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whose marriage is overshadowed by the memories of her husbands brilliant and beautiful first wife,and their willingness to believe reports from local informants.Enjoyed reading her autobiographyMy Story (1931)and would love to read the updated version ofMy Story (1948)that she published in later years. Very hard to find!trace evidence,was an English critic,and A. Monmouth Platts.Trents Last Case was unique for its time as it involved a detective who gets things completely wrong after painstakingly collecting all the evidence as well as falling in love with one of the primary suspects. Phillip Trent is an artist and amateur detective. Trents Last Case is the first book published in his series of three books that include Phillip Trent.Their members were asked to name their five favorite books in each of ten categories. The highest vote-getter,money,shot dead,grandparents,I craved peace which I found in reading. And with limited times I could leave the house as she required 24/7 care it helped me relax.Memory Hold The Door (1940) by John Buchan found in my Grandfathers collection.The Witness for the Prosecution (1925)You can read as individual novels or youll find them all inThe Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His books can be downloaded asfree ebooksor easily found in charity shops.You can download thefree ebook here. Occasionally see it for sale in charity shops.Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and is widely considered one of the finest mystery writers of all time.John Dickson Carr is an American author who lived for years in England and most of his novels have English settings with English characters. He is considered one of the greater Golden age mystery writers with plot-driven stories with complex puzzles. He was considered the master of the locked room mystery where a detective solves an apparently impossible crime.Heres the complete list of her detective novels which were all part of the Lord Wimsey series except for one:stand alone short story The Golden AgeMy hardest task was working out where to start so heres my recommendation of order to read:James M Cain was an American author most commonly associated with the hardboiled American crime fiction. Both of these novels are typical of his writing style that shows the crime and its consequences from the point of view of the criminal.Time and Again (1970) Historical SuspenseSome novels were nominated as a result of members remembering famous movies or plays created from the novel. Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie is an example of this. Its a short story included in several of her different short story novels considered one of the best mystery plays ever written.After growing tired of searching for new modern authors I wanted to read I set a goal in August 2018 of readingTop 100+ Crime and Mystery Novels of All Timeas a way of introducing myself to new authors in a genre I enjoy reading.Thanks for dropping bymy personal blogHis well-known spy thrillers feature Richard Hannay,in-depth story happy Ive read it as it provided an interesting insight into the time it was written and definitely memorable. Some consider it as one of the first psychological thrillers.The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 12 short stories published in The Strand in 1891-1892 with the most famous being A Scandal in Bohemia which introduces Irene Adler.I found Gaudy Night challenging to read and was frustrated the storyline was about a prankster rather than a typical crime. The most important thing I learnt from reading Gaudy Night was an appreciation of the challenges faced by women who wanted an education during this era.Busmans Honeymoon: A Love Story With Detective Interruptions (1937)The list was compiled by combiningThe Top 100 Crime Novels of All Timecreated by the British-basedCrime Writers Association?

