Top Ten Crime Novels
I’ve got to admit, I only ever seem to read crime novels published by the publishers I work for, excluding Robert Galbraith, Ian Rankin and Daniel Cole.
Because I’ve only ever worked with commercial publishers, crime novels are kind of my bread and butter and I’m constantly reading one or the other for work purposes so reading them to relax is quite difficult.
That being said, I have read some truly remarkable crime novels and today I want to share my Top Ten.
This was the first book I read when I joined Canelo, and also one of the first police procedural’s I had ever read. It was fantastic! Utterly gripping and fun, even if it was the third book in a series. Matt’s writing is always great and his main character of DCI Lambert is fantastic. Quite similar to that of Ian Rankin’s famous detective, Rebus.
Speaking of Rebus, if you want a frightening crime thriller then this is a must-read. I read it for university and was quite terrified by the end. It has a truly explosive ending.
Following on from Rebus, here is another Scottish crime thriller series. Something about Scotland lends itself so well to crime thrillers, just because of the amazing atmosphere of the country and the incredible locations. Helen uses all of it to make her books impossible to put down. Not to mention the honesty and rawness of the portrayal of the crimes. Not one for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.
Rachel was an amazing author to work with, she’s wonderful and her books are incredible. I always enjoyed getting another DI Kelly Porter on my kindle when they arrived in the editor’s inbox. With its gorgeous Lake District setting and the intertwined stories of Kelly’s personal life with her job in the police force. The DI Kelly Porter series is great if you’re just starting to get into crime thrillers.
When Nick first joined Canelo I promised to read all of his DCI Craig Gillard books, and I stand by that promise. These books are set in my next of the woods – Kent, to be specific – so it’s alway fun to read the new tales. Not to mention the intricate plots that I always struggled to figure out before the big reveal at the end. The mark of a truly great crime thriller.
Another Canelo read – honestly, Canelo produce some fab crime thrillers! – but this time set in Manchester. The best thing about the DI Ridpath series is the uniqueness of the main character’s background. As he recovers from a long illness he is shoved from CID to working in the coroner’s office. But he’s a detective at heart.
I actually only got into the Cormoran Strike series after watching the TV adaptations, rather than reading them simply because they were written by J.K. Rowling. Whilst I think the books are slightly over-written (how can you edit J.K. Rowling though?!) I still enjoy them and I’m looking forward to making my way through the rest of the series.
A few years ago this book was the big deal in publishing. It had a major deal at the London Book Fair and sounded great. And honestly, it was great. I really enjoyed this extra-gruesome crime fiction novel and really struggled to see how all of the crimes were connected.
If you’re after a unique crime thriller, you cannot beat The Silent House. The story focuses on a sign language interpreter who is called into help interpret a deaf communitie’s testimonies when a little girl is killed in her home – all of them family were there but they are deaf so no one heard a thing. Brilliant.
And finally a psychological thriller/crime thriller. What would you do if your finance disappeared two weeks before the wedding? And then, what would you do if another woman came forward to report the same man missing after he went to leave his finance for her! Proper page-turning stuff! I stayed up until 2am to read.
What are your favourite crime fiction novels? Let me know in the comments below.