Tozai Mystery Best 100 (2012 Revision)

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  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    In this classic mystery novel, ten strangers are invited to a secluded mansion on a private island by a mysterious host who is nowhere to be found. As the guests begin to die one by one, mirroring a creepy nursery rhyme that hangs in each of their rooms, they realize that the killer is among them. As suspicion and fear escalate, they must uncover the murderer before no one remains.

  • The Tragedy Of Y by Ellery Queen

    "The Tragedy Of Y" by "Ellery Queen" is a gripping murder mystery set in a small town. The story follows the investigation led by detective Ellery Queen as he tries to unravel the truth behind the mysterious death of a prominent local figure. With a web of secrets, multiple suspects, and unexpected twists, Queen must navigate through a complex puzzle to uncover the shocking truth behind the tragedy.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

    This book is a comprehensive collection of all 56 short stories and four novels centered around the brilliant detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson. Set in late 19th and early 20th century London, the stories follow Holmes as he uses his exceptional deductive reasoning and astute observation skills to solve a variety of complex and intriguing mysteries. From murder and theft to espionage and the supernatural, no case is too challenging for this iconic detective.

  • Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich

    "Phantom Lady" is a gripping noir thriller that follows Scott Henderson, a man wrongfully accused of his wife's murder. With no alibi and no witnesses to vouch for him, Scott's only hope lies in finding the mysterious woman he met at a bar on the night of the crime. As he delves deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City, Scott uncovers a web of deception, danger, and hidden motives, all while racing against time to prove his innocence and bring the real killer to justice.

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

    In a small English village, a wealthy man named Roger Ackroyd is found dead, stabbed with a dagger. The victim's friend, a retired detective, comes out of retirement to solve the murder. The detective uncovers a web of deceit, blackmail, and hidden relationships among the victim's family and employees. The shocking twist ending reveals the unlikely murderer and the ingenious method used to commit the crime.

  • The Long Goodbye: A Novel by Raymond Chandler

    This novel follows the story of a hard-boiled detective in Los Angeles who becomes embroiled in a complex case when he befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox. After Lennox's wife is found dead, Lennox disappears to Mexico and the detective is left to unravel the mystery. The detective then takes on another case of a missing husband, which becomes intertwined with the Lennox case, leading to a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. The detective's pursuit of the truth leads him through a gritty and corrupt world, testing his resolve and morality.

  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

    Set in a wealthy Italian monastery in the 14th century, the novel follows a Franciscan friar and his young apprentice as they investigate a series of mysterious deaths within the monastery. As they navigate the labyrinthine library and decipher cryptic manuscripts, they uncover a complex plot involving forbidden books, secret societies, and the Inquisition. The novel is a blend of historical fiction, mystery, and philosophical exploration, delving into themes of truth, knowledge, and the power of the written word.

  • The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

    "The Innocence of Father Brown" is a collection of short stories featuring a Catholic priest who uses intuitive and psychological understanding of human nature to solve mysteries, often surprising those around him with his detective abilities. The priest's unassuming and humble exterior hides a sharp intellect and deep understanding of the human heart, making him an unlikely but effective sleuth. His adventures take him around the world, solving crimes that baffle the police and the public.

  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

    In this gripping psychological thriller, a young FBI trainee is enlisted to interview an incarcerated and manipulative cannibalistic serial killer to gain insight into the mind of another active serial murderer. The trainee must navigate a complex game of cat and mouse, using her own wits and the killer's insights to understand and anticipate the criminal's moves before he strikes again. As she delves deeper into the investigation, she confronts not only the horrors of the criminal mind but also the darkness within her own past, leading to a tense and chilling confrontation.

  • The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr

    "The Burning Court" is a gripping mystery novel that revolves around the strange deaths of several members of a wealthy family. As the story unfolds, a young lawyer becomes entangled in a web of secrets, deceit, and supernatural occurrences, all pointing towards a sinister plot. With a blend of suspense, psychological twists, and a touch of the occult, the book keeps readers guessing until the final revelation.

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

    A renowned Belgian detective finds himself embroiled in a complex murder case aboard the luxurious Orient Express train. The victim is a wealthy American businessman with numerous enemies, and the train's diverse passenger list includes individuals of varying nationalities and backgrounds, each with their own secrets. As the train is halted due to a snowdrift, the detective must race against time to solve the murder before the train reaches its destination and the murderer has a chance to escape.

  • Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

    The "Millennium Trilogy" is a gripping and intricate series that follows the lives of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander as they uncover dark secrets and navigate a web of corruption, violence, and conspiracy in Sweden. Blomkvist, aided by Salander's exceptional skills, delves into the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy industrialist's niece, leading them to uncover a shocking series of crimes involving powerful individuals. As they work together to expose the truth, they become entangled in a dangerous game that threatens their lives and forces them to confront their own troubled pasts.

  • A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

    In this gripping psychological thriller, a charming and manipulative young man becomes obsessed with achieving wealth and power, leading him to commit a series of calculated murders. As he weaves a web of deception, he targets a wealthy family and pursues a romantic relationship with the daughter, all while concealing his true identity and sinister intentions. With suspenseful twists and a shocking climax, this dark tale explores the depths of human obsession and the lengths one will go to achieve their desires.

