The rules were simple - the books could be published in any year, they just had to be crime fiction.
In the long run 56 contributors suggested 541 titles.
Of course there were many duplicates both in titles and in authors.
The resultant lists read like a reading syllabus - you might like to check how many of the following you have read.
So the list below gives you the top 26 titles
This is topped by #2 in Stieg Larsson's Millenium series which was listed a staggering 12 times, that is, it appeared in about one list in 4.
|THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE||Stieg Larsson||12|
|THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO||Stieg Larsson||5|
|A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE||Malla Nunn||4|
|ARCTIC CHILL||Arnaldur Indridason||4|
|BURY ME DEEP||Megan Abbott||4|
|ECHOES FROM THE DEAD||Johann Theorin||4|
|SILENT IN THE GRAVE||Deanna Raybourn||4|
|SKELETON HILL||Peter Lovesey||4|
|ALONE IN BERLIN||Hans Fallada||3|
|AMONG THE MAD||Jacqueline Winspear||3|
|CHILD 44||Tom Rob Smith||3|
|DOG ON IT||Spencer Quinn||3|
|FIFTY GRAND||Adrian McKinty||3|
|IN THE WOODS||Tana French||3|
|STILL LIFE||Louise Penny||3|
|THE BRASS VERDICT||Michael Connelly||3|
|THE CITY AND THE CITY||China Mieville||3|
|THE COMPLAINTS||Ian Rankin||3|
|THE CRUELLEST MONTH||Louise Penny||3|
|THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST||Stieg Larsson||3|
|THE REDEEMER||Jo Nesbo||3|
|THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE||Alan Bradley||3|
Next week I will list the authors who were mentioned multiple times together with the titles. And then later in the week I'll give you the whole list (all 420+ of them).
I'm very grateful to the following contributors: without you the lists would not be possible.
AmandaB, AmandaG, Arthur, Barbara, Bernadette, BooksPlease, Bullwinkle, Chris, Corey, Cynthia, Deb, Donna, Doreen, Felicity, Gavin, Geoff, Janet, John, Jose Ignacio, Joyfully Retired, Karen, Kay, Kerrie, Laura, Lesa, Linda, Literary Feline, Mack, Margot, Maria, Martin, Maxine, Meg, Michael, Michelle, Miss Lemon, Nan, Nicole, Norman, Pattinase, Paul Beech, Paul D. Brazill, PeterBB, raidergirl3, Rik, Rob, Roberta, Sally, Sarah, Sunnie, Susan, Terry, Trish, Vicki, Wendy, Xavier.