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List Rules Crime novels. Vote up the best fictional books about crime.

There’s just nothing better than unwinding at the end of a stressful work week by sinking into a good book! One of the most popular book genres is the crime category – who doesn’t love a murder mystery that features tons of twists and turns with every turn of the page? What are the best crime novels of all time? Vote up those you think are best below and see where they rank.

Some of the most famous authors of all time have truly mastered the art the captivating crime novel and fascinating detective characters, including famous novelists like Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Wilkie Collins, Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Eric Ambler, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The novels on this list are classics in the world of literature, and many of them were eventually turned into movies as well! This list has been ranked by the community and if you’re an avid reader, you probably recognize many of these titles.

This list features the best crime novels including The Spy Who came in from the Cold, Farewell My Lovely, The Maltese Falcon, The Name of the Rose, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, The Nine Tailors, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Vote up the best crime novels below or add one you love if it isn't already on the list.
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534 111
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Novels
2
478 101
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie
3
461 106
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle
4
328 115
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Daphne du Maurier
5
260 107
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dashiell Hammett
6
340 205
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gillian Flynn
7
246 137
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Robert Ludlum
8
214 113
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Frederick Forsyth
9
227 124
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Umberto Eco
10
206 114
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels
11
200 110
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie
12
175 102
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels
13
177 104
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler
14
173 107
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Ken Follett
15
169 105
From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels
16
136 95
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels
17
131 91
Tales of Mystery & Imagination is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels
18
136 97
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler
19
134 102
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
20
132 100
Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith
21
140 112
The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith
22
68 49
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Deborah Harmeling added Scott Turow
23
114 107
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Wilkie Collins
24
27 4
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Kishore Narayan added Agatha Christie
25
100 99
Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers