In 2000, mystery booksellers looked back at a century of murder and compiled a list of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century. Please feel free to print and use this list for any non-commercial purpose. See our membership directory for stores where you can buy the selections.
Members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s online discussion group spent nearly two months considering and debating hundreds of titles recommended by mystery booksellers throughout the country. “Fortunately, since we were working online, no blood was spilled in the creation of this list,” commented IMBA director Jim Huang. “It was a lively and contentious process, with each of us pulling for cherished books.” Although some of the genre’s greatest and most prolific writers had several titles nominated, “we agreed that each author would appear on the list only once,” Huang explained, “in order to represent as many of our favorite writers as possible.”
IMBA’s book, 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century, was published in December 2000 by The Crum Creek Press . This publication includes a member review discussing what makes each mystery on the list special, as well as members’ choices of other titles they wish has been included. It won an Agatha and an Anthony
award for the best non-fiction/critical work of 2000.