Monthly Archives: December 2010

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (1-10)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

1.    The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle. Including these individual high vote-getters: The Hound of the Baskervilles; A Study in Scarlet; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Sign of Four
2.    The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
3.    Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe.
Including these individual high vote-getters: The Gold Bug; The Murders in the Rue Morgue
4.    The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
5.    Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow
6.    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John le Carré
7.    The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
8.    The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
9.    Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
10.   And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (11-20)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

11.     Anatomy of a Murder, Robert Traver
12.    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
13.    The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
14.    The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
15.    The Godfather, Mario Puzo
16.    The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
17.    A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler
18.    Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers
19.    Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie
20.    The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (21-30)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

21.    Farewell, My Lovely, Raymond Chandler
22.    The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
23.    The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
24.    Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevski
25.    Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett
26.    Rumpole of the Bailey, John Mortimer
27.    Red Dragon, Thomas Harris
28.    The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers
29.    Fletch, Gregory Mcdonald
30.    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carre

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (31-40)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

31.    The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
32.    The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
33.    Trent’s Last Case, E.C. Bentley
34.    Double Indemnity, James M. Cain
35.    Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith
36.    Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers
37.    Dance Hall of the Dead, Tony Hillerman
38.    The Hot Rock, Donald E. Westlake
39.    Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett
40.    The Circular Staircase, Mary Roberts Rinehart

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (41-50)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

41.    Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
42.    The Firm, John Grisham
43.    The Ipcress File, Len Deighton
44.    Laura, Vera Caspary
45.    I, The Jury, Mickey Spillane
46.    The Laughing Policeman, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
47.    Bank Shot, Donald E. Westlake
48.    The Third Man, Graham Greene
49.    The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson
50.    Where Are The Children?, Mary Higgins Clark

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America


Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (51-60)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

51. “A” is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
52. The First Deadly Sin, Lawrence Sanders
53. A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman
54. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
55. Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household
56. Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers
57. The Innocence of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton
58. Smiley’s People, John le Carré
59. The Lady in the Lake, Raymond Chandler
60. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America

TOP 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (61-70)

During December I will be posting the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time as chosen by the active members of the Mystery Writers of America – of which I am one.  Click here to check out my mysteries.

61. Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene
62. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens
63. Wobble to Death, Peter Lovesey
64. Ashenden, W. Somerset Maugham
65. The Seven Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer
66. The Doorbell Rang, Rex Stout
67. Stick, Elmore Leonard
68. The Little Drummer Girl, John le Carré
69. Brighton Rock, Graham Greene
70. Dracula, Bram Stoker

Source:  The Third Degree, December 1010 edition, Mystery Writers of America