The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time (1960s to 2010s)

From 1960 till 2010 all the crime novels have been analyzed by our editorial team based on different criteria and then we have created a list of the top 100 crime novels of all time. The list contains novels written by authors from all around the world.

A list for The Top 100 crime novels of all time contains the author’s name of the specif novel right adjacent to the novel name. This will provide you with an option to decide which novel to select for reading based on your authors’ preference.

We have ranked these Crime Novels in alphabetical order starts from A to Z which means that all the novels in this list contain the same value and we request you to select the novels without discrimination on the numbers in the list as the numbers are just for the counting.

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We have selected The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time from thousands of crime novels which have been published from 1960 to 2010. Also, the profiles of these authors play a major role in being selected for this list. Our motive is to provide our readers with the legit information that is up to the mark instead of presenting junk.

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Top 100 Crime Novels (1960 to 2010)

1A Certain JusticeP.D. James
2A Drink Before the WarDennis Lehane
3A Free Man of ColorBarbara Hambly
4A Suitable VengeanceElizabeth George
5A Trick of the LightLouise Penny
6A Trouble of FoolsLinda Barnes
7Angels & DemonsDan Brown
8Ask the Right QuestionMichael Z. Lewin
9Aunt Dimity’s DeathNancy Atherton
10Baptism for the DeadRobert Irvine
11Before I Go to SleepS.J. Watson
12Big Little LiesLiane Moriarty
13Blunt DartsJeremiah F. Healy
14Brother Cadfael’s PenanceEllis Peters
15Bury Your DeadLouise Penny
16Career of EvilRobert Galbraith
17Dark PlacesGillian Flynn
18Death at La FeniceDonna Leon
19Death du JourKathy Reichs
20Deception on His MindElizabeth George
21DecoysRichard Hoyt
22Defending JacobWilliam Landay
23Déjà DeadKathy Reichs
24Desert HeatJ.A. Jance
25Embrace the WolfBenjamin Schutz
26Evil Under the SunAgatha Christie
27Extenuating circumstancesJonathan Valin
28Faceless KillersHenning Mankell
29Farewell, My LovelyRaymond Chandler
30For the Sake of ElenaElizabeth George
31Gone GirlGillian Flynn
32In Pursuit of the Proper SinnerElizabeth George
33InfernoDan Brown
34KatwalkKaren Kijewski
35Maisie DobbsJacqueline Winspear
36Morality For Beautiful GirlsAlexander McCall Smith
37Motor City BlueLoren D. Estleman
38Murder With PeacocksDonna Andrews
39Mystic RiverDennis Lehane
40Ordinary GraceWilliam Kent Krueger
41Pepper PikeLes Roberts
42Playing for the AshesElizabeth George
43PostmortemPatricia Daniels Cornwell
44Promised LandRobert B. Parker
45Purple Cane RoadJames Lee Burke
46Rafferty’s RulesW. Glenn Duncan
47RebeccaDaphne du Maurier
48Seven UpJanet Evanovich
49Shutter IslandDennis Lehane
50Still LifeLouise Penny
51Strike Three You’re DeadRichard Rosen
52The 39 StepsJohn Buchan
53The AlienistCaleb Carr
54The Alvarez JournalRex Burns
55The Back Door ManDave Buschi
56The Beekeeper’s ApprenticeLaurie R. King
57The Big SleepRaymond Chandler
58The Black EchoMichael Connelly
59The Black IceMichael Connelly
60The ClientJohn Grisham
61The ClosersMichael Connelly
62The Club of Queer TradesG.K. Chesterton
63The Concrete BlondeMichael Connelly
64The Cuckoo’s CallingRobert Galbraith
65The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown
66The FirmJohn Grisham
67The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins
68The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s NestStieg Larsson
69The Girl Who Played with FireStieg Larsson
70The Girl with the Dragon TattooStieg Larsson
71The High WindowRaymond Chandler
72The Holy ThiefEllis Peters
73The Innocence of Father BrownG.K. Chesterton
74The Killing CircleAndrew Pyper
75The Lady in the LakeRaymond Chandler
76The Last ChildJohn Hart
77The Last Good KissJames Crumley
78The Life We BuryAllen Eskens
79The lime pitJonathan Valin
80The Little SisterRaymond Chandler
81The Long GoodbyeRaymond Chandler
82The Lost SymbolDan Brown
83The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold
84The Maltese FalconDashiell Hammett
85The Mirror Crack’d from Side to SideAgatha Christie
86The Murder of Roger AckroydAgatha Christie
87The Nebraska QuotientWilliam J. Reynolds
88The Night CircusErin Morgenstern
89The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencyAlexander McCall Smith
90The Pelican BriefJohn Grisham
91The SilkwormRobert Galbraith
92The Simple Art of MurderRaymond Chandler
93The Siskiyou Two-StepRichard Hoyt
94The Thin WomanDorothy Cannell
95The Wrong CaseJames Crumley
96The Zarahemla VisionGary Stewart
97They Do It With MirrorsAgatha Christie
98To the HiltDick Francis
99Uncivil SeasonsMichael Malone
100Witness for the Prosecution: MysteriesAgatha Christie

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