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Best Mystery Novels of All Time

( Mystery Writers of America )






Trent's Last Case
by Bentley, E. C.

Considered by many to be the first modern mystery novel, Trent's Last Case introduces the gentleman sleuth Philip Trent, a freelance reporter and investigator. Trent becomes involved in the case of the murder of millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson, slain while on holiday in England. During the course of his investigation, Trent falls in love with one of the primary suspects. And while he collects evidence and becomes convinced that he has cracked the case, he turns out to be well off the mark.
Call Number:
PR6003 .E7247 T73 1978
Publication Date:
1912













Postman Always Rings Twice
by Cain, James M.

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside. [Random House]
Call Number:
PS648 .D4 C697 1997
Publication Date:
1934




In Cold Blood
by Capote, Truman

With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy. [Amazon / Product Description]
Call Number:
HV6533.K3 C3
Publication Date:
1966










Big Sleep, The
by Chandler, Raymond

Call Number:
PS3505 .H3224 B5 1992




Farewell, My Lovely
by Chandler, Raymond

Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard. [Amazon / Product Description]
Call Number:
PS3505 .H3224 A6
Publication Date:
1940




Lady in the Lake
by Chandler, Raymond

A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care. [Barnes and Noble / Trade Paperback Edition]
Call Number:
PS3505.H3224 A6 1995C
Publication Date:
1943




Long Goodbye, The
by Chandler, Raymond

Call Number:
PS3505 .H3224 .A6
















Witness for the Prosecution
by Christie, Agatha

A murder trial takes a diabolical turn when the wife of the accused takes a stand...A woman's sixth--and a loaded revolver--signal premonitions of doom...A stranded motorist seeks refuge in a remote mansion, and is greeted with a dire warning...Detective Hercule Poirot faces his greatest challenge when his services are enlisted--by the victim--in a bizarre locked-room murder. From the stunning title story (which inspired the classic film thriller) to the rarest gems in detective fiction, these 11 tales of baffling rime and brilliant deduction showcase Agatha Christie at her dazzling best. [Barnes and Noble / Publisher]
Call Number:
PR6005 .H748 W5
Publication Date:
1957




Hunt for Red October, The
by Clancy, Tom

Call Number:
PS3553 .L245 H8 1984







Moonstone, The
by Collins, Wilkie

Call Number:
PR4494 .M62 1988




Woman in White
by Collins, Wilkie

Call Number:
PR4494 .W62







Secret Agent, The
by Conrad, Joseph

Call Number:
PR6005 .O4 S4 1990










Mystery of Edwin Drood, The
by Dickens, Charles

Call Number:
PR4564 .A1 1956







Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Doyle, Arthur Conan

Call Number:
PR4620 .A2 2010




Rebecca
by du Maurier, Daphne

Call Number:
PR6007 .U47 R4




Name of the Rose, The
by Eco, Umberto

Call Number:
PQ4865 .C6 N613 1983




Time and Again
by Finney, Jack

Call Number:
PS3556.I52 T65 1995
Publication Date:
1995










Day of the Jackal, The
by Forsyth, Frederick

Call Number:
PR6056 .O699 D3 1987
















Third Man, The
by Greene, Graham

Call Number:
PR6013 .R44 T5 1988










Glass Key, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6 1999a




Maltese Falcon, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 M3 1928




Red Harvest
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6 1999a




Thin Man, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6







Silence of the Lambs
by Harris, Thomas

Call Number:
PS3558.A6558 S522 2002







Talented Mr. Ripley, The
by Highsmith, Patricia

Call Number:
PS3558 .I366 T33 1992




Dance Hall of the Dead
by Hillerman, Tony

Call Number:
PS3558 .I48 D26 1973a




Thief of Time, A
by Hillerman, Tony

Call Number:
PS3558 .I45 T47 1988b













Smiley's People
by le Carré, John

Call Number:
PR6062 .E33 S55 1980




Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The
by le Carré, John

Call Number:
PR6062 .E33 S6







To Kill a Mockingbird
by Lee, Harper

Call Number:
PS3562 .E353 T64


































Devil in a Blue Dress
by Mosley, Walter

Call Number:
PS3563 .O88456 Z88







Tales of Mystery and Imagination
by Poe, Edgar Allen

Call Number:
PS2612 .A3 2007




Godfather, The
by Puzo, Mario

Call Number:
PS3566 .U9 G6 2002


































Gorky Park
by Smith, Martin Cruz

Call Number:
PS3569 .M5377 G6







Dracula
by Stoker, Bram

Call Number:
PR6037 .T617 D7



















Killer Inside me, The
by Thompson, Jim

Call Number:
PS648 .D4 C697 1997




Anatomy of a Murder
by Traver, Robert

Call Number:
PS3543 .O4 A5 1958




Presumed Innocent
by Turow, Scott

Call Number:
PS3570 .U754 P7 1987
























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