The 199 Greatest Works of Crime and Mystery

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1819
Mademoiselle de Scuderi
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany
Novella
1842
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
Germany
Novella
1843
The Gold Bug
USA
Story
1844
The Purloined Letter
USA
Story
1860
England
Novel
1866
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevski
Russia
Novel
1868
England
Novel
1870
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
England
Novel
1890
The Sign of Four
England
Novel
1894
Pudd'nhead Wilson
Mark Twain
USA
Novel
1899
The Amateur Cracksman
E.W. Hornung
England
Stories
1903
The Riddle of the Sands
Erskine Childers
England
Novel
1907
England
Novel
 
The Thinking Machine
Jacques Futrelle
USA
Stories
 
The Circular Staircase
Mary Roberts Rinehart
USA
Novel
1913
Trent's Last Case
E.C. Bentley
England
Novel
1915
Scotland
Novel
1917
A Jury of Her Peers
Susan Glaspell
USA
Story
1918
Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries
Melville Davisson Post
USA
Stories
1922
The Poisoned Chocolates Case
Anthony Berkeley
England
Novel
1925
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
England
Novel
 
The Witness for the Prosecution
England
Story
 
The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder
Edgar Wallace
England
Stories
1927
The Trumpet Sounds
Mary Roberts Rinehart
USA
Story
1928
Ashenden, or the British Agent
W. Somerset Maugham
England
Stories
1929
Death of My Aunt
C.H.B. Kitchin
England
Stories
 
Little Caesar
W.R. Burnett
USA
Novel
 
Red Harvest
USA
Novel
1930
Strong Poison
Dorothy L. Sayers
England
Novel
 
The Documents in the Case
Dorothy Sayers, Robert Eustace
England
Novel
1931
The Sands of Windee
Arthur Upfield
Australia
Novel
 
Malice Aforethought
Francis Iles
England
Novel
 
The Glass Key
USA
Novel
1932
Before the Fact
Francis Iles
England
Novel
 
The Crime of Inspector Maigret
Georges Simenon
Belgium
Novel
 
The Madman of Bergerac
Georges Simenon
Belgium
Novel
 
Guys and Dolls
Damon Runyan
USA
Novel
1933
Murder Must Advertise
Dorothy L. Sayers
England
Novel
 
The Case of the Sulky Girl
Erle Stanley Gardner
USA
Novel
1934
Murder on the Orient Express
England
Novel
 
The Nine Tailors
Dorothy L. Sayers
England
Novel
1935
Dorothy L. Sayers
England
Novel
 
The Three Coffins
John Dickson Carr
USA
Novel
 
The League of the Frightened Men
Rex Stout
USA
Novel
1936
The Wheel Spins
Ethel Lina White
England
Novel
1938
Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier
England
Novel
 
Brighton Rock
Graham Greene
England
Novel
 
The Beast Must Die
Nicholas Blake
Ireland
Novel
1939
The Mask of Dimitrios
Eric Ambler
England
Novel
 
And Then There Were None
England
Novel
 
Rogue Male
Geoffrey Household
England
Novel
1940
Farewell, My Lovely
USA
Novel
 
The Bride Wore Black
Cornell Woolrich
USA
Novel
1941
The Case of the Abominable Snowman
Nicholas Blake
Ireland
Novel
 
Surfeit of Lampreys
Ngaio Marsh
New Zealand
Novel
1942
Tragedy at Law
Cyril Hare
England
Novel
 
The High Window
USA
Novel
 
Calamity Town
Ellery Queen
USA
Novel
1943
Double Indemnity
USA
Novel
 
Laura
Vera Caspary
USA
Novel
 
The Lady in the Lake
USA
Novel
 
A Kiss Before Dying
Ira Levin
USA
Novel
1944
Green for Danger
Christianna Brand
England
Novel
 
Home Sweet Homicide
Craig Rice
USA
Novel
1945
Appleby's End
Michael Innes
Scotland
Novel
 
