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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241 43
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
2
196 35
Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
3
121 42
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Tell Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven
4
115 50
Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Black Echo, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal
5
86 33
Raymond Chandler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely
6
75 30
Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Clark Benson added The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest, Watch on the Rhine
7
60 31
Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Gaudy Night, Strong Poison, The Nine Tailors
8
87 51
John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Firm, A Painted House, The Confession
9
64 38
P. D. James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Children of Men, Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death
10
60 31
Sue Grafton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
"A" is for Alibi, "V" is for Vengeance, "C" is for Corpse
11
66 37
Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Wanted Man, Killing Floor, 61 Hours
12
44 22
Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair
13
51 29
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, World Without End
14
40 20
G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man
15
47 27
Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Night Passage, Sixkill, A Catskill Eagle
16
57 40
Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
17
42 23
Rex Stout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bill13 added A Right to Die, The Mother Hunt, Mountain Cat
18
40 23
Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs
19
38 22
Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Richard777 added The case of the gilded lily, Top of the Heap, Gold Comes in Bricks
20
45 30
Mary Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night, The Lost Years
21
41 27
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Famous Five, The Secret Seven
22
44 31
Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mystic River, The Given Day, Shutter Island
23
28 18
Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Clockmaker, Les Fiançailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates
24
34 28
Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before
25
20 11
Joan Lowery Nixon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
KatMcG added The Haunting, Before you were born, Whispers from the Dead