Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The dozen best detective short stories ever written.

The following were selected by Anthony Boucher, John Dickson Carr, August Derleth, Lew D. Feldman, Howard Haycraft, James Hilton, Charles Honce, Ellery Queen, James Sandoe, Viola Brothers Shore, Vincent Starrett, and Lee Wright (as reported in Ellery Queen, In the Queen's Parlor and Other Leaves from the Editors' Notebook 89):

"The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" by Thomas Burke
"The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Red-Headed League" by Arthur Conan Doyle
"The Avenging Chance" by Anthony Berkeley [Anthony Berkeley Cox]
"The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle
"The Absent-Minded Coterie" by Robert Barr
"The Invisible Man" by G. K. Chesterton
"Naboth's Vineyard" by Melville Davisson Post
"The Yellow Slugs" by H. C. Bailey
"The Genuine Tabard" by E. C. Bentley
"The Gioconda Smile" by Aldous Huxley
"Suspicion" by Dorothy L. Sayers

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