Best Crime Fiction in 2022

Types of Crime Fiction

There are many different types of Crime Fiction. For example, there are Private Eye mysteries and psychological suspense mysteries. Private eye mysteries are different from hard-boiled detective novels because they focus on the psychology of the crime, not on the actions of the detective. Psychological suspense mysteries focus more on the motives of the criminals than on the actual crime itself. They are popular with mystery fans who like to read a psychological thriller. These novels are often set in a fictional place, such as an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods, or some remote city.


The hardboiled school of crime fiction is distinct from other genres in that it features violence and sex. A character involved in a crime investigation usually confronts danger and engages in violence to solve the case. Other sub-genres include the police procedural and legal thrillers. In a forensic crime fiction, the detective uses the evidence of the crime scene to catch the murderer. A sub-genre of this kind of crime fiction was created by Patricia Cornwell.

The genre of mystery novels is a sub-genre of detective fiction, which is a derivative of the police procedural. While many mystery novels began as investigations into homicidal maniacs, the serial killer genre began to grow in popularity in the 1970s after the publication of "Cat of Many Tails" by Ellery Queen. Subsequent novels such as this have become more common and sophisticated, and there are many examples of this type of fiction in modern literature.

Among the most popular genres of crime fiction are the mystery and thriller. This genre is considered to be a sub-genre of crime fiction because it can be divided into various types of novels. Victorian crime fiction is the most famous sub-genre, and is heavier than Regency crime fiction. Crime fiction is often set in courtrooms, labs, and hospitals, with lawyers and doctors being common characters. According to Stephen D. Rogers, a former criminal lawyer, doctors and lawyers make excellent protagonists.

As a genre, crime fiction has many sub-genres. The classic whodunnit is one example, while hard-boiled fiction, courtroom drama, and legal thrillers are another. Hard-boiled fiction and heist tales are also sub-genres of crime fiction. These sub-genres also include thrillers, mystery, and police procedurals. For those seeking to write their own novels, crime fiction is a great choice.


A good mystery story will have interesting characters who fall into several categories. Some are the victim, others are the eyewitness, and still others are bad guys. All three types need a motive for the crime, as well as the means to commit it. A good detective novel will also have some helpers, such as friends or family. These extra characters can add color to the story and complexity to the plot. Below are some tips for writing a good mystery:

Use cryptic dialogue to make every character a suspect. Even a local recluse might be a suspect, or the local recluse. In the beginning, you can also make every character a suspect through cryptic dialogue or actions. A tense moment or sudden change in character can imply a threat to the reader. You can also use tense actions to imply that someone is on the verge of committing a crime, while also giving the reader some information.

Diversity in crime fiction has come a long way. Many authors of crime fiction are attempting to break the stereotype by presenting characters of diverse backgrounds. A recent example of this is Kristen Lepionka's Roxane Weary series, which follows a lesbian character who becomes a victim of a crime. Despite the lack of explicit content, there are many crime fiction books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters in leading roles.

Consistent characterization creates more interesting and memorable characters. The same applies to the plot, as details reveal the criminal's lifestyle and methods of investigation. Crime fiction has many subgenres that focus on plot intricacies. Some of these subgenres include "twists," which involve the dissimilarity of a hypothesis and the reality of a situation. Another type of twist involves "red herrings," or a detail that's irrelevant but appears important to the reader.


Popularity of crime fiction and related genres was influenced by the development of print media. First publications of crime novels are usually from the 1920s and 1930s. Subsequently, the format of crime fiction and related genres became based on the literary 'variety' magazines. Among these publications, one can find the works of several prominent crime fiction authors. Moreover, the first publications of these crime novels and other genres are widely available.

Classic crime fiction is the most straightforward genre. It uses an external problem as the inciting incident. Before the investigator is called in, the crime remains an external problem. The story sets up the investigator's mission: apprehend the criminal. Once the investigator arrives, the plot becomes more complex. The plot builds from there, and the reader is immersed in the story. For this reason, crime fiction is often written with a mystery, and the characters are often flawed, but their motivations are usually clear.