and ongoing struggles with the law.John Buchan was a Scottish novelist,Carr Dickson,that working through this Top 100+ Crime and Mystery Novels List is a good idea.An incredible novel that I really enjoyed reading. Wasnt easy to find in charity shops and wish I had realized sooner that I could havedownloaded the free ebook here.The Hound of the Baskervilles serialized in the Strand in 1901-1902. Considered by many as the best Sherlock Holmes novel.(1929) hard-boiled detectiveBoth lists were compiled using the same approach:The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel written by Charles Dickens and he dies before he finished this novel. No one knows how he intended to end it and only six of the planned twelve installments were published.The Woman in Whiteis about the unlawful confinement of a woman in a lunatic asylum by an unscrupulous villain to falsely claim a large inheritance.The Moonstoneis about a priceless stone that goes missing soon after being given as a present on a birthday and the investigation to find what happened to the stone.The Founding Fathers The ClassicsThe reason for inclusion in the list could be the novel was unique,part historical,one of the first examples of a category or early example of a specific school of writing. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie are considered by many to be the best two novels she ever wrote. These novels are uniquely written as a result of how both are narrated but arent my favorite Agatha Christie novels.The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 11short stories published in The Strand in 1892-1893 with the most famous being The Final Problem which kills off Sherlock Holmes.Gaudy Night was the first Dorothy L Sayers novel I read as I originally started reading through my reading challenge based on their ranking in the list and this was her highest ranking book. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers is the tenth novel in her Lord Wimsey series and if I had read her novels in order I think I would have appreciated it more.His Last Bow: Some Later s of Sherlock Holmes stories published 19081917.Edgar Allan PoesTales of Mystery and Imaginationis a compilation of Poes suspenseful tales. Poe is better known for his dark tales of terror and the supernatural however many consider Edgar Allan Poes three Auguste Dupin short stories as the first detective stories published.Initially,with a summary of the author and their novels for the ones Ive read.Double Indemnity was originally published in serial form in 1936,including several biographies like Gerald which was about her father. The Glass Blowers is a fictional novel based on her French ancestry.Jack Finney was an American author and his best-known works are science fiction thrillers. Time and Again is considered a cult classic. Its part science fiction,Simon Morley,I wrote a few author reviews as I completed their novels and here are the two detailed author reviews I completed:It is common to see his books in charity shops. Some of hisebooks.

has been credited as an influence to forensic science as a result of Holmes use of methods such as fingerprints,serology,operator of the dinner,ciphers,Start with earlier novels by the author and work through their novels to the novel on the list.Took me a while to find a physical copy of this novel as I had looked in general and crime sections;from oldest to newest.Whose Body? can be downloaded as a free ebook. Some of her books can beborrowed from the Internet Archiveordownloaded as ebooks here. Most of her books I sourced from libraries or brought from second-hand shops/charity shops. Ive read and enjoyed all her novels.You canborrow this novel from the Internet Archive. I think I brought a paperback version of the novel at a second-hand book store.(1934) hard-boiled detectiveBetter understanding of how writing in each category,surrounded by undisturbed snow.Sherlock Holmes wasnt the first fictional detective but he is the most portrayed movie character in history. The Sherlock Holmes stories have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture.HerAn Autobiographyis the best autobiography Ive read written by an author and well worth reading once youve read some of her novels.Knowing which category a novel was included in the list is helpful for comparing within genre.The Poisoned Chocolate Case is part of his Roger Sheringham series. Its a classic Golden Age whodunnit set in 1920s London in which a group of six armchair detectives each proposes a different solution as to the motive and the identity of the perpetrator.Ive been working my way through a reading list I compiled by combiningThe Top 100 Crime Novels of All Timecreated by the British-basedCrime Writers Association,which I couldnt put down pay attention to how the beginning and end of the novel bring the story together.Crime and Punishmentwas originally published in Russian in twelve monthly installments in 1866. Its consider by some as one of the greatest novels ever written. Worth delaying reading until youve read some of the other novels from this list as its a slow,an American-born British-based crime author,a black war veteran who is recently unemployed and is hired to find Daphne Monet. He ends up being caught in a web of lies and murder. Fast-moving enjoyable novel reminiscent of the classic hard-boiled novels but with the representation of multiple inequalities between race,regardless of category,can be downloaded for free here.The Third Man and Our Man in Havana are espionage fiction. Graham Greene was hired to write the The Third Man screenplay and wrote this short novel as preparation for the screenplay. Our Man in Havana is a black comedy set in Cuba and makes fun of the intelligence service,I now appreciate how amazing his stories are and how theyve withstood the test of time.Top 100+ Crime and Mystery Novels ListI ended up buying the ebook from Amazon after being unsuccessful in finding a physical copy of the novel.Poirot novel The Golden AgeYou can download some of his books asfree ebooks hereand its fairly common to see The Thirty Nine Steps and Greenmantle in charity shops.Murder on the Orient Express (1934)The Postman Always Rings Twice was his first novel and is considered one of the more important crime novels of the 20th Century. Its title is a red herring as a postman doesnt appear in the novel or is alluded to. The saying refers to The postman used to ring twice if there was something that needed an answer or signing for. The story is narrated by a drifter who ends up working in a diner who conspires with the beautiful young wife,

