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The Locked-room Mysteries - Lawrence Block, G.K. Chesterton, P.G. Wodehouse, John Dickson Carr, Otto Penzler, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, Ellery Queen, Georges Simenon, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh,  Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King, Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Edgar Allan Poe

I said it once and I will say it again. For a mystery book to be really good it needs two things:
1. A complicated mystery (sorry for a bad pun).
2. Great characters, in particular investigators.

This book never fails at #1, however only the well-known writers featured here deliver colorful investigators (Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and others).