Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Top 100 Mystery Novels

As you read this, I’ll be finishing up a vacation in Florida. Sand, the Florida Keys, Disney World, the possibility of thunderstorms...Disney World.

I wanted to make sure you had something to read while I’m gone so I thought I’d talk about a list of the Top 100 Mystery Novels of all time compiled by Mystery Writers of America.

Here’s the list in case you haven’t seen it:

I love lists, especially reading lists. There’s something very satisfying about being able to check off an item. Yes, I’m the kind of person who will put something on a to-do list that I’ve already done just so I have the satisfaction of checking it off!

Anyway, I’ve heard about this MWA list, but I’ve never really looked at it before. I’m happy to report that I’ve at least heard of all of the books on it and that I’ve read all of the top 5 (Sherlock Holmes, Maltese Falcon, Poe, The Daughter of Time, Presumed Innocent). Of these, The Daughter of Time is my favorite. I was happy to see that my two favorite mysteries (both by Agatha Christie) are on the list: And Then There Were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

After that, well, I’ve only read 37 of the rest for 42 total. 42 out of 100. Not bad, but not great. I think I need to rectify this so I think that will be my goal for 2017, to read all of the books on the list. I downloaded both of the Wilkie Collins books mentioned onto my Kindle for the trip so, hopefully, I found the time to read one while on vacation.

What about you all? Have you read all of the books on the MWA list?

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