I’m getting a bit more selective about the crime novels I enjoy and give high ratings to. I’ve read some really, really good ones and I don’t want to waste my time with books which are really about some kind of relationship more than a crime, but that’s not usually the way these days. My favorites are police procedurals, legal thrillers, and traditional mysteries. I also enjoy good tales of psychological suspense. Not too crazy about chase scene thrillers where we know “who done it” and only wait around for the cops to get it on with the chase scene.
Crime novels have changed over the years – did Agatha Christie go into Hercule Poirot’s home life? Or what do we know about Philip Marlowe – do we go on dates with him? And the Elmore Leonard style of known bad guys being chased into jail was fun at first but … Jack Reacher certainly doesn’t interest me. Otoh, neither do the books with names like “Blueberry Pie Murders.” I make exception for Monica Ferris who writes a mean needlecraft series – more traditional than cozy – and I enjoy the character development over the arch of the series – same with Alexander McCall Smith. I ignore Dave Robicheaux’s wives and loves as they come and go. And I don’t like crime books with a political axe to grind. Historical crime is okay but the first real detective didn’t come along until the French Revolution (and the Enlightenment) so there’s this matter of suspension of disbelief about detectives in ancient Egypt. lol –
Oh maybe I’m getting too picky – I’m curious now about Becky Masterman’s “Fear of the Darkness,” the second in the Brigid Quinn series – I really enjoyed the first one even though it’s about a serial killer – (I don’t usually like them – pick, pick).
I’ve put graphics of some of my favorites from the last year or so.