Mystery & Suspense

Sometime in the last four or five decades the Powers That Be decided every movie mystery would follow basically the same plot so that viewers wouldn't have to worry about the outcome and would be able to enjoy the movie all the way through. Fortunately for those who prefer to let the future unfold itself, there are still mystery novels.

A mystery is simply something you don't know or can't understand. By the time you understand it, it's not a mystery anymore. Part of the fun of detective stories is not knowing what's going on (at least, not for sure) until the end, when sudden light dawns in the midst of the darkness and you fancy yourself a bit dull for not having picked up on the clues earlier.

Trying to figure the solution before the main characters get there is pretty fun, too, though there's another kind of satisfaction from waiting till Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes or Lord Peter Wimsey reveal the criminal by name, the extent of his or her crimes, and the motivations that led them to kill, steal or lie. Though in the end, most of us probably end up in both categories, trying to figure everything out but still surprised by the truth.

Modern mystery novels tend to focus on criminal evil, fascinated by the depths humans are capable of sinking to. While older ones certainly didn't hesitate to point out man's depravity and capacity for wrongdoing, they were even more concerned with justice and the good guys who overcome the bad guys through superior wit and reason.

These are the ones we like. We don't admire Sherlock Holmes only for his formidable genius, but also for his commitment to employ it for the forces of good. Miss Marple doesn't need to solve crimes, but she does—and we rejoice every time she triumphs over a shady perpetrator. In the real world things might not always wind up so neatly, but it's nice to know in some books they always will.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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100-Year-Old Secret
Sherlock Files #1
by Tracy Barrett
1st edition from Square Fish Publishing
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A Miss Marple Mystery #7
by Agatha Christie
2022 Reissue from William Morrow & Company
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A.B.C. Murders
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #13
by Agatha Christie
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Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #33
by Agatha Christie
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Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Conan Doyle
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Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sterling Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Reader's Digest World's Best Reading
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Richard Lebenson
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Books of Wonder
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Barry Moser
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, illustrated by Sidney Paget
100th Anniversary from SeaWolf Press
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After the Funeral
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #29
by Agatha Christie
2011 Reissue from William Morrow & Company
for 9th-Adult
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Agatha Christie: An Autobiography
by Agatha Christie
2012 Reissue from William Morrow & Company
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by Robert Arthur, illustrated by Harry Kane
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by Alfred Hitchcock, editor
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by Alfred Hitchcock, illustrated by Fred Banbery
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by Clifford B. Hicks, illustrated by Roger Bradfield
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$17.95
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by Clifford B. Hicks, Illustrated by Bill Sokol
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And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
from HarperCollins
Murder Mystery for 9th-Adult
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And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
75th Anniversary from HarperCollins
Murder Mystery for 9th-Adult
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by Donald J. Sobol
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Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volumes 1 & 2
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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by Lucille Travis
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A Hercule Poirot Mystery #19
by Agatha Christie
2011 Reissue from William Morrow & Company
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Appointment with Death
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #19
by Agatha Christie
1975 Printing from Dell Publishing
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by Agatha Christie
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A Miss Marple Mystery #10
by Agatha Christie
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by Ayn Rand
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by Ayn Rand
Centennial from Plume Books
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Avion My Uncle Flew
by Cyrus Fisher, illustrated by Richard Floethe
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1947 Newbery Honor Book
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Sherlock Files #2
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Echoes From the Edge #1
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A Hercule Poirot Mystery #5
by Agatha Christie
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A Hercule Poirot Mystery #7
by Agatha Christie
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by Alexander McCall Smith
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Bold Dragoon
by Washington Irving, illustrated by James Daugherty
1960 printing from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
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Brit. Lit. Volume 8
by Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie
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$16.80
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by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Adam Rex and Matt Myers
from Simon and Schuster
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$33.99
Busman's Honeymoon (11)
A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 11
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Reprint from HarperCollins
Murder Mystery for 9th-Adult
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By the Pricking of My Thumbs
A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery #4
by Agatha Christie
Reissue, 2012 from William Morrow & Company
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Calamity Town
by Ellery Queen
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Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase
by Wendy Mass
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Cards on the Table
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #15
by Agatha Christie
Reissue from William Morrow & Company
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A Miss Marple Mystery #9
by Agatha Christie
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$15.99
Case of the Baker Street Irregular
by Robert Newman
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An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Crosby Bonsall
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by Robert Newman
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by Michele Torrey
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An I Can Read Book Level 2
by Crosby Bonsall
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$4.99
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by Crosby Bonsall
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Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from SeaWolf Press
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Cat Among the Pigeons
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #32
by Agatha Christie
2011 Reissue from William Morrow & Company
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Chasing Vermeer
Balliet Art Mystery Series
by Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
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A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 2
by Dorothy Sayers
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A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 2
by Dorothy Sayers
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Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
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$10.99
Complete Father Brown Stories
by G. K. Chesterton
from Wordsworth Classics
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Complete Miss Marple Collection
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$161.12
Computer Nut
by Betsy Cromer Byars
Reprint from Puffin Books
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Conference of the Birds
by Ransom Riggs
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by Avi
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by Sharon Kay Penman
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A Hercule Poirot Mystery #39
by Agatha Christie
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Daughter of Time
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Dead End in Norvelt
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2012 Newbery Medal Winner
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Dead Man's Folly
A Hercule Poirot Mystery #31
by Agatha Christie
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