My TBR Pile

One problem that has hit me recently is that my crime fiction collection has become unwieldy enough that I have forgotten some of the books I have waiting for me on my TBR pile. This has led to duplications and me missing out on a rare book I thought I already owned. The best solution I could come up with was a public list of books in and around the genre that I own but have not reviewed yet. A few titles I own but will never review (because they are by friends and family) are omitted.

Feel free to give me a shout if there’s a particular title here you would be interested in seeing me read and review.

Last Updated: 9/15/20

Ben Aaronovitch
Midnight Riot

Megan Abbott

Catherine Aird
Henrietta Who?

Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Rashomon and Other Stories

Peter Alding
Ransom Town

Margery Allingham
Hide My Eyes

Kingsley Amis
Colonel Sun

Augusto de Angelis
The Hotel of the Three Roses

Margaret Armstrong
Murder in Stained Glass

George Axelrod

Tetsuya Ayukawa
The Red Locked Room

Deb Baker
Murder Passes the Buck

John Franklin Bardin
The Last of Philip Banter

Robert Barnard
Death in a Cold Climate
Posthumous papers

Vivian Barz
Forgotten Bones

Roger Bax
A Grave Case of Murder

David Beckler

George Bellairs
Death in Desolation
Death in Room Five
Death March for Penelope Blow
Death Stops the Frolic
Half-Mast for the Deemster
Murder Makes Mistakes
The Night They Killed Joss Varran

James R. Benn
Billy Boyle

Jenna Bennet
A Cutthroat Business

Anthony Berkeley
The Poisoned Chocolates Case
The Silk Stockings Murder

Nicholas Blake
Malice in Wonderland
The Private Wound
There’s Trouble Brewing
Thou Shell of Death

Lawrence G. Blochman
Wives to Burn

She Who Was No More

Dorothy Bowers
Deed Without A Name

Daniel Boyd
Easy Death

Pamela Branch
The Lion in the Cellar

Christianna Brand
Death in High Heels
Tour de Force

Douglas E. Browne
Too Many Cousins

Leo Bruce
Death of a Commuter

John Buchan
The Thirty-Nine Steps

John Bude
Death on the Riviera

James Lee Burke
The Neon Rain

Miles Burton
The Secret of High Eldersham

Christopher Bush
The Case of the Haven Hotel
The Plumley Inheritance

Jim Butcher
Fool Moon
Storm Front

James M. Cain
The Cocktail Waitress
Mildred Pierce

Bernard Capes
The Mystery of the Skeleton Key

Amanda Carmack
Murder at Fontainebleau

John Dickson Carr
The Blind Barber
Death Watch
The Devil in Velvet
Fire, Burn!
The Four False Weapons
Hag’s Nook
The Hollow Man
It Walks By Night
Most Secret
The Nine Wrong Answers

Eliza Casey
Lady Takes the Castle

Anna Castle
Murder by Misrule

Henry Cauvain
The Killing Needle

Henry Cecil
The Asking Price

Raymond Chandler
The Big Sleep

G. K. Chesterton
The Man Who Knew Too Much

Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders
And Then There Were None
Crooked House
Death on the Nile
Five Little Pigs
Murder on the Orient Express

GDH Cole
End of an Ancient Mariner

Max Allan Collins

Arthur Conan Doyle
(The whole Holmes canon)

J. J. Connington
The Two Tickets Puzzle

Hugh Conway
Dark Days (Christmas Annual)

S. A. Cosby
Blacktop Wasteland

Joan Cowdry
Murder of Lydia

Alisa Craig
A Pint of Murder

Edmund Crispin
Holy Disorders
Love Lies Bleeding
The Moving Toyshop
Swan Song

Freeman Wills Crofts
Anything to Declare?
The Cask
The Hog’s Back Mystery
The Loss of the Jane Vosper
Sir John Magill’s Last Journey
Sudden Death

James Crumley
The Last Good Kiss

Moray Dalton
The Belfry Murder
The Belgrave Manor Crime
The Body in the Road
The Case of Alan Copeland
Death in the Cup
The Night of Fear
One by One They Disappeared
The Strange Case of Harriet Hall

Elizabeth Daly
Arrow Pointing Nowhere
And Dangerous to Know
Death and Letters
Evidence of Things Seen
The House WIthout The Door
Night Walk
Somewhere in the House
Unexpected Night
The Wrong Way Down

