|Claude Rains and Edward Norris in They Won't Forget (1937), |
adaptation of Ward Greene's Death in the Deep South
Hughes did not include any works by Arthur Conan Doyle and Erle Stanley Gardner (although Hughes would publish a biography of Gardner), explaining that in the case of these and some other authors (such as Ellery Queen), their body of work constitutes the classic rather than a single book. Hughes's choices for her classic mystery library are the following:
- Eric Ambler, A Coffin for Dimitrios. "a hunt-and-search story with a background of the Near East leading to Paris"
- Edgar Box [Gore Vidal], Death in the Fifth Position. " . . . the world of the ballet, presented with perception and verisimilitude"
- Vera Caspary, Laura. "an enviable creator of plots which twist and turn and startle."
- Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely. "his making of poetry out of the tawdry was indeed something unforgettable"
- Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and And Then There Were None. "two classic books"
- Len Deighton, The Ipcress File. "Deighton . . . devised a new style."
- Helen Eustis, The Horizontal Man. "a true academic background against which the tragicomedy is played."
- William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust. "a mystery sensation"
- Michael Gilbert, Close Quarters. "he has built a cathedral and its close, and has peopled it with verisimilitude."
- Graham Greene, Brighton Rock. "two sad insignificant persons revealed in their small moment of significance."
- Ward Greene, Death in the Deep South. "a classic of the regional and one of the first dealing with ethnic problems"
- Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon. "a classic romantic-adventure"
- H. F. [Gerald] Heard, A Taste for Honey. "Another of the instant classics"
- Francis Iles [Anthony Berkeley Cox], Before the Fact."a book whose plot must remain secret"
- Charlotte Jay [Geraldine Halls], Beat Not the Bones. "the primitive culture of Africa in collision with the 20th century"
- John le Carre [David Cornwell], The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. "tragic power"
- Meyer Levin, Compulsion. "a classic of major proportion"
- Marie Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger. " . . . a true crime story, in fiction form"
- Ngaio Marsh, Death of a Fool. "breath-taking"
- E. Phillips Oppenheim, The Great Impersonation. "a landmark"
- Dorothy L. Sayers, The Nine Tailors. "background became not just background, but important"
- Josephine Tey [Elizabeth MacKintosh], The Daughter of Time. "Simply written but brilliant in premise and performance."