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List of famous detective fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular detective fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best detective fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Catskill Eagle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Robert B. Parker A Catskill Eagle is the 12th Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker, first published in 1985. The title comes from a quote from Herman Melville.

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A Family Affair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout A Family Affair is the final Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1975.

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A German Requiem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Philip Kerr A German Requiem is a historical detective novel and the last in the Berlin Noir trilogy written by Philip Kerr.

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A Ghost in the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Caroline Graham A Ghost in the Machine is a work of detective fiction by Caroline Graham, the seventh in her popular Chief Inspector Barnaby series, which has been adapted into the equally successful ITV drama ...more

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A Good Hanging is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Rankin A collection of 12 Inspector Rebus short stories by Ian Rankin.

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A Graveyard to Let is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
John Dickson Carr A Graveyard To Let is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr, who published it under the name of Carter Dickson. It is a locked room mystery and features the series detective ...more

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A Gypsy Good Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Gustav Hasford A Gypsy Good Time is a 1992 noir detective novel by Vietnam veteran Gustav Hasford and the last novel he completed before his death in 1993, at age 45. It is written in the style of classic ...more

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A Letter of Mary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Laurie R. King A Letter of Mary is the third in the Mary Russell mystery series of novels by Laurie R. King. This is the first case that Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes work on together as husband and wife.

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A Little Yellow Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Walter Mosley Walter Mosley's detective novel, fifth in his Easy Rawlins series.

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A Man Lay Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ngaio Marsh A Man Lay Dead is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the first novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1934. The plot concerns a murder committed during a detective ...more

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A Monstrous Regiment of Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Laurie R. King A Monstrous Regiment of Women is the second book in the Mary Russell series of mystery novels by Laurie R. King.

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A Praed Street Dossier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
August Derleth A Praed Street Dossier is a collection of detective fiction short stories, essays and marginalia by author August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,904 ...more

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A Question of Blood: An Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Rankin A Question of Blood is a 2003 crime novel by Ian Rankin. It is the fourteenth of the Inspector Rebus novels.

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A Right To Die is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout A Right to Die is a Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, first published by the Viking Press in 1964.

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A Son of the Circus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
John Irving A Son of the Circus is John Irving's eighth published novel. The novel was a return to his first publisher, Random House, under whose imprint Irving's first three novels appeared. In terms of ...more

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A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, ...more

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Act of Providence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Joseph Payne Brennan Act of Providence is a supernatural detective novella by Joseph Payne Brennan and Donald M. Grant. It was first published in 1979 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,450 ...more

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Agatha Raisin and the Deadly D... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Marion Chesney Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance is the fifteenth Agatha Raisin mystery novel by Marion Chesney under her pseudonym M. C. Beaton. She sets up her own detective agency, Raisin Investigations, ...more

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche o... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Marion Chesney The Quiche of Death is the first Agatha Raisin mystery novel by Marion Chesney under her pseudonym M. C. Beaton.

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology – Volume 2 is the second installment in the Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology series. Originally published in hardcover as Alfred Hitchcock's Tales to Take Your Breath ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology – Volume 4 is the fourth installment of Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology, one of the many Alfred Hitchcock story collection books; edited by Eleanor Sullivan. Originally ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology –... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology – Volume 5 is the fifth installment of Alfred Hitchcock's Anthology, one of the many Alfred Hitchcock story collection books; edited by Eleanor Sullivan. Originally ...more

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And Be a Villain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout And Be a Villain is a Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, first published by the Viking Press in 1948. The story was collected in the omnibus volumes Full House and Triple Zeck.

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And Four to Go is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout And Four to Go is a collection of Nero Wolfe mystery novellas by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1958. The book comprises four stories — three appearing previously in periodicals, ...more

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And So to Murder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
John Dickson Carr And So to Murder is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr, who published it under the name of Carter Dickson. It is a whodunnit and features the series detective Sir Henry ...more

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Another Thing to Fall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Laura Lippman Another Thing to Fall is a book by Laura Lippman.

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Artists in Crime is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ngaio Marsh Artists in Crime is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh; it is the sixth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1938. The plot concerns the murder of an artists' model; Agatha ...more

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At the Villa Rose is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
A. E. W. Mason At the Villa Rose is a 1910 detective novel by British writer A.E.W. Mason featuring his character Inspector Hanaud.

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Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millvill... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
L. Frank Baum Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville is a 1908 young-adult novel written by L. Frank Baum, famous as the creator of the Land of Oz. It is the third volume in "the successful Aunt Jane ...more

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Bad Business is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Robert B. Parker Bad Business is a detective novel by Robert B. Parker first published in 2004. It features Parker's most famous creation, Boston-based private investigator Spenser, and is the 31st novel in the ...more

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Bad for Business is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout Bad for Business is a mystery novel by Rex Stout starring his detective Tecumseh Fox, first published in 1940. Private investigator Tecumseh Fox was the protagonist of three mysteries written by ...more

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Bayport Buccaneers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Franklin W. Dixon

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Before Midnight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout Before Midnight is a Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout published in 1955 by the Viking Press. The story was also collected in the omnibus volume Three Trumps.

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Beggars Banquet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Rankin Beggars Banquet is the second collection of short stories by crime writer Ian Rankin. It features 21 stories written between 1991 and 2000. The collection features the novella Death Is Not the ...more

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Behind the Crimson Blind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
John Dickson Carr Behind the Crimson Blind is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr, who published it under the name of Carter Dickson. It is a whodunnit and features the series detective Sir ...more

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Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
C. J. Box

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Bhuswargo Bhayankar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Satyajit Ray Bhuswargo Bhayankar is a short novel by Satyajit Ray featuring the private detective Feluda, published in 1987.

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Black & Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ian Rankin Black and Blue is a 1997 crime novel by Ian Rankin. The eighth of the Inspector Rebus novels, it was the first to be adapted in the Rebus television series starring John Hannah, airing in 2000. ...more

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Black As He's Painted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Ngaio Marsh Black As He's Painted is a detective novel by Ngaio Marsh, the 28th to feature Roderick Alleyn. The plot concerns the newly independent fictional African nation of Ng'ombwana, whose president ...more

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Black Orchids is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Rex Stout Black Orchids is a Nero Wolfe double mystery by Rex Stout published in 1942 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. Stout's first short story collection, the volume is composed of two novellas that had ...more

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Blackout: An Inspector Espinos... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza Blackout: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery is a book by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza.

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Blanche on the Lam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam is a book written by Barbara Neely.

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Blood trail is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
C. J. Box

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Franklin W. Dixon

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Blue Shoes and Happiness is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Alexander McCall Smith Blue Shoes and Happiness is the seventh in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and featuring the Motswana protagonist ...more

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Bottled in Blonde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Hugh B. Cave Bottled in Blonde is a collection of Detective fiction stories by author Hugh B. Cave. It was released in 2000 by F & B Mystery in an edition of 1,100 copies of which 100 were signed by the ...more

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Burned is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Franklin W. Dixon

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Busman's Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers Busman's Honeymoon is a 1937 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, her eleventh featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. It is the fourth and last novel to feature Harriet Vane.

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Captive Witness is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
Carolyn Keene Captive Witness is the 64th volume in the Nancy Drew Stories series. Nancy travels to Austria to solve a mystery. It is about stolen film and 10 refugee children trapped in Hungary. It was ...more

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Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Detective Fiction Books and Novels
William Hope Hodgson Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is a collection of occult detective short stories by author William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new ...more