Best Detective Novels Of All Time

It is impossible to compress a fertile and rich genre such as detective fiction. There are millions of books that have made long lasting impressions. Here are some of the best detective novels series that one must include in their reading list,

The Moonstone

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The famous T. S. Eliot called Wilkie Collins’s ‘The Moonstone’ novel as one of the best detective novels series . This novel was technically the second greatest after Mary Elizabeth’s book called ‘The Trail of the Serpent’. The Moonstone basically focuses on the theft of a gemstone and was one of the most influential and popular novels of the Victorian era. It has all the ingredients from the country house to a bunch of likely suspects and a sleuth named Sergeant Cuff who is in search of the answer.

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume is the author of this novel. It was published in the same year as that of Robert Stevenson’s Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll (which is basically a part detective and part Gothic horror novel). ‘The Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ was a bestseller in 1886. The story basically starts with a body that is discovered in a cab in Melbourne and Detective Gorby sets out to solve the mystery behind the corpse and the victim’s murderer. This novel was a huge bestseller, selling around 300,000 copies in its 1st six months in Britain.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles is another best detective novels series. This was the most famous novel and was written during the ten year period (when Holmes was killed by Doyle).

Agatha Christie is hands down one of the best authors that ever lived. Her novels are exceptional. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is again one of her best novels. No list of the best detective novels series can be complete without Agatha Christie’s name in it (in this case it is the famous Hercule Poirot novel). The Murder of Roger Ackroyd which was published in 1926 is mainly noteworthy because it literally breaks all the rules and has an amazing twist in the ending. Agatha’s books takes readers into another world, from the suspense to the famous Poirot solving the murder case. Majority of her books are bestsellers and why shouldn’t it be?