The Detection Club

With my Detection Club Bingo card now blacked out, I’m going to track my reading here.  (Note: for purposes of completeness, this includes books by the below authors already read prior to the creation of this list.)  My priorities are going to be:

Arthur Conan Doyle’s / Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, biographies, contemporaries and rivals, as included in my 221B Baker Street and Beyond reading list


Agatha Christie’s Plays and Romances:
The Stage Plays:
a) The Lie
b) Black Coffee
c) Love from a Stranger
d) And Then There Were None
e) Appointment with Death
f) Murder on the Nile
g) The Hollow
h) The Mousetrap
i) Witness for the Prosecution
j) Spider’s Web
k) Towards Zero
l) Verdict
m) The Unexpected Guest
n) Go Back for Murder
o) Rule of Three: Afternoon at the Sea-side / The Patient / The Rats
p) Fiddlers Three
q) Akhnaton
r) Chimneys

The Broadcast Plays:
a) Behind The Screen
b) The Scoop
c) Wasp’s Nest
d) The Yellow Iris
e) Three Blind Mice
f) Butter in a Lordly Dish
g) Personal Call

The Mary Westmacott Books:
a) Giant’s Bread
b) Unfinished Portrait
c) Absent in the Spring
d) The Rose and the Yew Tree
e) A Daughter’s a Daughter
f) The Burden

— as well as Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making (both by John Curran), and The Grand Tour (ediited by Michael Pritchard) (√) by way of companion reads.

By Dorothy L. Sayers:
The Montague Egg stories:
a) Hangman’s Holiday
b) In the Teeth of the Evidence

The Nonfiction:
a) The Mind of the Maker
b) Unpopular Opinions
c) Are Women Human?
d) The Lost Tools of Learning
e) The Wimsey Family: A Fragmentary History (with C.W. Scott-Giles)
f) Taking Detective Stories Seriously: The Collected Crime Reviews (posthumous collection)
g) God, Hitler and Lord Peter Wimsey (posthumous collection)
h) The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist
i) The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1937–1943, From Novelist to Playwright
j) The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1944–1950, A Noble Daring
k) The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1951–1957, In the Midst of Life
l) The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: Child and Woman of Her Time

The Plays:
a) Busman’s Honeymoon (with Muriel St. Clare Byrne)
b) The Zeal of Thy House
c) He That Should Come
d) The Devil to Pay
e) Love All (with Marjorie Barber)
f) The Golden Cockerel (radio play)
g) The Man Born to be King
h) The Just Vengeance
i) The Emperor Constantine

Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver series:
1. Grey Mask
2. The Case Is Closed
3. Lonesome Road
4. Danger Point
5. The Chinese Shawl
6. Miss Silver Intervenes (aka Miss Silver Deals With Death)
7. The Clock Strikes Twelve
8. The Key
9. The Traveller Returns (aka She Came Back)
10. Pilgrim’s Rest
11. Latter End
12. Wicked Uncle (aka Spotlight)
13. The Case of William Smith
14. Eternity Ring
15. The Catherine Wheel
16. Miss Silver Comes to Stay
17. The Brading Collection
18. The Ivory Dagger
19. Through the Wall
20. Anna, Where Are You?
21. The Watersplash
22. Ladies’ Bane
23. Out of the Past
24. The Silent Pool
25. Vanishing Point
26. The Benevent Treasure
27. The Gazebo
28. The Listening Eye
29. Poison in the Pen
30. The Fingerprint
31. The Alington Inheritance
32. The Girl in the Cellar

By Josephine Tey:
Inspector Grant series:
1. The Man in the Queue
2. A Shilling for Candles
3. The Franchise Affair
4. To Love and Be Wise
5. The Daughter of Time
6. The Singing Sands

Nonseries mysteries:
a) Brat Farrar
b) Miss Pym Disposes

Plays (written under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot):
a) Richard of Bordeaux
b) Dickon
c) The Little Dry Thorn
d) Valerius
e) Queen of Scots

Georgette Heyer’s mysteries:
a) Footsteps in the Dark
b) Why Shoot a Butler?
c) The Unfinished Clue
d) Penhallow

Inspector Hannasyde & Sergeant Hemingway:
1. Death in the Stocks
2. Behold, Here’s Poison
3. They Found Him Dead
4. A Blunt Instrument

Inspector Hemingway:
1. No Wind of Blame
2. Envious Casca (aka A Christmas Party)
3. Duplicate Death
4. Detection Unlimited

A (futher) taste of Gladys Mitchell’s Mrs. Bradley series:
1. Speedy Death
2. The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop
4. The Saltmarsh Murders
5. Death at the Opera
7. Dead Men’s Morris (aka Death Comes at Christmas)
8. Come Away, Death
18. The Rising of the Moon
23. Groaning Spinney (aka Murder in the Snow)
28. Watson’s Choice

(Note to BT: These are the books currently on my TBR based on various recommendations and reviews.  If there are others that I should absolutely be including, by all means let me know!)

