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Best Detective Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Detective books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning (2015)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Can learning logic be fun? With The Fallacy Detective it appears that it can be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve his reasoning skills.”–Tim Challies, curriculum reviewer”Cartoon and comic illustrations, humorous examples, and a very reader-friendly writing style make this the sort of course students will enjoy.”–Cathy Duffy, homeschool curriculum reviewer”I really like The Fallacy Detective because it has funny cartoons, silly stories, and teaches you a lot!”–11 Year OldWhat is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error…
Author(s): Nathaniel Bluedorn, Hans Bluedorn , et al.

2. The Detective’s Assistant (2016)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhen orphaned eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives in Chicago, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is a detective working for the famous Pinkerton’s National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and Nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, wearing disguises, and spying on nefarious criminals. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared? #81,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #924 in Children’s Mystery,…
Author(s): Kate Hannigan

3. The Sans Pareil Mystery (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2015)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfOn a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances.Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.With the Napoleonic War looming dangerously across the Channel, this is a time of suspicion and treachery. Following the clues from the seedy back…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

4. Debian Perl Digital Detective: The Memory Thief (2019)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom Lion Forge and Know Yourself.Megalopolis used to be the city hub for all the makers, doers, and dreamers. It was a better time according to Debian Perl, a technomancer known for her out-of-date computer programming skills. Now the city streets are filled with “Egg-heads,” those in thrall to the ease and simplicity of new technology as opposed to Debian’s way of doing things. Digits is one of those Egg-heads. She is a young social media guru and knows her way around all the newest, latest technology. Debian and Digits cross paths…
Author(s): Melanie Hilario , Lauren Davis, et al.

5. Ghost in the Machine (Detective Scott Cullen Mysteries) (2012)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf‘Classic Scottish noir: bad food, bad moods, too much booze and tight plots’ @ey0k1, TwitterFor fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart McBride and Christopher Brookmyre, Ghost in the Machine is the novel that introduced readers to ambitious maverick Detective Constable Scott Cullen, whose series has set the bestseller charts alight.With a messy divorce behind her, Caroline Adamson’s future is finally looking up. But after her mutilated body is found, police think Caroline’s ex-husband is the main suspect. When one murder becomes three, Edinburgh faces up to the fact that it might…
Author(s): Ed James

6. Murder in Park Lane (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2019)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLondon, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

7. Plague Pits & River Bones (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2018)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLondon, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.And when Lavender’s trusted deputy, Constable Ned Woods, finds a mysterious severed foot washed up on Greenwich Beach, they soon realise that these ancient bones are more sinister than they first appeared.With Bow Street Police Office undermanned and in disarray, it will take all of Lavender and Woods’s wit and…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

8. The Sculthorpe Murder (The Detective Lavender Mysteries) (2016)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNorthamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London’s Bow Street Police Office.Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods soon discover there’s more to William Sculthorpe’s demise than meets the eye. Mystery surrounds the old man and his family, and the stench of revenge hangs heavy in the air. Are the Panther Gang really responsible…
Author(s): Karen Charlton

9. The Calling (Mae Martin Mysteries) (Volume 1) (2013)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe first Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends push her to explore her unusual talents, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions— access to secrets she could regret uncovering. Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, nothing can be the same again. The Mae Martin…
Author(s): Amber Foxx

10. The Diamond Mystery #1 (The Whodunit Detective Agency) (2014)

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSomebody is stealing diamonds from the jeweler Mohammed Carat! It looks like the culprit is someone on his staff, but who? Is it Luke Smith, the recently hired fitness fanatic with a taste for the finer things in life? It surely can’t be Vivian Leander, the loyal shop assistant who is now short of money . . . The police in the little town of Valleby are stuck, so they contact young detectives Jerry and Maya, classmates who run their own detective agency. Will Jerry and Maya be able to use their detective skills to find the thief? As they well know, even a tiny clue is worth its weight in gold….
Author(s): Martin Widmark, Helena Willis

Best Detective Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some detective books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Unusual Detective Cases

Author(s):
Publisher: Golden Books, Year: c1940s, Size: 55 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 851750

Unbelievable (Movie Tie-In): The Story of Two Detectives’ Relentless Search for the Truth

Author(s): T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong
Publisher: Crown/Archetype, Year: 3 Sept 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2403031

Detecting the Social: Order and Disorder in Post-1970s Detective Fiction

Author(s): Mary Evans, Sarah Moore, Hazel Johnstone
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311194

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime

Author(s): Susannah Stapleton
Publisher: Picador, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2399068

The Sherlock effect : how forensic doctors and investigators disastrously reason like the great detective

Author(s): Holmes, Sherlock; Young, Thomas W
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2256524

Detective Fiction and the Problem of Knowledge: Perspectives on the Metacognitive Mystery Tale

Author(s): Antoine Dechêne
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311186

Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America’s Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice

Author(s): William Oldfield; Victoria Bruce
Publisher: Atria Books, Year: 2018, Size: 38 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2342323

The Migraine Detective

Author(s): The Migraine Detective
Publisher: Books on Demand, Year: 2018, Size: 547 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2412300

The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood

Author(s): Lucy Andrew
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153113

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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