THE BEST CRIMES (according to the Penguin List)
Maigret and the Ghost
The Woman in White
The Big Sleep
A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Thirty-Nine Steps
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.
Cover Her Face by P.D. James.
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.
Gambit by Rex Stout.
That was difficult. I had to leave out Erle Stanley Gardner, A. Conan Doyle, and Ellis Peters. But the five I chose are best.