Continental Op, The
USA
Stories
1946
The Moving Toyshop
Edmund Crispin
England
Novel
 
Murder Among Friends
Elizabeth Ferrars
USA
Novel
 
Horizontal Man
Helen Eustis
USA
Novel
1947
The Fabulous Clipjoint
Fredric Brown
USA
Novel
 
I, the Jury
Mickey Spillane
USA
Novel
1948
More Work for the Undertaker
Margery Allingham
England
Novella
 
Dirty Snow
Georges Simenon
Belgium
Novel
 
The Franchise Affair
Josephine Tey
Scotland
Novella
 
Devil Take the Blue-Tale Fly
John Franklin Bardin
USA
Novel
1949
The Third Man
Graham Greene
England
Novella
 
George Simenon
Belgium
Novel
 
The Journeying Boy
Michael Innes
Scotland
Novel
 
The Asphalt Jungle
W.R. Burnett
USA
Novel
1950
Smallbone Deceased
Michael Gilbert
England
Novel
 
Strangers on a Train
Patricia Highsmith
USA
Novel
1951
The Daughter of Time
Josephine Tey
Scotland
Novel
 
The Devil in Velvet
John Dickson Carr
USA
Novel
1952
The Tiger in the Smoke
Margery Allingham
England
Novel
 
The Mousetrap
England
Play
 
Killer Inside Me
Jim Thompson
USA
Novel
 
Last Seen Wearing…
Hilary Waugh
USA
Novel
1953
Five Roundabouts to Heaven
John Bingham
England
Novel
 
Post Mortem
Guy Cullingford
England
Novel
1955
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith
USA
Novel
 
Beast in View
Margaret Millar
USA
Novel
1956
Gideon's Week
J.J. Marric (John Creasey)
England
Novel
 
Mystery Stories
Stanley Ellin
USA
Stories
 
Cop Hater
Ed McBain
USA
Novel
1957
From Russia With Love
Ian Fleming
England
Novel
1958
Nine Coaches Waiting
Mary Stewart
England
Novel
 
Anatomy of a Murder
Robert Traver
USA
Novel
1959
My Brother Michael
Mary Stewart
England
Novel
 
Plot It Yourself
Rex Stout
USA
Novel
1960
Maigret in Court
Georges Simenon
Belgium
Novel
 
The New Sonia Wayward
Michael Innes
Scotland
Novel
1962
The Rose of Tibet
Lionel Davidson
England
Novel
 
The IPCRESS File
Len Deighton
England
Novel
1963
Gun Before Butter
Nicolas Freeling
England
Novel
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John le Carré
England
Novel
 
The Expendable Man
Dorothy B. Hughes
USA
Novel
1964
The Cellar at No. 5
Shelley Smith
England
Novel
 
Pop. 1280
Jim Thompson
USA
Novel
1965
RSVP Murder
Mignon G. Eberhart
USA
Novel
 
The Doorbell Rang
Rex Stout
USA
Novel
1966
In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
USA
Non-fiction novel
1967
The Man Who Killed Himself
Julian Symons
England
Novel
 
Murder Against the Grain
Emma Lathen
USA
Novel
1968
The Laughing Policeman
Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
Sweden
Novel
1969
Blind Man with a Pistol
Chester Himes
USA
Novel
 
The Godfather
Mario Puzo
USA
Novel
1970
Wobble to Death
Peter Lovesey
England
Novel
 
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
George V. Higgins
USA
Novel
 
The Hot Rock
Donald E. Westlake
USA
Novel
1971
The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
England
Novel
1972
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Stanley Ellin
USA
Novel
 
Sadie When She Died
Ed McBain
USA
Novel
1973
Dance Hall of the Dead
Tony Hillerman
USA
Novel
1974
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
John Le Carré
England
Novel
 
