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You’ve got to hand it to the book editors at Amazon. Out of the 271,852 listings under the online retailer’s “Mystery, Thriller & Suspense” category, they managed to cull them down to a list of the 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime. Brit TV-obsessed as I can be, I was curious about how many of the titles had been adapted for UK television.

Amazon's 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

Researching all 100 titles was a bit more than I cared to take on, so I focused on the ones that were written by authors from the UK and Ireland.

For the sake of simplicity, series of written works with a particular lead character (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot) count as one title (as on the Amazon list), which brought the list down to a manageable 24. Of them…

These 9 titles have been adapted into British TV series or made-for-TV movies:

  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier — made-for-TV movies, including the 1997 version starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness)
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins — made-for-TV movie starring Tara FitzGerald (Waking the Dead), Justine Waddell (Wives and Daughters), Ian Richardson (original House of Cards), and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)

These 11 titles have been or are being adapted into feature films, British or otherwise:

And these 4 titles have not been adapted to date:

I love reading as well as watching a good mystery or thriller, and there are many on Amazon’s list that I haven’t read yet, so guess who’s going shopping!



Brit TV Adaptations of Works on Amazon’s 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime