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…

 

100) A Hero in France / Alan Furst / Weidenfeld & Nicolson

99) Dead Pretty / David Mark / Mulholland Books

98) Forty Thieves / Thomas Perry / Mysterious Press

97) The Passenger / Lisa Lutz / Titan

96) Love You Dead / Peter James / Pan Macmillan

95) For Those Who Know The Ending / Malcolm MacKay / Pan Macmillan

94) Where Roses Never Die / Gunnar Staalesen / Orenda

93) An Honorable Man / Paul Vidich / No Exit Press

92) Trespass / Anthony J. Quinn / Head of Zeus

91) Cold Earth / Ann Cleeves / Macmillan

90) Out of Bounds / Val McDermid / Little, Brown

89) The Ashes of Berlin / Luke McCallin / No Exit Press

88) Underground Airlines / Ben H Winters / Mulholland Books

87) Dr Knox / Peter Spiegelman / Riverrun

86) The Dead Don’t Boogie / Douglas Skelton / Contraband

85) El Nino / Mercedes Lambert / Stark House Press

84) The Crime Writer / Jill Dawson / Hodder

83) Stasi Child / David Young / Twenty7

82) The Poison Artist / Jonathan Moore / Orion

81) Smoke / Dan Vyleta / Weidenfeld & Nicolson

80) The North Water / Ian McGuire / Scribner

79) Rough Trade / Todd Robinson / Polis Books

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 )

77) Chameleon People / Hans Olav Lahlum / Mantle

76) The Birdwatcher / William Shaw / Riverrun

75) The Wrong Side Of Goodbye / Michael Connelly / Orion

74) The Harbour Master / Daniel Pembrey / No Exit Press

73) Before The Fall / Noah Hawley / Hodder

72) Closed Casket / Sophie Hannah / Harper Collins

71) Thin Ice / Quentin Bates / Constable

70) The Last Days of Night / Graham Moore / Simon & Schuster

69) Immobility / Brian Evenson / Tor

68) Aunt Poldi and the Sicilian Lions / Mario Giordano, trans. John Brownjohn / Bitter Lemon Press

67) A Dying Breed / Peter Hanington / Hodder

66) The Good Liar / Nicholas Searle / Viking

65) I’m Travelling Alone / Samuel Bjork / Transworld

64) The Girl From Venice / Martin Cruz Smith / Simon & Schuster

63) What Remains of Me / Alison Gaylin / Arrow

62) Freedom’s Child / Jax Miller / Fourth Estate

61) The Deepening Shade / Jake Hinkson / CreateSpace

60) The Crow Girl / Erik Axl Sund, Trans. Neil Smith / Vintage

59) Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts / AK Benedict / Orion

58) Death In The Tuscan Hills / Marco Vichi and Stephen Sartarelli / Hodder

57) The Everything Box / Richard Kadrey / Harper Collins

56) Manchette’s Fatale / Max Cabane & Doug Headline / Editions Dupuis

55) Tall Oaks / Chris Whitaker / Twenty7

54) The Drowned Detective / Neil Jordan / Bloomsbury

53) The Cartel / Don Winslow / Arrow

52) Razor Girl / Carl Hiaasen / Sphere

51) Sunset City / Melissa Ginsburg / Faber

 

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)

 

Now on to Part Two ( 50 – 21) »

Or straight on to Part Three ( 20 – Number 1), if you just can’t wait! »

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