What are the best British crime and mystery fiction?

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    #1The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 short stories of the famous detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These stories were originally published as serialized single stories in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. 

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    Raymond Willis
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The link is to the product page on Amazon for the complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories of the famous detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These stories were originally published as serialized single stories in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. "
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    #2Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express is a book about Hercule Poirot and his three-day journey through Balkan Hills. He will face many suspects just to find out who murders a gangster on the Orient Express.

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    Harini Verma
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This triller book is one of the best that you can read, it has a very impressive story to tell, and the characters are all suspicious and you can never find who the killer was. I recommend it to all. "
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    #3Well-Schooled in Murder

    Well-Schooled in Murder
    Matthew Whatley goes missing from a prestigious public school in West Sussex. Inspector Thomas Lynley gets a call for help from the lad's housemaster and starts to question the people close to the boy. 
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    Joseph McCoy
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This thriller book is fantastic, the situations that happen in this book are so real, and i can say that you can have a very valuable time while reading it, if you like thriller stories. "
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    #44:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple)

    4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple)

    For just one brief instant two trains ran together. In that exact moment, Elspeth witnessed an incredible murder that has no suspects, no other witnesses and no corpse. Only Miss Marple would take her story seriously.

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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, I recommend it to all, I am sure that everyone will like the story on it, and the characters that are so vivid on it. "
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    #5Strong Poison

    Strong Poison

    Lord Peter Wimsey works on one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in a decade. For the detective, there's a little doubt that the women will be found guilty.

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book is intriguing, a fantastic thriller, and i can say that it has a lot of value to read it. I have had a very good time reading this book, and it engages your imagination so much "
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    #6The Complete Sherlock Holmes

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes is a collection, in English and Spanish, of all the books and short stories of the popular character created by Arthur Conan Doyle. It features day and night mode and bookmark function.

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    Crystal Ellis
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "An absolute classic, having inspired the crime and mystery genres for generations, what else is there to say about this book, and all the movies and tv series based on it. Some people might be shocked to discover some of the more tawdry details in the books that have been somewhat toned down on the screen, but nonetheless the books are an excellent gift to any crime book fans and really any readers in general impossible to put down."
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    #7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Austin Howell
    Written on March 11, 2018
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    #8Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile is a 1978 film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel Death on the Nile, directed by John Guillermin. While Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board.

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    Scott Bryant
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Death on the Nile is such a thrilling literary marvel. This story is a classic that holds up well over the years. The contrast of wealth, luxury and crime balance well and hold such suspense. This is a real page turner."
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    #9The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)
    Roger Ackroyd knew that the woman he loved committed suicide with an apparent drug overdose. He had received a letter of information but before he could finish, he was stabbed to death. Hercule Poirot, his friend, takes over to solve the mystery.
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    Jordan Silva
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This was an unexpectedly fun little mystery book. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I was guessing the whole time"
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    #10The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes)

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes)

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes collection by Arthur Conan Doyle comes in 2 volumes which tells us the story of Sherlock Holmes and why he is considered as the greatest fictional detective character of all time.

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    Evelyn Watkins
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes) is a British crime and mystery. Very popular among everyone even if they have never read it."
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    #11The Scroll of the Dead (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Scroll of the Dead (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    The Scroll of the Dead is part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Titan Books. Written by David Stuart Davies, this pastiche features a character by Oscar Wilde, Melmoth the Wanderer.
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    Ryan Peters
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I'm always amazed at how the smallest clues lead Holmes to the culprit. I tried to figure out who was guilty but couldn't manage it. This is one of the better stories of Holmes and has a bit of a creepy atmosphere. A good read even though it's not written my Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."
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    #12Satantango

    Satantango
     László Krasznahorkai's Satantango, winner of the  2015 Man Booker International Prize, was the inspiration for the filmmaker Béla Tarr’s six-hour masterpiece. The book was published on March 5th, 2012 by New Directions. 

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    Arthur Cruz
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "My cousin is an avid reader and I'm always looking for the next good book for him. I recently did a search for the best British crime and mystery fiction and stumbled upon "Satantango". Wow was he blown away. He loved the story, the characters and everything about the book. He is now hooked on the author, Laszlo Krasnahorkai, and is trying to get more books by him. "
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    #13Scaredy Cat

    Scaredy Cat

    Scaredy Cat is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel written by Mark Billingham. This book was originally published in 2000 by Time Warner. It was nominated for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.

