SYMONS’ 100 BEST CRIME STORIES
             NGAIO MARSH
GEORGES SIMENON        

     Julian Symons was awarded the British Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, named a Grand Master by  the Mystery Writers of America, served as President of the Detection Club in London and was a distinguished critic of the mystery genre. In 1957-58, Julian Symons selected the 100 Best Crime Stories for the London Sunday Times. That list follows.

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1794  William Godwin  Caleb Williams 
1845  Edgar Allan Poe  Tales of Mystery and Imagination 
1860   Wilkie Collins  The Woman in White 
1864  Sheridan Le Fanu  Uncle Silas 
1868  Wilkie Collins  The Moonstone 
1870  Charles Dickens  The Mystery of Edwin Drood 
1882  Robert Louis Stevenson  The New Arabian Nights 
1886  Fyodor Dostoevsky  Crime and Punishment 
1887  Emile Gaboriau  The Mystery of Orcival 
1887  Fergus Hume  The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 
1894  Arthur Conan Doyle  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 
1895  Arthur Machen  The Three Impostors 
1899  E. W. Hornung  Raffles 
1902  Arthur Conan Doyle  The Hound of the Baskervilles 
1907  Jacques Futrelle  The Thinking Machine 
1907  Maurice Leblanc  The Seven of Hearts 
1909  Gaston Leroux  The Mystery of the Yellow Room 
1909  Baroness Orczy  The Old Man in the Corner 
1910  A. E. W. Mason  At the Villa Rose 
1911 G. K. Chesterton  The Innocence of Father Brown 
1912  R. Austin Freeman  The Singing Bone 
1913  E. C. Bentley  Trent’s Last Case 
1914  Ernest Bramah  Max Carrados 
1915  John Buchan  The Thirty-Nine Steps 
1920  Sapper  Bull-Dog Drummond 
1922  Edgar Wallace  The Crimson Circle 
1922  A. A. Milne  The Red House Mystery 
1922  Freeman Wills Crofts  The Pit-Prop Syndicate 
1924  A. E. W. Mason  The House of the Arrow 
1926  Agatha Christie  The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 
1926  C. S. Forester  Payment Deferred 
1928  S. S. Van Dine  The Greene Murder Case 
1928  Frances Noyes Hart  The Bellamy Trial 
1928  W. Somerset Maugham  Ashenden 
1929  Anthony Berkeley  The Poisoned Chocolates Case 
1929  H. C. Bailey  Mr. Fortune Speaking 
1931  Thomas Burke  The Pleasantries of Old Quong 
1931  Dashiell Hammett  The Glass Key 
1931  William Faulkner  Sanctuary 
1931  Francis Iles  Malice Aforethought 
1931  Hugh Walpole  Above the Dark Circus 
1932  Ellery Queen  The Greek Coffin Mystery 
1933  Dorothy L. Sayers  Murder Must Advertise 
1933  Ethel Lina White  The Wheel Spins 
1934  Margery Allingham  Death of a Ghost 
1934  James M. Cain  The Postman Always Rings Twice 
1934  F. Tennyson Jesse  A Pin to See the Peep-Show 
1934  Rex Stout  Fer-de-Lance 
1935  Ellery Queen  The Adventures of Ellery Queen 
1935  Ernest Raymond  We, the Accused 
1935  Dorothy L. Sayers  Gaudy Night 
1935  John Dickson Carr  The Hollow Man 
1936  Erle Stanley Gardner  The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece 
1936  Graham Greene  A Gun For Sale 
1937  Michael Innes  Hamlet, Revenged! 
1937  Jonathan Latimer  The Lady in the Morgue 
1938  Daphne du Maurier  Rebecca 
1938 Philip Mac Donald  The Nursemaid Who Disappeared (Warrant for X)
1939  Eric Ambler  The Mask of Demetrios 
1939  Geoffrey Household  Rogue Male 
1939  Ngaio Marsh  Overture to Death 
1940  Raymonmd Postgate  Verdict of Twelve 
1941  Patrick Hamilton  Hangover Square 
1941  John Mair  Never Come Back 
1942  Cyril Hare  Tragedy at Law 
1943  Raymond Chandler  The High Window 
1943  Georges Simenon  The Lodger 
1944  Vera Caspary  Laura 
1945  Agatha Christie  Death Comes as the End 
1945  William Irish  Phantom Lady 
1946  Edmund Crispin  The Moving Toyshop 
1946  Helen Eustis  The Horizontal Man 
1947  Kenneth Fearing  The Big Clock 
1947  Edgar Lustgarten  A Case to Answer or One More Unfortunate
1948  John Franklin Bardin  Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly 
1948  Roy Fuller  With My Little Eye 
1949  Roy Vickers  The Department of Dead Ends 
1950  Charlotte Armstrong  Mischief 
1950  Christianna Brand  Cat and Mouse 
1950  W. R. Burnett The Asphalt Jungle 
1950  Michael Gilbert  Smallbone Deceased 
1951  Victor Canning  Venetian Bird 
1951  Georges Simenon  Maigret in Montmartre 
1951  Josephine Tey  The Daughter of Time 
1952  John Bingham  My Name is Michael Sibley 
1952  Edward Grierson  Reputation for a Song 
1953  Raymond Chandler  The Long Goodbye 
1953  John Ross Macdonald The Ivory Grin 
1953  Hillary Waugh  Last Seen Wearing… 
1954  Ira Levin  A Kiss Before Dying 
1955  Margot Bennett  The Man Who Didn’t Fly 
1955  Michael Innes  The Man From the Sea 
1955  Margaret Millar  A Beast in View 
1955  Patrick Quentin The Man With Two Wives 
1956  Nicholas Blake A Tangled Web 
1956  Patricia Highsmith  The Blunderer
1956  Shelley Smith  The Lord Have Mercy 
1957  Stanley Ellin  Mystery Stories 
1957  Ian Fleming  From Russia With Love 
1957  Meyer Levin  Compulsion 
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