In today's reading, we will seek to elucidate which are the best options for crime books on the market.
Crime novels have been with us for over 170 years and have become established in literature around the world, in countries such as England, the United States, Scotland, Portugal and Brazil, to name a few.
In this article, we will remember some of the characteristics of the genre, main authors, characters and what you should take into consideration before buying your copy.
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- 5 Purchase Criteria: What to consider before buying crime books
- Crime books feature a crime, the investigation of it and the revelation of who commits it, which is usually a twist.
- The first publication of the genre occurred in 1841.
- One of the leading names in the genre, Agatha Christie is the most published (woman) writer in any language.
The Best Crime Books: Our Picks
Mysteries, twists and turns, chills down your spine. Crime books are marked by instigating the reader and leaving them stuck reading because they need to know who committed the crime that runs through the narrative.
This guide serves to help you choose the novel that will surprise and satisfy you when you open the pages of the book.
What are detective novels?
Despite being a clear recipe, the best titles of the genre usually bring twists and turns, trying to escape predictability.
In detective books, elements such as mystery, curiosity, amazement, disquiet, fear and investigation are present.
The genre began with the publication of the short story The Rue Morgue Murders, by Edgar Allan Poe, in 1841, in the American magazine Graham's Magazine.
In Brazil, the first detective publication was published in the newspaper A Folha, in 1920, and was called O Mistério. The authors of the work, published in chapters, are Viriato Corrêa, Coelho Neto, Afrânio Peixoto, Medeiros e Albuquerque.
The author became the most published author in history in any language, second only to the Bible and William Shakespeare.
Other notable authors include Edgar Allan Poe, a forerunner of the movement, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dashiell Hammett and Fernando Pessoa.
Among Brazilians, one of the main examples is Jô Soares.
Below, we list the main detectives of these writers and which is the first work in which they appeared in literature.
|Author||Main character||Book of origin|
|Agatha Christie||Hercule Poirot||The Mysterious Case of Styles|
|Edgar Allan Poe||C. Auguste Dupin||The Rue Morgue Murders|
|Arthur Conan Doyle||Sherlock Holmes||A Study in Red|
|Dorothy L. Sayers||Lord Peter Wimsey||Whose Body?|
|Dashiell Hammett||Sam Spade||The Maltese Falcon|
|Fernando Pessoa||Abílio Fernandes Quaresma||Quaresma, Decifrador (compilation of unfinished short stories)|
|Jô Soares||Delegado Mello Pimenta||O Xangô de Baker Street|
Boxed or loose?
Boxes are a great alternative for those who want to assemble a standardized collection, usually with a special box, differentiated cover (hard, embossed, detachable), even exclusive content.
Those who are not necessarily interested in having all the books by an author - or a good part of them - or simply prefer to buy one before they go and grab several at once, can always opt for the loose versions.
In the individual models of crime books you'll find various versions of the classics, from hardback to paperback editions.
How much do detective books cost?
When the version has a hard cover, the price is usually higher than the standard ones.
It is also worth buying the boxes of some authors, because it is usually financially advantageous instead of buying one by one. Some boxes cost £45, others are around £90.
If you are one of those who are not so attached to physical editions, you can then choose to acquire the police books in digital version.
There are e-books that are £50 cheaper than the physical version, so this is a good option.
Purchase Criteria: What to consider before buying crime books
Before you go out shopping, it's good to know how to weigh up when it comes to choosing the best crime book for you.
It is to help you in this task that we have listed below some items to be taken into consideration before the purchase.
- Number of pages
Now that we have listed the items, we will detail them. Let's go!
Number of pages
There are some people who get discouraged when they come across a brick-and-mortar style book, so it is recommended to check the number of pages of a copy before you purchase it.
You should also take into account the dimensions of the book, whether it has illustrations, pictures, and also the font used. This can make a difference.
As with any literary genre, it's always good to follow the established names, especially if you're parachuting into one of them - as may or may not be the case with crime books.
That said, going after works by authors such as Brazilian Jô Soares, American Edgar Allan Poe and Dashiell Hammett, and British Agatha Christie greatly increases the chance of getting your choice right.
Still, be sure to consider current authors such as Robert Galbraith.
Some people prefer not to know (almost) anything before reading a book, but the investment, not always low, asks you to have the minimum notion of what you will face during several hours of reading.
That is why it is recommended to read the synopsis of the detective books, after all it is good to know what the beginning of the story you are going to invest time and money in is about.
Besides, there are several people out there who love a spoiler, so if you fit the profile of those who want to know everything they can or do not mind knowing more details of the plot, this is the tip.
Listening to the opinion of others is also valid for you to make a good choice - after all, that's why you're reading us, right?
Today there are some book social networks, such as Skoob and Goodreads, in which users give their impressions on all literary genres, including police.
On Amazon's Brazilian website, there's a lot of user interaction on the book pages, so it's worth having a look there too.
Those looking for professional reviews can find them on some sites, such as the Folha de São Paulo newspaper and Book Marks, which makes a compilation of reviews and gives an average score for each work.
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