A Work in Progress

50 Essential Mystery Novels

I copy and paste the following list of 50 essential Mystery Novels here. So far is just a reference of books I want to read, if I have not read them yet. My aim is to come up with my personal list of 50 books at the end of this journey. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.


A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler

Arthur & George, Julian Barnes

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P.D. James

The Complete Auguste Dupin Stories, Edgar Allan Poe

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

The Alienist, Caleb Carr

The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro

A Rage in Harlem, Chester Himes

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

Dust and Shadow, Lyndsay Faye

The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster (I read it before I started blogging)

Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley

Fadeout, Joseph Hansen

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco  (I read it before I started blogging)

The Circular Staircase, Mary Roberts Rinehart

True Confessions, John Gregory Dunne

Beast in View, Margaret Millar

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

From Russia, With Love, Ian Fleming

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith  (I read it before I started blogging)

Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow

The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth

Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

Sneaky People, Thomas Berger

In The Woods, Tana French

A Dark-Adapted Eye, Barbara Vine

Anatomy of a Murder, Robert Traver

The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan  Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout,

I, The Jury, Mickey Spillane

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson  (I read it before I started blogging)

Blanche on the Lam, Barbara Neely

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg (Currently reading)

The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad  (I read it before I started blogging) 

The Third Man, Graham Greene (I read it before I started blogging)

The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy

The Snowman, Jo Nesbø

Laura, Vera Caspary

LaBrava, Elmore Leonard

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

The Blue Hammer, Ross MacDonald


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