Frederic Dard
The Executioner Weeps

Hilary Davidson
One Small Sacrifice

Lindsey Davis
Venus in Copper

Carter Dickson
The Bowstring Murders
Nine and Death Makes Ten
She Died A Lady

Garry Disher
The Dragon Man

Paul Doherty
The Mask of Ra

Rose Donovan
The Mystery of Ruby’s Sugar

Maurice Drake
The Mystery of the Mud Flats

Francis Duncan
So Pretty A Problem

Lord Dunsany
Two Bottles of Relish

M. G. Eberhart
Enemy in the House

Martin Edwards
The Coffin Trail

Kim Ekemar
The Murders on Three Bridges

James Ellroy
L.A. Confidential

Sven Elvestad
The Final Days of Abbot Montrose

J. Jefferson Farjeon
No. 17
Thirteen Guests
The Z Murders

John Russell Fearn
Pattern of Murder

Ian Fleming
Casino Royale
Diamonds are Forever
Dr No
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia With Love
Live and Let Die
The Man WIth the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
You Only Live Twice

Brian Flynn
The Billiard Room Mystery
The Case of the Black Twenty-Two
The Creeping Jenny Mystery
The Five Red Fingers
Invisible Death
Murder en Route
The Murders Near Mapleton
The Mystery of the Peacock’s Eye
The Orange Axe
The Triple Bite

Robin Forsythe
The Pleasure Cruise Mystery

Karin Fossum
When the Devil Holds the Candle

Nev Fountain
The Axeman Cometh (Drama)
Cursed Among Sequels
DVD Extras Include: Murder
Geek Tragedy

Christopher Fowler
Full Dark House

William Francis
I. O. U. Murder

Nicholas Freeling
Lady Macbeth

Dianne Freeman
A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder

R. Austin Freeman
John Thorndyke’s Cases
The Mystery of 31 New Inn

Frank Froest
The Crime Club
The Rogues’ Syndicate

Erle Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Counterfeit Eye

Andrew Garve
The Late Bill Smith

Michael Genelin
Dark Dreams

Anthony Gilbert
Death in Fancy Dress

Michael Gilbert
The Danger Within
Death Has Deep Roots
Death in Captivity
Smallbone Deceased

Steve Goble
The Devil’s Wind

Frank Goldammer
The Air Raid Killer

David Goodis
The Wounded and the Slan

C. W. Grafton
The Rat Began To Gnaw The Rope

Kelsey Grammer
Bitter Brew

Anna K. Green
The Affair Next Door

Graham Greene
Brighton Rock
The Ministry of Fear
Our Man in Havana
The Third Man

Kerry Greenwood
Blood and Circuses
Cocaine Blues
Flying Too High

Paul Halter
The Crimson Fog
The Fourth Door
The Gold Watch
The Night of the Wolf
The Picture from the Past
The Seven Wonders of Crime

Barbara Hambly
A Free Man of Color

Henrietta Hamilton
Answer in the Negative

Zhou Haohui
Death Notice

William Harrington
Columbo: The Grassy Knoll

Mette Ivie Harrison
The Bishop’s Wife

Macdonald Hastings
Cork in the Doghouse

Mavis Doriel Hay
The Santa Klaus Murder

Annie Haynes
The Crime at Tattenham Corner
The House in Charlton Crescent
The Man with the Dark Beard
Who Killed Charmian Karslake?

Peter J. Heck
Death on the Mississippi

Keiichiro Hirano
A Man

Keigo Higashino
Salvation of a Saint

Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr. Ripley
This Sweet Sickness

James Hilton
Was it Murder?

Chester Himes
The Real Cool Killers

Edward D. Hoch
More Things Impossible
The Sherlock Holmes Stories of Edward D. Hoch

James Hogg
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
The Girl Who Had To Die
Who’s Afraid?

