Thursday, 15 May 2014

Top 100 Crime Novels

I love all kind of lists, especially those that have to do with books. I happened to stumble upon a list of the top 100 Crime Novels. There are actually two lists; one from the British based Crime Writer's Association and one from the U.S.

Here are the 10 first entries (CWA to the left and US to the right):

1Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)1Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927)
2Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)2Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)
3John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)3Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852)
4Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935)4Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)
5Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)5Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987)
6Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)6John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)
7Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940)7Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)
8Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)8Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)
9Len Deighton: The IPCRESS File (1962)9Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)
10Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)10Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939)

We can see that some writers and novels have ended up on the top 10 on both lists, for example:

Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1 and 4)
Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (2 and 8)
John Le Carré: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (3 and 6)
Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (6 and 9)
Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (8 and 7)
Dashiel Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (10 and 2)

There might be an indication here that these are the books to read if you like Crime fiction. I will try to get hold of Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time which sounds interesting. A modern police officer is looking into the alleged crime of Richard III!

You can have a look at the top 100 lists here. I took the liberty to add a cross for the ones that I have read. Not that many I must admit. Here might lie another challenge! Sometimes I don't know if I read the book or saw the movie?

Would you have any favourites on the list?

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