The Haycraft-Queen List of the Best Mysteries of All Time

(created by Howard Haycraft and Ellery Queen and appearing first in MURDER FOR PLEASURE in 1941)

Allingham Margery - Death of a Ghost - 1934
Ambler Eric - The Mask of Dimitrios - 1939
Anderson Frederick Irving - The Book of Murder - 1930
Armstrong Charlotte - Mischief - 1950
Armstrong Charlotte - The Unsuspected - 1946 *
Bailey HC - Call Mr. Fortune - 1920
Bailey HC - The Red Castle - 1932
Barr Robert - The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont - 1906
Beeding Francis - Death Walks in Eastrepps - 1931 *
Benson G.R. - Tracks in the Snow - 1906
Bentley E.C. - Trent’s Last Case - 1913
Berkeley Anthony - The Poisoned Chocolates Case - 1929
Berkeley Anthony - Trial and Error - 1937
Holmes H.H. (Boucher Anthony) - Rocket to the Morgue - 1942 *
Biggers Earl Derr - The House Without a Key - 1925
Blake Nicholas - The Beast Must Die - 1938
Bramah Ernest - Max Carrados - 1914
Buchan John - The Thirty-Nine Steps - 1915 *
Burke Thomas - Limehouse Nights - 1916 *
Burnett WR - Little Caesar - 1929 *
Cain James M - The Postman Always Rings Twice - 1934 *
Carr John Dickson - The Crooked Hinge - 1938
Carr John Dickson - The Judas Window - 1938
Caspary Vera - Laura - 1943 *
Chandler Raymond - The Big Sleep - 1939
Chandler Raymond - Farewell, My Lovely - 1940
Chandler, Raymond The Simple Art of Murder - 1950
Charteris Leslie - Meet the Tiger - 1928 *
Chesterton G.K. - The Innocence of Father Brown - 1911
Chesterton G.K. - The Man Who Was Thursday - 1908 *
Childers Erskine - The Riddle of the Sands - 1903 *
Christie Agatha - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - 1926
Christie Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles - 1920 *
Coates Robert M - Wisteria Cottage - 1948
Cole G.D.H. - The Brooklyn Murders - 1923
Coles Manning - Drink to Yesterday - 1940
Coles Manning - Pray Silence - 1940
Collins Wilkie - The Moonstone - 1868
Collins Wilkie - The Woman in White - 1860 *
Conrad Joseph - The Secret Agent - 1907 *
Cozzens James Gould - The Just and the Unjust - 1942 *
Crispin Edmund - The Moving Toyshop - 1946
Crispin Edmund - Love Lies Bleeding - 1948
Crofts Freeman Wills - The Cask - 1920
Crofts Freeman Wills - Inspector French’s Greatest Case - 1924
Dane Clemence, Helen Simpson - Re-enter Sir John - 1932
Davis Dorothy Salisbury - A Gentle Murderer - 1951
De la Torre Lilian - Dr. Sam Johnson, Detector - 1946 *
Dickens Charles - Bleak House - 1853
Dickens Charles - The Mystery of Edwin Drood - 1870
Dickson Carter - Lord of the Sorcerers - 1946 *
Dostoevsky Fyodor - Crime and Punishment - 1866 *
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Sign of the Four - 1890
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - 1894
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - 1894
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles - 1902
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Return of Sherlock Holmes - 1905
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Valley of Fear - 1915
Doyle Arthur Conan - His Last Bow - 1917
Doyle Arthur Conan - The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - 1927
Dreiser Theodore - An American Tragedy - 1925 *
Du Maurier Daphne - Rebecca - 1938 *
Dunsany Lord - The Little Tales of Smethers - 1952
Eberhart Mignon G - The Patient in Room 18 - 1929
