Golden Age Mystery

The Golden Age of mysteries is usually considered the 1920s and 1930s, although the style was written at least as early as 1911; the term can also refer to later-written mysteries which follow the same formulas and style.

Certain conventions and clichés were established that limited any surprises on the part of the reader to the details of the plot and, primarily, to the identity of the murderer. The majority of novels of that era were "whodunits", and several authors excelled, after misleading their readers successfully, in revealing the least likely suspect convincingly as the villain. There

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #5)
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #16)
Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #3)
The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #9)
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #9)
The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #12)
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #7)
And Then There Were None
The Man in the Brown Suit (Colonel Race, #1)
Murder at the Vicarage
A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Alleyn #1)
The Body in the Library
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10)

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