  • The Tragedy Of X by Ellery Queen

    "The Tragedy Of X" by "Ellery Queen" is a gripping mystery novel that follows the investigation of a puzzling murder case. When a renowned scientist is found dead in his laboratory, his death appears to be a suicide. However, detective Ellery Queen suspects foul play and begins to unravel a complex web of secrets and deceit. As the truth slowly emerges, Queen uncovers shocking revelations that challenge everything he thought he knew about the case, leading to a startling and unexpected conclusion.

  • The Chill by Ross Macdonald

    In "The Chill," a private investigator named Lew Archer is hired by a wealthy family to find their missing son, who disappeared during a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains. As Archer delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that stretches back years. With each new revelation, Archer must navigate the treacherous waters of a dysfunctional family and a small town filled with corruption and violence, all while trying to bring the missing son home safely.

  • The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr

    In "The Hollow Man," a renowned detective is faced with a seemingly impossible murder case. Driven by his reputation and intellect, he dives deep into the perplexing puzzle, exploring the motives and alibis of a group of suspects. As the tension rises and the truth becomes increasingly elusive, the detective's determination to solve the enigma grows stronger. With unexpected twists and a cleverly crafted plot, this gripping mystery keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

    "The Day of the Jackal" is a suspenseful thriller that revolves around an unnamed and highly skilled professional assassin who is hired by a French dissident paramilitary organization to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The novel intricately details the meticulous preparations of the assassin, his many disguises, and his method of operation, while also depicting the desperate efforts of the French police to uncover his identity and prevent the assassination, leading to a tense cat-and-mouse chase across Europe.

  • The Bishop Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine

    "The Bishop Murder Case" is a thrilling detective novel that follows the brilliant detective Philo Vance as he investigates a perplexing murder case. When a wealthy bishop is found dead in his study, Vance is called upon to unravel the complex web of clues and suspects. With his sharp intellect and keen observation skills, Vance navigates through a maze of deceit, greed, and hidden motives to uncover the truth behind the bishop's murder. As the investigation unfolds, Vance's deductive reasoning and unconventional methods keep readers on the edge of their seats, making this a captivating and suspenseful read.

  • The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins

    In this gripping World War II thriller, a group of German paratroopers is given a secret mission to kidnap Winston Churchill from a remote village in England. As they meticulously plan their operation, tensions rise within the team, and unexpected alliances are formed. With a race against time and the fate of the war hanging in the balance, the paratroopers must navigate treacherous obstacles and face their own inner demons to complete their daring mission.

  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley

    In this classic detective novel, a group of amateur sleuths, known as the Crimes Circle, is presented with a perplexing case involving a box of poisoned chocolates that leads to the death of a gentleman and nearly kills his sister. The members of the Circle, each employing their own unique methods of deduction, take turns proposing different solutions to the mystery, revealing a complex web of motives and opportunities. As the narrative unfolds, the reader is invited to puzzle out the identity of the murderer alongside the characters, leading to a series of surprising twists and a final, unexpected resolution that challenges the conventions of the genre. This story is celebrated for its ingenious plot and its exploration of the art of detection itself.

  • Eight Million Ways To Die by Lawrence Block

    In this gripping crime novel, a former cop turned private investigator, Matt Scudder, is hired to find the killer of a high-class call girl. As he delves deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City, Scudder becomes entangled in a web of deceit, corruption, and addiction. With his own demons haunting him, Scudder must navigate the dangerous streets and confront his own personal demons in order to bring justice to the victims and find redemption for himself.

  • The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

    In this gripping crime thriller, a brilliant forensic detective and a young officer team up to catch a sadistic serial killer who leaves behind a trail of bone-chilling clues. As they race against time to solve the puzzle, they must navigate through a labyrinth of gruesome crime scenes and outsmart the ruthless murderer who always seems to be one step ahead. With unexpected twists and heart-stopping suspense, this novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final shocking revelation.

  • The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

    "The Greek Coffin Mystery" by "Ellery Queen" is a thrilling detective novel that follows the renowned detective Ellery Queen as he investigates the baffling murder of a wealthy Greek art collector. Set in New York City, Queen must unravel a complex web of clues, hidden motives, and eccentric characters in order to solve the perplexing case. With his sharp intellect and keen observational skills, Queen navigates through a series of twists and turns, leading readers on an exciting journey filled with suspense and intrigue.

  • Death Of Jezebel by Christianna Brand

    In "Death Of Jezebel" by Christianna Brand, Inspector Cockrill is called to investigate the murder of a famous actress during a weekend gathering at a country house. As he delves into the lives and secrets of the eccentric group of suspects, Cockrill must navigate through a web of lies, deceit, and hidden motives to uncover the truth behind the actress's death. With a clever and suspenseful plot, the novel keeps readers guessing until the final revelation.

  • Midnight Plus One by Gavin Lyall

    In "Midnight Plus One" by Gavin Lyall, a former RAF pilot turned freelance pilot and investigator, Sam Hannah, is hired to transport a mysterious passenger to a secret destination. However, when the passenger is kidnapped mid-flight, Hannah finds himself entangled in a dangerous web of espionage, betrayal, and international conspiracy. As he races against time to rescue the captive and uncover the truth, Hannah must rely on his wit, skills, and resourcefulness to outsmart his enemies and survive the perilous mission.

