by Julia Buckley
this website lists its choices for the TOP 100 GREATEST MYSTERIES OF ALL TIME. How many have you read? How many of these titles surprise you?
Now, we're not counting MOVIE versions of the books instead of the books themselves--which makes me have to cross about ten of these off my list. My actual count comes to 37.
Do you feel anyone important was left off this list? Do you feel that any of these books aren't mysteries? For example, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of my favorite novels, but I would never classify it as a mystery. Would the same be true of THE GODFATHER?
And if I were to list books that serve as great literature alongside good mystery novels, then I would put CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at the top and the Dorothy Sayers novels close under that. But of course we would all make different lists, and we all have different criteria.
What great authors would go on your own best 100 list who are not listed here?
Granted, it's really hard to narrow down all the great mystery writers into one representative list. But I think this particular list could use some updating.
What changes would you make, mystery readers and writers?
(photo: one of my bookshelves, filled with well-worn favorites. I don't necessarily group things by category, so I do see some mysteries mixed in with literary tomes, including a Mary Stewart novel, Jasper Fforde's first book, three Dorothy Sayers' books in one big volume, a Poe anthology, and a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle (a gift which, alas, I have not yet read). I turned CRIME AND PUNISHMENT facing out, to show my partiality, I suppose. :) Oh, and those books at the bottom, on the shelf you can barely see? Those are the blue leather-look Agatha Christie's , which I collected back in the '80s, a few books at a time, from a used book dealer in my town. I have just about all of her books in that lovely blue binding. )