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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222 41
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
176 34
Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

3
113 41
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
82 31
Raymond Chandler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely

5
102 47
Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Black Echo, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal

6
71 28
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
91 55
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Carrie, The Dark Tower series, The Shining

8
57 29
Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Gaudy Night, Strong Poison, The Nine Tailors

9
79 50
John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Firm, A Painted House, The Confession

10
40 20
Rex Stout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bill13 added A Right to Die, The Mother Hunt, Mountain Cat

11
56 35
Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Wanted Man, Killing Floor, 61 Hours

12
39 20
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
57 37
P. D. James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Children of Men, Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death

14
50 31
Sue Grafton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
"A" is for Alibi, "V" is for Vengeance, "C" is for Corpse

15
37 19
G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

16
45 27
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, World Without End

17
43 26
Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Night Passage, Sixkill, A Catskill Eagle

18
36 21
Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Richard777 added The case of the gilded lily, Top of the Heap, Gold Comes in Bricks

19
54 40
Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series

20
42 29
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
42 30
Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mystic River, The Given Day, Shutter Island

22
38 26
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Famous Five, The Secret Seven

23
35 23
Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs

24
25 17
Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Clockmaker, Les Fian├žailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates

25
34 27
Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before