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The Greatest Classic Mystery and Detective Novels of all Time

This book list is the American Association of Reasoning Writers (The Mystery Writers of America, Referred to MWA) Voted in history. The below list of The Greatest Classic Mystery and Detective Novels of all Time is selected from the best mystery novels of all time. The selection process is extremely complicated. 

Tough guy, shock thriller, ten representative writers of ten main genres of mystery novels such as spy novels, Then ten generations of each genre are selected by these ten writers table works, Then the members of the association vote for ranking. So this book list is not only a total of the top 100 rankings, there are not ranking of the top ten masterpieces of the same genre, among them, the two factions of Benge and Tough Guys because the number of masterpieces far exceeds the other factions, so they all lined up two ten works.
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Later, the United States published a book "The Crown Crime Companion": The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time, these ranking lists are included, and write a short book review to introduce the book. 

In addition to the rankings of masterpieces, this book also includes some more alternative rankings, including voting history on "The best city for murder", "Best Weapon Ranking", "Best detective movies ranking" and related to the ranking of masterpieces "Best in history male reasoning writer", "Best Female Reasoning Writer in History", "The best male detective of all time", "Best Female Detective in History" Ranking and so on.


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    The Greatest Classic Mystery and Detective Novels of all Time


    1. The Complete Works of Detective Sherlock Holmes


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    Book Review: The Complete Novels Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

    The "Bible" in mystery fiction is also a necessary deskbook for every mystery fan. From the birth of "The Study of Blood Characters" to the present in the past 100 years, Sherlock Holmes’s influence has already gone beyond the corner of reasoning. Become synonymous with the detective in people’s hearts, Countless people rely on it stepped into the sea of ​​reasoning, ranked first, and deserved its name. 

    Reading this book is indeed a long process. It takes one hour a day and lasts for about a month. The time span is indeed large, but my enthusiasm is not consumed by time but is extremely cherished. It is another masterpiece by a writer who abandoned medicine and went to work. Until today, I saw the post preface and I remembered that it was a novel, and his author was Doyle instead of Watson. Everything is so real. 

    Maybe I don’t understand the historical background, or I don’t understand the British at the time. The background of the times in the article makes me feel very substituting. The details are all online, and the whole process of the case is high-powered. You may be able to do some cases. Guessing the result but not the process is also its charm. 

    The reasoning is extremely logical, the details are first-rate, and it reflects human nature and upholds justice. At the same time, I see the chivalrous spirit of freedom in Holmes, which is very desirable. To quote a sentence from the book: Belief in the power of the law, but when the law cannot protect the righteous party, he will play the role of a judge, not letting the balance of justice tilt, which is somewhat similar to Robin Hood who is a hero. 

    Of course, although it is a detective collection, it is not always tense and thrilling. The interaction of Fuhua's partner also adds a little humor and warmth to the case. The shaping of each character is multi-faceted, without blindly singing, but enriching each image from the details of life and making them plumper. How fortunate to read this book!



    2. The Maltese Falcon 


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    Book Review: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

    There are many genres of mystery fiction, The side branch is diagonal, But the puzzle-solving book has always occupied the position of the orthodox mainstream. The only one who can stand up against each other is the tough guy supported by Dahir Hammett and Raymond Chandler. 

    Hammett was not the first to write a writer of tough-guy novels, But he was the first writer to inject literary quality and psychological depth into tough-guy novels. Opened up for mystery another battlefield. 

    Hammett wrote five novels in his life, Four works were selected into the top 100 list ("The Disaster of the Dane House" except)."The Maltese Eagle" is known as "Better than any novel by Hemingway" The first masterpiece of hardcore, in Random House 20 Century 100 also, ranked No. 1 in English novels 56 Position; the other three are "The Thin Man", "Red Harvest" and "The Glass Key". The movie version of this book by Humphrey. Starring Bogart, ranked number one in the 100 best films of the 20th century in the United States twenty-three Bit.



    3. Tales of Mystery and Imagination


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    Book Review: Edgar Allan Poe Selected Short Stories Tales of Mystery and Imagination

    Little reasoning said the pioneering work, five short detective novels created five common forms of detective novels in later generations. Literary master Ellen? Slope utilization of short space creates an endless sense of suspense, Incorporate fantasy plots into rigorous logical reasoning, And uses curious writing icing on the cake, So far, few short story writers can do it.in some meaning, Poe never goes out of style. 

