Classic Mystery Authors

It is the truly great author whose mysteries are read generation after generation, influencing the writing of future mystery authors.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's flare for the macabre has endured through the ages, bringing a new set of fans to the world of poetry.

Sherlock Holmes Books and Movies

Sherlockians honor the first detective, the great one who started the world of detective fiction.

Agatha Christie Books and Movies

The grand dame of the golden age of mysteries, Christie's characters capture the minds of young readers with each new generation.

Nancy Drew Books, Games and Movies

The adventures of the girl detective have endured the changes in the world and continue to entrance young readers today.

The Hardy Boys

As one of the first mysteries many mystery buffs read, Hardy Boys mysteries also become some of the first to be recommended to their mystery-reading children.

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

Previously unpublished, J.K. Rowling has become a household name with her record-breaking hit series, featuring young wizard Harry Potter.

Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe was one of the characters who set the style for today's hard-boiled detective fiction.

Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris is the creator of Simon Templar, better known as The Saint, whose stories have thrilled generations, first as magazine stories, then brought to life via radio, television and movies.

Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne Du Maurier is the internationally bestselling author of the classic Rebecca.

Erle Stanley Gardner

A professional attorney for twenty-two years, Erle Stanley Gardner is best known for his Perry Mason mystery series.

Dashiell Hammett

A former Pinkerton Detective, Dashiell Hammett's gritty novels are classic hard-boiled detective stories.

John D. MacDonald

Author of more than 70 books during his career, John D. MacDonald is best known for his hardboiled crime series featuring Travis McGhee.

Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald is best known as the creator of the Lew Archer series.

Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen is the pseudonym used by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee to create their classic mysteries.

Dorothy L. Sayers

A classic author from the golden era of mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her series featuring nobleman-detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

Rex Stout

Rex Stout is the author of more than 70 novels, most famous of which feature his classic detective, Nero Wolfe.



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