The top-selling British mystery authors in the United States are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Le Carré, Wilkie Collins and Agatha Christie, as of 2015. These are the all-time best-sellers, based on copies sold over the lifetime of their works.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland in 1859 and died in 1930. His best known stories are those featuring the detective Sherlock Homes. Holmes continues to be popular to this day and has been featured in numerous stories as well as film and television adaptations.
John Le Carré was born in England in 1931 and is best known for his spy novels. Many of his books have been adapted for film, including "The Tailor of Panama" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." His latest novel, "A Delicate Truth," was published in 2013, when Le Carré was 81 years old.
Wilkie Collins was an English writer who lived from 1824 to 1889. He was a pioneer of the mystery genre, and his novel "The Woman In White" is considered a classic.
Agatha Christie was an English author who lived from 1890 to 1976. She is one of the all-time best-selling novelists with an estimated 2 to 4 billion books sold worldwide. She is known for her mystery series, especially those featuring the detectives Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple.