• Agatha Christie
• Lillian Jackson Braun
• Joan Hess

  Cozy Mysteries
This is a lighter mystery, one without blood and gore, simply a nice "civilized" murder. The sleuth is nearly always a "reluctant" amateur. Murders take place close to home.
  Mary Daheim
Malice Domestic anthologies
M.D. Lake
Carolyn Hart

  • Janet Evanovich
• Julie Smith
• Sharyn McCrumb

  Soft-Boiled Mysteries
This is a mystery with a bit of an edge. There may be some violence, a hint of blood and a more sinister overtone, but there are often wonderfully comic moments throughout.
  Jessica Speart
Harry Paul Lonsdale
Laura Lippman
Malcolm Shuman

  • Raymond Chandler
• Lawrence Block's Scudder series

  Hard-Boiled Mysteries
A tougher and grittier mystery, one that often incorporates violence and some no-holds-barred descriptions of crime scenes.
  Lawrence Block
Blair S. Walker
Dennis Lehane
  • PD James
• Martha Grimes
• Colin Dexter
• Tony Hillerman
  Police Procedurals
As the term suggests, this mystery features a policeman or detective who is responsible for solving the crime. Filled with details of policework and the investigative procedure, these mysteries can be set in America or abroad.
  Peter Robinson
J.A. Jance
  • Anne Perry
• Caleb Carr
• Ellis Peters
  Historical Mysteries
Describes the mysteries which are set in time periods prior to current day. Typically these settings are before WWI.

  Elizabeth Peters
Margaret Lawrence