Top Ten Tuesday -Private Eyes They’re Watching You

I love crime novels. Good ones. Cheesey ones. Good cheesey ones. Not awful cheesey ones. If it’s a crime novel, I’ll give it a shot. Especially when it’s a detective novel. And that leads in to this week’s topic. Novels when you’re in the mood for a little figuring.

These are not necessarily good books. But they’re entertaining. You’ve been warned.


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Any of the three novels are a fabulous read, but this one is my favourite. It’s dark, dirty, and over the top and all about the publishing industry.


My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock

Not technically a detective, but a bit of investigative journalism to solve a murder.


In the Woods by Tana French

This one might be a contentious choice because of the ending, but I think it’s fabulous. Like legitimately a good novel. Not just good for crime fiction.


Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

Unlike the last entry, this is definitely not the best novel I’ve ever read. But, the story is super fun and reads exactly like an episode of procedural crime drama.


The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

Making a detective novel list without including Veronica Mars is a crime. A crime.


Halfhead by Stuart MacBride

A charming, off-putting blend of sci-fi and crime drama. And people walking around missing half their faces. Also, a social commentary on gaming culture.


In the Dark by Brian Freeman

The Stride novels are pretty ridiculous, and sometimes closed minded, but this one is a pretty decent story about the mystery that lead a detective to become a detective.


The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell 

One of my favourites from when I was a teen. It’s where I learned that the body farm in Virginia was a thing. My idealistic self wants to go there. My olfactory me says ‘don’t be ridiculous; it would smell terrible there.’


Dead Scared by S.J. Bolton

I pretty much hate the main character, but this novel is creepily delicious. Snuff films and clowns. Enough said.


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

A detective novel with a charming and delightful sci-fi/fantasy twist. It’s convoluted and messy, but excellent. And amnesia. Amnesia that doesn’t do soap operay.

There are buttloads of other authors that I haven’t included on this list. Great crime novels like Dashiell Hammett’s pulp novels and The Millennium Trilogy. But I warned you from the front, that’s not what this list is about.


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