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Book awards: Julian Symons' 100 Best Crime Stories

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Works (100)

Caleb Williams by William Godwin1794
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe1845
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins1860
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu1864
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky1866
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins1868
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens1870
New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson1882
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume1887
The Mystery of Orcival by Émile Gaboriau1887
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle1894
The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen1895
Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung1899
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle1902
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc1907
The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle1907
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux1908
The Old Man In The Corner by Baroness Emmuska Orczy1908
At The Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason1910
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton1911
The Singing Bone by R. Austin Freeman1912
Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley1913
Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah1914
The 39 Steps by John Buchan1915
Bulldog Drummond by Sapper1920
The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace1922
The Pit-Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts1922
The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne1922
The House of the Arrow by A. E. W. Mason1924
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie1926
Payment Deferred by C. S. Forester1926
Ashenden, or, The British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham1928
The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart1928
The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine1928
Mr. Fortune Speaking by H. C. Bailey1929
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley1929
Above the Dark Circus by Hugh Walpole1931
The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett1931
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles1931
The Pleasantries Of Old Quong by Thomas Burke1931
Sanctuary by William Faulkner1931
The Greek Coffin Mystery: A Problem in Deduction by Ellery Queen1932
The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White1933
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers1933
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham1934
Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout1934
A Pin to See the Peepshow by F. Tennyson Jesse1934
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain1934
The Adventures of Ellery Queen by Ellery Queen1935
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers1935
The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr1935
We, the Accused by Ernest Raymond1935
The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece by Erle Stanley Gardner1936
A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene1936
Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes1937
The Lady in the Morgue by Jonathan Latimer1937
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier1938
Warrant for X by Philip MacDonald1938
The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler1939
Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh1939
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household1939
Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate1940
Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton1941
Never Come Back by John Mair1941
The High Window by Raymond Chandler1942
Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare1942
Laura by Vera Caspary1943
The Lodger by Georges Simenon1943
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie1944
Phantom Lady by Cornell Woolrich1945
The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis1946
The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin1946
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing1947
One More Unfortunate by Edgar Lustgarten1947
Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly by John Franklin Bardin1948
With My Little Eye by Roy Fuller1948
The Department of Dead Ends: 10 Detective Stories by Roy Vickers1949
The Asphalt Jungle by William Riley Burnett1950
Cat and Mouse by Christianna Brand1950
Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong1950
Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert1950
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey1951
Maigret in Montmartre by Georges Simenon1951
Venetian Bird by Victor Canning1951
My Name is Michael Sibley by John Bingham1952
Reputation for a Song by Edward Grierson1952
The Ivory Grin by Ross Macdonald1953
Last Seen Wearing... by Hillary Waugh1953
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler1953
A Kiss before Dying by Ira Levin1954
Beast in View by Margaret Millar1955
The Man from the Sea by Michael Innes1955
The Man Who Didn't Fly by Margot Bennett1955
The Man with Two Wives by Patrick Quentin1955
The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith1956
The Lord Have Mercy by Shelley Smith1956
A Tangled Web by Nicholas Blake1956
Compulsion by Meyer Levin1957
From Russia, with Love by Ian Fleming1957
Quiet Horror by Stanley Ellin1957

Award description

Julian Symons was awarded the British Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement, named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, served as President of the Detection Club in London and was a distinguished critic of the mystery genre. In 1957-58, Julian Symons selected the 100 Best Crime Stories for the London Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times published a pamphlet bringing together these choices.

Note: Symons selected only 99 titles; the 100th --- We, The Accused --- was chosen by the readers of the Sunday Times.


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