• Steve Haywood

The Crime Fiction Tour of Britain - A New Guide to British Crime Fiction


Do you love reading crime & detective fiction, but struggle to find a new series or author to get your teeth into? Whether it is historical mysteries or gritty contemporary detective thrillers, look no further! In the first of an intended series of crime fiction guides, this new book is your ultimate guide to crime fiction set in Britain. With over 100 authors included, there's something for all crime fiction fans to enjoy in here.


This book started out life during the first Covid lockdown in Spring 2020. I was reading a lot of British crime fiction at the time, and had the idea to write an article for this blog with the concept of a tour round the country, looking at Crime Fiction set in different regions of the UK -Scottish crime fiction, English mysteries, Welsh detective series and Northern Ireland crime novels too. It turned into several articles, and then at some point I decided the idea had outgrown the article format and needed to be a book. Hence this guide was born.


The book is divided into four parts:


Golden Age Crime Fiction


This was one of the later sections of the book that I included, after I realised that included much classic crime from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction (typically understood to be between the two world wars 1918-1939, though in practice it extended a little beyond that). The main reason for this is that unlike a lot of contemporary crime, Golden Age mystery series weren't usually rooted in one particular place, but roved around all over the UK and even further afield at times. So I decided to include it in its own section, as a sort of appetiser for the rest of the book.


Contemporary Crime Fiction


If Golden Age detectives like Poirot, Marple and Wimsey formed the appetiser, then the section on Contemporary Crime Fiction is the main course, and by far the largest section in the book. In it is we range through the South of England, the Midland and the North, as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, looking at detectives and crime series set in different towns, cities and regions of the UK. Ranging from Peter James series featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on England's South Coast, to Ann Cleeves' Shetland books in the far north, and lots more in between.


Historical Crime Fiction


When writing my contemporary tour, it quickly became apparent that historical mysteries didn't fit very well, even if they were set in a specific place or region of Britain. The key thing about them was the era in which they were set, not the actual place. So I included this in its own section, ranging from crime mysteries set in ancient Britain (which there isn't a lot), to medieval crime and Victorian detectives (of which there are a lot), right up to the late 20th century. Lindsey Davis, Sharon Kay Penman, Edward Marston and loads more is on offer here.


Children's & YA Crime Fiction


Crime and Mystery fiction written for children and young adults didn't typically fit well in the rest of the book, so I decided to include a short section at the end of the book, which includes some of my favourites as a child, my daughter's favourites, and plenty that was new to both of us.


Buy the Book (or Read it for Free)


The Kindle book is available to buy now on Amazon, or you can read it for free if you've got Kindle Unlimited.


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Make the Book Even Better


I'm well aware that this book will be far from complete. I'll have missed out many books and authors that I should have included. So I'm asking you to contact me (use the Contact Me link in the menu at the top of the page) to suggest anything I've missed, whether it is one of your favourite authors, or perhaps you are the author. I intend to do a second edition in due course, and while I won't be able to include everything, I'll include as much as I can. So please get in touch, and help me make this an even better book!


Also, if you find it useful, please consider leaving me a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thanks!

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