The 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century as picked by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association

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  1. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  2. "A" is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  3. Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton
  4. The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
  5. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King
  6. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  7. Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke
  8. Blood at the Root by Peter Robinson
  9. Blue Lonesome by Bill Pronzini
  10. Booked to Die by John Dunning
  11. Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron
  12. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
  13. A Broken Vessel by Kate Ross
  14. Cat of Many Tails by Ellery Queen
  15. Child of Silence by Abigail Padgett
  16. The Chill by Ross Macdonald
  17. Chinaman's Chance by Ross Thomas
  18. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  19. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  20. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  21. Concourse by S.J. Rozan
  22. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
  23. Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
  24. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  25. Dark Nantucket Noon by Jane Langton
  26. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
  27. Deadlock by Sara Paretsky
  28. Death by Sheer Torture by Robert Barnard
  29. Death of a Peer by Ngaio Marsh
  30. Death's Bright Angel by Janet Neel
  31. The Deep Blue Good-bye by John D. MacDonald
  32. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  33. A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong
  34. Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
  35. Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller
  36. An English Murder by Cyril Hare
  37. The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown
  38. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
  39. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
  40. Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
  41. Hamlet, Revenge by Michael Innes
  42. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  43. The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
  44. I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich
  45. The Ice House by Minette Walters
  46. If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb
  47. In the Heat of the Night by John Ball
  48. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham
  49. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
  50. The Laughing Policeman by Sjowall & Wahloo
  51. The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald
  52. Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert Parker
  53. Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell
  54. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  55. The Man With the Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
  56. The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes by K.C. Constantine
  57. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
  58. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
  59. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
  60. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  61. No More Dying Then by Ruth Rendell
  62. Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
  63. On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill
  64. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
  65. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  66. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  67. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  68. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  69. The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
  70. Rough Cider by Peter Lovesey
  71. Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain
  72. The Sands of Windee by Arthur Upfield
  73. Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White
  74. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  75. Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte
  76. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  77. Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout
  78. The Spy Who Came in From The Cold by John le Carre
  79. Stranger in My Grave by Margaret Millar
  80. Strike Three You're Dead by Richard Rosen
  81. The Sunday Hangman by James McClure
  82. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  83. A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
  84. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
  85. The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell
  86. The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr
  87. Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell
  88. The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham
  89. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  90. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  91. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
  92. Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
  93. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James
  94. Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry
  95. When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman
  96. When the Sacred Ginmill Closes by Lawrence Block
  97. Whip Hand by Dick Francis
  98. Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? by G.M. Ford
  99. The Wrong Murder by Craig Rice
  100. The Yellow Room Conspiracy by Peter Dickinson