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.'Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart-one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which gives direction to the character of Man.' 

    Including Poe's most terrifying, grotesque, and haunting short stories, Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the ultimate collection of the infamous author's macabre works. Considered to be one of the earliest American writers to encapsulate the genre of detective fiction, the collection features some of his most popular tales. 'The Gold-Bug and Other Tales' is the only tale that was popular in his lifetime, whereas 'The Black Cat', 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' became more widely read after his death. 

    Focussing on the internal conflict of individuals, the power of the dead over the living, and psychological explorations of darker human emotion that appear to anticipate Sigmund Freud's later theories on the psyche, Poe's Gothic terror stories are considered masterpieces the world over.



    4. The Daughter of Time  


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    Book Review: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey 

    Josephine Tey is 1930. Since the age, the reasoning is one of the three greatest female heroes in the second golden period in history (the other two are Agatha Christie, Dorothy? Ceres). She only wrote eight in her life a mystery novel, Wonderful, He is one of the few masters in the history of reasoning who has not had any failed works in his life. 

    Three of these were selected as 100 Big lists: "Daughter of Time", "The Franchise Affair", and "The Franchise Affair". This book is the most famous works, It belongs to the category of historical detective novels, He was voted first in history by the British Detective Writers Association. 

    Detective Grant was hospitalized with a foot injury, I accidentally saw a portrait of King Richard III of England, Aroused his interest, He wants to explore four The case of a hundred years ago, seeking the truth about the murder of the prince in the tower……



    5. Presumed Innocent


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    Book Review: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow 

    A classic work of lawyer suspense novels. The protagonist Randie is a senior and extremely excellent chief prosecutor, Because of work, I often come into contact with some heart-wrenching social maladies and various crimes, To expose justice's dark side of the system, he secretly manipulated, he did not hesitate to try the law...

    The ending was unexpected, Absolutely shocking! Author Scott Duro original line master of English and American Literature from Stanford University, After graduation, he stayed in school to teach literary creation, I like letter and pen doodle after class, Just because I met in the writing process many legal issues, So I chose to enter Harvard Law School for further study, Since then, several sensational legal thrillers have been published in succession. Say. 

    Great writers who are also lawyers, Scott Douro and John Grisham and Richard Patterson(Richard Patterson) and called "Sanjie". The movie version of the book by Harrison? Starring Ford. 



    6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


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    Book Review:  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

    John Le Carré 18 Was recruited by the British military intelligence unit when he was served as a spy in East Berlin; after retiring, he worked in the British Foreign Office.1963 In 2016, he used his third work "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" Fame in one fell swoop, the famous novelist Graham? Green praised: "This is the best spy novel I have ever read!" Since then established its literary world.

    Le Carré has won numerous awards throughout his life, include 1965 Ellen of the American Association of Reasoning Writers? Poe Prize,1964 Maugham Award, United Kingdom Somerset Maugham prize, James Tait Black Commemorative awards, etc., 1988 Awarded in the year CWA Lifetime Achievement Award, 1963 versus, 1977 Annuity Dagger Award, and Italy Malaparte Prize, and many more.  

    "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" is super creative. Plot down the ups and downs repeated peaks and turns in unexpected places; in the writer’s realistic, calm and restrained writing, a touch of sadness is reflected, Worthy of being the vanguard of spy novels. Le? Carre has four works shortlisted in the Top 100, and the other three are "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", "Agent Running in the Field" with "The Night Manager", "Call for the Dead"

     

    7. The Moonstone  


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    Book Review: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins  

    This book tells about all sorts of weird things that happened around an Indian gemstone, which is the British founding work of detective literature, The author Collins is a master of English literature. The book may seem a bit outdated now, But considering that as the works of the inception period of mystery novels, We still have to admire Collins’s ability to tell stories. 

    I admire him for being able to be on such a long page always hold the reader's sight. Nobel laureate, British poet Eliot once commented on this book as "The best British detective novels". Another work of the author, "The Woman in White" is also on the list at the same time.  

    The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion. 

    Hailed by T. S. Eliot as "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels," The Moonstone is a marvelously taut and intricate tale of mystery, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous and not everyone is as they first appear.

