BOOKSELLERS’ 100 FAVORITE MYSTERIES
OF THE
TWENTIETH CENTURY
 
 
Members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association compiled a list released in January 2000 of their 100 Favorite Mysteries of the century. It was agreed that each author would appear on the list only once. The Association is a trade association for owners of businesses wholly or substantially devoted to the sale of mysteries. As of January 2000 the group represented 58 stores in the United States and Canada.

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 Allingham, Margery  The Tiger in the Smoke 
Ambler, Eric  A Coffin for Demetrios 
Armstrong, Charlotte  A Dram of Poison 
Atherton, Nancy  Aunt Dimity’s Death 
Ball, John  In the Heat of the Night 
Barnard, Robert  Death by Sheer Torture 
Barr, Nevada  Track of the Cat 
Blake, Nicholas  The Beast Must Die 
Block, Lawrence  When the Sacred Ginmill Closes 
Brand, Christianna  Green for Danger 
Brown, Frederic  The Fabulous Clipjoint 
Buchan, John  The 39 Steps 
Burke, James Lee  Black Cherry Blues 
Cain, James M.  The Postman Always Rings Twice 
Cannell, Dorothy  The Thin Woman 
Carr, John Dickson  The Three Coffins 
Caudwell, Sarah  Thus Was Adonis Murdered 
Chandler, Raymond  The Big Sleep 
Christie, Agatha  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 
Connelly, Michael  The Concrete Blonde 
Constantine, K. C.  The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes 
Crais, Robert  The Monkey's Raincoat 
Crispin, Edmund  The Moving Toyshop 
Crombie, Deborah  Dreaming of the Bones 
Crumley, James  The Last Good Kiss 
Dickinson, Peter  The Yellow Room Conspiracy 
Doyle, Arthur Conan  The Hound of the Baskervilles 
DuMaurier, Daphne  Rebecca 
Dunning, John  Booked to Die 
Elkins, Aaron  Old Bones 
Evanovich, Janet  One for the Money 
Finney, Jack  Time and Again
Ford, G. M.  Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? 
Francis, Dick  Whip Hand 
Fremlin, Celia  The Hours Before Dawn 
George, Elizabeth  A Great Deliverance 
Gilbert, Michael  Smallbone Deceased 
Grafton, Sue  “A” is for Alibi 
Graham, Caroline  The Killings at Badger's Drift 
Grimes, Martha  The Man With the Load of Mischief 
Hammett, Dashiell  The Maltese Falcon 
Hare, Cyril  An English Murder 
Harris, Thomas  The Silence of the Lambs 
Hiaasen, Carl  Tourist Season 
Highsmith, Patricia  The Talented Nr. Ripley 
Hill, Reginald  On Beulah Height 
Hillerman, Tony  The Thief of Time 
Himes, Chester  Cotton Comes to Harlem 
Innes, Michael  Hamlet, Revenge! 
James, P. D.  An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 
Kellerman, Faye  The Ritual Bath 
Kellerman, Jonathan  When the Bough Breaks 
King, Laurie  The Beekeeper's Apprentice 
Langton, Jane  Dark Nantucket Noon 
Le Carre, John  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 
Lee, Harper  To Kill a Mockingbird 
Lehane, Dennis  Darkness, Take My Hand 
Leonard, Elmore  Get Shorty 
Lochte, Dick  Sleeping Dog 
Lovesey, Peter  Rough Cider 
MacDonald, John  The Deep Blue Good-bye 
MacDonald, Philip  The List of Adrian Messenger 
Macdonald, Ross  The Chill 
Maron, Margaret  Bootlegger’s Daughter 
Marsh, Ngaio  Death of a Peer 
McBain, Ed  Sadie When She Died 
McClure, James  The Sunday Hangman 
McCrumb, Sharyn  If I Ever Return, Pretty Peggy-O 
Millar, Margaret  Stranger in My Grave 
Mosley, Walter  Devil in a Blue Dress 
Muller, Marcia  Edwin of the Iron Shoes 
Neel, Janet  Death's Bright Angel 
O’Connell, Carol  Mallory's Oracle 
Padgett, Abigail  Child of Silence 
Paretsky, Sara  Deadlock 
Parker, Robert  Looking for Rachel Wallace 
Perez-Reverte, Arturo  The Club Dumas 
Perry, Thomas  Vanishing Act 
Peters, Elizabeth  Crocodile on the Sandbank 
Peters, Ellis  One Corpse Too Many 
Pronzini, Bill  Blue Lonesome 
Queen, Ellery  Cat of Many Tails 
Rendell, Ruth  No More Dying Then 
Rice, Craig  The Wrong Murder 
Rinehart, Mary Roberts  The Circular Staircase 
Robinson, Peter  Blood at the Root 
Rosen, Richard  Strike Three You're Dead 
Sayers, Dorothy  Murder Must Advertise 
Sjowall & Wahloo  The Laughing Policeman 
Stout, Rex  Some Buried Caesar 
Tey, Josephine  Brat Farrar 
Thomas, Ross  Chinaman’s Chance 
Todd, Charles  A Test of Wills 
Turow, Scott  Presumed Innocent 
Upfield, Arthur  The Sands of Windee 
Walters, Minette  The Ice House 
White, Randy Wayne  Sanibel Flats 
Woolrich, Cornell  I Married a Dead Man 

 
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