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The following are the favourite books of the respected crime fiction historian Robin W Winks
As well as a personal list it serves very well for l those looking for a recommended reading guide
Some of the titles are regarded as important in the development of the genre
Others are simply good reads. Either way none are likely to disappoint the reader
It is an extensive list and we hope you find it of some interest and use
By choice, Robin Winks has omitted any pre 1930 books
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A CHOICE OF ENEMIES, Ted Allbeury, 1973
THE CRIME AT BLACK DUDLEY, Margery Allingham, 1929
DANCERS IN MOURNING, Margery Allingham, 1937
THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE, Margery Allingham, 1952
GODEY'S LAST STAND, Charles Alverson, 1975
BACKGROUND TO DANGER, Eric Ambler, 1937
A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS, Eric Ambler, 1939
JOURNEY INTO FEAR, Eric Ambler, 1940
THE AFFAIR OF THE BLOOD-STAINED EGG COSY, James Anderson, 1975
DEATH OF A HITTITE, Sylvia Angus, 1969
MURDER AT THE ABA, Isaac Asimov, 1976
HIGH CITADEL, Desmond Bagley, 1965
RUNNING BLIND, Desmond Bagley, 1970
THE ENEMY, Desmond Bagley, 1977
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, John Ball, 1965
THE REMBRANDT PANEL, Oliver Banks, 1980
DEATH OF AN OLD GOAT, Robert Barnard, 1974
DEATH OF A LITERARY WIDOW, Robert Barnard, 1979
THE KREMLIN LETTER, Noel Behn, 1966
THE RUNNING MAN, Ben Benson, 1957
TRENT'S LAST CASE, E. C. Bentley, 1913
THE BIG KISS OFF OF 1944, Andrew Bergman, 1974
TRIAL AND ERROR, Anthony Berkeley, 1937
REPEAT THE INSTRUCTIONS, R. Vernon Beste, 1967
THE CASE OF THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, Nicholas Blake, 1941
MINUTE FOR MURDER, Nicholas Blake, 1947
THE SINS OF THE FATHER, Lawrence Block, 1976
FICCIONES, Jorge Luis Borges, 1962
THE CASE OF THE SEVEN OF CALVARY, Anthony Boucher, 1937
DEATH IN THE FIFTH POSITION, Edgar Box (Gore Vidal), 1952
GREEN FOR DANGER, Christianna Brand, 1944
WILDERS WALK AWAY, Herbert Brean, 1948
THE FABULOUS CLIPJOINT, Fredric Brown, 1947
THE LENIENT BEAST, Fredric Brown, 1956
THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, John Buchan, 1915
JOHN MACNAB, John Buchan, 1925
MOUNTAIN MEADOW, John Buchan, 1941
SAVING THE QUEEN, William F. Buckley Jr., 1976
MONGOOSE R.I.P., William F. Buckley Jr., 1987
THE PYX, John Buell, 1959
TREMOR OF INTENT, Anthony Burgess, 1966
ANGLE OF ATTACK, Rex Burns, 1979
GROUND MONEY, Rex Burns, 1986
OR BE HE DEAD, James Byrom, 1958
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, James M. Cain, 1934
DOUBLE INDEMNITY, James M. Cain, 1935
FINDING MAUBEE, A. H. Z. Carr, 1970
THE THREE COFFINS, John Dickson Carr, 1935
THE CASE OF THE CONSTANT SUICIDES, John Dickson Carr, 1941
THUS WAS ADONIS MURDERED, Sarah Caudwell, 1981
THE BIG SLEEP, Raymond Chandler, 1939
FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, Raymond Chandler, 1940
THE LADY IN THE LAKE, Raymond Chandler, 1943
THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN, G. K. Chesterton, 1911
THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, Erskine Childers, 1903
THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, Agatha Christie, 1926
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Agatha Christie, 1939
THE PATRIOTIC MURDERS, Agatha Christie, 1940
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, Tom Clancy, 1985
THE THIRD SIDE OF THE COIN, Francis Clifford, 1965
