The 100 Best Mysteries of All Time –

The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time is a list published in book form in 1990 by the British-based Crime Writers’ Association. Five years later, the Mystery Writers of America published a similar list entitled The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time. Many titles can be found in both lists.


The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time

Selected by the Mystery Writers of America

  1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  3. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  5. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  6. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carré
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  8. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  10. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  11. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  12. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  13. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  14. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  15. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  16. The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
  17. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  18. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  19. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
  20. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  21. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
  22. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  23. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  24. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  25. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  26. Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
  27. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  28. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
  29. Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
  30. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
  31. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  32. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
  33. Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley
  34. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  35. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  36. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  37. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
  38. The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake
  39. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  40. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  41. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  42. The Firm by John Grisham
  43. The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
  44. Laura by Vera Caspary
  45. I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane
  46. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall
  47. Bank Shot by Donald E. Westlake
  48. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  49. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  50. Where Are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark
  51. A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  52. The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders
  53. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  54. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  55. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  56. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
  57. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  58. Smiley’s People by John le Carre
  59. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  60. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  61. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  62. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
  63. Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey
  64. Ashenden, or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
  65. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
  66. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
  67. Stick by Elmore Leonard
  68. The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carré
  69. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  70. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  71. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  72. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
  73. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  74. Last Seen Wearing… by Hillary Waugh
  75. Little Caesar by William Riley Burnett
  76. The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
  77. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
  78. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
  79. Beast in View by Margaret Millar
  80. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  81. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
  82. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  83. Shroud for a Nightingale by P. D. James
  84. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  85. Chinaman’s Chance by Ross Thomas
  86. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  87. The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald
  88. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  89. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  90. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
  91. The Chill by Ross Macdonald
  92. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  93. The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh
  94. God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake
  95. Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice
  96. Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr
  97. Prizzi’s Honor by Richard Condon
  98. The Steam Pig by James McClure
  99. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  100. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  101. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

100 Top Crime Novels

Selected by the Crime Writers’ Association

  1. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  3. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré
  4. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
  5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
  8. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  9. The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
  10. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  11. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
  12. Last Seen Wearing… by Hillary Waugh
  13. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  14. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  15. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  16. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
  17. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  18. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
  19. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  20. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  21. The Collected Sherlock Holmes Short Stories Adventures | Memoirs | Return | His Last Bow | Case-Book by Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
  23. Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  24. The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  25. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
  26. The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham
  27. The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey
  28. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  29. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  30. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  31. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  32. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
  34. Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley
  35. From Russia, with Love by Ian Fleming
  36. Cop Hater by Ed McBain
  37. The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter
  38. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  39. A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  40. The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
  41. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
  42. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  43. The Leper of St. Giles by Ellis Peters
  44. A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin
  45. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  46. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  47. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  48. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  49. A Demon in My View by Ruth Rendell
  50. The Devil in Velvet by John Dickson Carr
  51. A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
  52. The Journeying Boy by Michael Innes
  53. A Taste for Death by P. D. James
  54. The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
  55. My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
  56. Bertie and the Tinman by Peter Lovesey
  57. Penny Black by Susan Moody
  58. Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match by Len Deighton
  59. The Danger by Dick Francis
  60. Devices and Desires by P. D. James
  61. Under World by Reginald Hill
  62. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
  63. A Running Duck by Paula Gosling
  64. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  65. The Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson
  66. Innocent Blood by P. D. James
  67. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  68. Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes
  69. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  70. A Bullet in the Ballet by Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon
  71. Dead Heads by Reginald Hill
  72. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  73. The Labyrinth Makers by Anthony Price
  74. The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall
  75. Beast in View by Margaret Millar
  76. The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Caudwell
  77. Running Blind by Desmond Bagley
  78. Twice Shy by Dick Francis
  79. The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  80. The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham
  81. The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
  82. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  83. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
  84. Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
  85. Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare
  86. The Collector by John Fowles
  87. Gideon’s Day by J. J. Marric
  88. The Sun Chemist by Lionel Davidson
  89. The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
  90. The Colour of Murder by Julian Symons
  91. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  92. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  93. Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey
  94. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  95. The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
  96. Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain
  97. The Murder of the Maharajah by H. R. F. Keating
  98. What Bloody Man Is That? by Simon Brett
  99. Shooting Script by Gavin Lyall
  100. The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace

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