Books Famous Whodunit Books and Novels

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List of famous whodunit books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular whodunit books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best whodunit 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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Beginning with a Bash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor Beginning With a Bash is a novel that was published in 1937 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the first of the Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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Cold Steal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor Cold Steal is a novel that was published in 1939 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the third of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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Dead Ernest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor Dead Ernest is a novel that was published in 1944 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the seventh of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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File For Record is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor File For Record is a novel that was published in 1943 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the sixth of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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Halfway House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay Halfway House is a novel that was written in 1936 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel primarily set in New Jersey, USA.

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Murder at the New York World's... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor Murder at the New York World's Fair is a novel that was published in 1938 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Freeman Dana. It is the only mystery she wrote under that name.

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The American Gun Mystery is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The American Gun Mystery is a novel that was written in 1933 by Ellery Queen. It is the sixth of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Case of the Constant Suici... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
John Dickson Carr The Case of the Constant Suicides, first published in 1941, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr. Like much of Dickson Carr's work, this novel is a locked room mystery, in addition to being ...more

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The Chinese Orange Mystery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Chinese Orange Mystery is a novel that was written in 1934 by Ellery Queen. It is the eighth of the Ellery Queen mysteries. In a poll of 17 detective story writers and reviewers, this novel ...more

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The Cut Direct is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor The Cut Direct is a novel that was published in 1938 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the second of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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The Devil to Pay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay, Hunter Adams The Devil To Pay is a novel that was published in 1938 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel primarily set in Los Angeles, United States.

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The Door Between is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Door Between is a novel that was published in 1937 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel primarily set in New York City, United States.

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The Dutch Shoe Mystery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Dutch Shoe Mystery is a novel which was written in 1931 by Ellery Queen. It is the third of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Egyptian Cross Mystery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Egyptian Cross Mystery is a novel that was written in 1932 by Ellery Queen. It is the fifth of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Finishing Stroke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Finishing Stroke is a novel that was published in 1958 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel set primarily in the past, immediately after the publication of Ellery Queen's first novel, The ...more

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The Four of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Four of Hearts is a novel that was published in 1938 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel primarily set in Los Angeles, United States.

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The French Powder Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The French Powder Mystery is a novel that was written in 1930 by Ellery Queen. It is the second of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Glass Village is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Glass Village is a novel that was published in 1954 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel set in the imaginary New England town of Shinn Corners, United States.

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The Greek Coffin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Greek Coffin Mystery is a novel that was written in 1932 by Ellery Queen. It is the fourth of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Hollow Chest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor The Hollow Chest is a novel that was published in 1941 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the fifth of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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The iron clew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor The Iron Clew is a novel that was published in 1947 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the eighth and last of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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The King Is Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The King is Dead is a novel that was published in 1951 by Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel set primarily on an imaginary island whose location is not known, but also in the imaginary town of ...more

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The Lamp of God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Lamp of God is a novella that was written in 1935 by Ellery Queen. It was originally published in Detective Story Magazine in 1935 and first published in book form as part of The New ...more

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The Left Leg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Phoebe Atwood Taylor The Left Leg is a novel that was published in 1940 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the fourth of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

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The Rasp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Philip MacDonald The Rasp is a whodunit mystery novel by Philip MacDonald. It was published in 1924 and introduces his series character, detective Colonel Anthony Gethryn. It is set in a country house in rural ...more

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The Roman Hat Mystery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Roman Hat Mystery is a novel that was written in 1929 by Ellery Queen. It is the first of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Scarlet Letters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Scarlet Letters is an English language novel published in 1953 by American author Ellery Queen. It is a mystery novel set primarily in New York City, USA.

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The Siamese Twin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Siamese Twin Mystery is an English language American novel written in 1933 by Ellery Queen. It is the seventh of the Ellery Queen mysteries.

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The Spanish Cape Mystery is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Frederic Dannay The Spanish Cape Mystery is a novel that was written by Ellery Queen as the ninth book of the Ellery Queen mysteries. Published in April in hardcover by Frederick A. Stokes, it also appeared as ...more

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The Stars, Like Dust is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Whodunit Books and Novels
Isaac Asimov The Stars, Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction mystery book by writer Isaac Asimov. The book is part of Asimov's Galactic Empire series. It takes place before the actual founding of the Galactic ...more