ALL MEN ARE LONELY Now, Francis Clifford, 1967
WISTERIA COTTAGE, Robert M. Coates, 1948
BAD COMPANY, Liza Cody, 1982
DRINK TO YESTERDAY, Manning Coles, 1940
A TOAST TO TOMORROW, Manning Coles, 1940
THE BLANK PAGE, K. C. Constantine, 1974
THE MAN WHO LIKED SLOW TOMATOES, K. C. Constantine, 1982
MURDER'S BURNING, S. H. Courtier, 1967
GIDEON'S WEEK, John Creasey (as J. J. Marric) 1956
GIDEON'S RIVER, John Creasey (as J. J. Marric) 1968
THE TRIAL OF LOBO ICHEKA, David Creed, 1971
THE MOVING TOY SHOP, Edmund Crispin, 1946
THE CHEYNE MYSTERY, Freeman Wills Crofts, 1926
DEATH OF A TRAIN, Freeman Wills Crofts, 1946
POETIC JUSTICE, Amanda Cross, 1970
THE LAST GOOD Kiss, James Crumley, 1978
SYLVIA, E. V. Cunningham, 1960
OUT OF THE DARK, Ursula Curtiss, 1964
NIGHT OF WENCESLAS, Lionel Davidson, 1960
THE ROSE OF TIBET, Lionel Davidson, 1962
KILLED IN THE RATINGS, William L. DeAndrea, 1978
THE IPCRESS FILE, Len Deighton, 1962
SS-GB, Len Deighton, 1978
THE SUNLIT AMBUSH, Mark Derby, 1955
THE SILENT WORLD OF NICHOLAS QUINN, Colin Dexter, 1977
THE GLASS-SIDED ANTS' NEST, Peter Dickinson, 1968
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, Peter Dickinson, 1979
HINDSIGHT, Peter Dickinson, 1983
THE LONG ESCAPE, David Dodge, 1948
REBECCA'S PRIDE, Donald McNutt Douglass, 1956
THE QDOCUMENT, Robert Duncan (as James Hall Roberts), 1964
THE NAME OF THE ROSE, Umberto Eco, 1983
THE EIGHTH CIRCLE, Stanley Ellin, 1958
VERY OLD MONEY, Stanley Ellin, 1985
THE GLASS HIGHWAY, Loren D. Estleman, 1983
THE HORIZONTAL MAN, Helen Eustis, 1946
THE BIG CLOCK, Kenneth Fearing, 1946
PURSUIT, Robert L. Fish, 1978
I WAKE UP SCREAMING, Steve Fisher, 1941
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, lan Fleming, 1957
EYE OF THE NEEDLE, Ken Follett, 1978
PAYMENT DEFERRED, C. S. Forester, 1926
THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, Frederick Forsyth, 1971
DEAD CERT, Dick Francis, 1962
BLOOD SPORT, Dick Francis, 1967
FORFEIT, Dick Francis, 1969
LOVE IN AMSTERDAM, Nicolas Freeling, 1962
AUPRES DE MA BLONDE, Nicolas Freeling, 1972
THE CASE OF THE CARETAKER'S CAT, Erle Stanley Gardner, 1935
THE D.A. DRAWS A CIRCLE, Erie Stanley Gardner, 1939
THE CASE OF THE CROOKED CANDLE, Erie Stanley Gardner, 1944
THE LIQUIDATOR, John Gardner, 1964
THE CUCKOO-LINE AFFAIR, Andrew Garve, 1953
THE GALLOWAY CASE, Andrew Garve, 1958
THE ASCENT OF D-13, Andrew Garve, 1969
THE JUDAS PAIR, Jonathan Gash, 1977
THE DAY OF THE RAM, William Campbell Gault, 1956
THE WIND CHILL FACTOR, Thomas Gifford, 1975
DEATH HAS DEEP ROOTS, Michael Gilbert, 1951
DEATH IN CAPTIVITY, Michael Gilbert, 1952
DEATH DROP, B. M. Gill, 1979
MARATHON MAN, William Goldman, 1974
THE RIVER GETS WIDER, R. L. Gordon, 1974
STAMBOUL TRAIN, Graham Greene, 1932
BRIGHTON ROCK, Graham Greene, 1938
THE MINISTRY OF FEAR, Graham Greene, 1943
FATAL OBSESSION, Stephen Greenleaf, 1983
THE DIRTY DUCK, Martha Grimes, 1984
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Davis Grubb, 1953
WILD PITCH, A. B. Guthrie Jr., 1973
THE TELEMANN TOUCH, William Haggard, 1958
VENETIAN BLIND, William Haggard, 1959
THE SCORPION'S TAIL, William Haggard, 1975
THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM, Adam Hall, 1965
THE TANGO BRIEFING, Adam Hall, 1973
THE MANDARIN CYPHER, Adam Hall, 1975
EXIT SHERLOCK HOLMES, Robert Lee Hall, 1977
THE SEARCH FOR JOSEPH TULLY, William Hallahan, 1974
DEATH OF A CITIZEN, Donald Hamilton, 1960
THE RAVAGERS, Donald Hamilton, 1964
RED HARVEST, Dashiell Hammett, 1929
THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett, 1930
