In 1941, Howard Haycraft compiled a list of detective stories for a book entitled Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story. The list was prepared for “unpretentious detective story fans who may care to assemble for their own pleasure ‘cornerstone’ libraries of the best and most influential writing in the medium.” Ellery Queen (the writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee) revised the Haycraft list several times expanding it to include a broader range of crime and mystery fiction. The final list, often referred to as the “Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones” is as follows. The books listed were published 1748-1952.



                           Allingham, Margery                       Death of a Ghost. 1934
                           Ambler, Eric                                 A Coffin for Demetrios. 1939
                           Anderson, Frederick Irving           The Book of Murder. 1930
                           Armstrong, Charlotte                     Mischief. 1950
                           Armstrong, Charlotte                     The Unsuspected. 1946
                           Bailey, H. C.                                  Call Mr. Fortune. 1920
                           Bailey, H. C.                                  The Red Castle. 1932
                           Barr, Robert                                   The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. 1906
                           Beeding, Francis                            Death Walks in Eastrepps. 1931
                           Benson, G. R. (Lord Chanwood)   Tracks in the Snow. 1906
                           Bentley, E. C.                                Trent’s Last Case (or The Woman in Black) 1913
                           Berkeley, Anthony                         The Poisoned Chocolates Case. 1929
                           Berkeley, Anthony                         Trial and Error. 1937
                           Boucher, Anthony                          Rocket to the Morgue. 1942
                           Biggers, Earl Derr                         The House Without a Key. 1925
                           Blake, Nicholas                             The Beast Must Die. 1938
                           Bramah, Ernest                               Max Carrados. 1914
                           Buchan, John                                  The Thirty-Nine Steps. 1915
                           Burke, Thomas                               Limehouse Nights. 1916
                           Burnett, W. R.                                Little Caesar. 1929
                           Cain, James M.                              The Postman Always Rings Twice. 1934
                           Carr, John Dickson                        The Crooked Hinge. 1938
                           Carr, John Dickson                        The Judas Window. 1938
                           Caspary, Vera                                Laura. 1943
                           Chandler, Raymond                       The Big Sleep. 1939
                           Chandler, Raymond                       Farewell, My Lovely. 1940
                           Chandler, Raymond                       The Simple Art of Murder. 1950
                           Charteris, Leslie                            Meet the Tiger. 1928
                           Chesterton, G. K.                           The Innocence of Father Brown. 1911
                           Chesterton, G. K.                           The Man Who Was Thursday. 1908
                           Childers, Erskine                           The Riddle of the Sands. 1903
                           Christie, Agatha                             The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 1926
                           Christie, Agatha                             The Mysterious Affair at Styles. 1920
                           Coates, Robert M.                          Wisteria Cottage. 1948
                           Cole, G. D. H.                                The Brooklyn Murders. 1923
                           Coles, Manning                              Drink to Yesterday. 1940
                           Coles, Manning                              A Toast to Tomorrow or
                                                                                      Pray Silence 1941
                           Collins, Wilkie                               The Moonstone. 1868
                           Collins, Wilkie                               The Woman in White. 1860
                           Conrad, Joseph                               The Secret Agent. 1907
                           Cozzens, James Gould                    The Just and the Unjust. 1942
                           Crispin, Edmund                             The Moving Toyshop. 1946
                           Crispin, Edmund                             Love Lies Bleeding. 1948
                           Crofts, Freeman Wills                    The Cask. 1920
                           Crofts, Freeman Wills                    Inspector French’s Greatest Case. 1924
                           Dane, Clemence, Helen Simpson    Re-enter Sir John. 1932
                           Davis, Dorothy Salisbury               A Gentle Murderer. 1951
                           De la Torre, Lilian                          Dr. Sam Johnson, Detector. 1946
                           Dickens, Charles                            Bleak House. 1853
                           Dickens, Charles                            The History of Edwin Drood. 1870
                           Dickson, Carter                              The Curse of the Bronze Lamp or Lord of the Sorcerers. 1945
                           Dostoevsky, Fyodor                       Crime and Punishment. 1866
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Sign of the Four. 1890
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1894
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. 1894
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1902
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Return of Sherlock Holmes. 1905
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Valley of Fear. 1915
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      His Last Bow. 1917
                           Doyle, Arthur Conan                      The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. 1927
                           Dreiser, Theodore                          An American Tragedy. 1925
                           Du Maurier, Daphne                       Rebecca. 1938
                           Dunsany, Lord                                The Little Tales of Smethers. 1952
                           Eberhart, Mignon G.                       The Patient in Room 18. 1929
                           Ellin, Stanley                                   Dreadful Summit. 1948
                           Eustis, Helen                                  The Horizontal Man. 1946
                           Faulkner, William                           Intruder in the Dust. 1948