a spinster heiress who has an interest In archeology embarks on an adventure along the Nile and during the process becomes targeted by a mystery mummy.Graham Greene was one of the greatest and most popular English writers of the 20th Century. His novels often dealt with moral issues. In the 1950s and 60s he was involved in Britains Secret Intelligence Service and his later novels feature political intrigue.You canborrow his novels from the Internet Archiveordownload his ebooks for free here. Its fairly common to see his novels in charity shops.A few years after reading his Richard Hannay I discovered my grandfather had loved his books and I added his collection to my library.It can be downloaded as afree ebookor or easily found in charity shops.The Four Just Man was the first novel of his I read and I really struggled reading it. It was only after reading some of his other novels that I appreciated how enjoyable his novels can be. Part of the issue maybe I struggled to relate the earlier spy novels compared to crime novels.Due to time constraints,is the second novel in this series. It centers on the investigation into the murder of the Lord Chancellor of England by Inspector John Appleby during an amateur production of Shakespeares Hamlet.I was originally reluctant to read Wilkie Collinss novels as I was worried being written in the 1800s that they would be hard to read and include content I couldnt relate to. I loved both novels;I had read 14 Michael Innes novels prior to reading The Journeying Boy as I had trouble finding the book and I enjoy reading his novels!during,The British Agent is a series of short stories loosely based on W. Somerset Maughams experience in British intelligence during World War I. His works is said to have influenced Ian Fleming. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930sThree Coffins published as The Hollow Man in the UK is a classic example of his locked room mystery. The story revolves around how Gideon Fell solves two murders to explain how Professor Charles Grimaud received his visitor in his study and when a gunshot is heard from the study,highlighting the differences between 1882 vs modern times;whom she had met at a hostel when they were both students. Together Brahms and Simon started to write comic thrillers.I feel I would have appreciatedThe Murder of Roger Ackroydif I had read the Hercule Poirot novels in order of date published. The four novels included in this list are considered the best but arent my favorites. At least two of these novels represent a unique or different approach to crime writing that hadnt been done before.The Witness for the Prosecutionis a good example being included because those that nominated it remembered it as a well-known play or movie. Witness For The Prosecution isnt a mystery novel. It is a short story that was included in a few of Agatha Christies Short Story novels. Which novel it was included in varied between UK and USA. I wouldnt even classify it as her best short story. However,it is considered one of the best mystery plays ever written.Ive always enjoyed reading but its importance increased while caring formy mum who had motor neurone disease (MND/ALS). During the day I would work away on my computer while she spent her last 17 months in the bedroom next to my office often with her TV turned up loud. By the end of the day,an American crime author,debut novel. Set in Los Angelos in 1948 it introduces Ezekiel Easy Rawlins,an American author,who had a PhD in Egyptology. Crocodile on the Sandbank was her first novel in the Amelia Peabody series. Set in 1884 Amelia Peabody,and writing style,and 217 in 1939. What started as a journey to read a greater variety of authors in a genre I enjoy reading ended up becoming an adventure discovering how the genre evolved.Top 100+ Crime Mystery Novel ListSome of Michael Inness novels can beborrowed from the Internet Archive. Its fairly common to see his novels in charity shops.His three Auguste Dupin short stories provide insight into early detective stories and its helpful to be aware of these stories because some of the early 1900s crime novels reference Dupin. His The Gold Bug story was heavily nominated by the Mystery Writers of America and isnt a detective story;specifically MI6,including Four Just Men,Unforgotten (1945)by Anna Buchan download as a free ebook.Im probably classified as an Agatha Christie fan based on my collection of her novels and other books related to her work and life. I read a selection of her novels when I was a teenager and initially started by readingThe Murder of Roger Ackroydfrom my reading list. So far Ive read over 50 of her novels since starting my reading challenge.The Return of Sherlock Holmes 13short stories published in The Strand in 1903-1904 with the most famous being The Adventures of the Empty House where Sherlock Holmes is resurrected.Daphne Du Mauriers most famous book,South Australia. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1946 where he continued to lecture in English.Took me a while to find a physical copy of this novel.Ashenden.

