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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


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.

Overture To Death

Ngaio Marsh 1936
The Adventures Of Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen 1935
We The Accused

Ernest Raymond 1935
Gaudy Night

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1935
The Three Coffins (UK Title: The Hollow Man)

John Dickson Carr Dr. Gideon Fell' novel 1935
Death of a Ghost

Margery Allingham novels 1934
A Pin To See The Peepshow

F. Tennyson Jesse 1934

Rex Stout Nero Wolfe novel 1934
Murder Must Advertise

Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novel 1933
The Greek Coffin Mystery

Ellery Queen Ellery Queen novel 1932
The Pleasantries Of Old Quong

Thomas Burke 1931
The Glass Key

Dashiell Hammett novel 1931

William Faulkner 1931
Malice Aforethought: The Story of a Commonplace Crime

Anthony Berkeley written as Frances Iles novels 1931
Above The Dark Circus

Hugh Walpole 1931
The Poisoned Chocolates Case

Anthony Berkeley Roger Sheringham novels 1929
Mr Fortune Speaking

H. C. Bailey 1929
The Greene Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine Philo Vance novel 1928
The Bellamy Trial

Frances Noyes Hart 1927
Ashenden The British Agent

W. Somerset Maugham 1927
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Novel 1926
The House Of The Arrow

AEW Mason 1924
The Crimson Circle

Edgar Wallace 1922
The Red House Mystery

A.A. Milne 1922
The Pit-Prop Syndicate

Freeman Wills Crofts novel 1922
Bulldog Drummond

Sapper 1920
The Thirtynine Steps

John Buchan 1915
Max Carrados

Ernest Bramah 1914
Trentrsquos Last Case

E. C. Bentley 1913
The Singing Bone

R. Austin Freeman short stories 1912
The Innocence Of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton collections 1911
At The Villa Rose

AEW Mason 1910
The Old Man In The Corner

Baroness Orczy 1909
The Seven of Hearts

Maurice Leblanc collections 1908
The Thinking Machine

Jacques Futrelle 1907
The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Gaston Leroux novels 1907
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle novels 1902

E. W. Hornung 1899
The Three Impostors

Arthur Machen 1895
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle collections 1893
The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume 1886
The New Arabian Nights

Robert Louis Stevenson 1882
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens :Novels 1870

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

Emile Gaboriau novel 1867 (tr. by M. Villiers)
Crime And Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky 1866
Uncle Silas

Sheridan Le Fanu 1864

Wilkie Collins novels 1860
Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

Edgar Allan Poe 1845