The Victorians

Wilkie Collins

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The complete Sherlock Holmes stories
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Valley of Fear (1914)

The Edwardians

R. Austin Freeman

G. K. Chesterton

Cleveland Moffett

A. E. W. Mason

E. C. Bentley

Ernest Bramah

  • Max Carrados stories


The English Whodunnit?

Agatha Christie

Val Gielgud

  • Death at Broadcasting House (1934)

Ngaio Marsh

  • Artists in Crime (1938)
  • Overture to Death (1939)
  • Death at the Bar (1940)
  • Death and the Dancing Footman (1941)
  • Colour Scheme (1943)
  • Final Curtain (1947)
  • Scales of Justice (1955)
  • Off With His Head (1957)
  • Singing in the Shrouds (1958)

Nicholas Blake

Leo Bruce

Elspeth Huxley

Christianna Brand

The Bailey school

H. C. Bailey

Philip MacDonald

  • The List of Adrian Messenger (1960)

The orthodox British detective story (Humdrums and Realists)

Freeman Wills Crofts

G. D. H. and M. Cole

John Rhode

As Miles Burton

Ronald A. Knox

  • Still Dead (1934)
  • “Solved by Inspection”

Christopher Bush

J. J. Connington

Henry Wade

Anthony Gilbert

E. R. Punshon

Josephine Bell

Cyril Hare

The literary-fantastical school

Dorothy L. Sayers

Margery Allingham

Gladys Mitchell

C. St. John Sprigg

Michael Innes

Edmund Crispin

The Berkeley / Iles school: Satire and psychology

Anthony Berkeley

As Francis Iles

Milward Kennedy

Richard Hull

The American detective story

S. S. Van Dine

  • The Greene Murder Case (1928)
  • The Bishop Murder Case (1929)
  • The Scarab Murder Case (1930)

Ellery Queen

Harriette Ashbrook

John Dickson Carr

As Carter Dickson

C. Daly King

  • Obelists Fly High (1935)

Patrick Quentin

  • A Puzzle for Fools (1936)
  • Puzzle for Players (1938)

As Q. Patrick

  • Death and the Maiden (1939)

Anthony Boucher

Helen McCloy

Clayton Rawson

  • Death from a Top Hat (1938)

Hake Talbot

  • Rim of the Pit (1944)


Julian Symons

Michael Gilbert

H. R. F. Keating

P. D. James

Ruth Rendell

  • Wolf to the Slaughter (1967)
  • The Lake of Darkness (1980)
  • Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter (1992)
  • The Crocodile Bird (1993)
  • Short stories

Reginald Hill

Paul Halter

Boris Akunin

  • Murder on the Leviathan (1998)
  • The Death of Achilles (1998)
  • The State Counsellor (1999)

Christopher Fowler