All the novels of the series are based on the mysterious life of the main protagonist alex mcknight, who is a former police detective from detroit. Hes been given three years until he must retire from the lapd and hes still determined to do what he does best. Barking detective mystery series waverly curtis is the pseudonym of waverly fitzgerald and curt colbert. An irish detective inspector in the uk police is transferred to saintmaries police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. Following two detectives, khattak being gettys boss, khan tackles complex topics brilliantly without ever flattening or reducing the issues or. The second spenser novel by robert b parker follows on from the godwulf manuscript and sees the detective come into his own as he searches for kevin, a 15yearold boy. And if you know of any flashlight worthy series that would work well on this list, let flashlight worthy know and theyll let me know. The writing is super and the plots always intriguing. Redling, legacy of the dead by charles todd, the next ti.
Encyclopedia brown has taken us on countless journeys since it was first published in 1963. Each of these is the first novel in one of the great british police detective series. Bruno, chief of police series penguin random house. Warren finds herself on a film set, in a graveyard, surrounded by one hundred and four murder suspects. A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. There is a total of books published between the years 1996 and 2008.
Bruno, chief of police series in order martin walker. A short mystery about an injured young woman with amnesia who seeks chief of police kate burkholders help to remember her identityand her attacker. They are not necessarily the best of their respective series, but they are all very. This notsofamous detective book is a gem for readers who appreciate reality more than anything. Considering there are likely hundreds of series in the genre at least as of 2016, it was quite a heroic feat to sort through these hundreds, all to find the most compelling series these being a mix of well known popular series to underrated more obscure series. He is the protagonist of many mystery novels set in and around the town of ystad, 56 km 35 mi southeast of the city of malmo, in the southern province of scania. I dont know about you, but reading books in a series out of order makes my eyes bleed.
If you like your cops tough and complex, and your police procedurals unflinching, youll love this series by former crime reporter connelly. A unique mysterythriller unlike anything i have ever read, bangkok 8 is the first of a series starring royal thai police detective sonchai jitpleecheep, who in the opener is following, with his cop partner pichai, a shady american marine sergeant in bangkok, when the marine is right in front of them, in a car bolted shut slaughtered by a. This imaginative book recasts jane eyre as a gutsy serial. Each book in the series contains at least ten minimysteries which you, the reader, solve right along with the boy wonder. Best european drama series and best actor in drama series for kim bodnia. The detective s character encapsulates astute detective work and a fractious manner. Policedetectivelaw enforcement 202220243058309330959002.
Leroy encyclopedia brown is one of the most popular kid detectives in literature. The first fictional private detective was auguste dupin, who appeared in three short stories by edgar allan poe. This is book number 9 in the inspector armand gamache series and definitely our favorite of all of them there are 12. All the novels of the detective brenner series feature the main character in the form of simon brenner, who is described by the author as a police. Bruno, chief of police series martin walker the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring bruno, chief of police. Based on a reallife case, the book was banned in several areas of the country for its frank depiction of lust and violence, with a bleak ending that helped define the genre. Also, few police dramas use location as well as this series does, with its perpetually overcast skies looming over a slategray sea and wild, rocky shores. Phillips modern classic is the story of lowlevel crook and former attorney charlie arglist, who has a simple plan to make off with his mobster bosss money in the middle of a christmas eve blizzard in wichita. Overall, whether youre a seasoned consumer of police procedurals or a newbie to the genre looking for somewhere to begin, the black echo is the perfect place to start, it was connellys first, and it won him the edgar award for best first novel in 1993. Bruno finds lost dogs, fights fires, registers births and. The series is set in the michigan, a fictional paradise in the upper peninsula beside the lake superior. This crime drama was intense, mysterious and it starred matthew mcconaughey. Jan 12, 2016 the first fictional private detective was auguste dupin, who appeared in three short stories by edgar allan poe.
Authors whose first book was published after 1990 will be found at british mysteries since 1990 josephine tey 18961952. They are not necessarily the best of their respective series, but they are all very good. The british police detective the british amateur detective mystery author index. The series was awarded two golden nymph awards in 2014. Hewitt the protagonist, a lawyer turned detective has been considered a good rival to sherlock by detective fiction geeks. For avid readers, finding a series you love is especially nice, providing easy entertainment without the risk that the book will be a dud. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. A pillar of the local tennis and rugby clubs, he teaches sports to the local schoolchildren.
