Top Ten Mystery Novels

“In these weeks of midwinter, there’s nothing more satisfying than curling up by the fire with a good novel — and in particular a good mystery novel, because they somehow seem to keep you the warmest. Plus, what with a new season of Sherlock starting this week, your appetite for more murders, clues, and suspicious persons might just be piqued.” Flavorwire came up with their top 50 mystery novels which reminded me of my top 100 books which I’m re-shaping into more bite-sized pieces.


  1. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  2. The Man With a Load of Mischief (extra credit for the full Richard Jury series) by Martha Grimes
  3. Right as Rain by George Pelecanos
  4. Murder Hurts (extra credit for the full Fiddler and Fiona series) by A.E. Maxwell
  5. Naked in Death (extra credit for the full In Death series) by J.D. Robb
  6. Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  7. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  9. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2 responses to “Top Ten Mystery Novels

  1. do the same list categories – but with filums next!

  2. i just realized that these lists pretty much cover it all (up to the year 2005)

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