Revenge!Sir Gerald du Maurier,the Book Review Digest only recorded 12 detective mysteries in 1914,Ive listed the four short stories to read for those who prefer to read his key short stories rather than the entireTales of Mystery and Imaginationbook.I loved Lesley Grant-Adamsons comment in her Psychological suspense chapter inHatchards Crime Companionwhere she says I dont like Malice Aforethought. Malice Aforethought had 30% more votes than any of the rest in the British Crime Writers Psychological suspense category and I also wouldnt clarify this as his best novel. The novel was unique for its time and is credited as being the first book to tell the reader from the onset what happened and then spending the remainder of the book sharing details of how it happened. I like Before the Fact more than Malice Aforethought.The Father Brown short stories were originally published in various magazines and later collated into five books. The first of the books published wasThe Innocence of Father Brownin 1911.An early example of espionage novel and influential on the spy fiction genre. Parts were challenging to read but I learnt about the building up of the German navy which I hadnt been aware of until reading the novel.You can read my detailed review ofSir Arthur Conan Doyle and his work here.You canborrow this book from the Internet Archiveor download.My recommendation is to start withThe Mysterious Affair at Stylesin the Hercule Poirot series. You can download aPoirot Reading List herewhich includes tips on the order and which to read. Here is theMiss Marple Reading listand youll find thecomplete Agatha Christie Reading list here.You can borrow a few of hisnovels from the Internet Archive. The books Ive read have been sourced from second-hand book shops or charity shops.stand alone novel The Golden AgeSir Arthur Conan Doyle,97 in 1925,and writers as a result of the celebrity of her father. These connections to writers like Edgar Wallace helped establish her literary career. Edgar Wallace was one of the most prolific thriller writers of the early 1900s and a close friend of the Du Maurier family. He was once considered second in popularity to Dickens and his popularity diminished after his death. Daphne Du Mauriers novels,who was a prominent actor-manager. As a child,who is an ordinary person who had a knack for getting himself out of trouble and is set before,The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1928)published inHatchards Crime Companionin 1990,their crimes,who travel back in time in New York in 1882 as part of a secret Government project. It took me weeks to read this novel as it is slow-moving in parts and very detailed,with theMystery Writers of AmericasThe Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time,Worth reading for those that enjoy the Father Brown TV series to see how the show evolved from the stories.stand alone novel The Golden AgeBeing reluctant to read Arthur Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes stories after watching the different movie and TV adaptations,then became Jury Professor of English in the University of Adelaide,2018.Ive read all of Dashiell Hammetts novels. My favorite is the Maltese Falcon.Daphne Du Maurier is often considered a romantic novelist but she often wrote dark,to stay with relatives in Ireland that Sir Bernard Paxton hadnt met.Michael Innes was a Scottish novelist and academic who published crime fiction under this pseudonym. His academic work was published under his real name J.I.M Stewart (John Innes Mackintosh Stewart). He was a lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930 to 1935,and after World War I.  His first Richard Hannay novel The Thirty-Nine Steps was published in 1915 and was a great success with the men in the trenches.Below are links to free ebooks that include the short stories:Both these novels were made into films and thenovels can be borrowed from the Internet Archive.Both books can be downloadedas free ebooks from Project Gutenberg. I sourced my paperback versions of both from charity shops.Youll find my work related content onThe EdubloggerThe Teacher Challenge blogThe Edublogs User GuideandCampusPress Support.Their first novel was A Bullet in the Ballet where Detective-Inspector Adam Quill investigates the killing when one of the star dancers in Vladimir Stroganoffs ballet company is murdered after a performance. I enjoyed reading this comic mystery but didnt enjoy the second novel in their series as much as A Bullet in the Ballet.The Valley of Fear serialized in The Strand from 19141915.The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Timecategories used byMystery Writers of Americawere:Read the novels in order of their year published.

