Best Crime & Mystery Books
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301 U is for Undertow (Kinsey M...
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302 The Ghostway (Navajo Myster...
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303 The Moving Toyshop (Gervase...
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304 The Man Who Smiled (Walland...
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305 Folly
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306 Crossing the Seas: A Diary ...
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307 In Pursuit of the Proper Si...
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308 A Mind to Murder (Adam Dalg...
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309 Unnatural Death (Lord Peter...
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310 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule...
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311 High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
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312 No Time for Goodbye
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313 Moon Called (Mercy Thompson...
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313 Undone (Will Trent, #3)
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315 Explosion in Paris
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316 The Last Detective (Elvis C...
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317 A Small Death in Lisbon
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318 Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5)
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319 Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #8)
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320 The Little Sister
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321 When the Sacred Ginmill Clo...
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322 O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
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323 Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)
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324 Still Life (Chief Inspector...
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325 Clutch of Constables (Roder...
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326 Running Blind (Jack Reacher...
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327 A Faint Cold Fear (Grant Co...
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328 Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)
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329 The Chamber
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330 Tooth and Nail (Inspector R...
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331 All Around the Town
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332 In A Dry Season (Inspector ...
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333 Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7)
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334 A Clockwork Orange
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334 Death on the Nile (Hercule ...
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336 The Moonspinners
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337 Confidential Communications
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338 Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5)
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339 Atlas Shrugged
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340 Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dex...
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341 Some Buried Caesar (Nero Wo...
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342 The Complete Sherlock Holmes
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343 Blood Sport
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344 Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plu...
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345 I Heard That Song Before
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346 The Confession
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347 Crooked House
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347 The Body in the Library (Mi...
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347 The Spy Who Came In from th...
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350 Body Double (Rizzoli & Isle...
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351 The Hunter (Parker, #1)
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352 If Tomorrow Comes
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353 The High Window
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354 Deep Creek
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355 The Falls (Inspector Rebus,...
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356 Pop. 1280
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357 N or M?
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358 The Serpent's Tale (Mistres...
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359 Fool Moon (The Dresden File...
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360 The Godwulf Manuscript (Spe...
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361 The Sins of the Fathers (Ma...
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362 The Tiger in the Smoke (Alb...
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363 Renatus 2
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364 Without Fail (Jack Reacher,...
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365 In the Bleak Midwinter (Rev...
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365 Promise Me (Myron Bolitar, #8)
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367 Renatus
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368 Inconclusive Death an Aaron...
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369 The Dark Room
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370 The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)
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371 Silent in the Grave (Lady J...
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372 The Anodyne Necklace (Richa...
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373 The Joe Leaphorn Mysteries:...
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374 Innocent Blood
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375 Still Missing
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376 Where Are You Now?
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377 Mary, Mary (Alex Cross, #11)
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378 Third Degree
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379 The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8)
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380 Payment in Blood (Inspector...
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381 The God Complex
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381 The Transylvania Flying Squ...
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383 The Catcher in the Rye
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384 Revelation (Matthew Shardla...
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385 A Drink Before the War (Ken...
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386 Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa,...
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387 A Simple Plan
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388 The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1)
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389 Bare Bones (Temperance Bren...
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390 The Black Book (Inspector R...
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391 The Game (Mary Russell, #7)
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392 Little Women (Little Women,...
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393 To the Nines (Stephanie Plu...
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393 Nothing to Lose (Jack Reach...
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395 Misery
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396 No Place Like Home
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397 Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspe...
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398 Transfer of Power (Mitch Ra...
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399 Looking For Rachel Wallace ...
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400 The Cradle Will Fall
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message 95: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Hecht An interesting list, but really notable for it's absences. Henning Mankell doesn't make an appearance until #412 (as of Oct 17th, 2008), but his fellow Scandinavians, Indriadson, Nesser, Fossum, Ericksson, et. al. don't make an appearance at all. It's safe to say that, for one example, every of Nesser's books is superior to John MacDonald, just to name one author. I'd say he's better than Chandler, Christie, Stout, Hammett and many others. Also, the fact that anything by Dan Brown is listed as number 2 is just disturbing to me.


message 94: by Beth (new)

Beth Can't find alot of Caleb Carr or Kathy Reichs


message 93: by Harlequin (new)