Ellin Stanley - Dreadful Summit - 1948
Eustis Helen - The Horizontal Man - 1946
Faulkner William - Intruder in the Dust - 1948 *
Fletcher J.S. - The Middle Temple Murder - 1918
Forester C.S. - Payment Deferred - 1926 *
Freeman R. Austin - The Eye of Osiris - 1911 *
Freeman R. Austin - John Thorndyke’s Cases - 1909 *
Freeman R. Austin - The Red Thumb Mark - 1907
Freeman R. Austin - The Singing Bone - 1912
Frome David - The Hammersmith Murders - 1930
Futrelle Jacques - The Thinking Machine - 1907
Gaboriau Emile - The Widow Lerouge - 1866
Gaboriau Emile - The Mystery Of Orcival - 1868 *
Gaboriau Emile - File No. 13 - 1867 *
Gaboriau Emile - Monsieur Lecoq - 1869
Gardner Erle Stanley - The Case of the Sulky Girl - 1933
Gardner Erle Stanley - The Case of the Velvet Claws - 1933 *
Godwin William - The Adventures of Caleb Williams - 1794 *
Green Anna Katharine - The Leavenworth Case - 1878
Greene Graham - Brighton Rock - 1938 *
Halsey Harlan Page - Old Sleuth, the Detective - 1872 *
Hammett Dashiell - The Maltese Falcon - 1930
Hammett Dashiell - The Glass Key - 1931 *
Hammett Dashiell - The Adventures of Sam Spade - 1944 *
Hart Frances Noyes - The Bellamy Trial - 1927
Heard H.F. - A Taste for Honey - 1941 *
Henry O. - The Gentle Grafter - 1908 *
Hornung EW - The Amateur Cracksman - 1899 *
Hughes Dorothy B - The So Blue Marble - 1940
Hugo Victor - Les Miserables - 1862 *
Hull Richard - The Murder of My Aunt - 1935
Hume Fergus W - The Mystery of a Hansom Cab - 1887 *
Iles Francis (Anthony Berkeley) - Before the Fact - 1932
Innes Michael - Lament for a Maker - 1938
King Rufus - Murder by the Clock - 1929 *
Knox Ronald A - The Viaduct Murder - 1925
Lawrence Hilda - Blood Upon the Snow - 1944
Leblanc Maurice - The Eight Strokes of the Clock - 1922
Leblanc Maurice - Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Cambrioleur - 1907 *
Leblanc Maurice - “813” - 1910
Leroux Gaston - The Mystery of the Yellow Room - 1907
Leroux Gaston - The Perfume of the Woman in Black - 1908 *
Lipsky Eleazar - The People Against O’Hara - 1950
Lockridge Frances and Richard - The Norths Meet Murder - 1940
Lowndes Mrs Belloc - The Lodger - 1913
Lustgarten Edgar - A Case to Answer - 1947
MacDonald Philip - The Rasp - 1924
MacDonald Philip - The Nursemaid Who Disappeared - 1938 *
Macdonald Ross - The Moving Target - 1949
MacHarg William & Edwin Balmer - The Achievements of Luther Trant - 1910 *
Marquand John P - No Hero - 1935 *
Marsh Ngaio - Overture to Death - 1939
Mason A.E.W. - At the Villa Rose - 1910
Mason A.E.W. - The House of the Arrow - 1924
Maugham W. Somerset - Ashenden - 1928 *
McCloy Helen - Through a Glass, Darkly - 1950
Milne A.A. - The Red House Mystery - 1922
Moffett Cleveland - Through the Wall - 1909 *
Morrison Arthur - Martin Hewitt, Investigator - 1894
O’Flaherty Liam - The Informer - 1925 *
O’Higgins Harvey J - Detective Duff Unravels It - 1929 *
Oppenheim E. Phillips - The Great Impersonation - 1920 *
Orczy Baroness - The Old Man in the Corner - 1909
Orczy Baroness - The Scarlet Pimpernel - 1905 *
Palmer Stuart - The Penguin Pool Murder - 1931
Paul Elliot - The Mysterious Mickey Finn - 1939 *
Phillpotts Eden - The Grey Room - 1921
Pinkerton Allan - The Expressman and the Detective - 1874 *
Piper Evelyn - The Motive - 1950
Poe Edgar Allan - Tales - 1845
Post Melville Davisson - Uncle Abner - 1918
