Crime was one of the first genre’s I branched out too moving from child to adult. Though not for the fainthearted, I loved the “who did it” arc and the technical CSI side of some books. Here are a few of my favourite series that I have stuck with from the first novel to the last.
Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffrey Deaver
“If they were expected,” she shot back, “then they wouldn’t be breakthroughs, now would they?”
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics, until an accident on the job left him paralysed from the waist down. With Police Detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme works with the NYPD in solving some of its most infamous cases.
Rhyme and Sachs are one of my favourite crime solving duos. Deaver deals with Rhyme’s disability perfectly, there are no airs and graces, and he gets into all the nitty gritty details of his condition so that you cant help but feel exasperated with Rhyme when it comes to his inability in collecting evidence. Amelia Sachs is the perfect contradiction to his character. She is the soft to his harsh, and yet a brilliant character in her own right. With Rhyme limited to his wheelchair, Sachs becomes his eyes and ears when searching the crime scene. A fantastic female lead and a Detective to boot!
One thing I love about these books is how in depth they focus on the crime scene technology, from mass spectrometers to a Gas Chromotograph, to test hair and minuscule bits of dust, these books are not for people who shy away from the Science of Crime scene Investigation.
Deaver writes so well that you almost become a part of the investigation, from crime scene boards dotted throughout the novel you can follow the investigation and create your own Ideas for who the Killer was.
The Bone Collector is the first in the series, yes the film with Denzel Washington was based on this book, and I can say it is one of my all time favourite crime books. 5/5 series for me and I would highly recommend.
Alexandra Cooper series by Linda Fairstein
“I’m tired of being Scarlett O’Hara. In my next life I’m going to come back as Melanie Wilkes, fragile and helpless.”
Alexandra Cooper is an Assistant District Attorney and Manhattans top sex crime Prosecutor. With the help of Detective Mike Chapman and Detective Mercer Wallace, Alex delves into New York’s Dark side to solve some of its most Infamous murders.
Alex is a well rounded female character, and it helps that Linda Fairstein has admitted to basing these books loosely on her time as former prosecutor. Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace round the series up nicely, Mike a Murder Detective and Mercer a Detective working in the sex crimes unit with Alex are opposite sides of a coin, which lends itself to a fantastic crime solving trio.
Each Novel focuses on a separate bit of New York, an area, Building or bit of Folklore, and if you include the trios perchance for Jeopardy I’ve found myself learning so much from these books. Alex does tend to find herself in some sort of trouble throughout each book, which should seem to samey, however, it adds to the tensions of her novels and with Alex’s job there would be a certain amount of danger involved.
The first book in the series, Final Jeopardy, follows Alex as she wakes up to find a tabloid Headline announcing her own Gruesome murder, and I was hooked from the get go. The, will they wont they, relationship between Alex and Mike is certain to keep you reading.
This is another 5/5 series for me! Linda Fairstein is an instant pick up author for me and I can’t wait for the next instalment.
King and Maxwell series by David Baldacci
“Time doesn’t really heal, it just makes you not to give a crap”
Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.
This is a great series with two fantastic and well rounded main characters. King is Fastidious and systematic whereas Maxwell is unorganised and spontaneous. They have the perfect will they wont they relationship that I live for. Their relationship doesn’t take from the plot but adds a nice reprieve from the crime side of the story.
This series is 4/5 for me. But would highly recommend if your’e in the mood for a mystery/crime/thriller that doesn’t delve too deeply into the science side of investigating and focuses more on the psychological profile.
What are your favourite crime books? And what authors are instant pick ups for you?