Emily Martin Today I have given myself the impossible and unfair task of naming the top ten best mystery authors of all time. I am ready to get so much hate for making a definitive list, because of course everyone has their own opinions about mystery authors and what makes a mystery novel good. But these are the authors I think have gone beyond simply writing a fun mystery and have really elevated or added to the mystery genre in some way.
A celebrated, skilled, professional investigator Bungling local constabulary Large number of false suspects The "least likely suspect" A rudimentary " locked room " murder A reconstruction of the crime A final twist in the plot Arthur Conan Doyle — Although The Moonstone is usually seen as the first detective novel, there are other contenders for the honor.
A number of critics suggest that the lesser known Notting Hill Mystery —63written by the pseudonymous "Charles Felix" later identified as Charles Warren Adams  preceded it by a number of years and first used techniques that would come to define the genre.
Peters, who is lower class and mute, and who is initially dismissed both by the text and its characters. In short, it is difficult to establish who was the first to write the English-language detective novel, as various authors were exploring the theme simultaneously.
InArthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmesarguably the most famous of all fictional detectives.
Although Sherlock Holmes is not the original fiction detective he was influenced by Poe's Dupin and Gaboriau's Lecoqhis name has become a byword for the part. Conan Doyle stated that the character of Holmes was inspired by Dr.
Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations. Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring Holmes, and all but four stories are narrated by Holmes's friend, assistant, and biographer, Dr.
Female writers constituted a major portion of notable Golden Age writers. Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Various conventions of the detective genre were standardized during the Golden Age, and insome of them were codified by writer Ronald Knox in his 'Decalogue' of rules for detective fiction.
One of his rules was to avoid supernatural elements so that the focus remained on the mystery itself. The most widespread subgenre of the detective novel became the whodunit or whodunnit, short for "who done it?
In this subgenre, great ingenuity may be exercised in narrating the crime, usually a homicide, and the subsequent investigation. This objective was to conceal the identity of the criminal from the reader until the end of the book, when the method and culprit are both revealed.
According to scholars Carole Kismaric and Marvi Heiferman, "The golden age of detective fiction began with high-class amateur detectives sniffing out murderers lurking in rose gardens, down country lanes, and in picturesque villages.
Many conventions of the detective-fiction genre evolved in this era, as numerous writers — from populist entertainers to respected poets — tried their hands at mystery stories. He created ingenious and seemingly impossible plots and is regarded as the master of the "locked room mystery".
Priestley, who specialised in elaborate technical devices. In the United States, the whodunit subgenre was adopted and extended by Rex Stout and Ellery Queen, along with others. The emphasis on formal rules during the Golden Age produced great works, albeit with highly standardized form. Whodunit A whodunit or whodunnit a colloquial elision of "Who [has] done it?
The reader or viewer is provided with the clues from which the identity of the perpetrator may be deduced before the story provides the revelation itself at its climax. The "whodunit" flourished during the so-called " Golden Age " of detective fiction, between andwhen it was the predominant mode of crime writing.
Agatha Christie[ edit ] Agatha Christie is not only the most famous Golden Age writer, but also considered one of the most famous authors of all genres of all time. She produced long series of books featuring detective characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, amongst others.
Modern regional detective fiction[ edit ] Japanese detective fiction [ edit ] Edogawa Rampo is the first Japanese modern mystery writer and the founder of the Detective Story Club in Japan. Rampo was an admirer of western mystery writers.
He gained his fame in early s, when he began to bring to the genre many bizarre, erotic and even fantastic elements.
This is partly because of the social tension before World War II.List of mystery writers. Jump to navigation Jump to search This is a list of mystery writers: Carolyn Keene, (author of Nancy Drew series of novels) Faye Kellerman (born ) Jonathan Kellerman (born ) Nora Kelly (born ) Harry Kemelman (–) David Kessler (born ).
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