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Welcome to Topmystery.com - the website about the top mystery books, movies and authors. Use the menu on the top to navigate through the sections of the website.
The site is divided into seven main sections:
Mystery Movies: Although there are a lot of mystery movies released, most of them, even though great mysteries, are just bellow average movies. I love to watch mystery movies, but very often I feel disappointed after the movie ends. Some of them just forget that a movie has to have certain qualities( acting, directing) in order to be enjoyable. Therefore most of the mystery movies based on books are not included in my list. Would you read a mystery book that has the most ingenious mystery plot in it, but the writing is boring and amateurish? The same applies to the movies.
Here are the qualities that I consider: - Acting: A movie with bad actors will never be a good movie no matter what.
- Directing: Good directing itself can create mystery. A mystery movie just s cannot be like a mystery book. Crime happens, detective comes, he interrogates people, then solves the crime. Any movie that follows that will be boring. It needs something else: a sparkle, an intrigue, a funny moment, surprise, a great actors. You just know when you see it.
- Plot: The most important part. 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 Hollywood ending. Basically movies that makes you think.
- Atmosphere: One example: David Lynch movies. You just have to love the combination of music, camera and settings.
Mystery Books: 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 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.