Christianna Brand’s mysteries:
Inspector Cockrill:
1. Heads You Lose
2. Green for Danger
3. Suddenly at His Residence
4. Death of Jezebel
5. Fog of Doubt
6. Tour de Force

Inspector Charlesworth:
1. Death in High Heels
3. Death of Jezebel
4. Fog of Doubt

Patricia Highsmith:
Tom Ripley:
a) The Talented Mr. Ripley
b) Ripley Under Ground
c) Ripley’s Game

Nonseries Books:
a) Strangers on a Train
b) Carol (aka The Price of Salt)
c) The Blunderer
d) Deep Water
e) A Game for the Living
f) This Sweet Sickness
g) The Cry of the Owl
h) The Two Faces of January

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

(Note to BT and Lillelara: See my above comments re: Gladys Mitchell — the same applies here.)

A further taste of E.C.R. Lorac’s Robert MacDonald series:
1. The Murder on the Burrows
6. Murder in St. John’s Wood
7. Murder in Chelsea
8. The Organ Speaks
13. Bats in the Belfry
25. Checkmate to Murder
26. Murder by Matchlight
27. Fire in the Thatch

A further taste of Nicholas Blake (Cecil Day Lewis)’s Nigel Strangeways series:
1. A Question of Proof
2. Thou Shell of Death
4. The Beast Must Die
7. The Case of the Abominable Snowman
8. Minute for Murder
12. End of Chapter

— as well as the nonseries mystery The Private Wound.

By Julian Symons:
Inspector Bland:
1. The Immaterial Murder Case
2. A Man Called Jones
3. Bland Beginning

Sheridan Haynes:
1. A Three-Pipe Problem

Nonseries mysteries:
a) The 31st of February
b) The Progress of a Crime
c) The Belting Inheritance
d) The Man Who Killed Himself
e) The Man Whose Dreams Came True
f) The Players and the Game
g) The Plot Against Roger Rider
h) The Name of Annabel Lee
i) Death’s Darkest Face

a) The Great Detectives: Seven Original Investigations
b) Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel
c) The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allen Poe

By John Dickson Carr (aka Carter Dickson):
Dr. Gideon Fell:
1. Hag’s Nook
2. The Mad Hatter Mystery
4. The Blind Barber
5. Death-Watch

6. The Hollow Man (aka The Three Coffins)
8. The Crooked Hinge
9. To Wake the Dead
13. The Case of the Constant Suicides
15. Till Death Do Us Part
xx Dr. Fell, Detective, and Other Stories

Henri Bencolin:
1. It Walks by Night
2. Castle Skull

Sir Henry Merrivale:
1. The Plague Court Murders
3. The Red Widow Murders
8. The Judas Window
9. The Reader Is Warned
14. She Died a Lady
20. Night at the Mocking Widow

Nonseries mysteries:
a) The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey
b) The Burning Court
c) The Hungry Goblin
d) The Door to Doom and Other Detections

John Dickson Carr & Val Gielgud: 13 to the Gallows
John Dickson Carr & John Rhode: Drop to His Death

By J. Jefferson Farjeon:
a) The House Opposite
b) The Z Murders
c) Thirteen Guests
d) Mystery in White
e) Seven Dead

By Cyril Hare:
Inspector Mallett:
1. Tenant for Death
2. Death Is No Sportsman
3. Suicide Excepted
4. Tragedy at Law (also Francis Pettigrew #1)
5. With a Bare Bodkin (also Francis Pettigrew #2)

Francis Pettigrew:
1. Tragedy at Law (also Inspector Mallett #4)
2. With a Bare Bodkin (also Inspector Mallett #5)
3. When the Wind Blows (aka The Wind Blows Death)
4. That Yew Tree’s Shade (aka Death Walks the Woods)
5. He Should Have Died Hereafter (aka Untimely Death)

Nonseries Mystey:
An English Murder

By Anthony Berkeley:
Roger Sheringham:
1. The Layton Court Mystery
2. The Wychford Poisoning Case
4. The Silk Stocking Murders
5. The Poisoned Chocolate Case
6. The Second Shot
7. Top Storey Murder
8. Murder in the Basement
9. Jumping Jenny
10. Panic Party
11. The Avenging Chance and Other Mysteries from Roger Sheringham

Ambrose Chitterwick:
1. The Piccadilly Murder
2. Trial and Error

Writing as Francis Iles:
a) Before the Fact
b) Malice Aforethought

By Raymond Postgate:
a) Verdict of Twelve
b) Somebody at the Door
c) The Ledger Is Kept


By E.R. Punshon:
Bobby Owen:
1. Information Received
3. Crossword Mystery
5. Death of a Beauty Queen
6. Death Comes to Cambers
10. Dictator’s Way
11. Comes a Stranger
16. Ten Star Clues
17. Diabolic Candelabra

By Philip MacDonald:
Colonel Gethryn:
1. The Rasp
4. The Noose
6. The Maze
8. The Crime Conductor
11. The Nursemaid Who Disappeared (aka Warrant for X)
12. The List of Adrian Messenger

Nonseries mysteries:
a) Murder Gone Mad
b) X v. Rex

By Anthony Wynne:
Dr. Hailey:
12. Murder of a Lady
18. Death of a Banker
28. Death of a Shadow


