This is a general article for adult mysteries worth reading.
Mystery novels trace their roots to Edgar Allen Poe (1809 - 1849)
1920s and 1930s: the so-called golden age of mysteries, highlighting the English aristocrat
1940s and 1950s: the rise of the hard-boiled detective and crime in the mean streets of major cities
1960s and 1970s: police procedural; sleuths with more interpersonal relationships
1980s and today: detectives any age or ethnic background associated with a particular city or country; courtroom drama and legal thrillers
The Edgars (Edgar Allan Poe Awards) presented by Mystery Writers of America in several categories: Grand Master, Best Novel, Etc.
Classic Authors & Immortal Sleuths
Edgar Allen Poe, Murders in the Rue Morgue
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
Dorothy L. Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Frederic Dannay (Ellery Queen)
Earl Derr Bigger (Charlie Chan)
Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin)
Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe)
Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade; Nick & Nora Charles)
Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)
Short List of Bestselling Authors
Selected Authors by Type
===Forensic Scientists: Patricia Cornwell
- The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
- The juxaposition of an psychopathic killer's diary to recognizable characters living in the British countryside structures this intense novel. A young, likable policewoman Freya Graffham becomes suspicous as village people begin to disappear. The author introduces enigmatic Chief Inspector Simon Serrallier in this first of a series of three crime novels. Author Ruth Rendell, known for her psychological mysteries writes that she loved this book.