Top 10 golden age detective novels books the guardian. Mystery sequels is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program and as an amazon associate, mystery sequels earns from qualifying purchases. But, this list desperately needs some contemporary authors. Hes been given three years until he must retire from the lapd and hes still determined to do what he does best. The mystery authors page is useful if you know the name of a series e. Bluets and the argonauts author maggie nelson is best known for her literary nonfiction writing, but her foray into true crime is an accessible and intriguing entry point into her work. The maltese falcon was first published in a pulp magazine. Poe started off writing short mystery stories, eventually to become the father of this genre.
In addition, you can also check out the authorsbooks listed in the mystery genres below. A doctorturnedwriter, sir arthur is the man behind the famous detective duo. Sir arthur conan doyles series commenced in 1887 and mr. Over a period of several years, zane asked 125 famous authors to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what you consider the ten greatest. The 100 greatest literary detectives international crime. Many great detective novels are written by detectives, but others are written by authors who rely on a lot of research in order to write from a detectives point of view. Jun 14, 2019 best crime authors include classic mystery authors like the brilliant agatha christie to detective authors like robert b.
A study in scarlet by arthur conan doyle, murder on the orient express by agatha christie, the cuckoos calling by robert gal. The hardy boys, joe and frank hardy the three very famous detectives first appeared in 1927 and have featured in several adventure books for both children and teenagers. Holmes was very close to being named sherrinford hope. The mystery author harriet vane is on trial for the murder of her husband, whom she is suspected of poisoning. This novel has claimed to be one of poes best written pieces. The 10 best mystery authors of all time tana french. Many great detective novels are written by detectives, but others are written by authors who rely on a lot of research in order to write from a detective s point of view. What with the proliferation of detective fiction and detectives on television and in literature, from a touch of frost to endeavour, including marple and shardlake, mystery is now more relevant than ever. So i agree with gary on this although it is not possible to vote foradd a series as a whole, the book voted foradded should at least be part of a series.
Aug 03, 2017 the book was famous then, but if you havent heard of it, allow chicago magazine to outline the plot. While poirot is widely considered the most famous detective in literary fiction except for, perhaps, that one fellow, christie stated in the essay that she had become bored to tears of him, and even considered him something of an embarrassment. James other detective, many of which are thoughtprovoking and haunting studies of human psychology and the nature of justice. Please note it is listed by the authors first name. A late example of the golden age staple of the gentleman detective, dalgliesh has been the protagonist in fourteen james mysteries and also had a starring role in two novels featuring cordelia gray p. Assembling a comprehensive list of the most popular crime writers is a daunting task, but im taking a leap and giving it a shot. The best crime authors famous mystery writers ranker. Agatha christie, author of hercuile poirot series personal favorites of the author. If you were a regular harriet the spy as a kid, dust off your trusty notebook, polish up the old magnifying glass, and get back in the game with the best mystery books for adults. So i agree with gary on this although it is not possible to vote foradd a series as a whole, the book voted foradded should at. The most famous of this swiss authors chilling novellas is the pledge, in which a policeman finds his. These are the best mystery authors that go beyond simply writing a fun. Filled with red herrings, smoking guns, and false alibis, mystery has long been a popular aspect of modern literature. If you want something written by an actual detective, check out people who eat darkness or the maltese falcon both on our list.
A book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters. Jun 12, 2017 pizzolatto, creator of hbos true detective, wasnt so famous when his debut novel was published, but its still a gorgeously meanspirited noir, following lowlevel enforcer roy cadyrecently diagnosed with a terminal illnesswho flees new orleans when his boss puts a hit on him. His most popular protagonist is the detective, erlendur. The 10 best mystery authors of all time emily martin. So if looking for stephen king you would search by s, not k. For some, cosy crime of the 1920s and 30s is classridden and formulaic but classic authors such as agatha christie and josephine tey. Do you know of any detective novels based on the middle ages. His plot includes all the basics that you would need to get indulged into a mystery novel. Cornwell is known for her series of crime novels about medical examiner dr. Dec 02, 2019 over a period of several years, zane asked 125 famous authors to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what you consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all timenovels, story collections. Best crime authors include classic mystery authors like the brilliant agatha christie to detective authors like robert b.
