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

One response to “Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (1-10)

  1. Glad to see Raymond Chandler’s Big Sleep in the Top Ten. In one of his letters contained in a volume published by the Library of American Literature, Chandler advises any gum-shoe writer who is stuck to try this:
    Have someone come through the door with a gun in his hand.

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