The Haycraft-Queen Definitive Library of Crime, Detective and Mystery Fiction

This list of "cornerstone" detective novels was first published by Howard Haycraft in 1941, and updated by Ellery Queen in the '50s. Together, these books are a good starting place for the collector, and form a history of detective fiction from its origins through the Golden Age. Which do you think were the biggest influences on the genre/the greatest crime novels? (Please do not add books to this list. Rank the Haycraft-Queen selections only.)

For reference, see http://www.classiccrimefiction.com/ha....
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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Notes on this list: "Old Sleuth the Detective" is the Halsey choice on the Haycraft-Queen list (the first detective dime novel), but seems to exist only as part of a Halsey anthology, so the collection is included here.


message 2: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 08:51AM) (new)

Kelly Could not find any listing at all for Godfrey Benson's "Tracks in the Snow."

UPDATE: ADDED! (Author name listed as Godfrey Rathbone Benson Charnwood)


message 3: by Kelly (last edited Aug 07, 2012 08:56AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for Cleveland Moffett's "Through the Wall."

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 4: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 08:44AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Red Castle" by H.C. Bailey.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 5: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 09:58AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Brooklyn Murders" by GDH Cole.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 6: by Kelly (last edited Aug 07, 2012 08:56AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Paddington Mystery" or "Murder in Praed Street" by John Rhode. Both are Dr. Priestly mysteries. Will continue to search for a collection.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 7: by Kelly (last edited Aug 03, 2012 10:44AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "Murder by the Clock" by Rufus King, the first Lieutenant Valcour mystery.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 8: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 08:38AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Book of Murder" by Frederick Irving Anderson.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 9: by Kelly (last edited Aug 02, 2012 02:22PM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Hammersmith Murders" by David Frome (AKA Leslie Ford).

UPDATE: This book is extremely rare. In the interest of maintaining the list as a complete one, I have added Mr. Pinkerton Finds a Body from the same series. Anyone interested in reading through this list should find it a good example of Frome's work (and Hammersmith Murders would be unlikely to be found, anyhow.)


message 10: by Kelly (last edited Aug 07, 2012 08:56AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "The Fatal Five Minutes" by RAJ Walling.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 11: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 10:49AM) (new)

Kelly No listing for "Re-Enter Sir John" by Clemence Dane.

UPDATE: ADDED!


message 12: by Kelly (last edited Aug 07, 2012 08:57AM) (new)

Kelly Aw, man! I am only able to add 100 books to the list. The following selections need to be added:

The So Blue Marble and In a Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes
The Bride Wore Black and Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich
Drink to Yesterday and Toast to Tomorrow AKA Pray Silence by Manning Coles
Taste for Honey by HF Heard
Trial by Fury and Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice
Rocket to the Morgue by HH Holmes AKA Anthony Boucher
The Just and the Unjust by James GOuld Cozzens
Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence
The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis
The Unsuspected by Charlotte Armstrong
Dr. Sam: Johnson, Detector by Lilian de la TorreThe Moving Toyshop an Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin
One More Unfortunate by Edgar Lustgarten
The Department of Dead Ends by Edward Vickers
Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner

Would some kind mystery fan or fans mind adding these? I would like the list to be as complete as possible!

UPDATE: ALL ADDED!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Added The Patience of Maigret and The Franchise Affair.


message 14: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Thanks! Have edited the list to reflect only those that need to be added.


message 15: by Almeta (new)

Almeta Kelly wrote: "Would some kind mystery fan or fans mind adding these? I would like the list to be as complete as possible! "

Just discovered this mystery list, and noted your plea for some help adding books that should have been listed as well.

I have been able to add all but "Dr. Sam: Johnson, Detector by Lilian de la Torre" for you.

Thank you for posting this list. I intend to refer to it often, and if I can help with any of those yet unfound, I will.

Thanks again.


message 16: by Ray (new)

Ray The Marlowe Conspiracy was published in 2010. Haycraft and Queen must have been pretty darn prescient to include it in their lists 60 years earlier.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Ray wrote: "The Marlowe Conspiracy was published in 2010. Haycraft and Queen must have been pretty darn prescient to include it in their lists 60 years earlier."

Yes ... several books have been added that aren't on the original list (as published at http://www.classiccrimefiction.com/ha... ). Kelly: Do you want the "non-belonging" entries to be removed?


message 18: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 10:50AM) (new)

Kelly Themis-Athena wrote: "Ray wrote: "The Marlowe Conspiracy was published in 2010. Haycraft and Queen must have been pretty darn prescient to include it in their lists 60 years earlier."

Yes ... several books have been ..."


I would like this list to be solely for the Haycraft-Queen list. Thanks for alerting me to the additions. I'll do some housekeeping when I get the chance.

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Have added some previously overlooked items (some may have been oversights due to Ellery Queen's updating over the years of the Haycraft list):

*Charlotte Armstrong --Mischief
*Robert Barr -- The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont
*Vera Caspary -- Laura
*Raymond Chandler -- The Simple Art of Murder
*Leslie Charteris -- Meet the Tiger (The Saint Meets the Tiger)
*Robert Coates -- Wisteria Cottage
*Joseph Conrad -- The Secret Agent
*Freeman Crofts -- Inspector French's Greatest Case
*Dorothy Salisbury Davis -- A Gentle Murderer


message 19: by Kelly (last edited Aug 01, 2012 08:10AM) (new)

Kelly How do I go about deleting books from the list?


message 20: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Almeta wrote: "Kelly wrote: "Would some kind mystery fan or fans mind adding these? I would like the list to be as complete as possible! "

Just discovered this mystery list, and noted your plea for some help add..."


Thanks tons! I have now added Dr. Sam Johnson, Detector.


message 21: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 01, 2012 02:36PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Kelly wrote: "How do I go about deleting books from the list?"

You'd need a GR Librarian to do it, Kelly. Themis-Athena and I are both Librarians; we'd be happy to remove things for you.


message 22: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Susanna wrote: "Kelly wrote: "How do I go about deleting books from the list?"

You'd need a GR Librarian to do it, Kelly. Themis-Athena and I are both Librarians; we'd be happy to remove things for you."


Thanks. I'm still comparing the list with the definitive one. If I post a list of things to be removed here, will someone see it, or should I message someone?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads We'd probably see it, and if we didn't, you could message one of us, I imagine.


message 24: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 10, 2021 10:36AM) (new)

BookLovingLady As the description says Please do not add books to this list. Rank the Haycraft-Queen selections only I voted only for books that were already on the list 😃


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