The 10 Best Detective Novel Series of All Time
Sink your teeth into these exciting detective book series that feature enigmatic crime solvers.
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Its hard to beat a good detective book, with their intelligent leads and thrilling mysteries. Theyll pull you along with excitement and intriguegood luck trying to figure out whodunit before the end.
Weve rounded up some of the best detective novel series of all time. These span multiple books usually featuring the same crime solver, so you can sink loads of time and get fully invested in the characters.
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Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous detective of all time. You might know him from the books, TV shows, or even the great single-playerSherlockboard game. However, nothing can beat Arthur Conan Doyles classic novels.
Sherlock is an obsessively logical man, able to deduce almost anything by applying his skills of deduction, aided by his friend and biographer John Watson.
Set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras,Sherlock Holmesis a masterpiece of writing, detective genre or otherwise.
Cormoran Strikeis written by one of the best-selling authors of all time: Robert Galbraith. Youll be forgiven if you dont know the name, since its a pseudonym forHarry Potterauthor J. K. Rowling.
A private investigator, Strike combines thorough research and the help of his colleague Robin to solve mysteries.
Strike is an interesting character, dealing with the ramifications of a post-military career, and his evolving relationship with Robin is a nice ongoing thread.
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agencywas first published in 1998, the series being named after that novel, though it didnt immediately find an audience. However, its clear to see why the books now sell in their millions.
The main character is Mma Precious Ramotswe, who resides in Botswana. She believes that a good detective should understand people, after which solving their mysteries is simple, and its this character focus that makes the series so good.
If theres one person you want around when things hit the fan, its Hercule Poirot. Hell bring his calm, Belgium charm to proceedings and use his little gray cells to crack the case.
Poirots adventures span over fifty books written by Agatha Christie. Theyre breezy, easy to digest, and can be read in pretty much any order. Standouts includeMurder on the Orient ExpressandDeath on the Nile, but you cant go wrong with any of them.
Writer Georges Simenon certainly didnt rest in his lifetime. His main detective, Jules Maigret, featured in 75 novels and 28 short stories. Each are as enjoyable as the last.
Simenon described Maigret as a large powerfully built gentlemana pipe, a bowler hat, a thick overcoat. Hes a quintessentially French detective and enjoys working with a select band of policemen to help bring justice.
Harry Bosch is the creation of Michael Connelly. Hes a police homicide detective with the LAPD who has a strong sense of right and wrong, which usually causes him to clash with his fellow officers.
While some detectives try to play fair and please, Bosch is only interested in justice. The series has also been adapted into a great Amazon Prime Video original show.
Another detective from Agatha Christie, this one in the form of white-haired elderly woman Miss Marple. Its the perfect cover, since shes unassuming and no-one would suspect the woman knitting a cardigan to also be solving a crime.
Miss Marple was first introduced inThe Tuesday Night Club, a 1927 short story, before going on to feature in 12 full-length novels. All of them, along with the 20 short stories, demand your attention.
Rather than feature one character, each book inThe Dublin Murder Squadseries follows the case of a different police detective. However, read the series in order and youll notice that the lead of the next always features in the previous.
The series is often dark and chilling, not reliant on tropes, and very well written. If you want to be hooked and unsettled while reading, this is the series for you.
Detectives can be live wires and thats especially true of Harry Hole. Hes a brilliant crime solver, but the way he cracks cases can be a bit unusual.
Harry Holecomes from the pen of Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian author. One of the books got turned into a film featuring Michael Fassbander, but you best avoid itthe novel is far better than the dodgy adaptation.
Kinsey Millhone is a former police officer, now private investigator, created by Sue Grafton. Millhone is a bit eccentric, fussy, but gets the job done.
One of the appealing things about this series is that each book is titled after a letter of the alphabet. Sadly, Grafton died before finishing the final book for the letter Z. As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y, said her daughter.
If you decide to read all of these detective books, theyll probably last you a lifetime. But theyre fantastic so thats a win-win!
If you want to mix things up but keep within the detective realm, you may want to expand your circle and start listening to murdery mystery podcasts as well. Theyre just as engaging!
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