Harlequin Historical I read a few Crime and Mystery books but not enough to be a good judge on who writes the best. I would end up voting for Christie, Poe or Koontz just because I recognize their name and have read some of the books, not because I truly knew they were the best.


message 92: by Catherine (last edited Jan 15, 2009 03:19PM) (new)

Catherine Chillwater Cove by Thomas LakemanChillwater Cove Lakeman has the pacing of Dan Brown, but with literary chops as well! I believe I have stumbled upon the next James Lee Burke. I look forward to reading Lakeman's next novel in this series, BROKEN WING.


message 91: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed Andrew : Mankell might be good but Chandler is one of the most literary talented american writers of the last century. To compare him is too much imo....

John D. Macdonald is great too.

You must hate Hardboiled fiction....


message 90: by Ikra (new)

Ikra Amesta I like Motherless Brooklyn, so funny and entertaining!


message 89: by Marty (last edited Nov 25, 2009 11:54AM) (new)

Marty This is a great list, but there are some pretty stark omissions, IMO. First, nothing by Ross Thomas? Really? Could he have been forgotten already? He was one of the best satirical/political mystery writers ever. And the list is a bit skimpy on the the Donald Westlake/Richard Stark oeuvre. I would put his relatively recent book The Ax, about a downsized chemist who conspires to kill all of his potential rivals in the job market, in the top 5 best all-time mystery books. Also, many of James Lee Burke's excellent early books did not make the list. Surely anything he has written outshines most of what passes for good mystery writing these days. He's at least as good as, say, Dennis Lehane (who I also love.) Also Michael Dibdin deserves much more of a presence. Finally, where's Robert Wilson? He's written at least three really excellent mystery novels this decade.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why don't you add them? The form is at the right hand side of the page.


message 87: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn In Cold Blood and Fatal Vision are both TRUE CRIME non-fiction works.....IF we put True Crime on this list, then clearly Anne Rule and Doc Olsen should listed.


message 86: by Marty (new)

Marty Susanna wrote: "Why don't you add them? The form is at the right hand side of the page."

Thanks - I will.


message 85: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I cannot find anything by Harlan Coben on this list, maybe I did not look far enough, but he is too good of a suspense writer NOT to be included


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why don't you add him?


message 83: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I'm not an Isaac Asimov reader, but isn't he sci-fi rather than crime/mystery?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Isaac Asimov wrote several novel-length mysteries (albeit often ones with a science fiction setting): The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and Murder at the ABA, are the ones I can think of. From what I recall of reading my grandfather's Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazines while I was growing up, he was a pretty frequent contributor. I remember the "Black Widower" stories in particular.


message 81: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Did not know that.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads He was pretty prolific, Asimov, and wrote in a number of genres.


message 79: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Did not know that."

Susanna wrote: "Isaac Asimov wrote several novel-length mysteries (albeit often ones with a science fiction setting): The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and [book:Murder at the ABA|470356..."

Murder at the ABA is a readable non-SF mystery....If I remember rightly, ABA is the American BOOKSELLERS Assoc.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's been years since I've read it, but I think you're right, Thom.


message 77: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 13, 2010 05:18PM) (new)

Thom wrote: "In Cold Blood and Fatal Vision are both TRUE CRIME non-fiction works.....IF we put True Crime on this list, then clearly Anne Rule and Doc Olsen should listed."

I found In Cold Blood but not any by Ann Rule and was wondering. There is nothing so terrifying as The Stranger Beside Me!..... and it took them so long to catch him!


message 76: by [deleted user] (new)

I went to 781 or so and NEVER found Ann Rule! Did overlook her? She should be number ONE!


message 75: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn As wrote: "I went to 781 or so and NEVER found Ann Rule! Did overlook her? She should be number ONE!"

