Most Underrated Crime Books as Voted by You

Most Underrated Crime Books as Voted by You

With so many great nominations, we couldn’t talk about them all, so here are ten that caught our eye. Scroll down for the full list of your recommendations – you may even find your next favourite read among them.

One by One – Chris Carter

Brazilian Chris Carter studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour in the US, and his knowledge is something that has always shone through in his novels. His series of books focus on criminal behaviour psychologist turned detective Robert Hunter who works for the Los Angeles Robbery Homicide Division. Although One by One was shortlisted for the Leserpreis Award in Germany, Chris is still considered exceptionally underrated in the UK. Despite this, he received two nominations from our followers on Facebook and Twitter; for One by One and The Crucifix Killer.
You can find more from Chris Cater here.

The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths gained notability in 2011 when her debut novel ‘The Crossing Places’ won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. While her first novel has been widely celebrated and read, some of her later novels have been equally as gripping but haven’t received the attention they deserved. The Janus Stone – as voted by you – sees Ruth Galloway and DCI Harry Nelson team up to work on a 40 year old case when two missing children’s bodies are found.
You can find more from Elly Griffiths here.

After the Silence – Jake Woodhouse

Jake Woodhouse’s debut After the Silence features Inspector Jaap Rykel as he investigates a series of unusual murders in Amsterdam. The book received glowing reviews, but with the second in the Amsterdam Quartet yet to be released, the best may yet be to come from Jack Woodhouse. You can find more from Jake Woodhouse here.

The Ice Man – Philip Carlo

One of the world’s foremost experts on serial killers, Philip Carlo found a love for writing after escaping a life of gang crime on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Throughout his writing career he has released three true crime novels and five biographical novels on well known criminals. While his true crime novels are best-known, his biographies are some of his most intriguing books. Ice Man explores the life of top Mafia hit-man Richard ‘the Ice Man’ Kulinski and was released just four years before Philip sadly died in 2010.
You can find more from Philip Carlo here.

The Truth Will Out – Jane Isaac

Jane Isaac is still a relative newcomer on the crime fiction scene with her thriller/police procedural crossovers. The Truth Will Out was Jane’s debut featuring DCI Helen Lavery, receiving specific praise for her relatable and well-defined characters. With her debut featuring on our underrated list, our followers certainly seem impressed so far.
You can find more from Jane Isaac here.

The Keeper – Luke Delaney

A former CID officer himself, Luke Delaney offers a unique and realistic perspective on crime investigations with his DI Sean Corrigan series. The second in the series – The Keeper – is a race against time as a body turns up after a series of missing persons cases. Luke has a fiercely loyal fan base which has continued to grow with each book.
You can find more from Luke Delaney here.

Stay Alive – Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick is best known for his fifth booth ‘Relentless’ – the first in the Mike Bolt series. Although it was the bestselling thriller in 2007, his standalone novel ‘Stay Alive’ – which was released in 2014 – has made it onto our underrated crime books list. A tense thriller, Amanda Rowan ends up fleeing for her life after she walks in on a murder scene, the victims of which are her husband and his mistress. But now the murderer has turned his attention to her and the story becomes a suspenseful race as Amanda must run from her would-be killers and the police try to close in on their suspects.
You can find more from Simon Kernick here.

Talking to The Dead – Harry Bingham

Harry Bingham has found great success with his Fiona Griffiths series, but is also known for his non-fiction books and The Writer’s Workshop which helps new writers get started. Although Harry has received praise-filled reviews for his work, many of his fans still feel he is greatly underrated.
You can find more from Harry Bingham here.

Digital Fortress – Dan Brown

Unquestionably Dan Brown is best known for his bestselling Robert Langdon series, in particular The Da Vinci Code. Long before Robert Langdon came about however, Dan published Digital Fortress, a thriller that follows the National Security Agency’s head cryptographer Susan Fletcher. Although critic’s opinions differ, many fans still feel that Dan’s debut novel is highly underrated.
You can find more from Dan Brown here.

Think of a Number – John Verdon

Think of a Number was John Verdon’s first published mystery thriller and the first book in the David Guerney series. Although it and others in the series were well received by critics and featured on bestseller lists, many still believe that John Verdon deserves much more recognition as a crime author.
You can find more from John Verdon here.