  • Inherit The Stars by James P. Hogan

    "Inherit The Stars" is a thought-provoking science fiction novel that follows a team of scientists who discover a 50,000-year-old human skeleton on the moon. As they investigate the origins of this mysterious body, they uncover shocking evidence that challenges the conventional understanding of human evolution and raises profound questions about humanity's place in the universe. With its blend of scientific discovery, political intrigue, and philosophical contemplation, the book offers a captivating exploration of the mysteries of the cosmos and the complexities of human existence.

  • White Jazz by James Ellroy

    "White Jazz" by James Ellroy is a gritty crime novel set in 1950s Los Angeles, following the life of corrupt police officer Dave Klein. As he navigates the treacherous world of organized crime, racial tensions, and personal demons, Klein becomes entangled in a web of deceit and violence that threatens to consume him. With its dark and atmospheric prose, this gripping tale explores the blurred lines between law and corruption, ultimately questioning the nature of justice in a city consumed by power and greed.

  • The Mystery Of The Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux

    In this thrilling mystery novel, a young journalist is drawn into an intriguing investigation when a renowned scientist is found murdered inside a locked room. With no visible signs of entry or escape, the baffling crime scene becomes the center of attention for the journalist and his detective friend. As they delve deeper into the case, they uncover a web of secrets, false identities, and unexpected twists that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

    A gripping legal thriller, this novel follows the story of a chief deputy prosecutor who finds himself accused of the brutal murder of his colleague, with whom he had a passionate extramarital affair. As the evidence against him mounts, he struggles to prove his innocence while uncovering corruption and deceit within the very system he once served. The story is a riveting exploration of the complexities of the legal system, human nature, and the concept of presumed innocence.

  • The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    In this gripping crime novel, a mass shooting on a bus in Stockholm leaves eight people dead, including a police officer. Inspector Martin Beck and his team are assigned to solve the case, but as they delve deeper, they uncover a complex web of corruption and deceit within the police force. With time running out, Beck must navigate through a labyrinth of clues and personal vendettas to catch the laughing policeman responsible for this heinous act.

  • Trial And Error by Anthony Berkeley

    "Trial And Error" by "Anthony Berkeley" is a gripping mystery novel that follows the story of a lawyer named Anthony Merton who becomes embroiled in a complex murder case. As he delves into the details of the crime, Merton uncovers a web of deceit, hidden motives, and unexpected twists, challenging his investigative skills and forcing him to confront his own biases and preconceptions. With a cleverly crafted plot and well-developed characters, the book keeps readers on the edge of their seats, unraveling the truth through a series of trial and error.

  • Shadow 81 by Lucien Nahum

    "Shadow 81" by Lucien Nahum is a gripping thriller that follows the life of an undercover agent, code-named Shadow 81, as he navigates a dangerous world of espionage and deception. Set against the backdrop of international espionage and political intrigue, the book takes readers on a thrilling journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. Shadow 81 must rely on his wit, skills, and instincts to uncover a sinister plot that threatens global security, all while trying to maintain his cover and protect his own life. With its fast-paced narrative and complex characters, "Shadow 81" keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

  • The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts

    "The Cask" by Freeman Wills Crofts is a gripping detective novel set in 1920s London. When a mysterious cask containing a decomposed body is discovered in a warehouse, Inspector French is called to investigate the perplexing case. As he delves deeper into the secrets surrounding the cask, French uncovers a complex web of lies, deceit, and hidden identities. With his keen investigative skills and relentless determination, French races against time to solve the puzzle and bring the culprits to justice.

  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

    "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a mystery novel that follows an amateur detective who uses his extraordinary analytical skills to solve a series of brutal murders that have baffled the police. The victims, two women, were killed in their locked Paris apartment under mysterious circumstances. The detective, with his unique method of deductive reasoning, uncovers the shocking truth behind the murders, revealing an unexpected perpetrator.

  • For Kicks by Dick Francis

    "For Kicks" is a thrilling mystery novel that follows the life of a former jockey turned private investigator. When a horse trainer is found dead, the protagonist is hired to uncover the truth behind the suspicious accident. As he delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of deceit, corruption, and danger that threatens not only the racing industry but also his own life. With his expertise in the racing world and his determination to seek justice, he races against time to solve the mystery and bring the culprits to justice.

  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

    This classic detective novel follows a private investigator who is hired by a mysterious woman to track down her missing sister. The case quickly becomes complicated when the investigator is caught up in a dangerous hunt for a priceless artifact, the Maltese Falcon. As he navigates a world of treachery, deceit, and murder, he must use his wit and courage to outsmart his enemies and solve the mystery.

  • The Emperor's Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr

    In "The Emperor's Snuff Box," a renowned detective is called upon to solve a perplexing murder case. Set in 1930s Paris, the story follows the investigation into the death of a wealthy aristocrat, who was found dead in a locked room with no apparent cause of death. With a limited number of suspects and a complex web of secrets and lies, the detective must unravel the truth behind this seemingly impossible crime, all while navigating the glamorous and treacherous world of high society. As the suspense builds, the detective's sharp wit and keen observation skills are put to the test, leading to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.

  • Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

    In this hard-boiled detective novel, a private investigator is hired by a newspaper publisher in a corrupt western town to uncover the truth behind the murder of a local worker. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he finds himself embroiled in a chaotic war between rival gangs, corrupt police, and greedy industrialists. The detective uses his cunning and manipulation to turn these factions against each other, leading to a bloody and violent resolution.

  • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

    A detective, laid up in the hospital, becomes fascinated with a portrait of Richard III, the historical figure accused of murdering his nephews to secure his throne. He decides to apply his investigative skills to delve into the mystery, using historical documents and records as his clues. As he pieces together the puzzle, he begins to question the accepted narrative of Richard as a villain, suggesting that this image was a fabrication by the Tudors to legitimize their own claim to the throne.

  • Chiefs by Stuart Woods

    "Chiefs" by Stuart Woods is a gripping novel that spans several generations, exploring the dark secrets and mysteries of a small southern town. Set against the backdrop of racial tensions and political corruption, the story follows three ambitious and determined law enforcement officers as they strive to uncover the truth behind a series of unsolved murders that have plagued the town for decades. With compelling characters and a suspenseful plot, this book delves into the complexities of power, justice, and the enduring impact of the past on the present.

  • Trap For Cinderella by Sebastien Japrisot

    "Trap For Cinderella" is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of a young woman who survives a devastating fire that leaves her with amnesia. As she tries to piece together her past, she uncovers dark secrets and a web of deceit that lead her to question her own identity. With suspenseful twists and turns, the novel explores themes of identity, memory, and the lengths people will go to protect their secrets.

  • The Egyptian Cross Mystery by Ellery Queen

    In "The Egyptian Cross Mystery," a wealthy man is found dead in his locked study, with a mysterious Egyptian cross lying beside him. As Ellery Queen investigates the puzzling circumstances surrounding the murder, he uncovers a web of secrets, hidden identities, and a complex plot that leads him to a thrilling and unexpected conclusion. With a blend of intricate puzzles, suspenseful twists, and a dash of Egyptian mythology, this gripping mystery keeps readers guessing until the very end.

  • Frost At Christmas by R.D. Wingfield

    "Frost At Christmas" is a crime novel that follows Detective Inspector Jack Frost as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy. Set in a small English town during the Christmas season, Frost navigates through a web of secrets and suspects, uncovering a disturbing truth that shakes the community to its core. With his unconventional methods and sharp wit, Frost must race against time to find the missing child and bring the culprit to justice.

  • The Judas Window by Carter Dickson

    In "The Judas Window," a renowned detective is called upon to solve a perplexing murder case. A wealthy man is found dead in his locked study, with no sign of forced entry or any possible escape route. As the detective delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of secrets, lies, and hidden motives among the suspects. With time running out, he must unravel the truth behind the locked room mystery before the killer strikes again.

  • The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

    In this mystery novel, a car accident strands a detective in a small English village during New Year's Eve. He is roped into participating in a nine-hour bell-ringing marathon at the local church. Weeks later, a disfigured body is discovered in a grave, leading to a complex investigation involving stolen emeralds, a decades-old robbery, and a lethal "curse" tied to the tolling of the church bells. The detective must unravel the intricate puzzle to reveal the killer's identity.

  • Whip Hand by Dick Francis

    "Whip Hand" by Dick Francis is a thrilling novel that follows the story of a former jockey turned investigator who finds himself caught in a dangerous web of deceit and corruption. When a suspicious fire destroys a racing yard, he is determined to uncover the truth behind the incident. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he uncovers a sinister plot that not only threatens the lives of those involved but also the integrity of the entire racing industry. With his knowledge of the racing world and his relentless determination, he must race against time to expose the culprits and bring them to justice.

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

    This classic mystery novel follows a detective and his partner as they investigate a supernatural hound that has been haunting the Baskerville family for generations, supposedly causing the death of the recent family head. As the pair navigate the eerie moors surrounding the Baskerville estate, they unravel a plot of deception and murder, all while trying to protect the new heir from the same grisly fate. The story is a thrilling blend of mystery, suspense, and horror.

  • The Red Redmaynes by Eden Phillpotts

    "The Red Redmaynes" is a captivating novel that delves into the complex dynamics of a wealthy family in a small English village. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the story follows the Redmaynes, a family deeply rooted in tradition and societal expectations. However, their seemingly perfect façade is shattered when a scandalous secret from the past resurfaces, threatening to unravel their carefully constructed lives. As the family grapples with the consequences of their actions, they must confront their own desires, loyalty, and the true meaning of love and forgiveness.

  • Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley

    "Jumping Jenny" is a thrilling mystery novel that follows the life of Jenny, a young woman who witnesses a murder while on a train. Determined to find the killer, Jenny embarks on a dangerous journey, facing unexpected twists and turns along the way. As she delves deeper into the investigation, she uncovers a web of deceit and betrayal that threatens her own life. With gripping suspense and clever plot twists, "Jumping Jenny" keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

  • Invisible Green by John Sladek

    "Invisible Green" is a satirical science fiction novel that takes place in a dystopian future where consumerism and technology have reached extreme levels. The story follows a group of characters as they navigate a world filled with absurd inventions, mind-control devices, and a society obsessed with material possessions. Through humor and wit, the author critiques the dehumanizing effects of technology and the shallow nature of modern society.

  • A Judgement In Stone by Ruth Rendell

    "A Judgement In Stone" is a gripping psychological thriller that unravels the tragic events surrounding the murder of the wealthy Coverdale family. As the investigation unfolds, the true motives and dark secrets of the family's housekeeper, Eunice, are gradually revealed, leading to a shocking climax. With its intricate plot and complex characters, the book explores themes of class divide, social isolation, and the destructive power of secrets.