Ann Rule is probably listed under TRUE CRIME


message 74: by [deleted user] (new)

Think I created a list like that last night but will double check in case I duplicated lists.

falling asleep,
Alice


message 73: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes, I did a dup list. How can I delete it?


message 72: by Flashdawg (new)

Flashdawg totally cool book, THO


message 71: by Doug (new)

Doug Where in the world is John Sandford? He is arguably among the top five active American mystery writers.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could vote for him.


message 69: by John (new)

John Really sad that Crime and Punishment is hundreds of spaces below Dan Brown. And what the hell is Interview with the Vampire doing here?


message 68: by Luis (new)

Luis Gutierrez I am a little surprised that (1) Robert B. Parker's Looking for Rachel Wallace, Mortal Stakes, Small Vices, etc. and (2) Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, or The Janson Directive... are not here.
Well, I'll vote for them!


message 67: by Doug (new)

Doug I agree with Luis, Robert B. Parker belongs on the list on the basis of his great body of work.


message 66: by Luzalbe (new)

Luzalbe brillantes haha..never thought interview with the vampire was a book.LOL.i recommend you guys to read list of 7 by mark frost,,,,best book i've ever read...better than the lost symbol,though it's also satisfactory.:))


message 65: by Bob (new)

Bob M. Doug wrote: "Where in the world is John Sandford? He is arguably among the top five active American mystery writers."

Agreed. His 'Prey' series with Davenport is excellent.


message 63: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Mcgarry Great debut novel. Could hardly put it down.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list up at the top, next to "all votes."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list up at the top, next to "all votes."


message 59: by Senordaffy (new)

Senordaffy Andrew wrote: "An interesting list, but really notable for it's absences. Henning Mankell doesn't make an appearance until #412 (as of Oct 17th, 2008), but his fellow Scandinavians, Indriadson, Nesser, Fossum, Er..."


message 58: by Senordaffy (new)

Senordaffy to andrew:
will try more scandinavians. list is not by quality
of writing, obviously. where are martha grimes, len
deighton, le carre, steinhauer, and many others ?
agree with dan brown observation. so illiterate that he used 'from vinci' rather than leonardo in his title, as in 'the from vinci code'. not even a writer. popular only because his 'sacred feminine' gimmick appealed to u.s. women's vanity.
larsson not so good, either. pubishing these days
is getting to be like a hollywood insider called the
movie business - 'all hype'.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Senordaffy wrote: "where are martha grimes, len
deighton, le carre, steinhauer, and many others ?"



You could try voting for them.


message 56: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Im normally into historic fiction


message 55: by Abbey (new)

Abbey I'd love to have a list with just the title/author for all of 'em - yeah, I'm quite mad, but I love lists! (and mysteries...) Anybody know how I might arrange for that? The only way I've thought of is extremely cumbersome - going through, one-by-one and adding them to a new shelf! ick. Please, please tell me that *somewhere* there's an actual list (no covers or blurbs, etc.) just the titles and authors???


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You can add books to the list at the top of the page, next to where it says "all votes."


message 53: by Lane (new)

Lane Abbey wrote: "I'd love to have a list with just the title/author for all of 'em - yeah, I'm quite mad, but I love lists! (and mysteries...) Anybody know how I might arrange for that? The only way I've thought o..."

I would like a downloadable list of this kind as well. and/or the ability to "select all" of the books and add them to a category like "For consideration."


message 51: by Kim (new)

Kim Horner McCoy I managed to get a quarter of the way through this list before deciding it was a) too long and b) incoherent. Why is Diary of Anne Frank on here? Or Lolita? For a list to be meaningful, its entries should conform to the definition. Since the list was created by a "deleted user," has it gone feral?


message 50: by Aini (new)

Aini This is my favourite genre! My favourites are The Three Investigators (because they introduced me to the genre) and Agatha Christie because her use of psychology and human nature to solve mysteries.


message 49: by Yehia (new)

Yehia Shehata So I was thinking of reading either is Dark materials or The Millennium trilogy. I already read materials 1 & 2, and Millennium 1. Any recommendations?


message 48: by The Treeman (new)

The Treeman This list is laughable. It is full of books that shouldn't be there and books that are basically horrible written.


message 47: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix The "only vote for the first volume of a series" instruction wasn't originally on this list. I believe it is wrong to change it now and start deleting books.

Furthermore, especially in mystery series, the books are often stand alone, even if they are part of a series. It makes perfect sense, therefore, to vote for each volume separately.


message 46: by Mike (new)

Mike Anyone know of a mystery series set in Germany, preferably Frankfurt, that they can recommend?


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