If Charles Dickens had lived, he would have been 200 today! I always think of Charles Dickens as a mystery writer because he gave us such 'suspenseful' books. Yes, he was writing for the serials, so he kept us going, but his novels were filled with crime and intrigue, detectives, and criminals.
Bleak House surely qualifies as a mystery with Inspector Bucket, the first British literary detective. The Bow Street Runners appear in Oliver Twist. And, of course, there's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the final--and unfinished- work that has seen the light of day in theatres, as well as in print, and soon to be shown in the US, a new BBC production.
Google even has a Charles Dickens doodle.
Here's a round-up of some Charles Dickens info for the mystery reader: