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In 1950, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine took a vote of 11 experts, among them Vincent Starrett, Charles Honce, and Lew D. Feldman asking for the experts' pick of the best detective stories ever written. There were 83 detective stories nominated. The final selection of the best was as shown below. The results were published in the July 1950 issue of the magazine.

1 The Purloined Letter Edgar Allan Poe :Poe Tales 1844 *mystery
2 The Genuine Tabard E. C. Bentley 0
3 The Problem Of Cell 13 Jacques Futrelle 0
4 The Hands Of Mr Ottermole Thomas Burke 0
5 Naboths Nineyard Melville Davisson Post 0
6 The Redheaded League Arthur Conan Doyle 0
7 The Yellow Slugs H. C. Bailey 0
8 The Absentminded Coterie Robert Barr 0
9 Suspicion Dorothy Sayers 0
10 The Invisible Man G. K. Chesterton 0
11 The Gioconda Smile Aldous Huxley 0
12 The Avenging Chance Anthony Berkeley 0