Take a look through the full list of underrated crime books. Who knows, you may discover your next favourite author.

Dexter – Jeff Lindsay

Sheila Quigley

The Truth Will Out – Jane Isaac

In Death – JD Robb (Nora Roberts)

Harry Hole series – Jo Nesbo

Kimberley Chambers

Agatha Raisin series – Marion Chesney

One by One – Chris Carter

The Skull Session – Daniel Hecht

Garnethill – Denise Mina

The Vanished Man – Jeffery Deaver

The Winter Foundlings – Kate Rhodes

A. J. Carella

The Case of the City Clerk -Agatha Christie

The Black Country – Alex Grecian

Heist Society – Ally Carter

Berg – Ann Quin

Ann Rule

Dido Kent – Anna Dean

Curtain Call – Anthony Quinn

Where the Devil Can’t Go – Anya Lipska

Arne Dahl

Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte – Arthur Upfield

The Last Policeman – Ben H. Winters

The Tom Caton Series – Bill Rogers

Kill the General – Bogdan Hrib

Hurt – Brian McGilloway

Regan Reilly series – Carol Higgins Clark

Real Murders – Charlaine Harris

One Kick – Chelsea Cain

When The Devil Drives – Chris Brookmyre

The Crucifix Killer – Chris Carter

Talking with Serial Killers – Christopher Berry Dee

Shadow Man – Cody McFadyen

Last Bus to Woodstock – Colin Dexter

Bill Slider – Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An English Murder – Cyril Hare

Digital Fortress – Dan Brown

Hellbound – David McCaffrey

City of Devils – Diana Bretherick

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

Hamelin’s Child – DJ Bennett

The Power Of The Dog – Don Winslow

Amelia Peabody Emerson – Elizabeth Peters

The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths

WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Thief – Emily Mackenzie

Decker – Faye Kellerman

The Worst of Evils – Ferguson Shaw

Forgotten Dead – Ferguson Shaw

The Joe Faraday novels – Graham Hurley

Haken Nesser

The Murder Wall series – Mari Hannah

Talking to The Dead – Harry Bingham

After The Silence – Jake Woodhouse

Agatha Raisin – M.C.Beaton

Think of a Number – John Verdon

Murray Barber P.I. series – Julie Burns Sweeney

The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes – K. C. Constantine

The Vault – Karen Long

The Boy That Never Was – Karen Perry

The Will Trent series – Karin Slaughter

An Unfamiliar Murder – Jane Isaac

The October List – Jeffery Deaver

The Pact – Jodi Piccoult

Every Dead Thing – John Connolly

Flesh and Blood – John Harvey

Teesside series – John Nicholson

Case Histories – Kate Aktinson

One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson

Cocaine Blues – Kerry Greenwood

The Never List – Koethi Zan

Charming – Kyrstal Wade

Small Town – Lawrence Block

Killing Floor – Lee Child

The Keeper – Luke Delaney

Crucial Evidence – Maggie Barnes

Rush of Blood – Mark Billingham

Roadrage – Martin Johnson

Masters of Mystery – Martin Radcliffe

Concrete Blonde – Michael Connelly

The Drop – Michael Connolly

MadMax – MJ Trow

The Treatment – Mo Hayder

Birdman Mo Hayder

The Alina Marinescu – Monica Ramirez

The Beast Must Die – Nicholas Blake

The Girl on The Train – Paula Hawkins

Peter James

Peter McLeish

The Ice Man – Philip Carlo

Raymond Chandler

Richard Montanari

Prophecy of Bees – Rob Pateman

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Until You’re Mine – Samantha Hayes

Marnie Rome books – Sarah Hilary

Stay Alive – Simon Kernick

Raffles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Point of Rescue – Sophie Hannah

The Girl Missing series – Sophie McKensie

Cooper and Fry- Stephen Booth

The Man Who – Stephen R. Donaldson

No Manns Land – Steve Heeney

Afraid Amanda – Sue Heller

Trick of the Dark – Val McDermid

Falling Angel – William Hjortsberg

Laidlaw – William McIlvanney

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