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Best Mystery Novels of All Time

( Mystery Writers of America )






Anatomy of a Murder
by Traver, Robert

Call Number:
PS3543 .O4 A5 1958
















Big Sleep, The
by Chandler, Raymond

Call Number:
PS3505 .H3224 B5 1992




























Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Doyle, Arthur Conan

Call Number:
PR4620 .A2 2010










Dance Hall of the Dead
by Hillerman, Tony

Call Number:
PS3558 .I48 D26 1973a







Day of the Jackal, The
by Forsyth, Frederick

Call Number:
PR6056 .O699 D3 1987




Devil in a Blue Dress
by Mosley, Walter

Call Number:
PS3563 .O88456 Z88










Dracula
by Stoker, Bram

Call Number:
PR6037 .T617 D7










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

























Glass Key, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6 1999a







Godfather, The
by Puzo, Mario

Call Number:
PS3566 .U9 G6 2002




Gorky Park
by Smith, Martin Cruz

Call Number:
PS3569 .M5377 G6










Hunt for Red October, The
by Clancy, Tom

Call Number:
PS3553 .L245 H8 1984







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













Killer Inside me, The
by Thompson, Jim

Call Number:
PS648 .D4 C697 1997




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




Maltese Falcon, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 M3 1928




Moonstone, The
by Collins, Wilkie

Call Number:
PR4494 .M62 1988
















Mystery of Edwin Drood, The
by Dickens, Charles

Call Number:
PR4564 .A1 1956




Name of the Rose, The
by Eco, Umberto

Call Number:
PQ4865 .C6 N613 1983










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




Presumed Innocent
by Turow, Scott

Call Number:
PS3570 .U754 P7 1987







Rebecca
by du Maurier, Daphne

Call Number:
PR6007 .U47 R4







Red Harvest
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6 1999a










Secret Agent, The
by Conrad, Joseph

Call Number:
PR6005 .O4 S4 1990










Silence of the Lambs
by Harris, Thomas

Call Number:
PS3558.A6558 S522 2002







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













Talented Mr. Ripley, The
by Highsmith, Patricia

Call Number:
PS3558 .I366 T33 1992




Tales of Mystery and Imagination
by Poe, Edgar Allen

Call Number:
PS2612 .A3 2007




Thief of Time, A
by Hillerman, Tony

Call Number:
PS3558 .I45 T47 1988b




Thin Man, The
by Hammet, Dashiell

Call Number:
PS3515 .A4347 A6




Third Man, The
by Greene, Graham

Call Number:
PR6013 .R44 T5 1988










Time and Again
by Finney, Jack

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










To Kill a Mockingbird
by Lee, Harper

Call Number:
PS3562 .E353 T64




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







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







Woman in White
by Collins, Wilkie

Call Number:
PR4494 .W62









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