Mystery Books

  • Please Pass The Guilt (Nero Wolfe)

    A bomb explodes in the desk drawer of a top TV executive. But was the death trap intended for him or for the man who opened the dr

  • The Cat Who Robbed a Bank

    When a visiting estate jeweler is found dead in his Pickax hotel room, Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats must do their best to fi

  • The Scorpion King (Penguin Readers, Level 2)

    In ancient times a ruthless warlord is killing and hurting everyone around him so he can rule the world. Only the Scorpion King ca

  • All Around the Town

    Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, crafts a terrifying story of murder and obsession with “a slambam finish” (Los A

  • Bad Love (Alex Delaware)

    It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return  address--an audiocassette recording of a horrifying,  soul-lacerating scream, fol

  • Sudden Prey

    "Grabs you by the shirt from the start." (Chicago Tribune) Davenport falls prey to the purest-and deadliest-crimina

  • Missing Susan

    Edgar Award winner Sharyn McCrumb brings you her sixth Elizabeh MacPherson mystery novel.The unsinkable Elizabeth is on tour o

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Mystery Movies

  • Memento

    Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's pas

  • Lost Highway

    Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highwa

  • Mulholland Dr.

    This sexy thriller has been acclaimed as one of the year's best films. Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mys

  • Arlington Road

    A gripping contemporary thriller about the terrible truths that can hide behind everyday appearances, ARLINGTON ROAD is an intense

  • Shutter Island

    Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that cr

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Mystery Authors

The Best Mystery Books - Top 100

BARZUN AND TAYLOR'S CLASSIC CRIME NOVELS


Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor in their A Catalogue of Crime (Rev. & Enl. Edition, 1989) include descriptions of works the authors consider Classics of Crime, 1900-1975. Ninety novels are selected by them and are listed below. In the Preface to their indispensable book, the authors write:"...the novice eager to explore can by browsing through our pages discover examples of the type of story he might like. The brief comments give a glimpse of contents and quality, and by stressing certain points help to develop a critical taste. As for the collector who regularly scans dealers' catalogues, he can, by consulting the index and the entry, ascertain facts to guide his purchases. Finally, students of the literature - a growing body inside and outside the academy - will find here a storehouse of materials usable in teaching and research."

The Big Clock, Harcourt

Kenneth Fearing novel 1980
Never Pick Up Hitch Hikers

Ellis Peters 1976
The Man Who Liked To Look At Himself

K. C. Constantine 1973
The Night Hunters

John Miles 1973
Finding Maubee

A.H.Z. Carr 1971
The Fly On The Wall

Tony Hillerman 1971
High Tide

P. M. Hubbard 1970
On The Shady Side

Frank Swinnerton 1970
Swift To Its Close

Simon Troy 1969
Just What The Doctor Ordered

Colin Watson 1969
Gideons River

John Creasey (J. J. Marric) 1968
The Crayfish Dinner Or The Elusive Epicure

Carlton Keith 1966
Murder Makes The Wheels Go Round

Emma Lathen 1966
Salt Is Leaving

J.B. Priestley 1966
Johnny Under Ground

Patricia Moyes 1965
In The Last Analysis

Amanda Cross 1964
A Sad Song Singing

Thomas Blanchard Dewey 1963
Dead Cert

Dick Francis 1962
The Bronze Perseus Or The Tender Killer

S.B. Hough 1962
Cover Her Face Faber and Faber

P. D. James novel 1962
Killed By Scandal

Simon Nash 1962
Death Finds A Foothold

Glun Carr 1961
The Dead Past

Jean Scholey 1961
Furious Old Women

Leo Bruce 1960
Swan Song Or The Chinese Goose

Helen Robertson 1960
Suffer A Witch

Nigel Fitzgerald 1958
Too Much Of Water

Bruce Hamilton 1958
Murder Of A Wife

Henry Kuttner 1958
The Second Man

Edward Grierson 1956
The Pub Crawler

Maurice Proctor 1956
Exit Charlie

Alex H. Atkinson 1955
Stone Cold Dead In The Market

Christopher Landon 1955
The Hammersmith Maggot Or Small Venom

William Mole 1955
The Narrowing Circle

Julian Symons 1954
Such Friends Are Dangerous

Walter Tyrer 1954
The Missing Man

Hillary Waugh 1954
Dead Low Tide

John MacDonald 1953
The Singing Sands

Josephine Tey novels 1953
The Deep End

Fredric Brown novel 1952
The Body In The Beck

Joanna Cannan 1952
The Key To Nicholas Street

Stanley Ellin 1952
Oneman Show

Michael Innes 1952
A Banner For Pegasus Or Not In The Script

John & Emery Bonett 1951
Death And Letters

Elizabeth Daly 1950
No Tears For Hilda

Andrew Garve 1950
The Congo Venus

Matthew Head 1950
Smallbone Deceased

Michael Gilbert novels 1950
The Drowning Pool

Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels 1950
The Dark River

Philip Clark 1949
Buried for Pleasure

Edmund Crispin novel 1949
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