  • Crime by Ferdinand Von Schirach

    "Crime" is a collection of short stories that explores the complexities of human behavior and the legal system. Each story presents a different crime and delves into the motivations and consequences behind it, challenging readers to question their own notions of justice and morality. With a keen eye for detail and a unique perspective, the author weaves together thought-provoking narratives that expose the intricacies of the human psyche and the flaws of the legal system.

  • Woman Of Straw by Catherine Arley

    In "Woman Of Straw" by Catherine Arley, a wealthy and manipulative old man named Charles purchases the loyalty of a young woman named Maria. Charles plans to use Maria as a pawn in his scheme to deceive his family and secure his inheritance. However, Maria's true intentions and the extent of her cunning nature become increasingly apparent as the story unfolds, leading to a gripping tale of betrayal, suspense, and unexpected twists.

  • Point Of Impact by Stephen Hunter

    "Point of Impact" follows the story of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly skilled and decorated Marine sniper who becomes the target of a conspiracy after being framed for an assassination. Forced to go on the run, Swagger must rely on his exceptional training and instincts to clear his name and uncover the truth behind the elaborate plot. Packed with intense action and suspense, this gripping thriller takes readers on a thrilling journey through the world of espionage and betrayal.

  • The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

    This noir crime novel is set in 1940s Los Angeles and follows two LAPD officers, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, as they investigate the brutal murder of a young woman, dubbed the Black Dahlia by the press. As they delve deeper into the gruesome crime, they are drawn into a dark world of corruption, obsession, and madness. The case becomes personal for both men, testing their friendship and sanity, and leading them down a path of self-destruction.

  • Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

    In a 1950s Soviet Union gripped by fear and paranoia, Leo Demidov, a dedicated officer of the state security agency, is faced with a chilling reality: a series of brutal child murders that the government refuses to acknowledge. As Leo defies his superiors and embarks on a dangerous investigation, he becomes entangled in a web of political intrigue and personal danger, risking everything to uncover the truth and protect those he loves. "Child 44" is a gripping thriller that explores the dark underbelly of a repressive regime and the resilience of one man determined to bring justice to a society plagued by secrets.

  • The Wycherly Woman by Ross Macdonald

    In "The Wycherly Woman" by Ross Macdonald, private investigator Lew Archer is hired to find a missing woman named Phoebe Wycherly. As Archer delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of family secrets, deceit, and murder. With each new revelation, Archer must navigate the complex dynamics of the Wycherly family and confront the dark underbelly of their seemingly perfect lives. As the investigation unfolds, Archer finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, where the truth may be more elusive than he initially anticipated.

  • The Judas Child by Carol O'Connell

    "The Judas Child" is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of a young girl named Kathleen Mallory, who was kidnapped as a child and raised by a notorious criminal. Now an adult and a talented police detective, Mallory finds herself drawn back into her dark past when a series of gruesome murders occur, mirroring the traumatic events of her own childhood. As she delves deeper into the investigation, Mallory must confront her own demons and unravel the twisted secrets that have haunted her for years.

  • The Second Shot by Anthony Berkeley

    "The Second Shot" by Anthony Berkeley is a gripping mystery novel that follows the story of a renowned detective who is called upon to investigate a seemingly impossible crime. When a man is shot dead in a locked room with no apparent escape or entry, the detective must unravel a web of deceit and hidden motives to uncover the truth. As the investigation unfolds, secrets are revealed, and the detective finds himself caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the cunning killer. With twists and turns at every corner, "The Second Shot" keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final, shocking revelation.

  • The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

    "The Big Nowhere" is a gripping crime novel set in 1950s Los Angeles, where three protagonists find themselves entangled in a web of corruption, violence, and deceit. As they navigate the dark underbelly of Hollywood and the police force, their lives become intertwined in a dangerous investigation involving murder, organized crime, and political scandal. With a relentless pace and intricate plot twists, the book explores themes of loyalty, ambition, and the blurred lines between good and evil in a city where everyone has something to hide.

  • Misery by Stephen King

    A successful novelist is rescued from a car crash by a deranged fan who is upset with the death of her favorite character from his books. Trapped in her remote home, the writer is subjected to physical and psychological torture as the fan forces him to write a new novel bringing the character back to life. As he writes for his life, he must also plan his escape before his captor's rage becomes deadly.

  • The Abc Murders by Agatha Christie

    In this classic murder mystery, a series of murders occur in alphabetical order, leaving the police baffled and the public in fear. With each victim's name beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, the detective Hercule Poirot must unravel the twisted mind of the killer before they strike again. As the clues unfold and the tension rises, Poirot races against time to identify the murderer and prevent another tragedy.

  • The Hog Murders by William L. Deandrea

    "The Hog Murders" is a gripping murder mystery set in a small town plagued by a series of gruesome killings. As the body count rises, a determined detective and his team race against time to catch the sadistic killer, uncovering a web of secrets and deceit that shakes the community to its core. Filled with suspense and unexpected twists, this thrilling novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the shocking conclusion.