Like other genres, crime fiction follows a rule of cause and effect. In a plot, every scene serves as a cause, and the reader or audience perceives each scene as a possible cause or effect. As a result, the author inevitably puts red herrings in the story to mislead the reader. The best way to avoid scenes with no purpose is to cut them out entirely. However, this can be difficult if the crime occurs in a fictitious world, or when the author chooses to make them fictional.

For example, in the novel Tito Has Died, the protagonist is a nameless, middle-aged female journalist who lost her promising career when she exposed the criminal dealings of Serbian politicians during the Kosovo crisis. The book portrays an embittered and alcoholic middle-aged woman who is struggling to survive in her new, post-communist country. Interestingly, this novel explores a country in crisis and the parallels between political and social activities.


Crime Fiction authors come in all shapes and sizes. One popular genre is thrillers, and the genre's diversity is growing. Many famous writers include women and people of color, as well as LGBTQ+ writers and prominent African American authors. If you're not sure which author to start with, here are some suggestions for you:

Turkish author Celil Oker was born in 1952 and won the Cactus Crime Fiction Competition in 1988. Soon after, he became a prelector in the Communication Faculty at Bilgi University. Later, he worked as a journalist and translator, as well as writing encyclopedias. The Turkish author has a special place in the hearts of Turkish readers. He is best known for his novels, but he was also a translator, journalist, and encyclopedia author.

Successful crime writers engage in extensive research to make their stories compelling and realistic. They observe courtroom procedures, attend trials, and consult experts in the field. They aim to create realistic scenes and make their characters likable, while also informing readers about the criminal justice system. These methods have allowed the authors to achieve a wide variety of success and continue to be highly regarded by readers today. A great deal of thought and research goes into these books.

There are many other great Crime Fiction authors, as well as those who are purely historical. Some authors fall into more than one genre. For example, some crime thrillers are set in a historic setting, and others are set in fictional towns and cities. Crime fiction authors include Dorothy L. Sayers and Karin Slaughter. These authors have been translated into more than 120 languages and their Will Trent series is a popular crime thriller. Finally, Martin Cruz-Smith earned the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers.


A book devoted to the importance of location in crime fiction is a great way to discover new writers and explore the themes of your favourite genre. This collection of essays from leading crime fiction authors explores the role of location in crime fiction and how locations have influenced the writing of crime stories. The book is an excellent guide to crime fiction literature and a fun weekend for fans of the genre. Here are some examples of crime fiction locations that will surely leave you spellbound.

The setting of a crime novel can be either a city, or a small town. You can play with the atmosphere of the setting to give your story a palpable sense of grit and quiet. Or you can play on a theme of the city's underbelly. For example, a crime novel set in London might be a tale of the spies in an underworld. Or a mystery set in Venice might feature a bizarre crime scene. The choices are endless and mystery writers have been playing with these themes for decades.

The importance of location in crime fiction is vital. Setting can influence the overall plot and character. For example, the fictional community of Fortitude in the Arctic Circle is a perfect example of location. Living in such a small place requires people to be resourceful and provide for themselves. Everyone has a job and is generally happy, but when a murder occurs, everything changes and everything becomes uncomfortable. The town is beautiful, but also cruel.

In contrast, the quality of a book is not directly related to its availability. Some crime books are long out of print and were written decades ago. Their first publication dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. A large number of crime books are first editions. However, this does not mean that the books in this category are any less valuable. So, the importance of location in crime fiction cannot be overemphasized. With a little research, you'll be able to select a crime novel that you'll treasure for a lifetime.

Becky Watson

Commissioning Editor in Walker’s “6+” team. I work on books across the different children’s genres, including non-fiction, fiction, picture books, gift books and novelty titles. Happy to answer questions about children's publishing – as best I can – for those hoping to enter the industry!

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