Top 8 Classic Detective Stories

Not Just Sherlock Holmes: Classic Detective Stories

Judging from the amount of Sherlock-based stories including BBC’s famous series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, recent Sherlock movies with Robert Downey Jr., and CBS’s Elementary with Lucy Liu, we just can’t get enough of Sherlock themed movies.

For those who have watched it all and still want more, we have created a list of eight classic stories of murder and mystery to let you indulge in the detective world.

  1. Dupin stories by Edgar Allan Poe: There was one cool detective before Sherlock Holmes and his name is C. Auguste Dupin. That French man appeared from Edgar Poe’s imagination and he debuted in three stories in 1841. Maybe Doyle took the narration of a story from the perspective of a close friend exactly from these stories? 
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Wilkie Collins wrote the very first detective novel called The Moonstone in 1868. It featured fancy parties, stolen jewels, marriage plot, drugs, and, of course, an excellent detective. This story has definitely influenced Doyle’s iconic detective.
  3. Fer De Lance by Rex Stout: Nero Wolfe lives on West 35th Street and solves crimes in New York. He has all characteristics of Sherlock Holmes but there are much more stories about him than about our favorite hero. 33 books about Wolfe will certainly keep you busy for a while.
  4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie: Not just this masterpiece but many other detective stories by Agatha Christie will keep you glued to your seat while you read it. The plot of Murder on the Orient Express is a classic one – somebody gets murdered in the train and there’s only one man – Hercule Poirot, who can solve this difficult case.
  5. Bleak House by Charles Dickens: In case you didn’t know – Charles Dickens also has a story about a detective. Bleak House is one of the most multifaceted and longest reads written by Dickens. Although it’s not a totally detective novel because a detective line is only one among many, it is definitely a masterpiece.
  6. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon: In Lady Audley’s Secret, a young man Robert becomes a detective when he wants to find out more about his wife’s uncle. Definitely a compelling read. 
  7. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: A lot of people take it as a horror story, but denying that it has a strong detective component behind would be pure ignorance. In this great book Mr. Utterson should understand what’s wrong with his client Dr. Jekyll and even though he’s amateur, he acts pretty much like a detective to achieve this goal. Even if you know the end, this book is a pleasure to read.
  8. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale: Maybe it’s too early to name the book that came out in 2009 a classic, but I’m mentioning it in this list because it features a stellar story. In case you’re the fan of Sherlock and love interesting stories, I guarantee that you will love it!

I hope this list will introduce your attention new sides of the detective genre!