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Detective Mysteries: Raymond Chandler, Nathan Heller, Arthur Conan Doyle

Updated on December 27, 2012

Detective Novels Books by Famous Crime Authors like Agathe Cristie and Arhur Conan Doyle

One of the oldest stories that can be considered a detective is Susanna and the Elders from the Old Testament. So the genre goes a long way back. It took a big flight after 1900 and remains a staple of today's fiction. There are many great detective novels and unfortunately I haven't read all of them yet. It is one of my favourite genres and it's with great pleasure I show some of the best books I've read in the detective crime novel genre here. If you are a huge fan of crime literature let me know if there are books by an author I should absolutely add. Then I will look into it. I hope you get some reading ideas for your next crime read on this page. To enjoy in the evening hours or on the weekends and vacations when you have some hours available to you and can spend them with the delicious characters the best mysterie novelists in the world have created for you.

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The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye
The Long Goodbye

Another work by the master of detective fiction. There is no writer in history who did so much for a genre as Raymond Chandler did for detectives. Maybe J.R.R Tolkien for the Fantasy genre comes close. This is another crazy story about Philip Marlowe and the problems he encounters trying to solve a murder on a beautiful young woman in Los Angeles. One of his lenghthiest and best crime novels.

 

Farewell my Lovely - Raymond Chandler

Farewell, My Lovely
Farewell, My Lovely

A routine case falls apart but suddenly turns Chandler fashion into another super complex plot. The protagonist is once again the iconic Philip Marlowe. Raymond Chandler is not just a crime writer his style of writing and the effect it's had on pop culture is strong enough to stand next to American giants of literature. And he would be one of the few if not only crime writer I would dare to put up there.

 

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True Crime; Nathan Heller Novels - Max Allan Collins

True Crime (Nathan Heller Novels)
True Crime (Nathan Heller Novels)

The protagonist of True Crime is Chicago based private eye Nathan Heller. It plays out in gritty 1930's Chicago at a time John Dillinger plans to kidnap J.Edgar Hoover. A classic crime fiction novel by writer Collins who has won fifteen Private Eye Writers of America nominations and won one with both Nathan Heller novels. He also received the lifetime achievement prize called Eye. The Academy Award winning Road to Perdition is largely based on the story as written by this author in the graphic novel by the same name.

 

True Detective: Nathan Heller Novels - Max Allan Collins

True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels)
True Detective (Nathan Heller Novels)

Another gem in the Nathan Heller series. It plays against the background of a gritty 1930's Chicago. Mobsters are running around freely. The hero and protagonist Nate Heller finds himself amidst a powerstruggle of corrupt politicians and mobsters. The book is filled with historical figures and the plot is as enjoyable as it is complicated. Max Allan Collins ended up winning Shamus Award from the private eye writers of America.for this book.

 

A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet
A Study in Scarlet

This incredibly famous detetive mystery novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features the character Sherlock Holmes for the first time. Sherlock Holmes would grow out to become a world renowned detective character. Holmes investigates a murder with, ofcourse, Dr.Watson.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Most famous detective mystery novel by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Sir Charles Baskerville is found murdered in cold blood. Meanwhile rumours of a mysterious beast wandering the moor are heard around the village.

 

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection

All books and stories featuring the iconic character of Sherlock Holmes. Always accompanied by his inseparable friend Dr.Watson solving murders through England. To this day letters are delivered at 221b Baker Street to enlist the service of the legendary detective. Sherlock Holmes is most famous for his great intelligence and his ability to deduct conclusions from seemingly unimportant leads.

 

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The Nursing Home Murders - Ngaio Marsh

The Nursing Home Murder (Roderick Alleyn)
The Nursing Home Murder (Roderick Alleyn)

Another highly acclaimed work by the New Zealand crime fiction author Ngaio Marsh. He invented the famous detective Sir Alleyn who is called upon in this crime novel to work on a case involving the Britsh Home Secretary, Sir Derek O'Callaghan. After a lot of investigating the mysterie story takes several unexpected turns...

 

A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn)
A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn)

The first novel featuring the Detective Chief-Inspector Rodeerick Alleyn working for Scotland Yard. A murder game ends in a real murder and it is up to Alleyn to resolve the matter. He is a detective of the English gentleman variety. Many of the fantastic crime novels by Ngaio Marsh were turned into tv adaptations. Below you can watch part 1 of 7 of the tv adaptation of A Man Lay Dead.

 

A Man Lay Dead - Part I 1990 TV Series

Death on the Nile - Agathe Cristie

Death on the Nile: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot series Book 17)
Death on the Nile: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot series Book 17)

To this day Agathe Cristie has the record for most books sold by one author. She did not only receive countless awards, there are four awards named after her or her work; the Agatha Award, the Poirot Award, Hercule Poirot award and the Agatha Christie Krimipreis. Death on the Nile is one of her best crime stories. Linnet Ridgeway is on board of cruiseshp S.S. Karnak and hated among the passengers. Marie van Schuyler is trying to get to her jewelry, her maid hates her and Salome Otterbourne wants to sue her. Then she is found dead. It's up to Agathe Cristie's creation and famous detective Hercule Poirot to solve this murder. The book was adapted into a higlhy successful movie.

 

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Murder on the Orient Express - Agathe Cristie

Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express

This book was made into a movie no less then three times. In 1974, 2001 and 2010. It features Agathe Cristie famous detective character Poirot. He is called in to solve a murder on the Orient Express with a complicated history involving multiple deaths. This book is widely regarded as one of the best Agathe Cristie mysteries. There are a lot of different suspect, all of which have strong motives, with alibi's. Who committed the murder turns out to be a complex question to unravel. But in the end Poirot comes through in a very unexpected way.

 

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      eightieschild 5 years ago

      Philip Marlowe is definitely a classic of the genre. Never been a big fan of any of Agatha Christie's novels though.

      So difficult to pick a favourite, but aside from Marlowe, my other favourites would have to include Lew Archer, Harry Bosch and Kinsey Millhone. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A Study In Scarlet! My favorite Sherlock Holmes story.