In my book club we are planning to read a crime fiction/police procedural next time and we’ve been looking for ideas. As this is my favourite genre, I had quite a few ideas! However, I seem to just stick to the same authors, so any suggestions?
Here is what I thought of, but these are all stories I’ve read (not that I mind rereading them!)
- Historical detective – ‘Dissolution’ C. J. Sansom – a cracking good read, first in the series of Shardlake novels, set at the time of Henry VIII
- Shetland detective – ‘Raven Black’ by Ann Cleeves – great story and fascinating setting, first in series of Jimmy Perez novels (ignore the pathetic TV version)
- Icelandic detective – ‘House of Evidence’ by Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson, great and intricate story which is much more than a who-dunnit, starts with a dead body found in a house locked from the inside and no weapon
- Yorkshire detective duo – there are about 24 Pasco and Dalziel books, police procedurals by Reginald Hill- I think the earlier ones are better, but there are plenty to choose from; again, ignore any of the TV series which may be good in their own right but are nothing like as good as the original… a good one to look at might be ‘The Wood Beyond’ but I also recommend ‘On Beulah Height’ and I defy anyone to guess the ending!
- Classic detective – Inspector Roderick ‘Rory’ Alleyn books by Ngaio Marsh, she wrote over 30 books between 1934 – 1982, typical slightly old-fashioned but very readable stories
- Spy detective – George Smiley, John le Carré’s spy from ‘Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ etc, becomes a detective in ‘A Murder of Quality’