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
And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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157 31
Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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101 37
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

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74 29
Raymond Chandler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely

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92 46
Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Black Echo, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Reversal

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61 26
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

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82 51
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Carrie, The Dark Tower series, The Shining

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74 49
John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Firm, A Painted House, The Confession

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49 29
Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Gaudy Night, Strong Poison, The Nine Tailors

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38 19
Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Power and the Glory, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair

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54 35
P. D. James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Children of Men, Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death

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43 26
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Pillars of the Earth, Fall of Giants, World Without End

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34 18
G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

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39 24
Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Night Passage, Sixkill, A Catskill Eagle

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45 30
Sue Grafton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
"A" is for Alibi, "V" is for Vengeance, "C" is for Corpse

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49 34
Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Wanted Man, Killing Floor, 61 Hours

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34 21
Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs

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32 20
Rex Stout is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bill13 added A Right to Die, The Mother Hunt, Mountain Cat

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39 28
Mary Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night, The Lost Years

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35 24
Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Famous Five, The Secret Seven

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37 27
Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mystic River, The Given Day, Shutter Island

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31 21
Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Richard777 added The case of the gilded lily, Top of the Heap, Gold Comes in Bricks

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46 38
Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series

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32 24
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

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18 10
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

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20 17
Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Clockmaker, Les Fian├žailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates

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15 12
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mr Standfast, Greenmantle

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24 23
Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire

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45 48
James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
1st to Die, Mistress, Witch and Wizard

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31 32
Janet Evanovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Hot Six

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21 21
Ngaio Marsh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Man Lay Dead, Death in a White Tie, Artists in Crime

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24 25
Ruth Rendell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Clark Benson added A Dark-Adapted Eye, To Fear a Painted Devil, A Judgement in Stone

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21 22
Christopher Hepworth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
BestKindleebooks added The Sleepwalker Legacy, The Nocnista Agenda

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19 20
Margery Allingham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Tiger in the Smoke, The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile

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20 22
Gabriel Farago is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
BestKindleebooks added The Empress Holds The Key, The Disappearance of Anna Popov, The Hidden Genes of Professor K

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3 2
Jeffery Deaver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Saeed Shaikh added The Bone Collector, The Empty Chair, The Cold Moon

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8 9
Anne Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
TeresaParrish added Ashworth Hall: A Novel, The Cater Street Hangman, We Shall Not Sleep

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17 21
Sara Paretsky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Blood Shot, Killing Orders, Bitter Medicine

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3 4
Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Saeed Shaikh added Easter Parade, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Annie Get Your Gun

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John Dunning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
VincentLero added On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, The Bookwoman's Last Fling, The Bookman's Wake

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11 18
Alan Bradley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Shoebox Bible, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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8 14
Elizabeth Peters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added

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8 14
Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Lodger, From Out the Vasty Deep, The Uttermost Farthing

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13 21
Val McDermid is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
A Place of Execution, The Mermaids Singing, The Torment of Others

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7 13
Michael Dibdin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
RobertCastellani added Cosi Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery, Dead Lagoon, Vendetta

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11 19
Alexander McCall Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
44 Scotlan Street, Tears of the Giraffe, Corduroy Mansions

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9 18
Anna Katharine Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Affrair Next Door, A Strange Disappearance, The Leavenworth Case

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10 20
Laurie R. King is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women

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3 11
Aaron Elkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Bronwin Armgard added Where Have All the Birdies Gone?, Old Bones, Fellowship of Fear

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S. J. Watson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Authors
Before I Go to Sleep