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Top Mystery Books

Edgar Allan Poe Award For Best Mystery Novel ( 57 Books )
The Edgar awards are presented in the year after that of the publication of the work. The following is the lis ...

Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger For Fiction ( 53 Books )
The Crime Writers Association of Great Britain was founded in 1953 and is open to published writers of crime f ...

Edgar Allan Poe Award For Best First Mystery Novel ( 65 Books )
Founded in 1945, the Mystery Writers of America is the preeminent American organization of mystery writers. Ea ...

John Creasey Memorial Award For Best First Crime Novel ( 37 Books )
While the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain began presenting awards for excellence in crime writing ...

Agatha Award For Best Cozy Mystery Novel ( 22 Books )
"The Agatha Awards, named for MALICE inspiration Agatha Christie, are awarded for the Best Novel, First Myster ...

Anthony Award For Best Mystery Novel ( 24 Books )
This award for the Best Novel of the Year is named for Anthony Boucher, a writer, critic, and fan of the myste ...

Booksellers 100 Favorite Mysteries Of The Twentieth Century ( 96 Books )
Members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association compiled a list released in January 2000 of their 1 ...

Lehman's Recommended Detective Novels And Stories ( 85 Books )
In his book, The Perfect Murder: A study in Detection (1989), David Lehman provides a list of recommended titl ...

Winks' Personal Favorites In Detective Fiction ( 304 Books )
In the Appendix to his Detective Fiction, A Collection of Critical Essays, Robin W. Winks includes "A Personal ...

Keatings 100 Best Crime And Mystery Books ( 97 Books )
H. R. F. Keating was the crime books reviewer for the London Times for 15 years, a former chairman of the Brit ...

Symons 100 Best Crime Stories ( 100 Books )
Julian Symons was awarded the British Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achieveme ...

Haycraft-queen Cornerstones, A Definitive Library Of Detective, Crime And Mystery Fiction 1748-1952 ( 182 Books )
In 1941, Howard Haycraft compiled a list of detective stories for a book entitled Murder for Pleasure: The Lif ...

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Here you will find lists of recommended mystery books. It is a good start into the mystery genre. I haven't read all the books listed but the lists are written by mystery writers, organizations, book clubs, readers votes, etc. so they should be a good source. What is more many books appear in almost every list( ex: The Murder Of Rodger Acroyd") which is a good sign that only the top mystery books are listed. There are also lists of more recent books if you are interested in that.

Mystery Movies

3.8 (5 Votes)

Like Saw for corporate go-getters, in EXAM eight young people vying for a sought-after job are locked together in a room and given one hour to finish their exam...

Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Actors: Luke Mably, Adar Beck
4.75 (16 Votes)

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

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Actors: Nick Cannon, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton
4.14 (7 Votes)

Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their fate. This chilling, supernatu...

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Actors: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine
3.75 (4 Votes)

Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing vis...

Director: Ridley Scott
Actors: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
4.14 (7 Votes)

When Jess (Melissa George) sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized...

Director: Christopher Smith
Actors: Liam Hemsworth, Melissa George
4 (3 Votes)

Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) stars with Oscar nominee Kate Winslet (Titanic) in a powerfully gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller hailed ...

Director: Alan Parker
Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet
5 (2 Votes)

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

Director: Hong-jin Na
Actors:
4.41 (39 Votes)

Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggli...

Director: Paul Haggis
Actors: Russell Crowe
4.15 (48 Votes)

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

Director: David Fincher
Actors: Michael Douglas
4.49 (51 Votes)

Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that critics say “sizzles with so m...

Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio

Here I consider a wide variety of movies. As long as there is a mysterious situation that is gradually revealed in the movie, which is not obvious to guess, and the ending is not the usual obvious Hollywood ending. Basically movies that present some chalenge to guees the outcome of the movie. Mostly newer movies are includedd.
Book adaptations, no matter how great when reading by the fireplace on a rainy day, in my opinion require lots of changes in order to overcome the sitcom/theater feel of them and become good movies, and therefore are also not included.

Mystery Authors: I looked at many mystery sites on the Internet and compiled a list of the best Mystery Authors. Most of them are classic mystery authors that do not write anymore. Nevertheless, some of the best mystery books were written by them. For each author you will find a biography, a photo, list of his works and links to other webpages about the author.

Detectives: In this section you will find the most famous mystery detectives. Probably you know many of them. For each detective there is a link to the books he or she is the main character in.

Online books: Public domain mystery books that are available to read free online. The links are to external websites. If you are interested to read more online books you can go to www.Blackmask.com. They have downloadable books in many formats( palm, Pocketpc, etc.)

Links: Many links to the best mystery sites on the Internet. You can find links to book reviews sites, authors sites, book discussions, general mystery sites and so on.

Agatha Christie: Since in my opinion Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer of all times I created a website specially about her. Here you will find Agatha Christie's biography, interesting facts and articles, list of her books, summary and reviews off all her books, many online books by Agatha Christie to read and much more.