British mystery television series and the books that started them

British mystery television series have become increasingly popular with people. Did you know that many of them are based off books? You can download and stream both the TV series and the books from the comfort of your own home with your library card. Don’t have a card? Click here. Enjoy!

Agatha Christie’s Marple and Agatha Christie’s Poirot (series on Hoopla)

Many consider Agatha Christie the grand dame of mysteries for her clever, complex plots. Fortunately, she also laid the foundation for the “fair play” mystery: No clues are hidden from the reader, so with careful attention it is possible to solve the mystery. Her characters most famously include Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Hercule Poirot: (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla eBook) (Hoopla Audiobook) Miss Marple: (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla eBook) (Hoopla Audiobook)

DCI Banks (series on Hoopla)

Peter Robinson chronicles the career of Inspector Alan Banks, who transferred from London to Yorkshire to get away from it all, only to find that violent crime thrives everywhere. (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla eBook) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Nero Wolfe (series on Hoopla)

Rex Stout wrote “armchair detective” mysteries featuring that brilliant agoraphobic Montenegrin, Nero Wolfe – gourmand and orchid fancier. Narrator Archie Goodwin does the legwork; police Inspector Cramer serves as an obnoxious foil. The series has been continued by Robert Goldsborough after Stout’s death. (eBook) (Audiobook Download)

Dalziel & Pascoe (series on Hoopla)

Sharply drawn three-dimensional characters distinguish the stylish, witty, and intricately plotted mysteries of award-winning British master Reginald Hill. He is best known for his series ranging from the suspenseful and darkly humorous Dalziel and Pascoe police procedurals. (eBook) (Hoopla eBook)

Father Brown (series on Hoopla)

G.K. Chesterton’s clever mystery stories, particularly those about homely, modest yet sharply intuitive Father Brown, delve into spiritual and philosophical territory while retaining a quirky and vibrant narrative style. (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla eBook) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Inspector Lynley Mysteries (series on Hoopla)

Elizabeth George blends the elegant language, expertly evoked settings, and aristocratic police detective of the traditional classic British Mystery with contemporary social issues and the darker tone of modern crime fiction. In her series featuring Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers, crafts complex, realistically flawed characters, whose personal lives frequently spill over into the crime investigation. (eBook) (Audiobook Download)

Vera (series on Hoopla)

Ann Cleeves‘s police procedural novels are set in remote parts of the British Isles, and draw on the contrast between natural beauty and human nature’s darkness. (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Agatha Raisin (series on Hoopla)

M.C. Beaton‘s contemporary mystery series featuring amateur detective Agatha Raisin, offers readers a comfortable combination of eccentric characters, vividly detailed settings, expertly crafted plots and a strong measure of humor. (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla Audiobook)

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (series on Hoopla)

Although not British, Australian Kerry Greenwood writes cleverly plotted mysteries with leads who are independent women with a strong social conscience; the supporting cast members are thoroughly developed and have appealing quirks. (eBook) (Hoopla eBook)

Montalbano (series on Hoopla)

Sicilian Andrea Camilleri‘s mysteries feature police Inspector Salvo Montalbano, who dances carefully through organized crime and bureaucratic corruption to identify criminals and bring them to justice. Montalbano’s difficult, inconstant relationship with his lover Livia is balanced by his capacity for empathy with victims and their families–and his gusto for good food. (eBook) (Audiobook Download) (Hoopla Audiobook)