Monday, June 8, 2015

Mystery Authors Choose Their Favorite Mysteries, Part One

Gathered from a variety of sources, here are mystery writers identifying their favorite mysteries.

P.D. James

Five Most Riveting Crime Novels.
(Wall Street Journal, Five Best List, June 3, 2006)
P.D. James has had several books appearing on all-time great mystery lists including Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death.

1. Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare (1943)
2. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (1949)
3. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin (1946)
4. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers (1933)
5. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (2003)

Andrew Klavan
Five Best Psychological Crime Novels.
(Wall Street Journal, Five Best List, August 2, 2008)
Klavan is the author of True Crime, Don't Say a Word, and Empire of Lies, among other masterpieces of suspense.

1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866)
2. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1913)
3. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (1934)
4. The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham (1952)
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)

Thomas H. Cook
10 Best Mystery Books.
(Publishers Weekly, October 18, 2013)
Cook is the author of several classic mysteries including The Chatham School Affair.

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1860)
2. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne (1997)
3. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell (1986)
4. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler (1939)
5. True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne (1977)
6. The Eye of the Beholder by Marc Behm (2000)
7. A Simple Plan by Scott Smith (1993)
8. Sneaky People by Thomas Berger (1975)
9. The Quiet American by Graham Greene (1955)
10. Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg (1976)

John Dickson Carr

(as noted in his novel, The Three Coffins)
Carr, also writing under several pseudonyms, was one of the great writers of the Golden Age of Mysteries. He was a master of the puzzle story.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (1908)

Arthur Conan Doyle

(as noted in What is the Best Short Story in English? January 25, 1914, The New York Times)
Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes and scores of other mysteries, adventures and romances.

The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson (1880)

Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Henry H. Holmes are all characters in my thriller, A Predator's Game.
A Predator's Game is available in soft-cover and ebook editions through Amazon and other online retailers.

A Predator's Game, now available, Rook's Page Publishing.


Back page blurb.

Manhattan, 1896.

When the author Arthur Conan Doyle meets Nikola Tesla he finds a tall, thin genius with a photographic memory and a keen eye, and recognizes in the eccentric inventor the embodiment of his creation, Sherlock. Together, they team up to take on an "evil Holmes." Multi-murderer Dr. Henry H. Holmes has escaped execution and is unleashing a reign of terror upon the metropolis. Set in the late nineteenth century in a world of modern marvels, danger and invention, Conan Doyle and Tesla engage the madman in a deadly game of wits.

Martin Hill Ortiz, also writing under the name, Martin Hill, is the author of A Predatory Mind. Its sequel, set in 1890s Manhattan and titled A Predator's Game, features Nikola Tesla as detective.


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