This is a general article for adult mysteries worth reading.
- 1 History
- 2 Awards
- 3 Classic Authors & Immortal Sleuths
- 4 Short List of Bestselling Authors
- 5 Selected Authors by Type
- 6 Reader Favorites
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)
- also see other authors like her.
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
- 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.