  • Someone Like You by Roald Dahl

    "Someone Like You" is a collection of dark and twisted short stories that explore the depths of human nature. From tales of revenge and deceit to stories of unexpected twists and turns, this book delves into the sinister side of humanity, leaving readers questioning their own morals and beliefs. With Dahl's signature wit and mastery of storytelling, each narrative is a captivating and unsettling journey into the complexities of the human psyche.

  • A Touch Of Frost by R.D. Wingfield

    "A Touch of Frost" is a gripping crime novel that follows the relentless Detective Inspector Jack Frost as he investigates a series of brutal murders in the small town of Denton. With his unconventional methods and sharp wit, Frost navigates through a web of deceit, corruption, and personal challenges to uncover the truth behind the heinous crimes. As the body count rises, Frost races against time to catch the elusive killer and bring justice to the victims.

  • Tales Of The Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov

    "Tales Of The Black Widowers" is a collection of mystery stories that revolve around a group of intellectuals known as the Black Widowers, who meet monthly for dinner and conversation. Each story presents a unique puzzle or enigma that the members attempt to solve, showcasing their wit, intelligence, and camaraderie. With a blend of humor, clever deductions, and unexpected twists, the book offers an entertaining and engaging read for mystery enthusiasts.

  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

    "The Moonstone" is a detective novel that revolves around a large, valuable yellow diamond that was stolen from an Indian temple and is now in England. The diamond is bequeathed to a young woman on her eighteenth birthday, but is stolen that same night. The novel follows the investigation of the theft, which is complicated by a series of confusing events and false leads. The resolution involves the unraveling of a tangled web of deception, crime, and colonial guilt.

  • The Nine Mile Walk by Harry Kemelman

    "The Nine Mile Walk" is a mystery novel that follows the story of a detective who is called to investigate the murder of a wealthy businessman. As he delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of secrets and deceit that lead him to unexpected places. With each step of his investigation, the detective unravels the truth behind the murder and exposes the dark motives of those involved.

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

    This thriller novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The murder leads them to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, revealing a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years. The mystery involves a conspiracy within the Catholic Church and threatens to overturn the foundations of Christianity.

  • Hms Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

    "HMS Ulysses" is a gripping World War II naval adventure that follows the crew of a British destroyer as they navigate treacherous Arctic waters in a harrowing mission to escort a convoy to Russia. Faced with relentless German attacks, brutal weather conditions, and internal conflicts, the crew must confront their fears and push themselves to the limits of endurance in order to complete their mission and survive the dangerous journey.

  • Shibumi by Trevanian

    In this gripping thriller, a highly skilled and enigmatic assassin named Nicholai Hel is forced out of his peaceful life in Japan when his mentor is murdered. Seeking revenge, he embarks on a dangerous journey that takes him from the picturesque landscapes of the Far East to the treacherous world of international espionage. With his exceptional intelligence and mastery of martial arts, Hel becomes a formidable adversary for his enemies, but he soon realizes that there may be more at stake than just personal vendettas. As he navigates through a web of deceit and betrayal, Hel must rely on his unique set of skills and his unwavering determination to uncover a conspiracy that could change the course of history.

  • Past Caring by Robert Goddard

    In "Past Caring" by Robert Goddard, a mysterious painting leads Martin Radford on a quest to uncover the truth about his family's past. As he delves into the secrets and scandals of his ancestors, Martin becomes entangled in a dangerous web of deceit, betrayal, and murder. With each revelation, he is forced to confront his own identity and question the motives of those around him. This gripping thriller takes readers on a thrilling journey through the dark underbelly of the past, exploring themes of love, loss, and the relentless pursuit of the truth.

  • The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver

    In this gripping thriller, a notorious killer known as The Watchmaker resurfaces, leaving a trail of brutal murders in his wake. As the bodies pile up, Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic expert, and his partner Amelia Sachs must race against time to decipher the cryptic clues left by the killer. With the clock ticking, they delve into the dark world of the Watchmaker, uncovering shocking secrets and facing a deadly game of cat and mouse.

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The novel is a haunting tale of three friends, who grow up together at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they mature, they discover a dark secret about their school and the purpose of their existence, which is to become organ donors for the rest of society. The story is a profound exploration of what it means to be human, the morality of scientific innovation, and the heartbreaking reality of love and loss.

  • Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon

    Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Zephyr, Alabama, the novel follows the life of 12-year-old Cory Mackenson, whose life takes a mysterious turn when he witnesses his father attempt to save a man from a sinking car. The man is already handcuffed to the steering wheel, dead by strangulation. This event triggers a series of adventures and mysteries that Cory must unravel, all the while dealing with the challenges and joys of growing up. The book is a rich blend of nostalgia, magic realism, and the dark undercurrents of life in the American South.

  • A Dram Of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong

    In "A Dram of Poison" by Charlotte Armstrong, a seemingly ordinary housewife, Mrs. Sperling, becomes entangled in a web of mystery and danger when she discovers a vial of poison in her husband's coat pocket. As she investigates further, she uncovers a complex plot involving blackmail, adultery, and murder. With her quick wit and determination, Mrs. Sperling races against time to unravel the truth and save herself from becoming the next victim.