Dorothy B. Hughes
The Expendable Man
In A Lonely Place

Richard Hull
Keep It Quiet

Michael Innes
Carson’s Conspiracy
Going It Alone

Robert Innes

D. E. Ireland
Wouldn’t It Be Deadly?

Polly Ivey

Claude Izner
Murder on the Eiffel Tower

Charlotte Jay
The Fugitive Eye

Martin Jensen
A Man’s Word

Edgar Jepson
The Loudwater Mystery

Ianthe Jerrold
Let Him Lie
The Studio Crime

Doug Johnstone
A Dark Matter

Stephen Mack Jones
August Snow

Carolyn Keene
Secrets Can Kill

Mary Kelly
The Christmas Egg

Harry Kemelman
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

Baynard H. Kendrick
Blood on Lake Louisa

Vaseem Khan
Bad Day at the Vulture Club

Un-Su Kim
The Plotters

Sherwood King
If I Die Before I Wake

Stephen King

Natsuo Kirino

Ronald Knox
The Footsteps at the Lock

Michael Kurland
A Study in Sorcery

Hilda Lawrence
Duet of Death

Maurice LeBlanc
The Exploits of Arsene Lupin

Peter Lerangis
The 3 Investigators: Crimebusters #9 Foul Play

Gaston Leroux
The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Ira Levin
The Boys from Brazil
The Stepford Wives

Susan Kiernan-Lewis
Murder in the South of France

Vanessa Lillie
Little Voices

Martin Limon
Jade Lady Burning

M. Louisa Locke
Maids of Misfortune

Vernon Loder
The Mystery at Stowe
The Shop Window Murders

E. C. R. Lorac
Murder by Matchlight
Murder in Vienna

Peter Lovesey
The Last Detective
The TIck of Death

Marie Belloc Lowndes
The Lodger

Charlotte MacLeod
The Odd Job

Philp MacDonald
The Noose

Ngaio Marsh
Enter a Murderer

Edward Marston
The Laughing Policeman

Seicho Matsumoto
Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Helen McCloy
Through a Glass Darkly

Horace McCoy
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Jill McGown
Murder Motive
Murder… Now and Then
The Murders of Mrs Austin and Mrs Beale
The Other Woman
A Perfect Match

Pat McIntosh
The Harper’s Quine

Nicholas Meyer
The Seven Per Cent Solution

Margaret Millar
The Devil Loves Me

A. A. Milne
The Red House Mystery

Adam Mitzner
Dead Certain

Meghan Scott Molin
The Frame-Up

Allison Montclair
The Right Sort of Man

Keith Moray
The Gathering Murders

Walter Mosley
Down the River unto the Sea

Patricia Moyes
Dead Men Don’t Ski
Season of Snows and Sins

Thomas Mullen

Derrick Nabarro
The Rod of Anger

Fuminori Nakamura
The Thief

Anita Nair
A Cut-Like Wound

Helen Nielsen
Dead on the Level

Maureen O’Brien
Dead Innocent

Baroness Orczy
The Old Man in the Corner

Edward Packard
Choose Your Own Adventure #9: Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey?

Stuart Palmer
The Penguin Pool Murder
The Puzzle of the Silver Persian

Brad Parks

Rebecca Pawel
Death of a Nationalist

Winifred Peck
The Warrielaw Jewel

Ellis Peters
Monk’s Hood
The Rose Rent
Saint Peter’s Fair

Eden Phillpotts
The Grey Room

Euan B. Pollock
The Price to Pay

Oliver Potzsch
The Beggar King
The Dark Monk
The Hangman’s Daughter

E. R. Punshon
The Bath Mysteries
The Conqueror Inn
Crossword Mystery
The Dark Garden
Dictaator’s Way
Helen Passes By
The House of Godwinsson
Information Received
It Might Lead Anywhere
Murder Abroad
Mystery Villa
Night’s Cloak
Secrets Can’t Be Kept
Suspects Nine
There’s a Reason for Everything

Hye-Young Pyun
The Law of Lines

Ellery Queen
Drury Lane’s Last Case
The Siamese Twin Mystery

E. & M. A. Radford
Death and the Professor
The Heel of Achilles
Murder Isn’t Cricket
Who Killed Dick Whittington?

Ruth Rendell
The Best Man to Die
Means of Evil and Other Stories
No More Dying Then
Put On By Cunning
Shake Hands For Ever
The Speaker of Mandarin
Wolf to the Slaughter

John Rhode
The Robthorne Mystery

Craig Rice
The Corpse Steps Out

Theodore Roscoe
I’ll Grind Their Bones

Holly Roth
Too Many Doctors

Rosemary Rowe
The Germanic Mosaic

Harriet Rutland
Bleeding Hooks
Blue Murder
Knock, Murderer, Knock!

