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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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43 14
Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Raymond Chandler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely

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P. D. James is listed (or ranked) 7 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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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 9 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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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
John Grisham The Firm, A Painted House, The Confession

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Dorothy L. Sayers Gaudy Night, Strong Poison, The Nine Tailors

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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Lee Child A Wanted Man, Killing Floor, 61 Hours

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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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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Stephen King Carrie, The Dark Tower series, The Shining

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Robert B. Parker Night Passage, Sixkill, A Catskill Eagle

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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Enid Blyton The Famous Five, The Secret Seven

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Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series

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25 13
Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Dennis Lehane Mystic River, The Given Day, Shutter Island

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Janet Evanovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Janet Evanovich One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Hot Six

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27 15
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, World Without End

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Rex Stout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bill13 added Rex Stout A Right to Die, The Mother Hunt, Mountain Cat

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20 10
Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Nelson DeMille The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire

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Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Thomas Harris Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs

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Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 24 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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19 10
Christopher Hepworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
BestKindleebooks added Christopher Hepworth The Sleepwalker Legacy, The Nocnista Agenda

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Gabriel Farago is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Mary Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Ruth Rendell is listed (or ranked) 29 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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John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 31 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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15 10
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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Ngaio Marsh is listed (or ranked) 33 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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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
James Patterson 1st to Die, Mistress, Witch and Wizard

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Sara Paretsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Sara Paretsky Blood Shot, Killing Orders, Bitter Medicine

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Anna Katharine Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Anna Katharine Green The Affrair Next Door, A Strange Disappearance, The Leavenworth Case

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Johan Theorin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
1523603868004 added Johan Theorin Echoes from the Dead - The Darkest Room

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Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Alexander McCall Smith 44 Scotlan Street, Tears of the Giraffe, Corduroy Mansions

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Michael Dibdin is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Val McDermid A Place of Execution, The Mermaids Singing, The Torment of Others

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Anne Perry is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Alan Bradley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Alan Bradley The Shoebox Bible, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes is listed (or ranked) 43 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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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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Aaron Elkins is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Martha Grimes is listed (or ranked) 46 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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6 9
Diane Setterfield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale

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S. J. Watson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
S. J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep

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Elizabeth Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added Elizabeth Peters

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Chuck Logan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Chuck Logan The Big Law, South of Shiloh, Vapor Trail