ELLERY QUEEN'S 
TWELVE BEST 
DETECTIVE STORIES


 
 

G.K. CHESTERTON

In 1950, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine took a vote of 11 experts, among them Vincent Starrett, Charles Honce, and Lew D. Feldman asking for the experts' pick of the best detective stories ever written. There were 83 detective stories nominated. The final selection of the best was as shown below. The results were published in the July 1950 issue of the magazine.

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1  Thomas Burke   The Hands of Mr. Ottermole
 Edgar Allan Poe   The Purloined Letter
3  Arthur Conan Doyle   The Red-Headed League
4  Anthony Berkeley   The Avenging Chance
5  Robert Barr   The Absent-Minded Coterie
6  Jacques Futrelle   The Problem of Cell 13
7  G. K. Chesterton   The Invisible Man
8  Melville D. Post   Naboth's Nineyard
9  Aldous Huxley   The Gioconda Smile
10  H. C. Bailey   The Yellow Slugs
11  E. C. Bentley   The Genuine Tabard
12  Dorothy Sayers   Suspicion

 
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