georges Simenon 1951
The Daughter Of Time

Josephine Tey novels 1951
Mischief

Charlotte Armstrong 1950
Cat And Mouse

Christianna Brand 1950
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
The Department Of Dead Ends

Roy Vickers 1949
The Asphalt Jungle

W. R. Burnett 1949
Devil Take The Bluetail Fly

John Franklin Bardin 1948
With My Little Eye

Roy Fuller 1948
A Case To Answer Or One More Unfortunate

Edgar Lustgarten 1947
The Moving Toyshop

Edmund Crispin novel 1946
The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis 1946
Phantom Lady

William Irish 1945
Death Comes As The End

Agatha Christie None Novel 1944
The Lodger

Georges Simenon 1943
The High Window

Raymond Chandler Philip Marlowe novel 1942)
Payment Deferred

C.S. Forester 1942
TRAGEDY AT LAW

Cyril Hare Inspector Mallett novel 1942
Laura

Vera Gaspary 1942
Hangover Square

Patrick Hamilton 1941
Never Come Back

John Mair 1941
Verdict Of Twelve

Raymond Postgate 1940
The Mask Of Demetrios

Eric Ambler 1939
Rogue Male

Geoffrey Household 1939
Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier 1938
The Nursemaid Who Disappeared Warrant For X

Philip MacDonald 1938
Hamlet Revenged

Michael Innes 1937
The Lady In The Morgue

Jonathan Latimer 1937
The Wheel Spins

Ethel Lina White 1936
The Case Of The Sleepwalkerrsquos Niece

Erle Stanley Gardner 1936
A Gun For Sale

Graham Greene 1936
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