EARLY GRAVES, Joseph Hansen, 1987
AN ENGLISH MURDER, Cyril Hare, 1951
THE BELLAMY TRAIL, Frances Noyes Hart, 1927
RITUAL MURDER, S. T. Haymon, 1982
THE STAKED GOAT, Jeremiah Healy, 1986
ATASTE FOR HONEY, H. F. Heard, 1941
THROUGH THE DARK AND HAIRY WOOD, Shaun Herron, 1972
A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, Georgette Heyer, 1938
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, George V. Higgins, 1972
RULING PASSION, Reginald Hill, 1973
DEADHEADS, Reginald Hill, 1984
THE BLESSING WAY, Tony Hillerman, 1970
THE GHOSTWAY, Tony Hillerman, 1984
COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, Chester Himes, 1965
FLORENTINE FINISH, Cornelius Hirschberg, 1963
ROGUE MALE, Geoffrey Household, 1939
A ROUGH SHOOT, Geoffrey Household, 1951
DANCE OF THE DWARFS, Geoffrey Household, 1968
OSSIAN'S RIDE, Fred Hoyle, 1959
TROTSKY'S RUN, Richard Hoyt, 1982
RIDE THE PINK HORSE, Dorothy B. Hughes, 1946
FROM CUBA, WITH LOVE, E. Howard Hunt, 1964
MURDER ON SAFARI, Elspeth Huxley, 1938
BEFORE THE FACT, Francis Iles, 1932
THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE, Hammond Innes, 1956
HAMLET, REVENGE!, Michael Innes, 1937
COVER HER FACE, P. D. James, 1962
SHROUD FOR A NIGHTINGALE, P. D. James, 1971
AN UNSUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN, P. D. James, 1972
BEAT NOT THE BONES, Charlotte Jay, 1952
THE YELLOW TURBAN, Charlotte Jay, 1955
A RUSH ON THE ULTIMATE, H. R. F. Keating, 1961
THE PERFECT MURDER, H. R. F. Keating, 1964
THE SPOILT KILL, Mary Kelly, 1961 .
FRIDAY THE RABBI SLEPT LATE, Harry Kemelman, 1964
COURT OF CROWS, Robert A. Knowlton, 1961
FLOATER, Joseph Koenig, 1986
EMILY DICKINSON Is DEAD, Jane Langton, 1984
DEATH SHALL OVERCOME, Emma Lathen, 1966
MURDER AGAINST THE GRAIN, Emma Lathen, 1967
PASSPORT TO OBLIVION, James Leasor, 1964
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, John le Carre, 1963
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, John le Carre, 1974
SWAG, Elmore Leonard, 1976
La BRAVA, Elmore Leonard, 1983
NIGHT COVER, Michael Z. Lewin, 1976
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE, Norman Lewis, 1984
THE DEFECTION OF A. J. LEWINTER, Robert Littell, 1973
THE DEBRIEFING, Robert Littell, 1979
THE AMATEUR, Robert Littell, 1981
WOBBLE TO DEATH, Peter Lovesey, 1970
THE FALSE INSPECTOR DEW, Peter Lovesey, 1982
ONE MORE UNFORTUNATE, Edgar Lustgarten, 1947
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, Gavin Lyall, 1963
MIDNIGHT PLUS ONE, Gavin Lyall, 1965
CASTLES BURNING, Arthur Lyons, 1980
HAIL TO THE CHIEF, Ed McBain, 1973
ICE, Ed McBain, 1983
THE MIERNIK DOSSIER, Charles McCarry, 1973
THE STEAM PIG, James McClure, 1971
THE ARTFUL EGG, James McClure, 1985
FLETCH'S FORTUNE, Gregory Mcdonald, 1978
DEAD LOW TIDE, John D. MacDonald, 1953
THE DROWNER, John D. MacDonald, 1963
THE QUICK RED Fox, John D. MacDonald, 1964
THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER, Philip MacDonald, 1959
THE GALTON CASE, Ross Macdonald, 1959
THE FAR SIDE OF THE DOLLAR, Ross Macdonald, 1965
THE GOODBYE LOOK, Ross Macdonald, 1969
BOGMAIL, Patrick McGmley, 1978
LAIDLAW, William Mcllvanney, 1977
ABOVE SUSPICION, Helen Maclnnes, 1941
THE VENETIAN AFFAIR, Helen Maclnnes, 1963
SOUTH BY JAVA HEAD, Alistair MacLean, 1958
THE SATAN BUG, Alistair MacLean (as lan Stuart), 1962
ENTER A MURDERER, Ngaio Marsh, 1935
THIN AIR, William Marshall, 1977
AN OXFORD TRAGEDY, J. C. Masterman, 1933
THE PASS BEYOND KASHMIR, Berkely Mather, I960
ASHENDEN, W Somerset Maugham, 1928
