Celebrating their 60th Anniversary the Crime Writer’s Association polled their members to find the best ever crime novel and author as well as the best ever crime series.
Classic crime and golden era detectives stole a march on their modern colleagues with old time favourites topping all three lists.
The 2013 shortlists
CWA Best Ever Novel
The Big Sleep (1939) by Raymond Chandler
Gorky Park (1981) by Martin Cruz Smith
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Long Goodbye (1953) by Raymond Chandler
The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins
Murder on the Orient Express (1934) by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) by Agatha Christie – WINNER
The Nine Tailors (1934) by Dorothy L Sayers
On Beulah Height (1998) by Reginald Hill
The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris
CWA Best Ever Crime Author
Agatha Christie – WINNER
Arthur Conan Doyle
Dorothy L Sayers
CWA Best Ever Crime Series
Albert Campion – Margery Allingham
Adam Dalgliesh – PD James
Dalziel & Pascoe – Reginald Hill
Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – WINNER
Philip Marlowe – Raymond Chandler
Inspector Morse – Colin Dexter
Hercule Poirot – Agatha Christie
John Rebus – Ian Rankin
Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L Sayers
These lists represent the very best in crime fiction and were voted on by readers.
Stay tuned for future information about the Dead Good Book Club where we will be creating a reading challenge to read the shortlisted novels!