    Sandra Kemp’s introduction examines The Moonstone as a work of Victorian sensation fiction and an early example of the detective genre and discusses the technique of multiple narrators, the role of opium, and Collins’s sources and autobiographical references.



    8. The Big Sleep 


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    Book Review: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 

    Raymond Chandler and Dahir? Hard-line private investigator novel led by Hammett, pushTurning over the dominance of British classical reasoning to American detective fiction, Created a strong style in the United States, Is famous in the history of reasoning" nice national revolution". 

    Completed seven full-length stories and twenty short stories throughout his life, These four works were shortlisted in the top 100 list: "The Big Sleep", "Farewell, My Lovely", "The Long Goodbye" and "The Lady in the Lake". In "Eternal Sleep", the private detective Philip Marlowe made his debut, this appearance is cold and tender at heart. The role of an urban lone ranger, Affected every tough detective later. 

    All of you are cold hardliners, Chandler’s style is similar to Hammett’sThere are many differences: The latter is thoroughly sophisticated and cold, The detective works hard from the inside out, But the former is always reluctant to give up the beautiful humanity in his heart hope, The detective in the pen is just a thermos——cold outside and hot inside. So Hammet is called "The black master on the ruthless street", Chandler is "Poet Laureate in Crime Fiction".

     

     

    9. Rebecca 


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    Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier  

    Du Maurier has written seventeen novels and dozens of literary works in other genres. 1969 Awarded in the year awarded the Order of the Lady of the British Empire. Du Maurier the influence of Gothic novels in the century with mystery and horror as the main features, most of the plots are more tortuous. 

    The characterization is more delicate, While rendering the mysterious atmosphere, Mixed with fatalistic sentiments. Compared to the original work, the Hitchcock movie version of this book may be more widely known, and the film won the first 13 Best Picture of the Oscars, Best photography award. 

    In this novel, she is the one who has not appeared, but she is also the one who has always existed in everyone's hearts. Outsiders think this stunner is impeccable: beautiful, noble, smart, capable, courageous, and courageous; but in the eyes of her husband Derwent, he is a complete demon, bitch! She can pretend that everyone can't see her heart, can't see her madness, and can mingle with anyone and confuse sentient beings. 

    She will do something unethical and is also being cleaned up. This woman is too independent and too courageous. She can ride a horse better than a man, so she can go out to sea alone. She loves no one, she only loves herself. She didn't want to be someone's accessory, she didn't want to put a man's last name after her name. 

    Think about how scary, why do you want to ask for your opinion on what clothes to wear? Why do you depend on your color when you speak? Why do you have to invite guests and friends to a party as you wish? Just because of your surname!


     


    10. And Then There Were None  


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    Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    Universally recognized"Detective Novel Queen" Agatha Christie has a total of four books included in the top 100 list: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "Murder on the Orient Express", "Death on the Nile" and "The Agatha Christie Collection"

    This book is her best work, there is "The first work of Benguet Inference"It is said that it is tense and exciting from beginning to end, making readers want to stop. It can be said that the unseen plot arrangement is really "Whimsical", which Fully demonstrated the infinite charm of Benguet school mystery novels. 

    Agatha ChrisThere is more than a hundred books about Di's life, The complete collection of Agatha Christie’s works published in the year is also as high as according to statistics, her novel has been reprinted hundreds of times, The total global print volume is second only to "Bible". 



    11. Anatomy of a Murder


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    Book Review: Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver  

    Forensic reasoning. Lawyer Baker is tracking down a murder case, Lieutenant Mason and his wife who claimed to have been raped by the deceased conceal the truth. Bonnie the dead and their husband what is the secret of the wife? Baker can find clues, Find out the truth of the facts? 

    A movie based on the novel "Peachy Blood Case" Once Nominate 1959 Oscar for Best Picture of the Year, by James? Stewart, George? The two stars of Scott co-starring is film history one of the classic suspense films. 

    America's original #1 bestselling legal thriller and courtroom drama, rereleased with a dynamic new package The basis for the classic Oscar Award-nominated 1959 film starring Jimmy Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder tells the gripping story of the sensational trial of a young soldier accused of murdering his wife's rapist. 

