50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read


Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers

Again, read: everything Sayers has ever written. Ahem, please excuse those hysterical italics. Her Lord Peter Wimsey novels, of which Gaudy Night is one, are particularly wonderful, not least for Harriet Vane, everyone’s favorite ass-kicking mystery novelist, nor for its double duty as a philosophical novel. “How fleeting are all human passions compared to the massive continuity of ducks.”