Amazon UK’s 100 Crime Books and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

A list of crime books and thrillers to read in your lifetime chosen by staff at (correct as of 26/05/18)


  1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) by James Patterson
  3. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James
  4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  5. The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
  6. Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton
  7. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  8. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  9. Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
  10. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
  11. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  12. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  13. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
  14. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
  15. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  16. The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
  17. The Collector by John Fowles
  18. Cover Her Face by P.D. James
  19. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  20. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  21. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  22. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  23. Dead Ends by Erin Lange
  24. Drop Dead Letter by Peter James
  25. Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
  26. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  27. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
  28. A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong
  29. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
  30. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  31. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  32. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers
  33. From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell (not reviewed Goodreads link)
  34. James Bond: From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
  35. Gallows View by Peter Robinson
  36. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (not reviewed, Goodreads link)
  37. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (not reviewed, Goodreads link)
  38. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  39. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (not reviewed, Goodreads link)
  40. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  41. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  42. The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
  43. Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah
  44. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  45. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
  46. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  47. Inheritance by Phyllis Bentley
  48. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint
  49. Killing Floor by Lee Child
  50. King’s Ransom by Ed McBain
  51. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
  52. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
  53. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  54. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  55. The Man Who Was Called Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  56. The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian
  57. The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  58. Miami Blues by Charles Willeford
  59. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (not reviewed, Goodreads link)
  60. The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons
  61. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
  62. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  63. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  64. The Murders in Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
  65. Mystery Man by Collin Bateman
  66. The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux
  67. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  68. The New York Trilogy by Paul Aster
  69. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  70. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (not reviewed, Goodreads link)
  71. Pines (Way Ward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
  72. The Poisoned Chocolate Case by Anthony Berkeley
  73. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  74. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  75. The Pursued by C.S. Forester
  76. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  77. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  78. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  79. Restless by William Boyd
  80. The Roman Hast Mystery by Ellery Queen
  81. Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham
  82. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  83. The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
  84. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  85. Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason
  86. Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott
  87. Smart by Kim Slater
  88. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  89. Tell No One by Harlen Coben
  90. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  91. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  92. Tinker Tailor Solider Spy – John Le Carre
  93. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
  94. Until Thy Wrath Be Past – Asa Larsson
  95. The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
  96. Villain by Shuichi Yoshida
  97. Violet and the Pearl of Orient by Harriet Whitehorn
  98. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  99. Whip Hand by Dick Francis
  100. Woman With a Birthmark by Hakan Nesser