The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time

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This list was originally published by the Crime Writers’ Association (UK) and the Mystery Writers’ Association (US).

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  1. 1.
    The Daughter of Time
    by Josephine Tey

  2. 2.
    The Big Sleep (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
    by Raymond Chandler

  3. 3.
    The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
    by John le Carre

  4. 4.
    Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane
    by Dorothy L. Sayers

  5. 6.
    by Daphne Du Maurier

  6. 7.
    Farewell, My Lovely
    by Raymond Chandler

  7. 8.
    The Moonstone
    by Wilkie Collins

  8. 9.
    The Ipcress File
    by Len Deighton

  9. 10.
    The Maltese Falcon
    by Dashiell Hammett

  10. 11.
    The Franchise Affair
    by Josephine Tey

  11. 12.
    Last Seen Wearing (Pan Classic Crime)
    by Hillary Waugh

  12. 13.
    The Name of the Rose

  13. 14.
    Rogue Male (Crime Masterworks)
    by Geoffrey Household

  14. 15.
    The Long Goodbye
    by Raymond Chandler

  15. 16.
    Malice Aforethought
    by Francis Iles

  16. 17.
    The Day of the Jackal
    by Frederick Forsyth

  17. 18.
    The Nine Tailors
    by Dorothy L. Sayers

  18. 19.
    And Then There Were None
    by Agatha Christie

  19. 20.
    The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Classics)
    by John Buchan

  20. 21.

  21. 22.
    Murder Must Advertise (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery)
    by Dorothy L. Sayers

  22. 23.
    Tales of Mystery & Imagination (Everyman Paperback Classics)
    by Edgar Allan Poe

  23. 24.
    The Mask of Dimitrios (Coronet Books)
    by Eric Ambler

  24. 25.
    The Moving Toyshop (Classic Crime)
    by Edmund Crispin

  25. 26.
    The Tiger in the Smoke
    by Margery Allingham

  26. 27.
    The False Inspector Dew
    by Peter Lovesey

  27. 28.
    The Woman in White
    by Wilkie Collins

  28. 29.
    A Dark-Adapted Eye (Plume)
    by Ruth Rendell

  29. 30.
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    by James Mallahan Cain

  30. 31.
    The Glass Key
    by Dashiell Hammett

  31. 32.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

  32. 33.
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    by John le Carre

  33. 34.
    Trent's Last Case
    by E. Clerihew Bentley

  34. 35.
    From Russia with Love (James Bond Novels)
    by Ian Fleming

  35. 36.
    Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries (Paperback))
    by Ed McBain

  36. 37.
    Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse Mysteries)
    by Colin Dexter

  37. 38.
    Strangers on a Train Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    by Patricia Highsmith

  38. 39.
    A Judgement in Stone
    by Ruth Rendell

  39. 40.
    The Hollow Man (Black Dagger Crime Series)
    by John Dickson Carr

  40. 41.
    The Poisoned Chocolates Case (Golden Age Classics)
    by Anthony Berkeley

  41. 44.
    A Kiss Before Dying
    by Ira Levin

  42. 45.
    The Talented Mr.Ripley
    by Patricia Highsmith

  43. 46.
    Brighton Rock (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    by Graham Greene

  44. 47.
    The Lady in the Lake
    by Raymond Chandler

  45. 48.
    Presumed Innocent
    by Scott Turow

  46. 49.
    A Demon in My View
    by Ruth Rendell

  47. 50.
    Devil in Velvet (1994 Ed)
    by John Dickson Carr

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Created by mushhead on May 30, 2006.


Fixed the list! (Sorta) — 1 year ago

Okay – so, I realize that the list now has 158 books on it. After I went through the list and matched it with the CWA list, I realized that someone had put a bunch of books from the Mystery Writers of America list in with the books from the CWA list. So I left those, and added the ones from THAT list that were missing. So now, 1-100 is the verbatim CWA list, and then 101-158 are the MWA books that did not appear on the CWA list – in the order that they appeared on the MWA list. Got that? I think it’s good now. I didn’t really take anything off, just reordered everything so it makes more sense and added a couple so we have BOTHLISTS IN ONE! The end.

too many books — 3 years ago

Why is there a 138 books on this list.


Fixes... — 7 years ago

I’m not sure what’s going on with this list, but a couple of books seem to have switched to the wrong ones. I changed A Demon in My View back to the Ruth Rendell book and The Postman Always Rings Twice to the book itself (and not a collection of Cain’s work, which isn’t what’s on the source list.)


Mask of Dimitrios/Coffin for Dimitrios — 7 years ago

Just noticed these are the same book, so took off the US version (Coffin for Dimitrios).

"The Hollow Man" and "The Three Coffins" are the same book! — 7 years ago

Just published in the U.K. and the U.S.A. under different titles. I moved “Three Coffins” to the proper place in the British section and deleted Dan Simmons’s “Hollow Man” novel. (A fine book, but it shouldn’t have been on this list.)

I’m currently posting the British and American lists separately, working from copies of the books in question (“The Hatchards Crime Companion” for Britain, “The Crown Crime Companion” for the U.S.).


Done and Done! — 7 years ago

Finished adding on the US choices (not that I particularly agree with a lot of them)…but now the title of the list doesn’t really work.


Done! — 7 years ago

I’ve finished off the British version of the list.

Feel free to help! — 7 years ago

I’ve just added the first half of the books, and will finish the rest as soon as I can.

Feel free to help add the rest – I am taking information directly from the Wiki.

Also, I am hoping to finish off the Brit list first and then add the titles from the US that are not mentioned in the UK version after the main 100.

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