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    Parakram Chatterjee
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I was looking for a good British crime and mystery fiction and found Scaredy Cat. This is a British fiction book that has a great mystery about a string of murders. The writing was very good and I loved the story. I would highly recommend this book to any fan of mystery. "
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    #14The Killings at Badger's Drift

    The Killings at Badger's Drift

    The Killings at Badger's Drift is the first book in the Chief Inspector Barnaby series written by Caroline Graham. This British literature was originally published in 1987.

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    Ralph Martinez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The first book in the Chief Barnaby series by Caroline Graham, The Killings at Badger's Drift is a great British crime and mystery novel, and is definitely recommended for those looking for a good crime/mystery book."
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    #15The Seventh Bullet (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Seventh Bullet (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    The Seventh Bullet is a mystery novel by Daniel D. Victor, part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series. This pastiche features the American novelist David Graham Phillips, who gets assassinated in the countryside.
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    Louis Johnson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and this book was okay. The writing was a little dry but the suspense of the second half makes up for it. It starts out pretty slow and boring though. "
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    #16The Giant Rat of Sumatra (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Giant Rat of Sumatra (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    The Giant Rat of Sumatra features the rat that first appeared on Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire." This pastiche by Richard L. Boyer tells of a giant rat aboard the ship Matilda Briggs.
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    Mildred Cole
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book was just ok. The characters were kind of dull, though the plot was pretty interesting. Others might enjoy it more than I did. I just don't think I'm the biggest fan of this spin off series. "
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    #17The Moonstone

    The Moonstone

    The Moonstone is a Victorian mystery novel by Wilkie Collins originally published in 1868. Considered to be the first English detective novel, it tells the story of a large diamond called the Moonstone and the people who aim to have it.

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    Nathan Hoffman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I forced myself to read this Victorian book since it is "the first English detective novel." Honestly, it was such a surprise when it turned out to be one of the Best Books I've ever read. I could not stop raving about it. The story is told by the different characters, and each character has a distinct personality. Collins's ability to capture different perspectives from all of the different characters is impressive. And there is so much humor! The prime narrator is a butler who sees the novel Robinson Crusoe as the, to paraphrase from the movie "You've Got Mail", I Ching of all wisdom. Read this book. You won't be disappointed. I promise!"
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    #18The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes)

    The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes)

    The Sign of Four is a classic mystery novel by acclaimed British author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First published in 1890, it is the second novel starring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

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    Jeremy Fox
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Sign of Four is great read by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The infamous detective Sherlock Holmes does not disappoint. This is a terrific adventure yarn with a lot of twists and turns. You'll be hard presses to pu this one down."
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    #19Sad Cypress

    Sad Cypress

    Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in March 1940. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is preceded by The Regatta Mystery.

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    #20Adam

    Adam

    Rendered famous for his anti-religion stance, FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has a near-death experience when a mysterious serial killer attempts to murder him, an event that forces Daniel to re-create his death and challenge his belief system in order to identify his would-be killer.

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    Sharon Kang
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "A top notch crime novel. It had so many plausible twists and turns. It was a quick read because it was so interesting. "
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    #21The Peerless Peer (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Peerless Peer (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Peerless Peer is a mystery novel written by Philip Jose Farmer. Part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, it tells the story of Sherlock Holmes teams up with Greystoke to defeat a common enemy.

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    Ethan Gordon
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Sherlock Holmes is easily the most well known character within the realm of british crime fiction, and even though it isn't the original author, the character is still the same. Simply by virtue of the character, this book is most likely to be among the best of it's genre."
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    #22The Stalwart Companions (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Stalwart Companions (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    Stalwart Companions is a pastiche written by H. Paul Jeffers as part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Titan Books. It tells the story of Holmes' visit to America, where he meets Theodore Roosevelt.
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    Kyle Schneider
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "My nan was very into British books, so I gave this a try. Very enjoyable. Not a very long book, but just right."
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    #23Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw

    Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw

    Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw is an adult erotic and thriller novel written by Stuart Pitsligo. It was published in December 2011 and is about a naturalist who aims to stop a series of violent killings in the Scottish highlands.

