Addendum to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Dr. Jenny Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

Introduction by Molly Odintz
In the past few weeks, leading up to our release of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels, we’ve posted numerous lists from authors, booksellers, and critics. MysteryPeople’s fifth anniversary has now been celebrated, and our top 100 list is complete, but we’ve enjoyed these lists so much, we have one more to bring you.
I reached out to my sister, Dr. Jenny Odintz, who has a PhD in comparative literature and has taught numerous classes covering the subject of noir, for her top 20 mysteries list. She responded with an eclectic group of titles, reflecting her lifelong love of the genre. The list below includes many titles to read, and then re-read. 

Jenny Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

  1. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  2. Five Little Pigs (British Title = A Murder in Retrospect)  by Agatha Christie 
  3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  4. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Crossing the Mangrove (translated from French) by Maryse Condé
  7. In The Woods by Tana French
  8. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Hollows/ Rachel Morgan series, book 1)
  9. Strangled Prose by Joan Hess (Claire Malloy mystery series, book 1)
  10. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by PD James
  11. Trap for Cinderella by Sebastian Japrisot  (translated from French)
  12. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell series, book 1)
  13. A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King (Kate Martinelli series, book 1)
  14. Out by Natsuo Kirino (translated from Japanese)
  15. One Step Behind by Henning Mankell (translated from Swedish, Kurt Wallander mysteries, my favorite one) 
  16. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (translated from Spanish) by Gabriel García Marquez:
  17. Death Comes as Epiphany by Sharan Newman (Catherine LeVendeur historical mystery series, book 1)
  18. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, Sam Vimes series) 
  19. Gaudy Night Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey/ Harriet Vane series) 
  20. The Venus Throw by Steven Saylor (Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, not the first book but my favorite)

You can find the books listed above on our shelves or via 

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