  • A Cool Breeze On The Underground by Don Winslow

    In this gripping mystery novel, a young private investigator named Neal Carey is tasked with finding the missing teenage daughter of a powerful senator. As he delves deeper into the case, Neal uncovers a dangerous underground world of drugs, corruption, and violence. With his quick wit and street smarts, Neal must navigate through treacherous alliances and unexpected twists to uncover the truth and save the girl before it's too late. Filled with suspense and intriguing characters, this book keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

  • Cat Of Many Tails by Ellery Queen

    "Cat Of Many Tails" by "Ellery Queen" is a thrilling mystery novel that follows the investigation of a serial killer known as "The Cat" who terrorizes New York City. As the body count rises, detective Ellery Queen must unravel a complex web of clues and motives to catch the elusive killer before he strikes again. With suspenseful twists and turns, the book keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

  • Farewell, My Lovely: A Novel by Raymond Chandler

    In this noir detective novel, a private investigator is hired to find a former lover of a recently released convict. His investigation leads him into a web of corruption and crime in Los Angeles, involving a missing nightclub owner, a wealthy widow, and a stolen jade necklace. As he delves deeper into the case, he must navigate through a world of deceit, violence, and betrayal, while trying to stay alive.

  • Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter

    "Last Seen Wearing" is a gripping crime novel that follows Inspector Morse as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a young girl named Valerie Taylor. With little evidence and a trail that has gone cold, Morse must navigate through a web of secrets and lies to uncover the truth behind Valerie's vanishing, all while battling his own personal demons. As the investigation deepens, Morse's determination and sharp intuition lead him closer to a shocking revelation that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.

  • Flicker by Theodore Roszak

    The novel is a thriller that delves into the world of subliminal messaging in film. The protagonist, a film scholar, becomes obsessed with the work of a mysterious B-movie director whose films seem to induce strange psychological effects on viewers. As he delves deeper into the director's work, he uncovers a shadowy conspiracy that reaches into the heart of Hollywood and the Catholic Church, leading him to question the nature of reality itself.

  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

    The novel is a gripping tale set in Victorian England, revolving around two young women, a petty thief and a rich heiress, whose lives intertwine in unforeseen ways. The thief is part of a con to defraud the heiress of her fortune, but as the plot thickens, the lines between deception and truth, loyalty and betrayal, love and manipulation get blurred. The narrative is filled with unexpected twists and turns, exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and class, and keeps the readers on the edge till the end.

  • The Big Blowdown by George P. Pelecanos

    "The Big Blowdown" is a gritty crime novel set in 1940s Washington, D.C. The story follows three childhood friends, Pete, Nick, and Joey, as they navigate the dangerous underbelly of their neighborhood. When Joey is brutally murdered, Pete and Nick are determined to find his killer and seek justice. As they delve deeper into the dark world of gangsters and corruption, they must confront their own demons and make difficult choices that will test their loyalty and friendship. With its vivid portrayal of post-war America and its compelling characters, "The Big Blowdown" is a gripping tale of crime, redemption, and the power of friendship.

  • A Simple Plan by Scott Smith

    "A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the lives of three ordinary men who stumble upon a crashed plane containing a large sum of money. As they decide to keep the money for themselves, their lives quickly spiral out of control, leading to a series of devastating consequences. Filled with suspense and moral dilemmas, the book explores the dark depths of human nature and the lengths people are willing to go to protect their secrets.

  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

    A former FBI profiler, who is renowned for capturing a notorious serial killer, is lured out of retirement to track down a new killer who has a taste for families. The new killer, dubbed "The Tooth Fairy", is a complex character with a troubled past that leads him to commit his heinous crimes. As the profiler delves deeper into the investigation, he is forced to confront his own demons and the manipulative games of the serial killer he previously captured, who is now behind bars.

  • The Poet And The Lunatics by G. K. Chesterton

    "The Poet And The Lunatics" by G. K. Chesterton is a whimsical and satirical novel that follows the adventures of Gabriel Gale, a poet who finds himself entangled in a series of mysterious events. As he navigates through a world populated by eccentric characters and bizarre situations, Gabriel becomes embroiled in a plot involving secret societies, mistaken identities, and the blurred lines between sanity and madness. With his signature wit and clever wordplay, Chesterton explores the nature of art, reality, and the human condition in this delightful and thought-provoking tale.

  • The Power Of The Dog by Don Winslow

    "The Power of the Dog" is a gripping and intense crime thriller that delves into the complex and dangerous world of drug trafficking. Set in the 1970s and spanning several decades, the story follows a DEA agent and a Mexican drug lord as their paths intertwine, resulting in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Filled with vivid characters, intricate plot twists, and a chilling portrayal of the drug trade, this novel explores themes of corruption, loyalty, and the far-reaching consequences of one's choices.

  • Affinity by Sarah Waters

    In "Affinity" by Sarah Waters, a young woman named Margaret Prior becomes a visitor at Millbank Prison in Victorian London, where she becomes intrigued by a spiritualist named Selina Dawes. As their relationship deepens, Margaret is drawn into a web of secrets and deception, leading to unexpected consequences for both women. This atmospheric and suspenseful novel explores themes of desire, obsession, and the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion.

  • Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice

    "Home Sweet Homicide" follows three precocious siblings who become amateur detectives when a murder takes place in their apartment building. With their mother being a famous mystery writer, the children are well-versed in crime-solving techniques and eagerly take on the challenge. As they uncover clues and interrogate suspects, the siblings find themselves entangled in a web of secrets and danger, ultimately leading them to the shocking truth behind the murder. This witty and fast-paced mystery novel showcases the unique perspective of young sleuths, blending humor and suspense into an entertaining read.

