Best Books: Mystery/Detective/Crime

This list doesn’t have to be huge, for me. I was really looking for classic detective fiction after teaching Victorian Gothic to my students and Poe twice. I’m also a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and covered The Hound of the Baskervilles. Then with a new Agatha Christie movie just around the corner, I decided to make a list of mysteries/detective novels/crime fiction. That might be mashing a bit much together, but like I said, I don’t need this to be a huge list. I imagine, though, that I will enjoy the best of the best.

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  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  • Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
  • The Alienist, Caleb Carr
  • Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie
  • Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
  • The Yard, Alec Grecian
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (true crime novel) *
  • Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn *
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain
  • Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  • Anatomy of a Murder, Robert Traver
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John la Carre
  • The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larrson
  • The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
  • Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier
  • The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
  • The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
  • In the Woods, Tana French
  • The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ***
  • The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
  • The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  • Eye of the Needle, Ken Follett
  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  • “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Case Histories, Kate Atkinson
  • The Detective, Roderick Thorp
  • Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
  • The Deep Blue Good-By, John D. MacDonald
  • Killing Floor, Lee Child
  • The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson
  • An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P. D. James
  • House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz
  • The Firm, John Grisham

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