A Running Duck
Paula Gosling
USA
Novel
 
Fletch
Gregory Mcdonald
USA
Novel
 
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Nicholas Meyer
USA
Novel
1975
The Eagle Has Landed
Jack Higgins
England
Novel
 
Where Are the Children?
Mary Higgins Clark
USA
Novel
 
The Dreadful Lemon Sky
John D. MacDonald
USA
Novel
1976
A Demon in My View
Ruth Rendell
England
Novel
 
The Blue Hammer
USA
Novel
 
Promised Land
Robert B. Parker
USA
Novel
1977
A Morbid Taste for Bones
Ellis Peters
England
Novel
 
A Judgement in Stone
Ruth Rendell
England
Novel
1978
Eye of the Needle
Ken Follett
England
Novel
 
Rumpole of the Bailey
John Mortimer
England
Stories
1979
Smiley's People
John le Carré
England
Novel
 
The Executioner's Song
USA
Novel
1980
Innocent Blood
P.D. James
England
Novel
 
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Italy
Novel
1981
The Dead of Jericho
Colin Dexter
England
Novel
 
Leper of Saint Giles
Ellis Peters
England
Novel
 
Red Dragon
Thomas Harris
USA
Novel
 
The First Deadly Sin
Lawrence Sanders
USA
Novel
 
Gorky Park
Martin Cruz Smith
USA
Novel
1982
The False Inspector Dew
Peter Lovesey
England
Novel
 
A Is for Alibi
Sue Grafton
USA
Novel
 
Bank Shot
Donald E. Westlake
USA
Novel
1983
The Danger
Dick Francis
England
Novel
 
Deadheads
Reginald Hill
England
Novel
 
The Little Drummer Girl
John le Carré
England
Novel
 
Stick
Elmore Leonard
USA
Novel
1984
Penny Black
Susan Moody
England
Novel
1985–1986
The New York Trilogy
Paul Auster
USA
Novels
1986
A Taste for Death
P.D. James
England
Novel
 
A Dark-Adopted Eye
Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)
England
Novel
1987
The Killings at Badger's Drift
Caroline Graham
England
Novel
 
Bertie and the Tin Man
Peter Lovesey
England
Novel
 
A Fatal Inversion
Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)
England
Novel
 
The Black Dahlia
James Ellroy
USA
Novel
 
Misery
Stephen King
USA
Novel
 
Presumed Innocent
Scott Turow
USA
Novel
1988
The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris
USA
Novel
 
Under World
Reginald Hill
England
Novel
 
A Thief of Time
Tony Hillerman
USA
Novel
1989
Devices and Desires
P.D. James
England
Novel
1990
L.A. Confidential
James Ellroy
USA
Novel
 
Get Shorty
Elmore Leonard
USA
Novel
 
Devil in a Blue Dress
Walter Mosley
USA
Novel
1991
Faceless Killers
Henning Mankell
Sweden
Novel
 
The Firm
John Grisham
USA
Novel
1992
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Peter Hoeg
Denmark
Novel
 
Fatherland
Robert Harris
England
Novel
1996
The Fifth Woman
Henning Mankell
Sweden
Novel
1998
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
Scotland
Novel
 
My Name Is Red
Orhan Pamuk
Turkey
Novel
1999
The Remorseful Day
Colin Dexter
England
Novel
 
Nineteen Seventy-Four
David Peace
USA
Novel
2001
True History of the Kelly Gang
Peter Carey
Australia
Novel
2002
Fingersmith
Sarah Waters
Wales
Novel
2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
England
Novel
 
Mystic River
Mark Haddon
USA
Novel
2005
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Steig Larsson
Sweden
Novel
2006
The Girl Who Played With Fire
Steig Larsson
Sweden
Novel
 
The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield
England
Novel
2007
The Snowman
Jo Nesbø
Norway
Novel
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Michael Chabon
USA
Novel
2008
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Kate Summerscale
England
Non-fiction novel
2012
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
USA
Novel