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Crime and mystery is probably my favourite genre to read. The British Crime Writers’ Association published a list called The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time in 1990, and The Mystery Writers of America published a similar list called The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time in 1995. Of course I feel the need to read all the books on both of these lists. So far, I’ve read 16 of the 158 books.

✔ 1. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None ★★★★
✔ 2. Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd ★★
3. Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca
4. Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest
5. Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key
6. Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon
7. Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night
8. Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise
9. Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison
10. Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors
11. E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Last Case
12. Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination
13. Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop
14. Ellis Peters: A Morbid Taste for Bones
✔ 15. Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios/A Coffin for Dimitrios ★★★★
16. Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal
17. Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male
18. Graham Greene: Brighton Rock
19. Graham Greene: The Third Man
20. Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing …
21. Ian Fleming: From Russia, with Love
22. James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice
23. John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps
24. John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
25. John le Carré: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
26. Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time
27. Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair
28. Len Deighton: The IPCRESS File
29. Margaret Millar: Beast in View
30. Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park
31. Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased
32. Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley
33. Peter Lovesey: Wobble to Death
34. Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely
✔ 35. Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep ★★★
36. Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake
37. Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye
38. Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone
39. Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent
40. Tony Hillerman: A Thief of Time
✔ 41. Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose ★★
42. Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone
43. Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White

44. Adam Hall: The Quiller Memorandum
✔ 45. Agatha Christie: Death Comes as the End ★★
46. Alistair MacLean: The Guns of Navarone
47. Anthony Berkeley: The Poisoned Chocolates Case
48. Anthony Price: The Labyrinth Makers
49. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Collected Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
50. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles
51. Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye
52. Barbara Vine: A Fatal Inversion
✔ 53. Caroline Graham: The Killings at Badger’s Drift ★★★★
54. Caryl Brahms & S.J. Simon: A Bullet in the Ballet
55. Christianna Brand: Green for Danger
56. Colin Dexter: The Dead of Jericho
57. Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law
58. Desmond Bagley: Running Blind
59. Dick Francis: The Danger
60. Dick Francis: Twice Shy
61. Ed McBain: Cop Hater
62. Ed McBain: Sadie When She Died
63. Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men
64. Ellis Peters: The Leper of Saint Giles
65. Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands
66. Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought
67. Gavin Lyall: Shooting Script
68. H.R.F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah
69. Ira Levin: A Kiss Before Dying
70. J.J. Marric: Gideon’s Day
71. Jack Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed
72. John Buchan: Greenmantle
73. John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet
74. John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man
75. John Fowles: The Collector
76. Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder
77. Ken Follett: The Key to Rebecca
78. Len Deighton: Game, Set & Match
79. Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet
80. Lionel Davidson: The Sun Chemist
81. Margery Allingham: The Tiger in the Smoke
82. Mary Stewart: My Brother Michael
83. Mary Stewart: Nine Coaches Waiting
84. Michael Innes: Hamlet, Revenge!
85. Michael Innes: The Journeying Boy
86. Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die
87. P.D. James: A Taste for Death
88. P.D. James: Devices and Desires
89. P.D. James: Innocent Blood
90. Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train
91. Paula Gosling: A Running Duck
92. Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Tin Man
93. Peter Lovesey: The False Inspector Dew
✔ 94. Reginald Hill: Dead Heads ★★★
95. Reginald Hill: Underworld
96. Richard Condon: The Manchurian Candidate
97. Ruth Rendell: A Demon in My View
98. Sarah Caudwell: The Shortest Way to Hades
99. Simon Brett: What Bloody Man Is That?
100. Susan Moody: Penny Black

101. Agatha Christie: The Witness for the Prosecution
✔ 102. Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express ★★★
103. Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes
✔ 104. Bram Stoker: Dracula
105. Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
106. Craig Rice: Home Sweet Homicide
107. Dashiell Hammett: The Thin Man
108. Donald E. Westlake: The Hot Rock
109. Donald E. Westlake: Bank Shot
110. Donald E. Westlake: God Save the Mark
111. Dorothy L. Sayers: Clouds of Witness
✔ 112. Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank ★★★
113. Elmore Leonard: Stick
✔ 114. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment ★★★★
115. G.K. Chesterton: The Innocence of Father Brown
116. George V. Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle
117. Graham Greene: Our Man in Havana
118. Gregory Mcdonald: Fletch
✔ 119. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird ★★
120. Ira Levin: Rosemary’s Baby
121. Jack Finney: Time and Again
122. James M. Cain: Double Indemnity
123. James McClure: The Steam Pig
124. Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Me
125. John D. MacDonald: The Dreadful Lemon Sky
126. John Dickson Carr: The Three Coffins
✔ 127. John Grisham: The Firm ★★★
✔ 128. John Grisham: A Time to Kill ★★★
129. John le Carré: Smiley’s People
130. John le Carré: The Little Drummer Girl
131. John Mortimer: Rumpole of the Bailey
132. Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent
133. Joseph Wambaugh: The Choirboys
134. Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar
135. Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle
136. Lawrence Sanders: The First Deadly Sin
✔ 137. Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: The Laughing Policeman ★★★
138. Mario Puzo: The Godfather
139. Mary Higgins Clark: Where Are the Children?
140. Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase
141. Mickey Spillane: I, the Jury
142. Nicholas Meyer: The Seven Per-Cent Solution
143. P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
144. Rex Stout: The Doorbell Rang
145. Richard Condon: Prizzi’s Honor
146. Robert Traver: Anatomy of a Murder
147. Ross Macdonald: The Chill
148. Ross Thomas: Chinaman’s Chance
149. Sue Grafton: “A” Is for Alibi
150. Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs
151. Thomas Harris: Red Dragon
152. Tom Clancy: The Hunt for Red October
153. Tony Hillerman: Dance Hall of the Dead
154. Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
155. Vera Caspary: Laura
156. W.R. Burnett: Little Caesar
157. W. Somerset Maugham: Ashenden
158. Walter Mosley: Devil in a Blue Dress


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