If we’re certain of one thing, it’s that 2016 has been one cracking year for crime fiction. It would be plain rude not to see it off in proper style, so we’re compiling a great, big list – a smorgasbord, if you will – of Crime Time critics’ Top 100 Crime Books of 2016. Huzzah!
Fasten your seatbelts, friends, ’cause we’ll be delivering said list to you, bit by bit, thrill by thrill, in the Yuletide lead up.
If you’ve got plans, cancel them. If you’ve got family, cancel them. If you’ve got hopes to see daylight, cancel them. Because between our specialist panel of critics, bloggers and general literary know-it-alls, we’ve collated the definitive point of reference for any crime fiction fan in need of a fix (or 100). And once you start turning those pages… Well, we darn well defy you to stop.
Experts have been consulted, algorithms have been applied, and the results are unshakeable. Get ready for the most exciting countdown since New Year’s Eve 1999…
78) On the Snap / Brian Case / Caught By The River – ( Perhaps this is a bit light on the crime fiction front and more for the jazz aficionado (and it was published in 2015) but hey we did ask for idiosyncrasy )
In case you are wondering who has chosen all these fab books our esteemed expert panel comprises the following luminaries:
Barry Forshaw (Financial Times), Andre Paine (Crime Scene), Marcel Berlins (The Times), Steph Broadribb (Crime Thriller Girl), Jon Coates (Daily Express), Jake Kerridge (The Telegraph), Sarah Ward (Crime Pieces), Karen Robinson (The Sunday Times), Maxim Jakubowski (Lovereading), Katharina Hall (mrspeabodyinvestigates.wordpress.com), Russell Mclean (russeldmcleanbooks.com), Doug Johnstone (dougjohnstone.com), Woody Haut (woodyhaut.blogspot.co.uk)