Postgate Raymond - Verdict of Twelve - 1940
Queen Ellery - Calamity Town - 1942 *
Queen Ellery - The Roman Hat Murder - 1929
Queen Ellery (Barnaby Ross) - The Tragedy of X - 1932
Queen Ellery (Barnaby Ross) - The Tragedy of Y - 1932 *
Rawson Clayton - Death from a Top Hat - 1938 *
Reeve Arthur B - The Silent Bullet - 1912
Regester Seeley (Mrs. M.V. Victor) - The Dead Letter - 1866
Rhode John - The Murders in Praed Street - 1928 *
Rhode John - The Paddington Mystery - 1925
Rice Craig - Trial by Fury - 1941
Rinehart Mary Roberts - The Circular Staircase - 1908
Rohmer Sax - The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu - 1908 *
Runyon Damon - Guys and Dolls - 1931 *
Sapper - Cyrile McNeile - Bull-Dog Drummond - 1920 *
Sayers Dorothy L - The Nine Tailors - 1934
Sayers Dorothy L - Whose Body? - 1923 *
Sayers Dorothy L & Robert Eustace - The Documents in the Case - 1930
Seeley Mabel - The Listening House - 1938
Seeley Regester - The Dead Letter - 1866 *
Shiel M.P. - Prince Zaleski - 1895 *
Simenon Georges - The Patience of Maigret - 1940
Spicer Bart - Blues for the Prince - 1950
Stevenson Robert Louis - New Arabian Nights - 1882 *
Stevenson Robert Louis - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 1886 *
Stoker Bram - Dracula - 1897 *
Stout Rex Fer de Lance - 1934
Stout Rex The League of Frightened Men - 1935 *
Stribling T.S. - Clues of the Caribbees - 1929 *
Taylor Phoebe Atwood - The Cape Cod Mystery - 1931
Tey Josephine - The Franchise Affair - 1948
Train Arthur - Tutt and Mr. Tutt - 1920 *
Trevor Glen (James Hilton) - Murder at School - 1931 *
Twain Mark - The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson - 1894 *
Van Dine SS - The Benson Murder Case - 1926
Van Dine S.S. - The Canary Murder Case - 1927
Vance Louis Joseph - The Lone Wolf - 1914 *
Vickers Roy - The Department of Dead Ends - 1946 *
Vidocq Francois Eugene - Memoirs De Vidocq - 1828 *
Voltaire - Zadig - 1748 *
Wallace Edgar - The Mind of J. G. Reeder 1925
Walling R A J - The Fatal Five Minutes - 1932
Walsh Thomas - Nightmare in Manhattan - 1950
Waters (William Russell) - Recollections of a Detective Police Officer - 1856 *
Wells Carolyn - The Clue - 1909
Woolrich Cornell (William Irish) - The Bride Wore Black - 1942 *
Zangwill Israel - The Big Bow Mystery - 1892 

A Selected List of Detective Story Anthologies by Howard Haycraft
Titles and dates refer to the US first edition

General
Macgowan Kenneth - Sleuths Twenty-Three Great Detectives of Fiction - 1931
Queen Ellery - Challenge to the Reader - 1938
Sayers Dorothy L - The Omnibus of Crime -1929
Sayers Dorothy L - The Second Omnibus of Crime -1932
Sayers Dorothy L - The Third Omnibus of Crime -1935
Sayers Dorothy L - Tales of Detection - 1936
Starrett Vincent - Fourteen Great Detective Stories - 1929
Thwing Eugene - The World's Best 100 Detective Stories - 1929
Wright Lee - The Pocket Book of Great Detectives - 1941
Wright Willard Huntington - The Great Detective Stories - 1927
Wrong EM - Crime and Detection - 1926

Juvenile Titles
Haycraft Howard - Boys Book of Great Detective Stories - 1938
Haycraft Howard - Boys Second Book of Great Detective Stories - 1940

Specialities
Allingham Margery and Others - Six Against the Yard - 1936
Detection Club of London - The Floating Admiral - 1932
Detection Club of London - Ask a Policeman - 1933
Rhode John - Line Up - 1940