and the number of novels read,George du Maurier,Rebecca,the typical protagonist is a detective who battles the violence of organized crime while dealing with a legal system that has become as corrupt as the organized crime itself.The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes stories published 19211927.Little Caesar story is written during the prohibition narrated by a Mafia gangster;with theMystery Writers of AmericasThe Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time,published inThe Crown Crime Companionin 1995.Caryl Brahms!

his all-action hero,and reorganized my list so that I read in the following order:Top 100+ Crime and Mystery Novels List(1930) hard-boiled detectiveI love reading her novels as her style is similar to Agatha Christie. In addition to The Circular Staircase Ive read her following novels:This form is protected by reCAPTCHA and the GooglePrivacy PolicyandTerms of Serviceapply.I might have had more luck if Idownloaded the free ebookrather than forgetting which short story I was up in my book!published inHatchards Crime Companionin 1990,I never finished reading Brighton Rock. Its a study of psychopathology of good vs evil rather than a crime novel and is also an example of how the Catholic religion was an important element in some of his novels. It remains a popular novel today but didnt engage me.Greater appreciation of the author work.(1929) hard-boiled detectiveI never realized until reading his short story Sanatorium how many people died of TB or that people could live a long time with TB. Maugham was diagnosed with TB after his service as an ambulance driver and spent two years in a sanatorium in Scotland.The number of novels read column lists how many novels Ive read written by that author. The total per author is only listed once so I can track the total number of novels read since starting my challenge. Ive read over 200 novels since starting in August,it is considered the first American gangster novel which was used as a template for future gangster novels. The film adaptation is considered the first of the classic American gangster movies.Im a leader in using Edublogs and WordPress for learning. This is where I share technology tips and my personal interests likemy family historyormy reading challenge.Beyond the Thirty Nine Stepsby Ursula BuchanThis Google Spreadsheet shows what my reading list looks like listed in order of date published and my progress:Some of the authors refer to novels or characters published by famous earlier authors.You can download a few of her books asfree ebooks hereor buy them from charity shops. There is always a wide selection of her books being sold cheaply in charity shops due to their popularity. I was lucky enough to have purchased almost a complete collection of her Agatha Christie Crime Collection series at a charity shop.The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Timecategories used by theBritish-basedCrime Writers Associationwere:Welcome to my personal blog where I share random technology tips and my personal interestsThe Documents in the Case (1930) stand aloneListed below is my recommended order of working through the list from oldest to newest listed by author and their novels;gothic novels with unexpected twists or suspenseful endings. She also wrote non-fiction,I switched to recording quick notes in a Google spreadsheet so I had a record of my thoughts.A Running Duck was Paula Gosling,Rebecca. It is an incredible novel,or by category,or what we learnt from the books.Mary Roberts Rinehart was considered Americas Agatha Christie.The Circular Staircaseis considered the pioneer of had I but known mystery writing.Ive managed to find many of her books including Rebecca and the biographies in charity shops.The novel was considered highly innovative for the time for its social realism in depicting how a gang was run and organized,or,and it was located in the Science fiction section.John Buchans life story is fascinating and Ive read the following autobiography/biography:Wilkie Collins was an English novelist and playwright whose two novelsThe Woman in White (1860)andThe Moonstone (1868)are considered by many as the precursors for the modern mystery novel and suspense novels.You canborrow this novel from the Internet Archive.Her grandfather,speed up towards the end.Unforgettable,later as three long short story tales. Its about an insurance agent who falls for a married woman and together they conspire to kill her husband for the insurance money. I managed to accidentally read this novel twice!perhaps the most memorable novel on this list,and her father. Gerald: A Portrait (1934) is her biography about her father.

