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British Mystery Novels: A selection of mysteries set in the UK

Why are British detective novels so good? While some follow a formula, others are deeply twisty, and keep you guessing. Here are a selection of my favorites, many of which you might be familiar with from their television adaptations.

A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

The first book in the still running series of Inspector Lynley books.  You can also watch the television adaptation on Hoopla.

The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham

Book one in the series that became the long running television series, Midsomer Murders.  Also available as an eBook.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As advertised, the complete collection of novels and short stories featuring the famous “consulting detective.”

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Book one in the Vera Stanhope mystery series, set in the Northumberland region of Great Britain.  Available available as an eBook, or downloadable eAudiobook.

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Book one in the Jimmy Perez series, set on the remote island, Shetland, and surrounding region.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The first book in the series featuring the incomparable Miss Marple.

The Complete Tommy and Tuppence Collection by Agatha Christie

I LOVE the Tommy and Tuppence stories, and this collection includes all 5 of the novels in which they are featured.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s first novel, and the first in the Hercule Poirot series of novels.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

For those who like something a little different, this book, the first in the Thursday Next series, takes place in an alternate version of the UK.