Peter James

Peter James wins!

PD James best crime author
Peter James
was voted the Best Crime Writer of all time by WH Smith readers on Wednesday- and I’m really pleased to hear it! As a massive crime writing fan, there are loads of great novelists from this genre that I really enjoy reading and many of them made the top 20- but I am really pleased that Peter James topped the list!

Here’s the Top 20:

  1. Peter James
  2. James Patterson
  3. Val McDermid
  4. Ian Rankin
  5. Agatha Christie
  6. Martina Cole
  7. Sheila Quigley
  8. R. C. Bridgestock
  9. Karin Slaughter
  10. Tess Gerritsen
  11. Mark Billingham
  12. Patricia Cornwell
  13. Ruth Rendell
  14. Karen Rose
  15. Chris Carter
  16. Lee Child
  17. Simon Kernick
  18. P. D. James
  19. Thomas Harris
  20. Stuart MacBride

I’ve read a lot of Peter’s books but there are still plenty more on my ‘to-read’ list which I am very glad about- he’s written many stand-alone novels but my favourites by far are all part of the fantastic Roy Grace series; full list below:

  1. Dead Simple (2005)
  2. Looking Good Dead (2006)
  3. Not Dead Enough (2007)
  4. Dead Man’s Footsteps (2008)
  5. Dead Tomorrow (2009)
  6. Dead Like You (2010)
  7. Dead Man’s Grip (2011)
  8. Not Dead Yet (2012)
  9. Dead Man’s Time (2013)
  10. Want You Dead (2014)
  11. You Are Dead (2015)

The WH Smith page includes a top 100 list too, and some of the authors on there seem a little strange to be included (Cecelia Ahern? Sophie Kinsella? Nothing against their books but I wouldn’t imagine any of them as fitting in the crime category!)

I am quite disappointed that Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling) didn’t make it into the Top 20 as the Cormoran Strike novels are, in my opinion, fantastic- but I suppose compared to the majority of others on the list Galbraith hasn’t released many books at all. Maybe in a few years’ time though!

Most of all I was incredibly surprised to see no mention anywhere in the top 100 of Peter Robinson? I think he’s a brilliant crime writer and his DCI Banks novels certainly deserve a place on the list. I suppose that, as this is voted by readers, it is what it is- but I am very surprised nonetheless!

Who is your favourite crime writer? Is there anyone you were pleased to see had made the list, or surprised that didn’t?

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