TV series based on crime novels

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1. A Touch of Frost (1992– )

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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DI Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet.

Stars: David Jason, Bruce Alexander, John Lyons, Arthur White

Votes: 5,005

Inspector Frost series by R. D. Wingfield

2. Above Suspicion (2009–2012)

46 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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The murder of a young actress starts an investigation that uncovers on-screen tensions, a complex private life, controversial memoirs, and suspected abuse.

Stars: Kelly Reilly, Ciarán Hinds, Shaun Dingwall, Amanda Lawrence

Votes: 1,621

Anna Travis Mystery series by Lynda La Plante

3. Case Histories (2011– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Former soldier and policeman, Jackson Brodie, becomes a private investigator.

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Amanda Abbington, Zawe Ashton, Millie Innes

Votes: 2,437

Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson

4. DCI Banks (2010– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The tenacious and stubborn DCI Banks unravels disturbing murder mysteries aided by his young assistants, DS Annie Cabbot and DI Helen Morton.

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz

Votes: 3,289

Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson

5. Dirk Gently (2010–2012)

58 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Holistic detective Gently relies on the universe to unravel mysteries based on the 'interconnectedness of all things'.

Stars: Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Lisa Jackson, Jason Watkins

Votes: 2,253

Dirk Gently series by Douglas Adams

6. Endeavour (2012– )
Episode: Pilot (2012)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Young Endeavour Morse joins Inspector Fred Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl named Mary Tremlett.

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Michael Matus, John Light, Flora Montgomery, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 3,821

Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter

7. Inspector George Gently (2007– )

89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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With the help of DS John Bacchus, Inspector George Gently spends his days bringing to justice members of the criminal underworld who are unfortunate enough to have the intrepid investigator assigned to their cases.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 4,310

Inspector George Gently series by Alan Hunter

8. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 7,660

Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter

9. Jack Taylor: The Magdalen Martyrs (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime

7.8
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Galway Private Investigator JACK TAYLOR is hired by the daughter of a former inmate of the infamous Magdalen Laundries to find the identity of a former nun, known only as LUCIFER, who was ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: Nathan Reynolds, Ger Carey, Killian Scott, Iain Glen

Votes: 792

Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen

10. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 7,972

Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter

11. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004– )
Episode: The Body in the Library (2004)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Ian Richardson, Tara Fitzgerald, Jamie Theakston

Votes: 1,434

Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie

12. Messiah (2001– )

152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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After two horribly mutilated bodies are discovered, DCI Red Metcalfe is assigned to the case and plunged head-on into a nightmare.

Stars: Ken Stott, Frances Grey, Jamie Draven, Kieran O'Brien

Votes: 1,565

Messiah by Boris Starling

13. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 17,543

Chief Inspector Barnaby series by Caroline Graham

14. Rebus (2000–2004)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Set in Edinburgh, the mercurial Detective Inspector John Rebus's investigations lead him through the city's ancient beauty and into its more sinister quarters.

Stars: Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black, Gregor Gillespie

Votes: 1,198

Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin

15. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.2
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 628,597

Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle

16. The Field of Blood (2011– )

59 min | Thriller

7.4
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Glasgow 1982, a young girl investigates mysterious murders in a world of men.

Stars: Matt Costello, Jayd Johnson, Bronagh Gallagher, Ford Kiernan

Votes: 649

Paddy Meeham series by Denise Mina

17. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001–2008)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage, Paul Hickey

Votes: 3,290

Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George

18. The Last Detective (2003– )

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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"Dangerous" Davies always gets the cases no one else wants, and no one notices when he eventually succeeds. But his old-fashioned decency and dogged determination have won him legions of loyal fans.

Stars: Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, Rob Spendlove, Charles De'Ath

Votes: 914

Dangerous Davies series by Leslie Thomas

19. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A woman opens her own detective agency in Botswana.

Stars: Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Lucian Msamati, Desmond Dube

Votes: 2,708

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith

20. The Runaway (2010– )

Crime

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Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are brought up together in the East End. As the daughter of a prostitute, Madge, Cathy's life is difficult, especially when everyone assumes that she will ... See full summary »

Stars: Keith Allen, Burn Gorman, Noah Hedges, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 734

The Runaway by Martina Cole

21. The Shadow Line (2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Chiwetel Ejifor leads an all-star cast in this gritty conspiracy thriller in which he plays a cop searching for the murderer of a crime boss. Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel returns to ... See full summary »

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Kierston Wareing, Richard Lintern

Votes: 3,477

by Hugo Blick

22. The Take (2009– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Kierston Wareing

Votes: 5,847

The Take by Martina Cole

23. Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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DI Tom Thorne's only key to a catching a serial killer is a survivor unable to move or communicate.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Lorraine Ashbourne, Brana Bajic, Trinity Barden, Phillip Browne

Votes: 2,179

Tom Thorne series by Mark Billingham

24. Wallander (2008– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark, Sarah Smart

Votes: 9,632

Wallander series by Henning Mankell

25. Whitechapel (2009– )

180 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman

Votes: 8,986

based on Jack the Ripper stories

26. Wire in the Blood (2002– )

69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England.

