Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My top 5 crime fiction series titles

List by Rongo

'Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.'
- John Buchan

Tosca says: I asked my sister to list her top 5 crime fiction series titles - boy was that an undertaking! You should see the paper with the scribbles on it: authors were ordered and re-ordered, crossed and highlighted, crossed again and then ticked, notes were made in the margin and then scribbled over again...you get the point. Why? For the simple reason that my sister takes books seriously, and crime fiction even more so.



The 'Honourable mention' list is bigger than her final selection LOL When I asked her why she chose certain series over others I started to see a pattern emerge. Each of the characters are no nonsense people with quite strong ethical codes that they live by and all are, in one way or another, flawed, incredibly human and with a great understanding of people. Which is how she sees herself. And more than one had sociopathic tendencies. Mmmm...maybe NOT so much like her after all :)

Do you have other series titles you might have added to this list? Leave them as a comment!

Honourable mentions:
Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie
Miss Marple by Agatha Christie
Alex Delaware by Jonathan Kellerman (because I like Milo Sturgis as a character)
Carson Ryder by Jack Kerley
Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs

Eve Dallas / J. D. Robb : Book 1 is Naked in death
Eve Dallas, a New York police lieutenant, is in over her head when she breaks the rules and falls in love with a mysterious and wealthy Irishman, who is also a suspect in her most recent case.

Rongo's note: Flawed. Oh so flawed.

Grant County / Karin Slaughter : Book 1 is Blindsighted
The sleepy town of Heartsdale is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, pediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, horribly murdered in the local diner. Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver (and Sara's ex-husband) then finds a second victim crucified and recognises the work of a serial killer.

Rongo's note: I liked Jeffrey Tolliver - he was the man! Mr. Imperfect.

Will Trent / Karin Slaughter : Book 1 is Triptych
When Atlanta police detective Michael Ormewood is called out to a murder scene at the notorious Grady Homes, he finds himself faced with one of the most brutal killings of his career: Aleesha Monroe is found in the stairwell in a pool of her own blood, her body horribly mutilated. As a one-off killing it's shocking, but when it becomes clear that it's just the latest in a series of similar attacks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are called in, and Ormewood is forced into working with Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - a man he instinctively dislikes. But then, only twenty-four hours later, the violence Michael sees around him every day explodes in his own back yard. And, it seems the mystery behind Monroe's death is inextricably entangled with a past that refuses to stay buried...

Rongo's note: Quirky, tortured hero with sociopathic tendencies.

Jack Reacher / Lee Child : Book 1 is Killing floor
Early one morning Jack jumps off a bus in the middle of nowhere and walks 14 miles down an empty country road. The minute he reaches the town of Margrave he is thrown into jail. As the only stranger in town, a local murder is blamed on him. However, it soon becomes clear that he is not the killer.

Rongo's note: Reacher is a man's man, clear cut guidelines and no nonsense.

Kathleen Mallory / Carol O'Connell : Book 7 is Dead famous (also known as The jury must die)
In the wake of two murder cases - one involving a Chicago FBI agent, the other murdered jurors from New York - Mallory is challenged to link the two crimes despite federal resistance. Please note that while we have held the previous 6 titles in the Mallory series in the past, currently we only hold from book 7 onward.

Rongo's note: Mallory is a gun wielding sociopath. She has her own personal code that she lives by (which seems extremely whimsical sometimes). If Temperance Brennan were a detective she would be Mallory, but with a gun - no emotions, highly rational, overly clinical and, socially, extremely awkward.

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