So, readers !! How many of you like to read crime novels? Oh !! I see a bunch of people raising their hands. This genre has always been successful in finding its readers across the world and in every era. A typical crime novel would include a plot in which a crime takes place and is investigated for or somehow develops and reaches its conclusion. The most interesting part of crime novels is the way in which the characters are portrait and their crime is painted through words that stab across the hearts of the readers, as if it is for real. So, how many novels based on crimes have actually gained that level of success and maturity, where you feel like you are one of the characters struggling through horrible sets of events to fight for your survival? We have compiled a list of the ten best crime novels that we believe have ever been written. See if you have missed out reading any of these best sellers – You can use it as your reading checklist for your favorite genre.
10. Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar
If you are looking for a contemporary crime novel that does not let you at rest unless and until you complete it, then this should be your ultimate pick. It is definitely one among the ten best crime novels ever written. Death on a Galician Shore is a teeth-biting novel, with a beautiful setting in a sleepy Galician town. Detective Caldas, who is basically a radio celebrity, investigates into the case of a sailor whose body is found in the sea on a Sunday. The condition of the body raises questions and gives clues into the unnatural death of the sailor. The hands of the body are tied up. The community is superstitious and private, thus extracting information becomes quite challenging. For one thing, the villagers are suspicious of outsiders. Secondly, most part of the town associates the murder with a return of a ghost. However, little by little, information and clues join up to form a conclusion. The novel has its beauty in characterization and plain but unusual settings. The murder investigation that begins with a finding of the dead body soon turns into a series of complex turns and eventful incidents.
9. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
Eric Ambler, commonly known for his gifted skills for writing mysteries, bedazzles his readers with a suspenseful tale of politics, revenge, love for power, human nature, and selfishness. This is a classic mystery/suspense novel, which complements its genre itself. The protagonist of the novel is a mystery novelist, Charles Latimer, who is keen to find a fresh plot for his next novel. In an attempt to do so, he finds himself trapped in a snare of assassination, espionage, drugs and treachery. The setting is in the era of the Balkan wars in the years between the world wars. The novel certainly deserves a spot in our list of ten best crime novels.
8. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
This has to appear in the list of ten best crime novels ever produced. Based on the story of the last Yorkist king, The daughter of the Time, is a beautiful crime novel which peeps into history to find out facts about a crime that has historical significance. Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant seeks to find out the kind of man Richard III was. He is intrigued by his portrait, which transports him into his world of imagination. The inspector tries to imagine if the king was actually as heinous as he has been depicted in history or are there any secrets that are to be revealed. The novel’s hero comes to a realization that history is nothing but mere hearsay. Nominated as the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association in the 1990s, the novel is a fresh replay of history, put in words to entertain the reader and at the same time educate them. The hero is an investigator/detective/researcher trying to find the truth about alleged murder in the tower.
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie, known for bringing her readers the best suspense and crime novels, is sure to make a place in our list of ten best crime novels with her masterpiece, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. This is an ingeniously plotted and wonderfully written crime novel, which is also very significant for the fact that it features one of the most popular characters ever created by Agatha – the best fictional detective, Hercule Poirot. Some parts of the book were considered controversial in the 20th century, which is why the writer was at the brink of losing her membership in the Detection Club (an organization of writers). Written in the first person account of Doctor James Sheppard, the book is an entertaining read, which does not, at any point, fail to mesmerize its readers. This Hercule Poriot mystery would make you want to read more books of the most celebrated fictional detective in the world of fiction. The most interesting part of the book is when Poriot successfully puts all the links and pieces together to solve the mystery. It leaves the readers in awe.
6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This is a story of a young woman who marries a dominating older man and becomes obsessed with his deceased wife. A psychological thriller/suspense, this novel has to be in our list of ten best crime novels. Rebecca is the name of the first wife of Maxim de Winter, who marries the young woman, who is also the narrator of this appealing, riveting tale of terror, suspicion and love. The young woman is overshadowed by the charismatic personality and presence of the man’s first wife even after her death. She feels lost in comparison to her, and then one day a secret is disclosed which changes the scene of the house, named as Manderley in the novel. The most entertaining aspect of the novel is that, unlike a typical crime novel, its plot is not too happening. The book moves slowly, with patience. But, develops wonderfully with atmosphere and feelings of the characters. Daphne’s craftsmanship is revealed with his ability to present the house, Manderley, as if it were a living thing.