novelist,it gave us both shared enjoyment. Reading was her escapism. She only left her bedroom a few times in those 17 months (excluding showers). Daily we would discuss what we were reading,in All the Year Round and afterward published in book form.Get every new post delivered right to your inbox.I started by reading his first John Appleby novel Death at the Presidents Lodging (1936) (also known as Seven Suspects) before reading Hamlet,evolved.In hard-boiled detective novels,who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories,and Roger Fairbairn.I would start with Whose Body? first as an introduction to the Lord Wimsey characters.John Appleby is his best-known series and Hamlet,was a writer and Punch cartoonist. The du Mauriers (1937) is a fictionalized biography of her great-grandmother,like me,is a gothic romantic suspense novel narrated by a young woman,playwrights,A Study in Scarlet (1887) introduces Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.More importantly,shot at close range in front of witnesses but with nobody in sight and again,S. J. Simon,Revenge!and politician who served as Governor-General of Canada and was a prolific novelist who wrote for leisure. He is considered the father of the spy thriller.Cant decide how I feel about the Father Brown stories. Ive only managed to get so far the series of stories each time I try to read The Innocence of Father Brown!and alone. While just as nobody could have left that room,debut novel. The novel is about a woman who accidentally helps a passing stranger who is a contract killer. Realizing she could identify him leads to a series of attempts to kill her. After being placed under police protection she and one of the detectives guarding her go into hiding pursued by the killer. Its a fast-moving enjoyable novel.Anthony Berkeley Cox was an English crime writer who wrote under several pen names,both use the multi-narration method where different sections of the novels are told by different characters which isnt commonly used nowadays but was very effective in developing the stories in both novels.His five Richard Hannay novels which include The Thirty Nine Steps and Greenmantle were incredibly popular and are still read today. I struggled reading these novels maybe we dont have the same sense of patriotism and are less able to relate to the circumstances surrounding World War I compared to World War II? I am glad I persisted as I really enjoy his mystery novels.Both novels were originally published in serial form by Charles Dickens,she met many prominent theatre actors,its an old-fashioned deciphering of a cryptogram in a tale without a crime.This novel defeated me. I only managed to get partway through it. I originally tried reading it as an ebook and now have a paperback copy for when Im ready to try again.I ended up buying the ebook from Amazon after being unsuccessful in finding a physical copy of the novel.The Sign of Four (1890) introduces Dr. Watsons future wife Mary.He spent the last two decades of his career publishing historical stories (history was one of his passions). Some consider The Devil in Velvet his best historical mystery while others disagree. This was the second historical novel he published and his first of three time travel books. I found parts of this novel challenging to relate to as I didnt have a good understanding of the time it was based on. I definitely wouldnt recommend starting reading John Dickson Carrs novels by reading The Devil in Velvet. Probably worth reading The Devil in Velvet while reading others that were nominated in the historical mystery category to get a better perspective of how this novel compares with the others in the same category.Edgar Wallace was one of the most prolific thriller writers of the early 1900s. He was once considered second in popularity to Dickens and his popularity diminished after his death. At one stage he was producing one in every four novels sold in England.I confess.

continue to be popular today because they are timeless stories.All of her books Ive read as ebooks as Ive never seen any of her books in Australia. Some of herebooks can be downloaded for free here.Poirot novel The Golden AgeMy reading approach has changed since I started in August 2018 so Ive added tips and information to this page to help others who decide,The trouble was I didnt realize it was also published as The Case of the Journeying Boy. Intriguing story based on a tutor being hired to travel with Humphrey Paxton,Anthony Berkeley,and footprints long before they were commonly used by the police.The Devil In A Blue Dress was Walter Mosley,and power.Three Coffins published as The Hollow Man in the UK is part of his Dr Gideon Fell series so I started by reading his earlier Fell novels before reading this one:The book can be downloaded as afree ebook here.You can read mydetailed review of John Buchan and Richard Hannays spy thrillers here.Elizabeth Peters was one of the pseudonyms of Barbara Louise Mertz,the son of one of Britains leading atomic boffins,made up their Top 1