The top 100 mystery novels of all time mystery writers of. There is no more recognizable figure in the mystery world than everyones favorite inspector. Top writers choose their perfect crime books the guardian. The queen of crime fiction, dame agatha christie has written 66 detective novels, and has even been credited with creating the motifs that we now expect of detective crime fiction. These are the authors i think have gone beyond simply writing a fun mystery and have really elevated or added to the mystery genre in some way. The most famous of this swiss author s chilling novellas is the pledge, in which a policeman finds his holmeslike powers are useless for. Poirot is surely one of the greatest fictional detectives, because he was involved in so many unforgettable crime novels, including the murder of roger ackroyd, murder on the orient express and death on the nile. Popular detective story books meet your next favorite book. Here is a list of 10 well known icelandic authors you should definitely check out. Arthur conan doyle, author of the case book, adventures and memoirs of sherlock holmesone of the best. She acknowledged the ardent affection reserved for poirot by fans, but went on to caution wouldbe. His books follow detective robert hunter, diving into unusual, graphic. With the book taking its title from the name of verhoevens wife, you can guess where things are heading the second novel, alex, was translated to english before irene.
The book was famous then, but if you havent heard of it, allow chicago magazine to outline the plot. The creative mind of 20th century american author raymond chandler. Popular detective books meet your next favorite book. After 76 rejections, the british authors first novel and the lead off book of the series, the eyre affair, was published in 2001. Famous authors authors throughout history have helped capture something about their lives, their era, and the society around them. Authors of comic books are not included unless they have been published in book format for example, comic albums, manga tankobon volumes, trade paperbacks, or graphic novels. Nov 30, 2017 here is a list of 10 well known icelandic authors you should definitely check out. Sunshine stategrown carl hiaasen is a new york times bestselling author, mastering both the mystery thriller and childrens genres. Erle stanley gardener, author of perry mason series personal f.
To keep the list manageable, only authors with estimated sales of at least 100 million are included. Instead, in common with much of the greatest crime fiction. Taking a young girl along for the ride, cady heads. Nov, 2019 for some, cosy crime of the 1920s and 30s is classridden and formulaic but classic authors such as agatha christie and josephine tey paved the way for modern fiction as we know it. She bears a lot of similarities with agatha christies jane. Her most famous characters miss marple and hercule poirot have become heroes of the genre, and in fact poirot is the only fictional character to receive an. Born on january 28th, 1961 in reykjavik, he is a crime fiction author and probably the most famous of them all. May 31, 2018 today i have given myself the impossible and unfair task of naming the top 10 best mystery authors of all time. The two fictional detectives have appeared in book and television shows and computer games.
This novel is teen boarding school fiction meets murder mystery, which is really the best of both worlds, as far as im concerned. The american detective also appeared in other books by the same writer though they were never as popular as the first. Natsuo kirino is a japanese mystery writer who writes novels in the hardboiled detective tradition, but what sets her work apart from other hardboiled detective novels in the genre are the excellentlyrendered female protagonists. Silver is a retired governess who started to practice as private detective. Detective fiction is a genre where a detective works to solve a crime. For some, cosy crime of the 1920s and 30s is classridden and formulaic but classic authors such as agatha christie and josephine tey paved the. Many of these authors may also overlap with authors of crime fiction, mystery fiction, or thriller fiction. Most famous authors list of famous writers in history. This is a list of bestselling fiction authors to date, in any language. Jack reacher, but it has momentarily failed you who the author is, or youre simply interested in learning about new authors you want to start catching up to. Most famous author from every state business insider. Tales of mystery and imagination by edgar allan poe. Doyle, 1888 no list would be complete without the greatest detective who never lived.
No list of the best detective novels would be complete, perhaps, without something from one of the most prolific and popular authors in the genre in this case, its a hercule poirot novel. Five of the best french crime authors crime fiction lover. They are not necessarily the best of their respective series, but they are all very good. How authors named their famous characters everything after. While many of you may be searching for a book whose main character is a detective, what about opting for a book written by a detective. Each of these is the first novel in one of the great british police detective series. Many of his most wellknown novels include carrie, it, the shinning, the stand, misery, the dark tower series, and rita hayworth and the shawshank redemption, which was later. And if you know of any flashlight worthy series that would work well on this list, let flashlight worthy know and theyll let me know. The 19th book featuring harry bosch, black box, will be out next month, and one of my favorite detectives, now sliding firmly into middle age, shows no sign of slowing down. What is your favorite lesserknown novel by a famous writer. If a series can win an award for protaganist with a compelling yet strange name well, thursday next would win that.
There is a murder committed, sherlock holmes investigates it, and he bashes the police force along the way, brushes off watson when he turns all gushy with admiration, and solves the case. The 10 best books of all time chosen by 125 famous authors. He graduated from the university of florida, and has written. The most famous detective in the world also has an iconic name. Calumet k is a quaint, endearingly midwestern novel about the building of a grain elevator. A study in scarlet by arthur conan doyle, murder on the. If you like reading this genre book where you find the words such as crime, mystery, detective, police inspector, cruelty, murder, alibi, and suspicion, i hope you would like to read a list of japanese mystery books. A study in scarlet introduces the famous, haughty and exceedingly intelligent dick of a detective that is sherlock holmes and his trusty sidekick dr watson. Parker, robert crais, and pulp crime fiction authors like jim thompson. To me they are unique, easy to read and there is something hidden to be explored. The spy who came in from the cold by john le carre. An international compendium of the 100 greatest literary detectives edited by eric sandberg university of oulu eric.
Heres our list of the most famous detectives from books. But the murder of roger ackroyd 1926 is noteworthy because it breaks all the rules and has a remarkable twist ending, which we wont say anything. Amazons most sold charts rank books according to the number of copies sold and preordered through, amazon books stores, and books read through digital subscription programs once a customer has read a certain percentage roughly the length of a free reading sample. Sam spade is also among the famous detectives in literature. Miss maud silver, created by british writer patricia wentworth, was a detective who appeared for the first time in the 1928 novel grey mask. Jamess most famous creation adam dalgliesh is a tall, dark and. Holmes, who is the bees knees at just about everything, appeared in four novels and 56. The best crime authors 1 agatha christie the murder of roger ackroyd, the mirror crackd, evil under the sun. According to lore, the author of the sherlock holmes series, sir arthur conan doyle, named the character over and over again before settling. Calumet k is a quaint, endearingly midwestern novel about the building of. A boy is found murdered on the grounds of an allgirl boarding school, and the only lead detective stephen moran has is a note on a bulletin board that says, i know who killed him. Youll have to read this classic detective novel yourself to find out. But the murder of roger ackroyd 1926 is noteworthy because it breaks all the rules and has a remarkable. The novelist murder is copying what he reads in famous crime novels like the black dahlia and american psycho.
He was created by dashiell hammet, and he first appeared in 1930 in the novel the maltese falcon. It was these gothic novels that paved the way for the detective story. Parker wrote dozens of novels featuring private detective spenser. From homer in the 8th century bc all the way until now, there is something in the works of these authors that can capture our. In 1972, the prolific thriller writer was named the grand master of the mystery writers of america.
Thrillers, suspense, crime novels, detective fiction whatever you call them. This is a listing in alphabetical order of all of the authors that we currently list. The detective searches for clues, often makes mistakes, may identify the wrong party, but eventually solves the crime. An international compendium of the 100 greatest literary detectives. These fictional american characters were created by edward stratemeyer. The top ten greatest authors 1 stephen king stephen edwin king is an american author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Pizzolatto, creator of hbos true detective, wasnt so famous when his debut novel was published, but its still a gorgeously meanspirited noir, following lowlevel enforcer roy cadyrecently diagnosed with a terminal illnesswho flees new orleans when his boss puts a hit on him.314 554 810 193 1207 1378 1044 791 909 1255 560 843 1159 420 652 487 156 720 1440 544 1278 708 108 1295 169 39 334 368 183 289 1237 1372 859 389 1404 932 732 1417 787 585 156 582 694 760 49 845 522