P. B. Ryan
Still Life with Murder

Rafael Sabatini
The Evidence of the Sword

James Sallis

George Sanders
Stranger at Home

Dorothy L. Sayers
Busman’s Honeymoon
The Five Red Herrings
Gaudy Night
Hangman’s Holiday
Have His Carcase
In the Teeth of the Evidence
Murder Must Advertise
The Nine Tailors
Striding Folly
Strong Poison
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Victoria Selman
Blood for Blood

Ritu Sethi
His Hand in the Storm

Dell Shannon
Case Pending

Soji Shimada
Murder in the Crooked House

Georges Simenon
The Carter of ‘La Providence’

Henry Slesar
Enter Murderers

Derek Howe Smith
Model for Murder
Whistle Up the Devil

Shelley Smith
This Is Our House

Christopher St. John Sprigg
Death of an Airman

Dana Stabenow
A Cold Day for Murder
Fire and Ice

Domenic Stansberry
The Confession

Daniel Stashower
The Dime Museum Mystery
The Floating Lady Murder

Viveca Sten
Still Waters

Rex Stout

John Straley
The Woman Who Married A Bear

Linda Stratmann
Mr. Scarletti’s Ghost
The Royal Ghost

Arkady Strugatsky
The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn

Peter Swanson
Eight Perfect Murders

Julian Symons
The Belting Inheritance
The Immaterial Murder Case

Akimitsu Takagi
The Tattoo Murder Case

Josephine Tey
A Shilling for Candles

Jim Thompson
Cropper’s Cabin
The Getaway
The Golden Gizmo
The Grifters
The Kill-Off
The Nothing Man
Now and On Earth
The Rip-Off
Savage Night
South of Heaven
A Swell-Looking Babe
Texas by the Tail
The Transgressors

Basil Thomson
Richardson’s First Case

Robert Thorogood
Death Knocks Twice
The Killing of Polly Carter

The Three Investigators (Various)
The Mystery of the Deadly Double
The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow
The Mystery of the Missing Mermaid
The Mystery of the Nervous Lion
The Secret of Shark Reef

Molly Thynne
The Draycott Murder Mystery
He Dies and Makes No Sign
The Murder on the Enriqueta

Marilyn Todd
Virgin Territory

Masako Togawa
Slow Fuse

J. V. Turner
Below the Clock

Janwillem van de Wetering
The Blond Baboon

S. S. van Dine
The Benson Murder Case
The Bishop Murder Case

Robert van Gulik
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee
The Chinese Gold Murders
The Chinese Nail Murders

Fred Vargas
The Chalk Circle Man

The Anatomy of Murder (By Members of The Detection Club)
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories
Bodies from the Library
Bodies from the Library II
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves
Showbusiness is Murder
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries
St. Petersburg Noir
Zagreb Noir

Irma Venter
Hard Rain

Henry Wade
Bury Him Darkly
Constable, Guard Thyself!
The Duke of York’s Steps
The Dying Alderman
A Dying Fall
Gold Was Our Grave
The Hanging Captain
The High Sheriff
The Litmore Snitch
Lonely Magdalen
The Missing Partners
Mist on the Saltings
Policeman’s Lot
The Verdict of You All

J. H. Wallis
Cries in the Night
The Capital City Mystery
The Woman He Chose

Colin Watson
Coffin Scarely Used

Donald Westlake
Brothers Keepers

Ethel Lina White
The Lady Vanishes

Fred M. White
The Cardinal Moth

Harry Whittington
Call Me Killer

Hugh Windsor
Lead Him to Death

Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs

Anthony Wynne
Murder of a Lady

Hideo Yokoyama
Six Four

Ovidia Yu
The Mimosa Tree Mystery

Israel Zangwill
The Perfect Crime

Roger Zelazny
The Dead Man’s Brother

5 thoughts on “My TBR Pile

  1. Very cool.


    I would put that in bold if I weren’t lazy.

    I just reread The Chinese Nail Murders, and think you would like it. But if you already own the Crumley ….

    PS I saw N N Taleb called Dard the best french prose writer of the 20th century! My library has several Dards, all in French. Maybe after I get through my graded readers and dual language books …


  2. This makes my TBR mountain look like a mere hill. I’ve not read it but have heard interesting things about The Night of the Jabberwock so would be glad to see another take on it.


    1. Yes – I am swimming in reading matter atm. I have some time off coming up soon and hopefully I can get to Jabberwocky then as I have heard good things!


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