  • Calamity Town by Ellery Queen

    In a seemingly peaceful and idyllic small town, a series of mysterious events unfold, leaving the residents in a state of fear and suspicion. When a wealthy businessman is found dead under suspicious circumstances, it is up to an amateur detective to unravel the secrets and uncover the truth behind the dark secrets hidden within the seemingly perfect town. With twists and turns at every corner, "Calamity Town" explores the complexities of human nature and the dark underbelly of a seemingly innocent community.

  • High Citadel by Desmond Bagley

    In "High Citadel" by Desmond Bagley, a group of strangers find themselves stranded in the Andes mountains after their plane crashes. As they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions, they discover that they are not alone. With danger lurking in every corner, they must work together to overcome their differences and escape the treacherous mountain range.

  • The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc

    "The Hollow Needle" is a thrilling mystery novel that follows the adventures of Arsène Lupin, a master thief and gentleman crook. When Lupin discovers a hidden needle that holds the key to a vast treasure, he becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a secret society determined to protect their ancient secrets. As Lupin races against time to solve the riddles and unlock the treasure's location, he must outwit his adversaries and navigate a web of deception, danger, and intrigue. With its clever plot twists and charismatic protagonist, "The Hollow Needle" is a captivating tale of suspense and cunning.

  • Early Autumn by Robert B. Parker

    "Early Autumn" is a gripping crime novel that follows Spenser, a tough private detective, as he takes on a new case involving a troubled teenager named Paul. As Spenser delves deeper into Paul's dysfunctional family and dangerous environment, he becomes determined to rescue the young boy from a life of crime and violence. Through his relentless pursuit of justice, Spenser must confront powerful adversaries while navigating the complexities of loyalty, love, and redemption.

  • Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook

    In a small New England town, a man returns to his childhood boarding school to confront a dark secret that has haunted him for decades. As he delves into the mystery surrounding the death of a fellow student, he uncovers a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal that threatens to unravel the fabric of the community. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s, this haunting tale explores the devastating consequences of forbidden love and the lengths one man will go to protect those he cares about.

  • Not A Penny More,Not A Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

    In this thrilling tale of revenge, four strangers find themselves united by a common enemy - a wealthy con artist who has swindled each of them out of their life savings. Determined to get their money back, they devise an elaborate plan to exact justice and teach the cunning fraudster a lesson he will never forget. With twists and turns at every corner, "Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less" is a gripping story of deception, redemption, and the power of resilience.

  • A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

    "A Study in Scarlet" is a gripping detective novel that introduces the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion Dr. John Watson. When a mysterious murder takes place in London, Holmes and Watson are called upon to solve the case. As they delve deeper into the investigation, they uncover a complex web of revenge, love, and betrayal that spans across continents and decades. With Holmes' unparalleled deductive skills and Watson's steadfast support, the duo unravels the truth behind the murder and brings the culprits to justice. This thrilling tale not only showcases Holmes' extraordinary abilities but also explores the unique bond between the detective and his trusted friend.

  • The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake

    "The Hot Rock" is a thrilling heist novel that follows the misadventures of a group of criminals as they attempt to steal a valuable gem known as the Balabomo Emerald. Led by the clever and resourceful Dortmunder, the team encounters numerous obstacles and setbacks, including double-crossing partners, a persistent detective, and a series of comical mishaps. With a blend of humor, suspense, and unexpected twists, the book takes readers on a wild ride through the world of high-stakes theft and the eccentric characters that inhabit it.

  • A Madness Of The Heart by Richard Neely

    In "A Madness of the Heart" by Richard Neely, a small-town lawyer named Sam Bowden is drawn into a complex web of deceit and murder when he agrees to defend a troubled young woman accused of killing her wealthy husband. As Sam delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a series of dark secrets and hidden agendas that threaten to unravel his own life. With his reputation and sanity on the line, Sam must navigate the treacherous waters of the legal system and confront his own demons to uncover the truth and save his client's life.

  • Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie

    "Death On The Nile" is a thrilling murder mystery set aboard a luxurious Nile river cruise. When a young and beautiful heiress is found dead, renowned detective Hercule Poirot must navigate a web of deceit, jealousy, and hidden motives to uncover the truth behind her untimely demise. As the suspects become increasingly desperate to protect their secrets, Poirot races against time to solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again.

  • The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov

    "The Caves of Steel" is a science fiction novel set in a future where Earth is heavily populated and humans live in massive enclosed cities. The story follows a detective and his robot partner as they investigate a murder that could potentially spark a conflict between Earth's human population and the Spacers, a group of humans who live on other planets. As they delve deeper into the case, they uncover a complex conspiracy that challenges their beliefs about robots, humanity, and the future of their world.

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Shūkan Bunshun (Japanese Newspaper), 100 Books

Tozai Mystery Best 100 (東西ミステリーベスト100, Tozai Misuteri Besuto 100, lit. The Top 100 Mystery Novels of the East and the West) is a list published in the Japanese magazine Shūkan Bunshun (the Weekly Bunshun) in 1985 by Bungeishunjū. This list was also published in book form in 1986.
508 people who love mystery novels, including the 123 members of Mystery Writers of Japan, took part in the survey.
This revised edition came out in 2012.

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