Crime books to Match your Favourite TV shows

15 June 2016

By Pan Macmillan

Crazy about House of Cards? Nuts about The Night Manager? Bonkers for Peaky Blinders? Whatever series you're watching, we’ve got the perfect thriller to read alongside it. 

 

For fans of Vera... The Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves



Love Vera? Why not try the books that inspired the ITV detective drama, Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series. First in the series is The Crow Trap, the story of a mysterious death in an isolated cottage on the North Pennines.

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For fans of Peaky Blinders... The Gangs of Birmingham by Philip Gooderson



Gooderson traces the history of Birmingham's violent gang wars from the the early 1870s, when the city was first considered the ‘workshop of the world’, to rise and demise of the real peaky blinders. 

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For fans of Maigret... Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories by Andrea Camilleri

 
Anyone who enjoyed Rowan Atkinson as the famous parisian detective in ITV's adaptation of the novels of Georges Simenon will love Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Salvo Montalbano, who has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his sardonic, engaging take on Sicilian small-town life and his genius for deciphering the most enigmatic of crimes and has been described as 'an italian maigret'.

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For fans of Gomorrah... Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano



Anyone glued to this brutal italian crime drama will love Roberto Saviano’s bestselling expose of the Neapolitan crime syndicate on which the series is based. Saviano still lives under armed guard as a result of his brave and passionate denunciation of the Camorra.

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For fans of the Night Manager... Shanghai Grand  by Taras Grescoe



This true story of forbidden love and international intrigue set in the glittering cathay hotel on the eve of the Second World War, is perfect for fans of the BBC's recent adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel, The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.

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For fans of House of Cards... Frost/Nixon by David Frost 



Anyone obsessed with the devious political machinations and intrepid journalists of House of Cards will love the extraordinary story of how David Frost pursued Richard Nixon for his historic interview and tried to bring the ex-president to confront his past. This is the inside scoop on one of the greatest political scandals of all time. 

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For fans of Wallander...  The Living and the Dead in Winsford by Håkan Nesser



Anyone who loves Kenneth Branagh as Swedish Detective Kurt Wallander, will love the psychological thrills of bestselling Wwedish author Håkan Nesser's haunting, masterly unravelling of a dreadful crime in The Living and the Dead in Winsford.

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For fans of Making a Murderer... The Murders at White House Farm by Carol Ann Lee 



On 7 august 1985, Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter Sheila and her two young sons were discovered shot to death at White House Farm in Essex. The Bambers' son, 24-year-old Jeremy, had alerted police after apparently receiving a phone call from his father, who told him Sheila had 'gone berserk' with the gun. It seemed a straightforward case of murder-suicide, but a dramatic turn of events was to disprove the police's theory. 

Drawing on interviews and correspondence with many of those closely connected to the events, Carol Ann Lee brings astonishing clarity to one of Britain's most notorious crimes. 

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For fans of Happy Valley... the DCI Kate Daniels series by Mari Hannah 



If you were glued to this series about Yorkshire Police Sergeant Catherine Cawood, you'll love Mari Hannah's fellow Northerner Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels series, which begins with The Murder Wall. Hannah's authentic voice is no happy accident, a former probation officer, she has contributed to CID training for Northumbria Police and lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. She turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty.

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