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Classic Whodunnits

Even if you already know the ending, these classic whodunnits are worth another read.

Christie, Agatha
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Written in 1927, this is one of the most famous mysteries and a classic example of narrative manipulation.
Collins, Wilkie
The Moonstone
Published in 1868, the mystery is secondary to the character development in the novel that probably influenced all of our well known mystery writers.
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Easily the most famous detective of all, these stories can still enthrall readers today.
Du Maurier, Daphne
Don't Look Now: Stories
This collection of macabre stories by a hugely underrated author includes The Birds, the classic filmed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Poe, Edgar Allan
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Poe is credited with having invented the detective story and this is one of his first.
Rinehart, Mary Roberts
The Circular Staircase
Published in 1908, this gothic mystery/romance is still hugely entertaining.

Updated: June 4, 2009