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Best Classic Mystery Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Classic Mystery books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Christmas Egg: A Seasonal Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadIn a gloomy flat off Islington High Street, Chief Inspector Brett Nightingale and Sergeant Beddoes find an old woman dead. The Princess Olga Karukhin, who fled from Russia at the time of the Revolution, has lived in terror of being discovered ever since.Olga’s grandson, Ivan, appears to have run from the scene, but is later seen returning to the flat as though oblivious to the terrible crime. Taking place between 22nd and 24th December, Nightingale’s enquiry takes him across London, culminating in the wrapping of the mystery on Christmas Eve.This…
Author(s): Mary Kelly

2. The Mysteries of Udolpho (Penguin Classics) (2001)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadWith , Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators. Portraying her heroine’s inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt’s new husband, Montoni. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni’s threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. This new edition includes an introduction that discusses the publication and early…
Author(s): Ann Radcliffe, Jacqueline Howard

3. Death on the Aisle: A Mr. & Mrs. North Mystery (American Mystery Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadThey say Broadway is a graveyard of hopes and dreams, but someone’s adding corpses to its tombs…Mr. and Mrs. North live as quiet a life as a couple can amidst the bustle of New York City. For Jerry, a publisher, and Pamela, a homemaker, the only threat to their domestic equilibrium comes in the form of Mrs. North’s relentless efforts as an amateur sleuth, which repeatedly find the duo investigating murders and sundry other crimes. So when the wealthy backer of a play is found dead in the seats of the West 45th Street Theatre, the Norths aren’t far behind, led by Pam’s customary flair for…
Author(s): Frances Lockridge, Richard Lockridge, et al.

4. Murder by an Aristocrat (American Mystery Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadAfter a murder at the manor where she’s employed, a nurse trades her stethoscope for a magnifying glass…When Nurse Keate arrives at the Thatcher estate to care for a man with a bullet in his shoulder, she’s told that he shot himself accidentally―but when the convalescing man is murdered soon thereafter, it becomes clear that the only “accident” was his not being fully killed the first time around. A murderer stalks the manor and yet the rest of the family isn’t the slightest bit alarmed; instead, they seem intent on concealing the crime and adding it to the other…
Author(s): Mignon G. Eberhart, Nancy Pickard

5. The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (2014)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadIndisputably the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes lives on—in films, on television, and of course through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s inimitable craft. These twenty-two stories show Holmes at his brilliant best.THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BANDA SCANDAL IN BOHEMIATHE RED-HEADED LEAGUETHE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLETHE NAVAL TREATYTHE FINAL PROBLEMTHE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MENTHE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHESTHE CROOKED MANTHE RESIDENT PATIENTTHE GREEK INTERPRETERTHE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDERTHE ADVENTURE OF THE…
Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry, et al.

6. The Mad Hatter Mystery (American Mystery Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadA murdered man in a top hat leads Dr. Gideon Fell to a killer with a sick sense of humorAt the hand of an outrageous prankster, top hats are going missing all over London, snatched from the heads of some of the city’s most powerful people―but is the hat thief the same as the person responsible for stealing a lost story by Edgar Allan Poe, the manuscript of which has just disappeared from the collection of Sir William Bitton? Unlike the manuscript, the hats don’t stay stolen for long, each one reappearing in unexpected and conspicuous places shortly after being taken: on the top of a Trafalgar Square statue, hanging from a Scotland…
Author(s): John Dickson Carr, Otto Penzler

7. The Secret Garden by G. K. Chesterton: Super Large Print Edition of the Classic Father Brown Mystery Specially Designed for Low Vision Readers (2018)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadWhen a beheaded body is found inside a high walled garden, the mysterious death seems unsolvable. But Father Brown is on the case! All our books are published with a font designed for maximum readability at twice the size of traditional Large Print books. You can see a sample of Super Large Print at #807,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #7795 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books) #22268 in Cozy Mysteries (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): G K Chesterton, Super Large Print

8. Murder in the Museum (British Library Crime Classics) (2016)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadMystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of MurderWhen Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last in the hushed atmosphere of the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic whose life was devoted to Elizabethan literature? Inspector Shelley’s suspicions are aroused when he finds a packet of poisoned sugared almonds in the dead man’s pocket; and a motive becomes clearer when he discovers Arnell’s connection to a Texan oil millionaire.Soon another man plunges hundreds of feet into a reservoir on a Yorkshire moor. What can be…
Author(s): John Rowland, Martin Edwards