Its the middle of the night in painters mill, and chief of police kate burkholder is called to a scene where a mysterious young woman, battered. When the main character is a likable detective, the mystery is suspenseful, and the pace is fast, well often want more when the book is done. Oct 08, 2012 sometimes when a series goes this long, things inevitably start to lose their shine, but harry is still going strong, and ive never been underwhelmed with any of these books. Swedish and danish police must join forces to discover the murderer.
Grans mysteries breathe new life into detective fiction and bounce. The cuckoos calling by robert galbraith, the silkworm by robert galbraith, still life by louise penny, career of evil. Specifically, our curated and ranked picks for the top 25 best mystery series. Prime members enjoy free twoday delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, tv shows, original audio series, and kindle books. Oslo police force in jo nesbos internationally bestselling harry hole. Home of the bruno, chief of police detective series. Raines was once a chicago police officer, but she finds the life of a private investigator way less stressful. A gripping vigilante justice thriller the detective jesse mccord police thriller series book 1 by c. Jun 12, 2017 the ice harvest, by scott phillips a classic element of noir is the simple, perfect crime that is subverted ruinously by human nature. These stories show how somebody can solve a mystery by observing and logical reasoning. As fans of louise penny just like many of you out there, she had to top our list with how the light gets in. Two dozen outstanding detective series from around the world. Benoit courreges, aka bruno, is a former soldier turned policeman, who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life in the idyllic village of st.
Lucy worsleys the art of the english murder is a fascinating look at how the detective novel was born from crime reporting, and how, eventually, detective fiction. He organizes the parades and festivities and fireworks displays and keeps order in his fictional home town of st denis. The 12 best private detectives in crime fiction crime. After 8 novels, he started a new series featuring bertie, who is the prince of wales and the future edward vii. Together they write the barking detective mystery series which started in 2010 and is set in seattle, washington. Sep 25, 2018 the police department in this series is set in ontario, canada, but the series tackles mysteries and social topics that travel us around the world and its just my favorite thing about the series. Love detectives but hate the police procedural aspects of. In lisa gardners firstever short story, an extremely pregnant detective d. British mystery writers prior to world war ii may be found at early mystery novels and novels of the golden age.
Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read ties that bind. Us crime blog the weekly lizard has just published an interview they conducted with me that digs deep into the character of bruno. Lovesey received the cwa diamond dagger award for lifetime achievement. The 19th book featuring harry bosch, black box, will be out next month, and one of my favorite detectives, now sliding firmly into middle age, shows no sign of slowing down. Apr 05, 2018 henning mankells alter ego, smalltown police detective kurt wallender, probed the dark recesses of swedish society, exploring the widespread racism, alcoholism, and depression, in a series of superb novels. Bruno cooks, he hunts, he builds his own house and grows his own food. All mystery law enforcement police procedural women sleuths psychological suspense suspense thriller kidnapping revenge cozy mystery.
Two key characters in the series are introduced susan silverman and lieutenant healy and youll meet them again throughout the 40book series. The other end of the line is the twentyfourth book in andrea camilleris inspector montalbano series and sees the inspector investigating the murder of local dressmaker elena while the police are at the heart of efforts to help an influx of migrants who have arrived in the town. The first in a planned series by redmond, a retired police detective, is an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller. Royal thai police detective sonchai jitpleecheep, the creation of john burdett. This gritty drama has captured the attention of international audiences, having been broadcast across the nordic countries and in the united kingdom. Down among the dead di nick dixon crime release date. A detectives complicated past catches up with her when she investigates a murder.
Later series see another british di head the investigative team. Writer and producer nic pizzollato, knocked viewers on their butts when true detective premiered in january of 2014. Best crime and thriller books of 2020 pan macmillan. Lovesey also has contemporary detective series which features inspector diamond who first appeared in the last detective which won the anthony award. Policedetectivelaw enforcement 20222024305830939002. Bruno, chief of police series in order martin walker fictiondb. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet.1268 665 470 63 1277 192 625 326 637 119 50 530 1455 247 579 198 441 513 1349 1303 589 45 57 389 364 724 1162 328 1272 964 1437 798 1058 1332 1058 145 1376 981 1238 931