History of ?

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe
    Famous works:
    The Murders in the Rue Morgue
    The Mystery of Marie Roget
    The Purloined Letter Style:
    The setting is a locked room, in which a murder victim is found inside an apparently sealed enclosure and the detective's challenge is to discover the murderer's mode of operation.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Famous works:
    A Study in Scarlet
    A Sign of Four
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes A series of stories based on Sherlock Holmes and his reliable sidekick, Dr. Watson. They solved cases using deducing clues.
  • Dorothy Leigh Sayers

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers
    Famous work:
    Whose Body? The main characters in her novels were Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard and Wimsey, who solved cases usually involving relatives or close friends. Dorothy L. Sayers was well known for "the imaginative ways in which her victims were disposed of.", such as poisoned teeth fillings, a cat with poisoned claws, and a dagger made of ice.
  • Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie
    Famous works:
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
    Murder on the Orient Express
    Death on the Nile
    Murder at the Vicarage
    And then there were none She wrote more than 80 novels over 50 years, and is today probably the best-known writer in history for this genre. Christie has "entertained more people for more hours at a time than almost any other writer of her generation."
  • Edward Stratemeyer & Carolyn Keene & Franklin Dixon

    Edward Stratemeyer & Carolyn Keene & Franklin Dixon
    Famous works:
    Nancy Drew series
    Hardy Boys series Nancy Drew is a highly skilled, teenage detective character who solved more than 350 mysteries. Bold and independent, she is one of the most popular heroines of modern times. Later she was made into cinema and tv series. The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional teenage brothers and amateur detectives who appear in various mystery series for children and teens.
  • Christopher Pike

    Christopher Pike
    Famous works: The Last Vampire series
    The Final Friends and Remember Me trilogies
    Whisper of Death
    Fall into Darkness His first teen thriller called Slumber Party, is a book about a group of teenagers who run into bizarre and violent events during a ski weekend.
  • R. L. Stine

    R. L. Stine
    Famous Works: Goosebumps series
    Fear Street series Combining mystery and horror together, R.L. Stine was America's number one best-selling author 3 times during the 1990s and the Guinness Book of World Records named Stine as the best-selling children's book series author of all time in 2003.
  • Donald J. Sobol

    Donald J. Sobol
    Famous work: Encyclopedia Brown
    Two-Minute Mysteries Each book is set up so that readers can try to solve the case along with the boy genius, detective Encyclopedia Brown, a fifth-grade mastermind behind Idaville's police force.
  • Dan Brown

    Dan Brown
    Famous works: Da Vinci Code
    Angels & Demons Brown's novels feature treasure hunts with the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. He also includes historical themes and Christianity as recurring motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy.
  • Stieg Larsson

    Stieg Larsson
    Famous works: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    The Girl Who Played With Fire
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest A Swedish writer who was inspired by American and British crime/detective fiction authors.