9. The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (A Hildegarde Withers Mystery) (2018)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadAfter a screenwriter is murdered on a film set, a street-smart school teacher searches for the killer.Hildegarde Withers is just your average school teacher―with above-average skills in the art of deduction. The New Yorker often finds herself investigating crimes led only by her own meddlesome curiosity, though her friends on the NYPD don’t mind when she solves their cases for them. After plans for a grand tour of Europe are interrupted by Germany’s invasion of Poland, Miss Withers heads to sunny Los Angeles instead, where her vacation finds her working as a technical advisor…
Author(s): Stuart Palmer, Otto Penzler

10. Smallbone Deceased: A London Mystery (British Library Crime Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadMystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder”A first-rate job”―New York Times”A classic of the genre”―GuardianHorniman, Birley and Craine is a highly respected legal firm with clients drawn from the highest in the land. When a deed box in the office is opened to reveal a corpse, the threat of scandal promises to wreak havoc on the firm’s reputation―especially as the murder looks like an inside job. The partners and staff of the firm keep a watchful and suspicious eye on their colleagues, as Inspector Hazlerigg sets out to solve the mystery of who Mr. Smallbone was―and why he had to die.Written with style,…
Author(s): Michael Gilbert, Martin Edwards

11. Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics) (2018)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadMystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder”This is the perfect volume for fans of short, high-quality, fair-play detective fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly”Never had I been given a tougher problem to solve, and never had I been so utterly at my wits’ end for a solution.”A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body.Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the…
Author(s): Martin Edwards

12. The Case of the Careless Kitten: A Perry Mason Mystery (American Mystery Classics) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadPerry Mason seeks the link between a poisoned kitten, a murdered man, and a mysterious voice from the pastHelen Kendal’s woes begin when she receives a phone call from her vanished uncle Franklin, long presumed dead, who urges her to make contact with criminal defense attorney Perry Mason; soon after, she finds herself the main suspect in the murder of an unfamiliar man. Her kitten has just survived a poisoning attempt, as has her aunt Matilda, the woman who always maintained that Franklin was alive in spite of his disappearance.Lucky that Helen took her uncle’s advice and contacted Perry Mason―he immediately takes her as a…
Author(s): Erle Stanley Gardner, Otto Penzler

13. Teatime Pastries and Punishments (Teatime Classic Whodunit Cozy Mystery) (2019)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadA dead body in the koi pond of the Twigsledge Flower Show is nothing unusual for amateur sleuth Ida Johnston who is vacationing in the English village where the show is being held. She’s sure she can solve the crime before afternoon tea, especially since she already has her first suspect – the strange cat-attracting woman who is vacationing in the cottage next to her.Elspeth Whipple is no slouch when it comes to solving murders, either. It hasn’t escaped her notice that the strange scone-stealing woman in the cottage next to her doesn’t seem to be disturbed by the…
Author(s): Leighann Dobbs

14. Classic Mystery Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (1999)

 Best Classic Mystery Books You Should ReadA tribute to the first great age of fictional sleuthing, this delightful collection of 13 mystery classics is devoted to the genuine tale of ratiocination, in which the detective solves the crime by investigation and observation, by using his or her wits.Included among these gems, written between 1841 and 1920, are Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” widely acknowledged as the first detective story; Charles Dickens’ “Three Detective Anecdotes,” in which a policeman is the detective-hero; Jack London’s “The Leopard Man’s Story,” featuring an unusually grisly but thoroughly plausible murder method; “The Phantom…
Author(s): Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, et al.

Best Classic Mystery Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some classic mystery books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Mystery Spinner

Author(s): Gideon Haigh
ID: 2588803, Publisher: The Text Publishing Company, Year: 2018;2017, Size: 674 Kb, Format: epub

Classic at Bay

Author(s): Colby, Jack;Myers, Amy
ID: 2582720, Publisher: Severn House Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

The comic galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 : twelve classic episodes and the movies they lampoon

Author(s): Morgan, Chris
ID: 2085220, Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2015, Size: 219 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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