By Edmund Crispin:
Gervase Fen:
1. The Case of the Gilded Fly
2. Holy Disorders
3. The Moving Toyshop
4. Swan Song
5. Love Lies Bleeding
6. Buried for Pleasure
10. Glimpses of the Moon

The Detection Club round robins:
a) The Floating Admiral
b) The Sinking Admiral
c) The Scoop / Behind the Screen
d) Ask a Policeman
e) Baker Street Studies
f) Anatomy of Murder
g) Six Against the Yard
h) Detection Medley
i) Double Death
j) Where Do We Go From Here? (radio play)
k) No Flowers by Request
l) Verdict of 13


The British Library Crime Classics short story anthologies, edited by Martin Edwards:
a) Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries
b) Capital Crimes: London Mysteries
c) Continental Crimes
d) Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves
e) Foreign Bodies
f) Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries
g) The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories
h) The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detective Stories
i) Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes
j) Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries
k) Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles
l) Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries
m) Serpents in Eden: Countryside Crimes
n) Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries

The Christmas Anthologies:
a) Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries
b) Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries
c) The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories
d) A Surprise for Christmas: and Other Seasonal Mysteries

The remaining “100 books” from Martin Edwards’s list in The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (in alphabetical order and to the extent not already listed above or in the reading lists linked in this post):

H.C. Bailey: Mr. Fortune, Please (Reggie Fortune #4)
C.E. Bechhofer Roberts: A.B.C. Solves Five
Francis Beeding: Death Walks in Eastrepps
E.F. Benson: The Blotting Book
E.C. Bentley: Trent’s Last Case
Godfrey R. Benson: Tracks in the Snow
Jorge Luis Borges: Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi
Douglas G. Browne: What Beckoning Ghost?
Leo Bruce: Case for Three Detectives (Sergeant Beef #1)
John Bude: The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent Meredith #2)
Christopher Bush: The Perfect Murder Case (Ludovic Travers #2)
Joanna Cannan: No Walls of Jasper
Bernard Capes: The Mystery of the Skeleton Key
G.D.H. & Margaret Cole: End of an Ancient Mariner
J.J. Connington: Mystery at Lynden Sands (Sir Clinton Driffield #3)
Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask
Francis Durbridge: Send for Paul Temple (Paul Temple #1)
Sebastian Farr: Death on the Down Beat
C.S. Forester: Payment Deferred
Val Gielgud: Death at Broadcasting House
Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased (Inspector Hazelrigg #4 / Henry Bohun #1)
Lord R. Gorell: In the Night
Bruce Hamilton: Middle Class Murder
A.P. Herbert: The House by the River
James Hilton: Murder at School (aka Was It Murder?) (originally published as by Glen Trevor)
Roy Horniman: Israel Rank
Richard Hull: My Own Murderer
Michael Innes: Death at the President’s Lodging (Sir John Appleby #1)
Romilly & Katherine John: Death by Request
Milward Kennedy: Death to the Rescue
C. Daly King: The Curious Mr. Tarrant
C.H.B. Kitchin: Birthday Party
Ronald Knox: The Body in the Silo (Miles Bredon #3)
George Limnelius: The Medbury Fort Murder
A.E.W. Mason: At the Villa Rose (Inspector Hanaud #1)
Q. Patrick: Murder at Cambridge
Rupert Penny: She Had to Have Gas (Chief Inspector Beale #6)
Eden Phillpotts: The Red Redmaynes
Ellery Queen: Calamity Town (Ellery Queen Detective #16)
John Rhode: Hendon’s First Case (Dr. Priestley #20)
Joel Townsley Rogers: The Red Right Hand
Helen Simpson: Vantage Striker
Shelley Smith: Background for Murder (Jacob Chaos #1)
C.P. Snow: Death Under Sail
Stanislas-André Steeman: Six hommes morts (Six Dead Men)
F. Tennyson Jesse: A Pin to See the Peepshow
Roy Vickers: The Department of Dead Ends
Henry Wade: The Duke of York’s Steps (Inspector Poole #2)
Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men (The Four Just Men #1)
Hugh Walpole: The Killer and the Slain
T.H. White: Darkness at Pemberley
Victor L. Whitechurch: The Crime at Diana’s Pool
R.C. Woodthorpe: Silence of a Purple Shirt (aka Death Wears a Purple Shirt)

… as well as the re-releases in the ongoing British Library Classic Crime, Collins Crime Club, and Penzler American Mystery Classics series.

The books that started it all:
Martin Edwards – The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

The Detection Club Reading Lists:
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: The “100 Books” Presented
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 1-5
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 6 & 7
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 8-10
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 11-15
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 16-20
The story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 21-24
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books & The Golden Age of Murder: List of all books


Other Project Page and Related Blog Posts:
Detection Club Bingo Project Page
First Detection Club Bingo Progress Post
Penultimate Detection Club Bingo Progress Post
My Final Two Detection Club Bingo Reads
Golden Age Mysteries: Further Reading


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