Best classic mysteries with romance.

The following were all written before 1940 and represent some of the earliest mysteries written and some of the best mystery books ever written.

  1. The Women in White by Wilkie Collins
  2. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  3. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. This is the book in the Lord Peter Whimsy series where Whimsy falls in love with Harriet Vane, their relationship is further developed in Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon.
  4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Marie
  5. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie,  this is one book in a series featuring Tommy and Tuppence who team together as PI’s. Snappy dialog, funny, light hearted, and improbable-Very different from typical Agatha Christie books (this book is out of print, but you can download it free from the Gutenberg project by using this link .

See also classic romantic suspense book list for novels written after 1940, but set in the nineteenth century often with love, intrigue, and big historic houses.  Return to main list for other books combining mystery and romance.