The Crime and Detection Book List

As I’ve said before, I go through periods where I can’t get enough of one genre or another. For a time, crime and detection stories were my genres of choice. My passage through theses genres went something like this: Fantasy-Steampunk-Victorian Literature-Victorian Detection-Detection-Murder-Scandinavian Crime. I know that’s a funny old way of doing things but that’s how my mind works.

Anyhow, the result of said ramblings through murder were not just to make me the world’s greatest detective, but to have a much more varied outlook on the books I read. The most pertinent example would be the Scandinavian authors and my absolute love of the barren way they often write. Again, so different to anyone else and utterly enthralling. So, that’s where I’ll start. As always, I own every one of these books and my opinions are my own.

Unseen/ Mari Jungstedt


I loved the way Mari created an unmistakably Scandinavian ambience to this series, you could feel the chill, the cold sea, everything. Brilliant.

Italian Shoes / Henning Mankell


I took a bit of a liberty placing this book in this category but not too much. It’s a hard one to describe, but my lasting memory was of the anthill that slowly grew in the protagonist’s shack. You don’t see that every day.

The Death of a Red Heroine


In the same way the above authors evoked Scandinavia, Qui Xiaolong does the same with modern day China. This book oozes The Orient from the food upwards. A great read.

Blood On The Mink / Robert Silverberg


Allegedly, Silverberg couldn’t even remember writing this. I was greatly cheered to read that salient detail as I’m always doing the same.

Die A Little / Megan Abbott


If ever a book could be described as Film Noir, then this it. I enjoyed Die A Little an awful lot and read several more of Abbott’s stories because of it.

The Bone Garden / Tess Gerritsen


This is a time hopping story that was constructed in a very easy to read manner. I enjoyed this a lot. The other good thing about Tess’s books was that when I resigned from work to write full time, you could always buy them on three for one. (Every penny counts.)

A Death in Tuscany / Michele Giuttari


It was set in Tuscany. I love Tuscany. ‘Nuff said.

Sexton Blake, Detective / Various


Born of the Penny Dreadfuls, Sexton Blake was a varied read that I felt encapsulated the period perfectly. A nice alternative to Sherlock Holmes and Denis Nayland Smith, (as you know, I hate reading the same as everyone else).

The Affair of the Mutilated Mink / James Anderson


If you like your British murders to be old school with a touch of whimsy in their detection, read these.

The Eiger Sanction / Trevanian


Not only has this book got Switzerland as its main setting, the Eiger (my favourite mountain) and a movie version of it starring Clint Eastwood, but it’s a great read, too. What more could you want to round off a list.

I hope you enjoyed the choices. If you want another list doing just shout out in the comments.

Thank you for reading


Richard M. Ankers, author of The Eternals trilogy.

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20 thoughts on “The Crime and Detection Book List”

      1. I’ve spent a lifetime, reading and studying the crime writing genre from Poe, to Conan Doyle, Hammett, Spillane, Iceberg Slim, Rankin, Lehane, Connelly and, my own favourite, James Lee Burke. And those are just off the top of my head. I think I understand its limitations and then I find a new writer and that notion goes down in a spiral of smoke and flames.

      2. Now, while writing a flow up to Tito’s Dead, I’ve begun writing a science fiction novel that began with a post for the Writers’ Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge

  1. Three cheer for Scandinavian Crime. You know, my husband looks at me and asks Does anyone else in the world even reads those? Now I have PROOF!

  2. Shamefully to say, I know nothing of the other books but one! That is Tess Gerritsen. I have a few of her books but failed to buy more. Somehow, being busy and something comes up, and then there are other choices of books on the book shelves makes my saliva drop down like water fall! LOL

    I have her “The Apprentice”, “The Surgeon”, “Keeping The Dead”, “Last To Die” and “Ice Cold”. At the same time when I bought her books, I had both the books of Elizabeth George and Patricia Cornwell. I wish I can carry the whole book shelf with me! LOL

    Now, we can carry whole loads in Kindle! tee-hee

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