OLEKSIW'S 100 CLASSIC BRITISH MYSTERY NOVELS
          ELLIS PETERS
RUTH RENDELL 

In A Reader’s Guide to the Classic British Mystery (1988), Susan Oleksiw listed “one hundred novels that are outstanding for various reasons: some are historically important as well as being well written; some are fascinating stories; and others are ingenious tales that capture and hold the reader until the surprise ending.” In her book each title is discussed.

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Catharine Aird The Complete Steel. 1969
Margery Allingham Black Plumes. 1940
Delano Ames Corpse Diplomatique. 1950
James Anderson The Affair of the Blood-Stained Egg Cosy. 1975
James Anderson Assault and Matrimony. 1980
J.R.L. Anderson A Sprig of Sea Lavender. 1978
Marian Babson So Soon Done For. 1979
H.C. Bailey The Bishop's Crime. 1940
Robert Barnard Death of an Old Goat. 1977
Francis Beeding The Six Proud Walkers. 1928
Francis Beeding Death Walks in Eastrepps. 1931
Josephine Bell Death at the Medical Board. 1944
Josephine Bell A Pigeon Among the Cats. 1974
E.C. Bentley Trent's Last Case. 1913
Anthony Berkeley The Poisoned Chocolates Case. 1929
Nicholas Blake The Beast Must Die. 1938
Nicholas Blake The Case of the Abominable Snowman. 1941
Christianna Brand Green for Danger. 1945
Edward Candy Bones of Contention. 1954
G.K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday. 1908
Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 1926
Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express. 1934
Agatha Christie Death on the Nile. 1937
Agatha Christie The Murder at the Vickerage. 1930
Agatha Christie A Caribbean Mystery. 1964
Douglas Clark The Gimmel Flask. 1977
Douglas Clark Dead Letter. 1984
Edmund Crispin The Moving Toyshop. 1946
Edmund Crispin Buried for Pleasure. 1948
Freeman Wills Crofts Death of a Train. 1946
Freeman Wills Crofts The Cask. 1920
Freeman Wills Crofts The Pit-Prop Syndicate. 1922
Colin Dexter The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn. 1977
Ellis Dillon Death in the Quadrangle. 1956
Margaret Erskine Harriet Farewell. 1975
A. Fielding The Mysterious Partner. 1929
Nigel Fitzgerald Midsummer Malice. 1953
Nigel Fitzgerald This Won't Hurt You. 1959
J.S. Fletcher The Middle Temple Murder. 1918
Dick Francis Dead Cert. 1962
R. Austin Freeman The Red Thumb Mark. 1907
Michael Gilbert Smallbone Deceased. 1950
Martha Grimes The Man With a Load of Mischief. 1981
Cyril Hare When the Wind Blows. 1949
Cyril Hare An English Murder. 1951
Georgette Heyer A Blunt Instrument. 1938
Reginald Hill Deadheads. 1983
Fergus Hume The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. 1886
Francis Iles Malice Aforethought. 1931
Michael Innes Death at the President's Lodging. 1936
Michael Innes Lament for a Maker. 1938
Michael Innes The New Sonia Wayward. 1960
P.D. James The Black Tower. 1975
P.D. James Death of an Expert Witness. 1977
H.R.F. Keating The Murder of the Maharajah. 1980
H.R.F. Keating Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg. 1970
C.H.B. Kitchin Death of My Aunt. 1929
Ronald A. Knox The Footsteps at the Lock. 1928 
Ronald A. Knox The Viaduct Murder. 1925
Elizabeth Lemarchand Cyanide With Compliments. 1972
Elizabeth Lemarchand Step in the Dark. 1976
E.C.R. Lorac Fire in the Thatch. 1946
Peter Lovesey Swing, Swing, Together. 1976
Philip MacDonald The Rasp. 1924
Philip MacDonald The Nursemaid Who Disappeared. 1938
Philip MacDonald R.I.P. (or Vengeance). 1933
Ngaio Marsh Surfeit of Lampreys. 1940
Ngaio Marsh Died in the Wool. 1945
Ngaio Marsh Opening Night. 1951
J.C. Masterman An Oxford Tragedy. 1933
A.A. Milne The Red House Mystery. 1922
Gladys Mitchell The Saltmarsh Murders. 1932
Gwen Moffat Over the Sea to Death. 1976
Patricia Moyes The Sunken Sailor (or Down Among the Dead Men). 1961
Patricia Moyes Murder Fantastical. 1967
Ellis Peters Death and the Joyful Woman. 1961
Ellis Peters Death to the Landlords. 1972
Ellis Peters Never Pick Up Hitch-Hikers. 1976
Stella Phillips The Hidden Wrath. 1968
Ruth Rendell A Judgment in Stone. 1977
Ruth Rendell The Lake of Darkness. 1980
John Rhode Death in Harley Street. 1946
Robert Robinson Landscape With Dead Dons. 1956
Dorothy L. Sayers The Inpleasantness at the Bellona Club. 1928
Dorothy L. Sayers Murder Must Advertise. 1933
Dorothy L. Sayers The Nine Tailors. 1934
Julian Symons The Blackheath Poisonings. 1978
Julian Symons The End of Solomon Grundy. 1964
Julian Symons The Man Who Lost His Wife. 1970
Josephine Tey The Singing Sands. 1952
June Thomson Death Cap. 1973
Gwen Trevor Murder at School. 1931
Michael Underwood A Pinch of Snuff
Roy Vickers The Sole Survivor. 1951
Henry Wade The Duke of York's Steps. 1929
Henry wade Heir Presumptive. 1935
Colin Watson Lonelyheart 4122. 1967
David Williams Treasure Up in Smoke. 1978

 
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