Friday, April 27, 2012

Top 100 "Must Have" Mysteries

Yvette has unleashed my list-making monster.  I just posted my Top 100 Favorite Mysteries--that would be the ones I've already read.  That got me to thinking.  I have a To Be Found list that's miles long.  When my mother-in-law was heading to Florida for Christmas where her sister promised there was "one of the largest bookstores ever," mom-in-law offered to go on a hunt for me if I wanted to send her my list.  I laughed and asked if she knew what she was asking (current list = 14 pages of Excel spreadsheets in tiny font--and that's just mysteries).  She asked me to pare it down.  Now I'm wondering--what if I could only have 100 more mysteries come into my possession.  Which books must I absolutely have?  You'll find that a large number of these have a common theme--academic mystery.  And, naturally, if I can only have 100 more, then I want them all to be either first editions with dust jackets or special editions where marked. If I'm going to dream, I'm going to dream big.

1. Death in a High Latitude by James Anderson
2. The Summer School Mystery by Josephine Bell
3. Death Takes a Sabbatical by Robert Bernard
4. Panic Party (aka Mr. Pidgeon's Island) by Anthony Berkeley
5. The Corpse in the Snowman (aka The Case of the Abominable Snowman) by Nicholas Blake
6. Nine Times Nine by Anthony Boucher
7. The Cambridge Murders OR The Oxford Murders by Adam Broome
8. Crack of Doom (aka Such Is Death) by Leo Bruce
9. A Taste of Power by W. J. Burley
10. A Coffin in Oxford by Gwendoline Butler
11. Nine--And Death Makes Ten (aka Murder in the Atlantic OR Murder in the Submarine Zone) by John Dickson Carr
12. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (#5 WWII Pocket Book edition)
13. The Case with Nine Solutions by J. J. Connington
14. The Curse of the Fleers by Basil Copper
15. Death & Letters by Elizabeth Daly
16. The Sherlock Holmes Pocket Book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (#95 WWII Pocket Book edition)
17. Old Mrs. Ommaney Is Dead (aka Fatal Relations OR The Dead Don't Speak) by Margaret Erskine
18. The Crime & the Crystal by E. X. (Elizabeth) Ferrars
19. By the Watchman's Clock by Leslie Ford (#33 WWII Pocket Book Edition)
20. The Man from Scotland Yard by David Frome (Leslie Ford--#153 Pocket Book edition)
21. The Estrucan Net (aka The Family Tomb) by Michael Gilbert
22. Seven Clues in Search of a Crime by Bruce Graeme
23. Death Is No Sportsman by Cyril Hare
24. Old Hall, New Hall (aka A Question of Queens) by Michael Innes
25. A Rush on the Ultimate by H. R. F. Keating
26. Light Through Glass by Elizabeth LeMarchand
27. A Cracking of Spines by Roy Harley Lewis
28. The Untidy Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (Mr. & Mr.s North)
29. Spin Your Web, Lady! by Lockridge (Heimrich)
30. Murder & Blueberry Pie by Lockridge (Lt. Shaprio)
31. Quest of the Bogeyman by Lockridge (Paul Lane)
32. The Innocent House by Lockridge (other)
33. The Murder on the Burrows by E. C. R. Lorac (Inspector MacDonald)
34. Death of an Author by Lorac (other)
35. The Crime Conductor by Philip MacDonald
36. Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (#137 Pocket Book edition)
37. One that Got Away by Helen McCloy
38. Tom Brown's Body by Gladys Mitchell
39. Dead Woman's Ditch by Simon Nash
40. The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
41. Miss Withers Regrets by Stuart Palmer
42. Mortal Term by John Penn
43. The Experiences of Loveday Brooks, Lady Detective by C. L. Pirkis
44. The Boudoir Murder by Milton Propper
45. Death Goes to School by Q. Patrick (aka Jonathan Stagge)
46. Murder at Cambridge by Patrick Quentin (aka Jonathan Stagge)
47. The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen (#71 Pocket Book Edition)
48. Murder Isn't Cricket by Edwin Radford
49. The Cambridge Murders by Dilwyn Rees
50. The Diamond Feather by Helen Reilly
52. The Paddington Mystery by John Rhode
53. Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers (#130 Pocket Book edition)
54. The Gun in Daniel Webster's Bust by Margaret Scherf
55. Murder Goes to College by Kurt Stell
56. Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout (#112 Pocket Book Edition)
57. Footprints by Kay Cleave Strahan
58. Murder at Vassar by Elizabeth Atwood Taylor
59. Death Lights a Candle by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (#204 Pocket Book Edition)
60. Accessory After the Fact by Lee Thayer
61. A Question of Identity by June Thomson
62. My Name Is Martha Brown by Nicola Thorne
63. The Garden Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
64. The Professor Knits a Shroud by Wirt Van Arsdale
65, Murder Will Out by Roy Vickers
66. The Duke of York's Steps by Henry Wade
67. The Eighth Mrs. Bluebeard by Hillary Waugh
68. Who Is the Next? by Henry Kitchell Webster
69. Knight Must Fall by Theodora Wender
70. Treasure by Degrees by David Williams
71. Dead in the Morning by Margaret Yorke
72. Spence & the Holiday Murders by Michael Allen
73. The Body on Page One by Delano Ames
74. Murder Intended by Francis Beeding
75. The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers (#50 Pocket Book edition)
76. Fog of Doubt by Christianna Brand
77. Rest Without Peace by Elizabeth Byrd
78. The Reader Is Warned by John Dickson Carr
79. Our Second Murder  by Torey Chanslor
80. Plot-Counterplot by Anna Clarke
81. Welcome Death by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley
82. Devil at Your Elbow by D. M. Devine
83. Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
84. While the Patient Slept by Mignon G. Eberhart (#64 Pocket Book Edition)
85. Too Many Magicians by Randall Garrett
86. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (#196 Pocket Book Edition)
87. Death Set to Music by Mark Hebden (aka John Harris)
88. Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
89. Postscript to Poison by Dorothy Bowers
90. The Far Traveller by Manning Coles
91. Murder Is a Serious Business by Elizabeth Dean
92. The Penguin Pool Murder by Stuart Palmer
93. Sally's in the Alley by Norbert Davis
94. Close Quarters by Michael Gilbert
95. Dragon's Cave by Clyde B. Clawson
96. Made up to Kill (aka Made up for Murder) by Kelley Roos
97. Gownsman's Gallows by Katherine Farrer
98.  The Pink Umbrella by Frances Crane
99. Clues of the Caribbees by T. S. Stribling
100. Death by Request by Romilly & Katherine John


CMash said...

LOL And I bet if you had them all, they would all be read in a couple of months. Welcome back to blogging. You have been missed!!

Gina @ Hott Books said...

Oh my goodness!!!

Gram said...

So many of my favorite authors and not in print anymore. If I had realized that when I moved I would have kept all of them!!!!