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Haycraft Queen Cornerstones - Complete Checklist

"The Definitive Library of Mystery Fiction"

Howard Haycraft originally published the list in his 1941 landmark book
Murder For Pleasure and was originally titled
"A Reader's List of Detective Story Cornerstones".
It was subsequently updated and broadened several times by Ellery Queen
and became as a standard amongst dealers and collectors everywhere.
The list below is the final revision and includes books from 1748 to 1952.
Any entry followed by an * indicates it was added by Ellery Queen.

Authors name hyperlink goes to bibliography or biography

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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

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