Read some of the finest opening sentences from crime, thriller and mystery fiction.

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See my pick of the best Sherlockian stories, from Arthur Conan Doyleand Others...

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From the house-bound to the blind, from the English gent to the Australian debt collector, criminals have suffered at the hands of these good guys. You'll find law enforcers and plenty of law benders amongst this list of the Hound's greatest.  READ...

The British Golden Age of detective fiction peaked in 1934 with classic novels, new characters emerging and new genres taking shape. To see why the year made such an impact click the link. READ... 

When lists are published of the greatest crime writers it’s often the same names that dominate; Chandler, Christie, Conan Doyle; so, for a change, here’s a list of the Hound’s top ‘living’ crime writers. You'll find brief biogs, quotes and recommended reads.   READ...

The Hound's favourite crime books of the 21st century, written by Swedish novelists and set in Sweden.  VIEW...

Reminiscent of the mid-20th century pulp publishers, Hard Case Crime are publishing crime books books like they used to. READ...

The alternative-history genre has produced two masterpieces with the 1992 crime novel Fatherland by Robert Harris and CJ Sansom’s 2012 thriller Dominion. Here's a look at them. READ...

The Hound's favourite fictional crime fighting twosomes. The stories must be predominantly set in Great Britain for the duos to be eligable. And they must appear in several stories.  READ the list...

The Hound's favourite fictional crime fighting twosomes. The stories must be predominantly set in the USA for the duos to be eligable.  READ the list...

Top Ten Law Novels

The Hound's favourite legal and courtroom thrillers of the past fifty years.

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There's lots of advice out there for would-be writers of crime or thriller fiction. I've put together of random selection of quotes about writing, mainly well-known quotes from well-known authors, plus a few of my own. Click here to READ the quotes.

For this Top Ten, The Hound, a big fan of Marlowe, Spade and Archer, takes a look at the best of the contemporary US offerings and discovers that the genre is in good hands. Click here to READ the list...

The Hound's top ten Agatha Christie novels feature books from both her Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series plus a Tommy and Tuppence novel. Click here to READ the list...

Books are often being compared to their movie adaptations. Here is list of great crime novels that have been made into great crime movies. It's 5 stars all the way for the following books AND the film versions.  Click here to READ the list...

CRIME WRITERS/HISTORICAL BOOKS

Guest post from Kim Fleet, author of Holy Blood, on her favourites. 

 
TOP TEN FEMALE PROTAGONISTS

Guest post from Corrie Jackson, author Breaking Dead.

 

THE DOS AND DON'TS OF CRIME FICTION

Guest post: writing crime fiction tips from the author David Jackson.   

 
TOP TEN SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES

The best Sherlockian stories from Arthur Conan Doyle and others. 

 

WRITING FOR HITCHCOCK

Writing a novel that may inspire Alfred Hitchcock.

 
GREATEST DUOS FROM BRITISH CRIME 

Discover the best crime fighting duos from British crime fiction.  

 

GREATEST DUOS FROM US CRIME 

Discover the best crime fighting duos from American crime fiction

 

MODERN SWEDISH CRIME FICTION

A look at the best contemporary crime novels from Sweden.  

 

CRIME FICTION'S GOLDEN YEAR

Discover which year was the best for crime fiction and see why

 

QUOTES ON CRIME WRITING

Read quotes on crime fiction and writing, many from top authors

 

FATHERLAND V DOMINION

A look at Robert Harris and C J Sansom's alternate history classics.

 

HARD CASE CRIME

How one publisher is reviving the pulp paperbacks of the mid 20th century.   

 

MY READING HABITS

Hanna Winter guest post, author of Sacrfice.    

 

 

THE AMERICAN FILES

Guest Post from Alex Caan, author of Cut to the Bone. 

 

TOP TEN FICTIONAL DEATHS

Guest Post from Corrie Jackson, author of The Perfect Victim. 

 

FILMS & TV THAT INSPIRED ME

Guest Post from Mike Thomas on inspiring films and TV.  

 

CHRISTMAS CAN BE MURDER

Guest Post from Peter Bartram, author of the Crampton of the Chronicle series. 

 

SHERLOCK ON THE WORLD STAGE

Guest Post from Richard T Ryan, Holmes author. 

     
MY LOVE FOR ED MCBAIN

Guest post from David Jackson, on the 87th Precinct series of novels. 

 
THE NOIR IN NORDIC LIFE

Guest post from Sarah Surgey, author of The Presence of Absense. 

 
MY FAVOURITE CRIME WRITERS/BOOKS

Guest post from Angela Marsons, author of Silent Scream. 

 
BEST 60'S SET CRIME

Guest post from Peter Bartram, author of the Crampton of the Chronicle series. 

 
TOP THREE TIPS FOR CREATING TENSION

Guest post from Sam Blake, author of Little Bones.

 
WRITERS PICK THEIR FAVOURITES

See which books crime writers choose as their most influential. 

 
THE AUTHOR IN THE NOVEL

Malcolm Noble looks at how authors show themselves through their writing.

 
GREATEST FIRST LINES

The best first lines from crime, thriller and mystery fiction.

 
GREATEST CRIME FIGHTERS

The top all time crime solvers from literary fiction. 

 

THE BOOK AND THE MOVIE

A list of great crime novels that have been made into great films.  

 

TOP 21ST CENTURY AMERICAN PI BOOKS

The best ten US private eye novels of recent years.  

 

GREATEST LEGAL CRIME FICTION

A list of the finest legal and courtroom novels post To Kill A Mockingbird

 

BEST COLD WAR THRILLERS

Discover the best crime novels inspired by the cold war

 

TOP TEN AGATHA CHRISTIE STORIES

A Poirot or a Marple? Find out which books are rated as Christie's finest.  

 

GREATEST LIVING CRIME WRITERS

A list of the best crime and thrillers authors writing today.

 

 

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Guest Post from Hank Early, on the childhood memories influencing Heaven's Crooked Finger.

 

WRITING IN AFRICA

Guest Post from Chanette Paul, author of Sacrificed.

 

FIVE WRITERS OF INFLUENCE

Guest Post from Christopher Farnsworth, author of Hunt You Down, on writers of influence to him.  

 

 
      

KNOWING THE AUTHOR - Historical Crime

Malcom Noble looks at how authors show themsleves through their novels, how readers judge the person, and how this all applies to historical fiction. Read.

Crime writers choose their most influential novels. Click here to READ the articles.