THE SEVEN PER CENT SOLUTION, Nicholas Meyer, 1974
BEAST IN VIEW, Margaret Millar, 1955
AN AIR THAT KILLS, Margaret Millar, 1957
THE RED HOUSE MYSTERY, A. A. Milne, 1922
THE THIRD POLICEMAN, Flann O'Brien, 1967
THE GREAT IMPERSONATION, E. Phillips Oppenheim, 1920
INDEMNITY ONLY, Sara Paretsky, 1982
GOD SAVE THE CHILD, Robert B. Parker, 1974
MORTAL STAKES, Robert B. Parker, 1975
LOOKING FOR RACHEL WALLACE, Robert B. Parker, 1980
THE OUTSIDE MAN, Richard North Patterson, 1981
DREAMLAND LAKE, Richard Peck, 1973
THE BUTCHER'S BOY, Thomas Perry, 1982
ONE CORPSE Too MANY, Ellis Peters, 1979
VERDICT OF TWELVE, Raymond Postgate, 1940
OTHER PATHS TO GLORY, Anthony Price, 1974
THE PUB CRAWLER, Maurice Procter, 1956
THE STALKER, Bill Pronzini, 1971
THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY, Ellery Queen, 1929
THE TRAGEDY OF X, Ellery Queen (as Barnaby Ross), 1932
CALAMITY TOWN, Ellery Queen, 1942
DEATH IN THE MORNING, Sheila Radley, 1978
THE EURO-KiLLERS, Julian Rathbone, 1979
A DEMON IN MY VIEW, Ruth Rendell, 1976
THE BAT, Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1926
THE RED RIGHT HAND, Joel Townsley Rogers, 1945
SACRIFICIAL PAWN, Francis Ryck, 1973
THE FIRST DEADLY SIN, Lawrence Sanders, 1973
STRONG POISON, Dorothy L. Sayers, 1930
THE NINE TAILORS, Dorothy L.Sayers, 1934
GAUDY NIGHT, Dorothy L. Sayers, 1935
THE LISTENING HOUSE, Mabel Seeley, 1938
THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE TRAINS Go BY, Georges Simenon, 1942
THE BIG Fix, Roger L. Simon, 1973
ROSEANNA, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, 1967
THE FIRE ENGINE THAT DISAPPEARED, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, 1971
THE BALLAD OF THE RUNNING MAN, Shelley Smith, 1961
THE DAY OF THE DEAD, Bart Spicer, 1955
TOO MANY COOKS, Rex Stout, 1938
AND BE A VILLAIN, Rex Stout, 1948
PLOT IT YOURSELF, Rex Stout, 1959
THE 31ST OF FEBRUARY, Julian Symons, 1950
THE MAN WHO KILLED HIMSELF, Julian Symons, 1967
A CRIMINAL COMEDY, Julian Symons, 1986
THE DUTCH BLUE ERROR, William G. Tapply, 1985
THE MARINE CORPSE, William G. Tapply, 1986
A SHILLING FOR CANDLES, Josephine Tey, 1936
THE DAUGHTER OF TIME, Josephine Tey, 1951
THE FAMILY ARSENAL, Paul Theroux, 1976
THE COLD WAR SWAP, Ross Thomas, 1966
THE SEERSUCKER WHIPSAW, Ross Thomas, 1967
THE BRASS GO-BETWEEN, Ross Thomas (as Oliver Bleeck), 1969
THE KILLER INSIDE ME, Jim Thompson, 1952
DEATH CAP, June Thomson, 1973
THE EIGER SANCTION, Trevanian, 1972
DEEP AND CRISP AND EVEN, Peter Turnbull, 1981
THE BACHELORS OF BROKEN HILL, Arthur Upfield, 1950
THE NEW SHOE, Arthur Upfield, 1951
LIFE'S WORK, Jonathan Valin, 1986
FIRE LAKE, Jonathan Valin, 1987
THE MIND-MURDERS, Janwillem van de Watering, 1981
STATELINE, John van der Zee, 1976
THE BENSON MURDER CASE, S. S. Van Dine, 1926
THE CHINESE BELL MURDERS, Robert van Gulik, 1958
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD ENDS, Roy Vickers, 1947
THE FOUR JUST MEN, Edgar Wallace, 1905
LAST SEEN WEARING, Hillary Waugh, 1952
DEATH AND CIRCUMSTANCE, Hillary Waugh, 1963
THE HOT ROCK, Donald E. Westlake, 1970
VICTIMS, Colin Wilcox, 1984
NEW HOPE FOR THE DEAD, Charles Willeford, 1985
THE CATFISH TANGLE, Charles Williams, 1951
TREE FROG, Martin Woodhouse, 1966
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, Cornell Woolrich, 1940
SMOKE DETECTOR, Eric Wright, 1984
THE SUSPECT, L. R. Wright, 1985
THE FIFTH PASSENGER, Edward Young, 1963
HAZELL PLAYS SOLOMON, P. B. Yuill, 1974
 

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