    Against seemingly insurmountable odds, defense attorney Paul Biegler agrees to defend Lieutenant Frederick Manion, who freely admits to killing the man who violently raped his wife. Several witnesses saw the event with their own eyes and can testify that Manion committed the ruthless, cold-blooded act. 

    Biegler's challenge is to find a legal justification for the killing, all the while balancing the intense emotions that come along with murder against the consciences and sympathies of the twelve strangers in the jury box. 

    The lawyer sees it as a straightforward, albeit gravely difficult, legal challenge. Until he starts to dig beneath the surface of the crime and finds that some startling facts have not yet come to light and that the truth of the situation is far more complex than he could have imagined...


     


    12. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 


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    Book Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 

    Agatha Christie, the queen of detective novels, is the second one to be selected as one of the top 100 works and is also her first one. A blockbuster and sensational famous work in the literary world. A work that brings the murderer's unexpectedness to its peak, and the ending is absolutely shocking; Was in the first editionCritics criticized it, but it turned out to be a masterpiece. 

    When I read most of this book, I still felt that it was just an ordinary detective story, and it was impossible to surprise me too much. It wasn't until I saw the end that I realized that the master really was a stroke of magic. Because this is a book that will die as soon as you spoil it, I can only tell you that this is a must-read classic in detective novels.

    In addition, I would like to say that it is really immoral to spoil the murderer’s behavior in the book review of detective novels. Because I have tried several tricks before, this time I turned the book review after reading Roger’s suspicious case. I didn’t expect to be involved in Roger’s suspicious case. The book review saw someone reveal the murderer of the Orient Express murder, and the whole person felt bad. 



    13. The Long Goodbye 


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    Book Review: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 

    Raymond Chandler’s second work on the list, it is also his sixth full-length novel in 1953, Following the "Blue Dahlia" for him. "The Blue Dahlia" After that, he won Ellen twice? Poe Award for Best Novel of the Year. An excellent elegant and polite drunkard meets a poor and noble private detective, What kind of sincere and sad friendship will happen? Lennox DrunkLater, it was picked up by Marlow, and Lannos sent a huge five thousand dollar bill later as a thank you and goodbye. however, The series of murders, But follow this farewell is endless……

    When I read 20%, I still don’t know what kind of book it is. When I read 50%, I think it might be a same-sex love story. When I read 70%, I think it’s a detective novel when several people have died. 

    So in the beginning, Marlowe was attracted by Lennox's elegance? I don't know why when I first saw it, I felt that the first person was used for storytelling (perhaps because there were fewer psychological descriptions). 

    Looking back, Marlowe was the protagonist of the story and the protagonist with a fiery heart. The author seems to have written several Marlowe stories. What really looks like a detective novel may only be the last 1% when two people meet again. 



    14. The Postman Always Rings Twice 


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    Book Review: The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

    If it helps you, please download and use it! 3 James M. Cain (U.S.). A pair of lovers tried to murder and hinder their husbands, and the result was naturally a cycle of heaven and retribution. this when this book first came out, Once caused great controversy due to the author’s deviant thinking and vulgar and neat writing. 

    He regards the criminal as the first master Man, Takes the murderer as a first-person narrative perspective, and lets readers gradually converge with the murderer's position in empathy——This technique can be seen everywhere today, but it was really a pioneering work at the time. 

    The author James Cain is a master of American literature with a style similar to Hemingway. His masterpiece is in Random House 20 Ranked No. in the Top 100 English Novels of the Century 98 Position, even affected the later due to the writing of the "Bureau" The Outsider" is famous in the literary world Nobel Prize winner Camus; and by the famous Italian film director Luchino Visconti 1942 He made his debut in 1999, which opened the prelude to the Italian neo-realist film after the war. James another work of Kain "Double Insurance" also ranked.



    15. The Godfather  


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    Book Review: "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo 

    Mario Puzo is a representative work of modern American popular novels.1969 Come out so far, the global issuance has exceeded 2100 volumes, the unmatched super bestseller in the world today. Just rely on this description of the Mafia family history of crime fiction, Mario Puzo is enough to make a name in the history of literature; His subsequent works never surpassed this one. 

    Later horse Rio Puzo personally wrote and adapted the novel into a movie, Directed by Francisco Pola, Won three awards including Oscar for Best Picture, It ranks second among the 100 best films of the 20th century in the United States.

      

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