Stars: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Votes: 5,964

Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series by Val McDermid

27. Vera (2011– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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With her caustic wit and singular charm, DCI Vera Stanhope and her team face a series of captivating murder mysteries set against the breathtaking Northumberland landscape.

Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, Riley Jones, David Leon

Votes: 4,960

Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves

28. Zen (2011– )

270 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy.

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino, Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Stanley Townsend

Votes: 2,699

Aurelio Zen series by Michael Dibdin

29. Il giovane Montalbano (2012– )

120 min | Crime, Mystery

8.0
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The young "Commissario" detective Salvo Montalbano, based in the fictitious village of Vigata, solves mysterious crimes in Sicilia.

Stars: Andrea Tidona, Michele Riondino, Fabrizio Pizzuto, Alessio Piazza

Votes: 745

Salvu Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri

30. Fabio Montale (2001– )

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Stars: Alain Delon, Cédric Chevalme, Elena Sofia Ricci, Eric Defosse

Votes: 228

Fabio Montale series by Jean-Claude Izzo

31. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Votes: 9,193

Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood

32. Blood Ties (2007)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.4
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Vicki Nelson, a former homicide detective turned private investigator, and Henry Fitzroy, a 470-year-old vampire, form a unique team solving cases and dealing with the supernatural world.

Stars: Christina Cox, Dylan Neal, Kyle Schmid, Gina Holden

Votes: 5,723

Victoria Nelson series by Tanya Huff

33. The Dresden Files (2007– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A Chicago-based wizard works as a private investigator.

Stars: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja

Votes: 8,028

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

34. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

Stars: Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 7,415

Detective Murdoch series by Maureen Jennings

35. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

Votes: 123,484

Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs

36. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 127,202

Nikki Heat series by Richard Castle ;)

37. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 559,562

Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay

38. Elementary (2012– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hill

Votes: 85,397

Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle

39. King & Maxwell (2013– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Sean King and Michelle Maxwell aren't your typical pair of private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Tenney, Rebecca Romijn, Ryan Hurst, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 3,105

Sean King & Michelle Maxwell series by David Baldacci

40. Longmire (2012–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman

Votes: 23,199

Walt Longmire series by Craig Jhonson

41. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 26,088

Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen

42. The Mob Doctor (2012–2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A young thoracic surgeon becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a mob doctor, while also working full time at Chicago's most prominent hospital.

Stars: Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, James Carpinello, Zach Gilford

Votes: 3,917

Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor by Ron Felber

43. Women's Murder Club (2007–2008)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter and a young assistant district attorney work together to solve homicide investigations.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Laura Harris, Paula Newsome, Aubrey Dollar

Votes: 2,056

Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson

44. Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter - Prime Time (2012 Video)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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As the recording of a TV show has come to an end, a popular television presenter, Michelle Carlsson, is mysteriously killed. Annika Bengtzon, a workaholic and a criminal reporter at the ... See full summary »

Director: Agneta Fagerström-Olsson | Stars: Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée, Kajsa Ernst

Votes: 1,200

Annika Bengtzon series by Liza Marklund

45. Irene Huss (2007–2011)
Episode: Tatuerad torso (2007)

87 min | Crime, Thriller

5.6
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On a beach in Gothenburg, a woman find parts of a dismembered man's body. The only clue is a torso, tattoo. Irene Huss find a similar previous cases that will take her to Copenhagen, where ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Asphaug | Stars: Angela Kovacs, Reuben Sallmander, Mikaela Knapp, Felicia Löwerdahl

Votes: 813

Irene Huss series by Helene Tursten

46. Kommissarie Winter (2010)

58 min | Crime

6.3
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Stars: Magnus Krepper, Peter Andersson, Amanda Ooms, Sharon Dyall

Votes: 140

Inspector Winter series by Ake Edwardson

47. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 188,283 | Gross: $10.10M

Millennium series by Stieg Larsson

48. Wallander (2005–2013)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A Swedish cop in a small town by the Baltic coast.

Stars: Krister Henriksson, Fredrik Gunnarsson, Mats Bergman, Douglas Johansson

Votes: 4,315 | Gross: $0.01M

Wallander series by Henning Mankell

49. Vares - yksityisetsivä (2004)

95 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä | Stars: Juha Veijonen, Laura Malmivaara, Jari Halonen, Markku Peltola

Votes: 3,317

Jussi Vares series by Reijo Mäki

50. Partners in Crime (2015)

55 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet, Matthew Steer

Votes: 1,422