                           Fletcher, J. S.                                 The Middle Temple Murder. 1918
                           Forester, C. S.                                Payment Deferred. 1926
                           Freeman, R. Austin                         The Eye of Osiris. 1911
                           Freeman, R. Austin                         John Thorndyke’s Cases. 1909
                           Freeman, R. Austin                         The Red Thumb Mark. 1907
                           Freeman, R. Austin                         The Singing Bone. 1912
                           Frome, David                                  The Hammersmith Murders. 1930
                           Futrelle, Jacques                             The Thinking Machine (or The
                                                                                      Problem of Cell 13). 1907
                           Gaboriau, Emile                              L’Affaire Lerouge or The Widow
                                                                                        Lerouge. 1866
                           Gaboriau, Emile                              Le Crime d’Orcival or The Mystery
                                                                                      Of Orcival. 1868
                           Gaboriau, Emile                              Le Dossier No. 113 or File No. 13. 1867
                           Gaboriau, Emile                              Monsieur Lecoq. 1869
                           Gardner, Erle Stanley                      The Case of the Sulky Girl. 1933
                           Gardner, Erle Stanley                      The Case of the Velvet Claws. 1933 *
                           Godwin, William                             Things As They Are, Or, The
                                                                                        Adventures of Caleb Williams. 1794
                           Green, Anna Katharine                    The Leavenworth Case. 1878
                           Greene, Graham                               Brighton Rock. 1938
                           Halsey, Harlan Page                        Old Sleuth, the Detective. 1872
                           Hammett, Dashiell                           The Adventures of Sam Spade. 1944
                           Hammett, Dashiell                           The Glass Key. 1931
                           Hammett, Dashiell                           The Maltese Falcon. 1930
                           Hart, Frances Noyes                        The Bellamy Trial. 1927
                           Heard, H. F.                                     A Taste for Honey. 1941
                           Henry, O.                                         The Gentle Grafter. 1908
                           Hornung, E. W.                                The Amateur Cracksman. 1899
                           Hughes, Dorothy B.                          The So Blue Marble or In a Lonely
                                                                                        Place. 1947
                           Hugo, Victor                                     Les Miserables. 1862
                           Hull, Richard                                     The Murder of My Aunt. 1935
                           Hume, Fergus W.                              The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. 1887
                           Iles, Francis (Anthony Berkeley)        Before the Fact. 1932
                           Innes, Michael                                   Lament for a Maker. 1938
                           King, Rufus                                       Murder by the Clock. 1929
                           Knox, Ronald A.                               The Viaduct Murder. 1925
                           Lawrence, Hilda                               Blood Upon the Snow. 1944
                           Leblanc, Maurice                              The Eight Strokes of the Clock. 1922
                           Leblanc, Maurice                              Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Cabrioleur. 1907
                           Leblanc, Maurice                               “813” 1910
                           Leroux, Gaston                                  The Mystery of the Yellow Room. 1908
                           Leroux, Gaston                                  The Perfume of the Woman in Black.
                           Lipsky, Eleazar                                  The People Against O’Hara. 1950
                           Lockridge, Frances and Richard        The Norths Meet Murder. 1940
                           Lowndes, Mrs. Belloc                       The Lodger. 1913
                           Lustgarten, Edgar                               One More Unfortunate or A Case to Answer. 1947
                           MacDonald, Philip                             The Rasp. 1924
                           MacDonald, Philip                             Warrant for X. or The Nursemaid
                                                                                            Who Disappeared. 1938
                           Macdonald, Ross                                The Moving Target. 1949
                           MacHarg, William & Edwin Balmer     The Achievements of Luther Trant. 1910
                           Marquand, John P.                               No Hero. 1935
                           Marsh, Ngaio                                       Overture to Death. 1939
                           Mason, A. E. W.                                  At the Villa Rose. 1910
                          Mason, A. E. W.                                  The House of the Arrow. 1924
                           Maugham, W. Somerset                       Ashenden. 1928
                           McCloy, Helen                                    Through a Glass, Darkly. 1950
                           Milne, A. A.                                        The Red House Mystery. 1922
                           Moffett, Cleveland                              Through the Wall. 1909
                           Morrison, Arthur                                 Martin Hewitt: Investigator. 1894
                           O’Flaherty, Liam                                 The Informer. 1925
                           O’Higgins, Harvey J.                           Detective Duff Unravels It. 1929
                           Oppenheim, E. Phillips                        The Great Impersonation. 1920
                           Orczy, Emmuska                                 The Old Man in the Corner. 1909
                           Orczy, Emmuska                                  The Scarlet Pimpernel. 1905
                           Palmer, Stuart                                       The Penguin Pool Murder. 1931
                           Paul, Elliot                                           The Mysterious Mickey Finn. 1939
                           Phillpotts, Eden                                    The Grey Room. 1921
                           Pinkerton, Allan                                   The Expressman and the Detective.
                           Piper, Evelyn                                        The Motive. 1950
                           Poe, Edgar Allan                                  Tales. 1845
                          Post, Melville Davisson                          Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries.
                           Postgate, Raymond                                Verdict of Twelve. 1940
                           Queen, Ellery                                         Calamity Town. 1942
                           Queen, Ellery                                         The Roman Hat Murder. 1929
                           Queen, Ellery (as Barnaby Ross)            The Tragedy of X. 1932
                           Queen, Ellery (as Barnaby Ross)            The Tragedy of Y. 1932
                           Rawson, Clayton                                    Death from a Top Hat. 1938
                           Reeve, Arthur B.                                    The Silent Bullet. 1912
                           Regester, Seeley (Mrs. M.V. Victor)      The Dead Letter. 1866
                           Rhode, John                                            The Murders in Praed Street. 1928
                           Rhode, John                                            The Paddington Mystery. 1925
                           Rice, Craig                                             Trial by Fury. 1941
                           Rice, Craig                                             Home Sweet Homicide. 1944
                           Rinehart, Mary Roberts                          The Circular Staircase. 1908
                           Rohmer, Sax                                           The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu.
                           Runyon, Damon                                      Guys and Dolls. 1931
                           Sapper (Cyrile McNeile)                         Bull-Dog Drummond. 1920
                           Sayers, Dorothy                                      The Nine Tailors. 1934
                           Sayers, Dorothy                                      Whose Body? 1923
                          Sayers, Dorothy, Robert Eustace             The Documents in the Case. 1930
                           Seeley, Mabel                                         The Listening House. 1938
                           Shiel, M. P.                                             Prince Zaleski. 1895
                           Simenon, Georges                                   The Patience of Maigret. 1940
                           Spicer, Bart                                             Blues for the Prince. 1950
                           Stevenson, Robert Louis                         New Arabian Nights. 1882
                           Stevenson, Robert Louis                         The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and
                                                                                                Mr. Hyde. 1886
                           Stoker, Bram                                           Dracula. 1897
                           Stout, Rex                                               Fer de Lance. 1934
                           Stout, Rex                                               The League of Frightened Men.
                           Stribling, T. S.                                        Clues of the Caribbees. 1929
                           Taylor, Phoebe Atwood                          The Cape Cod Mystery. 1931
                           Tey, Josephine                                        The Franchise Affair. 1948
                           Train, Arthur                                           Tutt and Mr. Tutt. 1920
                           Trevor, Glen (James Hilton)                    Murder at School or Was It
                                                                                                  Murder. 1935
                           Twain, Mark                                           The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson.
                           Van Dine, S. S.                                        The Benson Murder Case 1926
                           Van Dine, S. S.                                        The Canary Murder Case. 1927
                           Vance, Louis Joseph                                The Lone Wolf. 1914
                           Vickers, Roy                                            The Department of Dead Ends.
                           Voltaire                                                    Zadig. 1748
                           Wallace, Edgar                                         The Mind of J. G. Reeder (or The
                                                                                                  Murder Book of J. G. Reeder).
                           Walling, R. A. J.                                       The Fatal Five Minutes. 1932
                           Walsh, Thomas                                         Nightmare in Manhattan. 1950
                           Waters (William Russell)                           Recollections of a Detective
                                                                                                   Police Officer. 1856
                           Wells, Carolyn                                         The Clue. 1909
                           Woolrich, Cornell (William Irish)              The Bride Wore Black. 1942
                           Zangwill, Israel                                        The Big Bow Mystery. 1891