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    Nathan Greene
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I've always felt that British books are better than any other sort of book. I recently read "Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw" and loved it! It's very well written and feels true to the world. I hope to have the opportunity to read it again in the future."
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    #24On Beulah Height (Dalziel and Pascoe)

    On Beulah Height (Dalziel and Pascoe)

    On Beulah Height is a British mystery fiction and the seventeenth book in Dalziel and Pascoe series written by Reginald Hill. It is first published in 1998 by Dell. 

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    Lawrence Patterson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a real page-turner...once I started, I couldn't stop. Gave me the chills!"
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    #25Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    Murder on the Orient Express is the 2017 movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous Hercule Poirot mystery novel. With a murder on board the train, Poirot is determined to solve the crime and find the killer among the other 13 passengers.

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    Jeffrey Hicks
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This book is an adaptation from the movie which is not necessarily a bad thing. I didn't like the movie much but found that this book was well done. I was actually glued to it and couldn't put it down. I would have to say it's one of the best British crime and mystery fiction books around. Highly recommended. I loved every second of this book!"
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    #26Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10)

    Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10)
    Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Investigations, No. 10) is a Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction Novel written by Cara Black. It was published March 1, 2010 by Soho Crime.
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    Aditya Gavde
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I really enjoy reading anything crime-related and this was one of them. This book has everything you want to read about."
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    #27The Ectoplasmic Man (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Ectoplasmic Man (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
    The Ectoplasmic Man is part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Titan Books. Written by Daniel Stashower, this pastiche features the famous magician Harry Houdini, who gets jailed for a crime he didn't commit.
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    Aanya Sarin
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I read this while I was at work during slow days, and it really helped to pass the time. This adventure mystery pairs up one of history's greatest tricksters with one of fiction's greatest puzzle-solvers, and is exciting and suspenseful every step of the way."
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    #28The Titanic Tragedy (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Titanic Tragedy (Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

    The Titanic Tragedy is a mystery novel written by William Seil. It is part of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, and it tells the story of Holmes and Watson as they hop on board the Titanic on its maiden voyage.

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    Justin Castro
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for quite some time. I read the original series repeatedly as a small child. I am also quite a big fan of history, and the tragedy of the Titanic is by far one of the most interesting historical events of all time. I figured this combination would make for some interesting reading, at least, and it did. It certainly was not as great as the originals, but no one should have expectations that high."
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    #29Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)

    Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation)
    Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Cara Black. It was published March 1, 2011 by Soho Crime.
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    Sun Su
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Murder in Passy (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) is rare gem that I love. I love British crime stories because of their dark and shadowy environments."
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    #30The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel

    The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston Novel Mystery, Cultural, Crime Fiction written by Mark Pryor. It was published October 9, 2012 by Seventh Street Books.

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    Megan Keller
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This fictional mystery takes place in Paris, and also involves a little of Holocaust history. The CIA comes into play and it's very involved and interesting, however, there's very little tie to Britain or British literature so I'm afraid I can't rank it too highly on this list."
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    #31The Case of the Constant Suicides

    The Case of the Constant Suicides

    First published in 1941, The Case of Constant Suicides is a classic murder mystery novel by John Dickson Carr. It tells the story of Dr. Fell, a detective, as he tries to identify Angus Campbell's murderer in a locked room mystery.

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    Sean Chang
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I wanted to read a British Crime book and decided to give the case of the Constant Suicides a try. I was very disappointing. I found the book to be somewhat predictable and boring to read. There are much better mystery fiction books out there, save your money for something else!"

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Best What are the best British crime and mystery fiction
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesBooks 13 Paid
2Murder on the Orient ExpressBooks 11 Paid
3Well-Schooled in MurderBooks 10 Paid
44:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple)Books 8 Paid
5Strong PoisonBooks 7 Paid
6The Complete Sherlock HolmesApps 6 Free
7The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 5 Paid
8Death on the NileMovies 3 Paid
9The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot)Books 2 Paid
10The Complete Sherlock Holmes (2 Volumes)Books 1 Paid
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