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List of famous detective fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular detective fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best detective fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Catskill Eagle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Catskill Eagle Robert B. Parker

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A Family Affair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Family Affair Rex Stout

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A German Requiem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A German Requiem Philip Kerr

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A Ghost in the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Ghost in the Machine Caroline Graham

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A Good Hanging is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Good Hanging Ian Rankin

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A Graveyard to Let is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Graveyard to Let John Dickson Carr

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A Gypsy Good Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Gypsy Good Time Gustav Hasford

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A Letter of Mary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Letter of Mary Laurie R. King

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A Little Yellow Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Little Yellow Dog Walter Mosley

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A Man Lay Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Man Lay Dead Ngaio Marsh

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A Monstrous Regiment of Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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A Praed Street Dossier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Praed Street Dossier August Derleth

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A Question of Blood: An Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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A Right To Die is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Right To Die Rex Stout

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A Son of the Circus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Son of the Circus John Irving

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A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle

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Act of Providence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Act of Providence Joseph Payne Brennan

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Agatha Raisin and the Deadly D... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche o... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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And Be a Villain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
And Be a Villain Rex Stout

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And Four to Go is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
And Four to Go Rex Stout

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And So to Murder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
And So to Murder John Dickson Carr

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Another Thing to Fall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Another Thing to Fall Laura Lippman

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Artists in Crime is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Artists in Crime Ngaio Marsh

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At the Villa Rose is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason

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Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millvill... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels

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Bad Business is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Bad Business Robert B. Parker

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Bad for Business is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Bad for Business Rex Stout

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Bayport Buccaneers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Bayport Buccaneers Franklin W. Dixon

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Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Before Midnight Rex Stout

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Beggars Banquet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Beggars Banquet Ian Rankin

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Behind the Crimson Blind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Behind the Crimson Blind John Dickson Carr

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Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Below Zero C. J. Box

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Bhuswargo Bhayankar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Bhuswargo Bhayankar Satyajit Ray

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Black & Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Black & Blue Ian Rankin

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Black As He's Painted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Black As He's Painted Ngaio Marsh

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Black Orchids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Black Orchids Rex Stout

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Blackout: An Inspector Espinos... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Blackout: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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Blanche on the Lam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Blanche on the Lam Barbara Neely

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Blood trail is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Blood trail C. J. Box

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Blown Away Franklin W. Dixon

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Blue Shoes and Happiness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Blue Shoes and Happiness Alexander McCall Smith

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Bottled in Blonde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Bottled in Blonde Hugh B. Cave

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Burned is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Burned Franklin W. Dixon

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Busman's Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Busman's Honeymoon Dorothy L. Sayers

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Captive Witness is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Captive Witness Carolyn Keene

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Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder William Hope Hodgson