Mysteries The Best Mystery Authors  

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List Rules List of writers of mystery novels, including fiction and nonfiction novels

List of the best mystery authors that include the novelists, poets and movie script writers. The list features the writer of the famous characters of Sherlock Holmes and writers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe that have been household names. It also includes more contemporary mystery writers that may border on horror and crime fiction, such as Stephen King or John Grisham.

The best mystery authors get readers hooked into the stories and expect to be mentally challenged throughout the story. But who is the best mystery author of them all?

Vote on your favorite author on the list or add your own to the pile if they are not mentioned.

The list will include the mystery author's name as well as some of the works they are famous from.

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Agatha Christie And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Edgar Allan Poe The Tell Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven

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Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Michael Connelly The Black Echo, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal

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Raymond Chandler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely

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Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Clark Benson added Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, Watch on the Rhine

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Stephen King Carrie, The Dark Tower series, The Shining

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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
John Grisham The Firm, A Painted House, The Confession

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Robert B. Parker Night Passage, Sixkill, A Catskill Eagle

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Dorothy L. Sayers Gaudy Night, Strong Poison, The Nine Tailors

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P. D. James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
P. D. James The Children of Men, Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death

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Rex Stout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bill13 added Rex Stout A Right to Die, The Mother Hunt, Mountain Cat

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Sue Grafton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Sue Grafton "A" is for Alibi, "V" is for Vengeance, "C" is for Corpse

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Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, World Without End

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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Graham Greene The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair

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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Lee Child A Wanted Man, Killing Floor, 61 Hours

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added G. K. Chesterton The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

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Joan Lowery Nixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
KatMcG added Joan Lowery Nixon The Haunting, Before you were born, Whispers from the Dead

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Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Thomas Harris Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs

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Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Dennis Lehane Mystic River, The Given Day, Shutter Island

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Mary Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mary Higgins Clark A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night, The Lost Years

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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Enid Blyton The Famous Five, The Secret Seven

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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Richard777 added Erle Stanley Gardner The case of the gilded lily, Top of the Heap, Gold Comes in Bricks

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Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series

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Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before

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Janet Evanovich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Janet Evanovich One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Hot Six

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Christopher Hepworth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
BestKindleebooks added Christopher Hepworth The Sleepwalker Legacy, The Nocnista Agenda

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Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Nelson DeMille The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire

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Ngaio Marsh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Ngaio Marsh A Man Lay Dead, Death in a White Tie, Artists in Crime

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Ruth Rendell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Clark Benson added Ruth Rendell A Dark-Adapted Eye, To Fear a Painted Devil, A Judgement in Stone

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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
James Patterson 1st to Die, Mistress, Witch and Wizard

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Margery Allingham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Margery Allingham Tiger in the Smoke, The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile

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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Georges Simenon The Clockmaker, Les Fian├žailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates

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Gabriel Farago is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
BestKindleebooks added Gabriel Farago The Empress Holds The Key, The Disappearance of Anna Popov, The Hidden Genes of Professor K

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John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mr Standfast, Greenmantle

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Anne Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
TeresaParrish added Anne Perry Ashworth Hall: A Novel, The Cater Street Hangman, We Shall Not Sleep

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Sara Paretsky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Sara Paretsky Blood Shot, Killing Orders, Bitter Medicine

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Alan Bradley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Alan Bradley The Shoebox Bible, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Val McDermid A Place of Execution, The Mermaids Singing, The Torment of Others

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Michael Dibdin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
RobertCastellani added Michael Dibdin Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Dead Lagoon, Vendetta

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Elizabeth Peters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added Elizabeth Peters

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Anna Katharine Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Anna Katharine Green The Affrair Next Door, A Strange Disappearance, The Leavenworth Case

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Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Alexander McCall Smith 44 Scotlan Street, Tears of the Giraffe, Corduroy Mansions

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Laurie R. King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Laurie R. King The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women

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Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes The Lodger, From Out the Vasty Deep, The Uttermost Farthing

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S. J. Watson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
S. J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep

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Martha Grimes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added Martha Grimes The Lamorna Wink: A Richard Jury Mystery, The Grave Maurice: A Richard Jury Mystery, The Blue Last

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Aaron Elkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added Aaron Elkins Where Have All the Birdies Gone?, Old Bones, Fellowship of Fear

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Jeff Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Jeff Lindsay Dexter Morgan series

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Diane Setterfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale