Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor in their A Catalogue of Crime (Rev. & Enl. Edition, 1989) include descriptions of works the authors consider Classics of Crime, 1900-1975.  Ninety novels are selected by them and are listed below.

In the Preface to their indispensable book, the authors write:"...the novice eager to explore can by browsing through our pages discover examples of the type of story he might like. The brief comments give a glimpse of contents and quality, and by stressing certain points help to develop a critical taste. As for the collector who regularly scans dealers' catalogues, he can, by consulting the index and the entry, ascertain facts to guide his purchases. Finally, students of the literature - a growing body inside and outside the academy - will find here a storehouse of materials usable in teaching and research."


1900 Anna Katharine Green The Circular Study
1902 Arthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles
1912 E.C. Bentley Trent's Last Case
1915 Oliver Onion In Accordance With the Evidence
1922  A.A. Milne The Red House Mystery
1926 Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
1927 G.D.H. Cole & R. Postgate The Murder at Crome House
1929 Freeman Wills Crofts The Purple Sickle Murders (or The Box Office Murders)
1929 Thomas Kindon Murder in the Moor
1930 Miles Burton The Secret of High Eldersham
1930 Dorothy Sayers Strong Poison
1931 Eden Phillpotts Found Drowned
1931 Henry K. Webster Who Is the Next?
1932 C.P. Snow Death Under Sail
1932 Ellen Wilkinson The Division Bell Mystery
1933 Dermot Morrah The Mummy Case Mystery (or The Mummy Case)
1935 Gerald Bullett The Jury
1935 James Hilton Was It Murder?
1937 Margery Allingham Dancers in Mourning
1938 Georgette Heyer A Blunt Instrument
1938 Paul McGuire A Funeral in Eden (or Burial Service)
1938 Rex Stout Too Many Cooks
1938 Arthur Upfield The Bone Is Pointed
1939 Elspeth Huxley The African Poison Murders
1940 C.W. Grafton Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
1942 Michael Innes The Daffodil Affair
1943 Raymond Chandler The Lady in the Lake
1944 Erle Stanley Gardner The Case of the Crooked Candle
1944 Virginia Perdue Alarum and Excursion
1945 Lewis Lange The Birthday Murder
1945 Clifford Witting Measure for Murder
1946 Helen Eustis The Horizontal Man
1946 Kenneth Fearing The Big Clock
1946 Patricia McGerr Pick Your Victim
1946 Marco Page The Shadowy Third
1947 Nicholas Blake Minute for Murder
1948 Thomas Kyd Blood on the Bosom Divine
1949 Philip Clark The Dark River
1949 Edmund Crispin Buried for Pleasure
1949 Cyril Hare When the Wind Blows
1949 M. Heberden Engaged to Murder
1949 Norman Longmate Strip Death Naked
1949 Ngaio Marsh A Wreath for Rivera
1950 Elizabeth Daly Death and Letters
1950 Andrew Garve No Tears for Hilda
1950  Matthew Head The Congo Venus
1950 Michael Gilbert Smallbone Deceased
1950 Ross Macdonald The Drowning Pool
1951 John & Emery Bonett A Banner for Pegasus (or Not in the Script)
1952 Frederick Brown The Deep End
1952 Joanna Cannan The Body in the Beck
1952 Stanley Ellin The Key to Nicholas Street
1952 Michael Innes One-Man Show
1953 John D. MacDonald Dead Low Tide
1953 Josephine Tey The Singing Sands
1954 Julian Symons The Narrowing Circle
1954 Walter Tyrer Such Friends Are Dangerous
1955 Alex H. Atkinson Exit Charlie
1955 Christopher Landon Stone Cold Dead in the Market
1955 William Mole The Hammersmith Maggot (or Small Venom)
1956 Edward Grierson The Second Man
1956 Maurice Proctor The Pub Crawler
1958 Nigel Fitzgerald Suffer a Witch
1958 Bruce Hamilton Too Much of Water
1958 Henry Kuttner Murder of a Wife
1960 Leo Bruce Furious Old Women
1960 Helen Robertson Swan Song (or The Chinese Goose)
1961 Glun Carr Death Finds a Foothold
1961 Jean Scholey The Dead Past
1962 Dick Francis Dead Cert
1962 S.B. Hough The Bronze Perseus (or The Tender Killer)
1962 P.D. James Cover her Face
1962 Simon Nash Killed by Scandal
1963 Thomas Blanchard Dewey A sad Song Singing
1964 Amanda Cross In the Last Analysis
1954 Hillary Waugh The Missing Man
1965 Patricia Moyes Johnny Under Ground
1966 Carlton Keith The Crayfish Dinner (or  The Elusive Epicure)
1966 Emma Lathen Murder Makes the Wheels Go 'Round
1966 J.B. Priestley Salt Is Leaving
1968 J.J. Marric Gideon's River
1969 Simon Troy Swift to Its Close
1969 Colin Watson Just What the Doctor Ordered
1970 P.M. Hubbard High Tide
1970 Frank Swinnerton On the Shady Side
1971  A.H.Z. Carr Finding Maubee
1971 Tony Hillerman The Fly on the Wall
1973 K.C. Constantine The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself
1973 John Miles The Night Hunters
1976 Ellis Peters Never Pick Up Hitch Hikers