Fiona Malcolm’s suggested reading lists


Fiona, who is the Librarian at Melbourne Athenaeum Library, is a regular presenter at Nillumbik U3A on various subjects relating to crime fiction.

Here are three of her suggested reading lists:

Desert island crime fiction

The crime novels that Fiona would want with her is she were stranded on a desert island.

They ‘select themselves’ Connelly, Michael The Poet
Christie, Agatha And Then There Were None OR Murder On The Orient Express
Dostoevsky, Fyodor Crime And Punishment
Locke, Attica Bluebird, Bluebird
Tracy, P.J. Want to Play? (aka Monkeewrench)
Almost made it Barton, Fiona The Widow
Berna, Paul A Hundred Million Francs
Blyton, Enid Five Go To Billycock Hill
Bolton, Sharon Little Black lies
Clark, Douglas The Gimmel Flask OR Golden Rain
Flynn, Gillian Sharp Objects
French, Tana In The Woods
Griffiths, Elly The Stranger Diaries
Lippman, Laura Sunburn
McGown, Jill Murders Of Mrs Austin & Mrs Beale
McIlvanney, William Laidlaw
Neel, Janet Death’s Bright Angel OR Death On Site
Sayers, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night OR Nine Tailors
The series Grafton, Sue The Alphabet series
Muller, Marcia Sharon McCone series
Rankin, Ian Rebus series
The Aussies Cleary, Jon Scobie Malone series
Disher, Garry Dragon Man
Downes, Anna No Safe Place
Kovacic, Katherine Portrait Of Molly Dean
Maloney, Shane Stiff


Australian rural crime fiction

Bailey, Sarah The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock 1)
Bergmoser, Gabriel The Hunted
Brandi, Mark Wimmera
Brown, Honey Dark Horse
Cook, Kenneth Wake in fright
Disher, Garry Bitter wash road (Hirsch 1)
Peace (Hirsch 2)
Consolation (Hirsch 3)
The Dragon Man (Peninsula crimes 1)
Kittyhawk Down (Peninsula crimes 2)
Snapshot (Peninsula crimes 3)
Chain of Evidence (Peninsula crimes 4)
Blood Moon (Peninsula crimes 5)
Whispering Death (Peninsula crimes 6)
Signal Loss (Peninsula crimes 7)
Hammer, Chris Scrublands
Harper, Jane The Dry (Aaron Falk 1)
Force Of Nature (Aaron Falk 2)
The Lost Man
The Survivors
Jinks, Catherine Shelter
Maguire, Emily An Isolated Incident
Serong, Jock Quota
Thornton, Sarah Lapse White Throat
Upfield, Arthur
Inspector Bonaparte series
The Barrakee Mystery / The Lure Of The Bush
The Sands of Windee
Wings Above The Diamantina
Mr. Jelly’s Business / Murder Down Under
Winds Of Evil
The Bone Is Pointed
The Mystery Of Swordfish Reef
Bushranger Of The Skies / No Footprints In The Bush
Death Of A Swagman
The Devil’s Steps
An Author Bites The Dust
The Mountains Have A Secret
The Bachelors Of Broken Hill
The Widows Of Broome
The New Shoe / The Clue Of The New Shoe
Venom House
Murder Must Wait
Death Of A Lake
Sinister Stones / Cake In The Hat Box
The Battling Prophet
Man Of Two Tribes
Bony Buys A Woman / The Bushman Who Came Back
Bony And The Mouse / Journey To The Hangman
Bony And The Black Virgin / The Torn Branch
Bony And The Kelly Gang / Valley Of Smugglers
Bony And The White Savage
The Will Of The Tribe
Madman’s Bend / The Body At Madman’s Bend
The Lake Frome Monster
Wallace, Sandi Tell Me Why (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 1)
Dead Again (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 2)
Into The Fog (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 3)
Black Cloud (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 4)
Williams, Sue Murder With The Lot (Rusty Bore 1)
Dead Men Don’t Order Flake (Rusty Bore 2)
Live And Let Fry (Rusty Bore 3)


Railway murders

A suggested reading list for mysteries set on and around trains (all 140 of them!).

Aaronovitch, Ben Whispers Under Ground
Aoi, Yu The Tragedy of Funatomi
Barker, Clive The Midnight Meat Train
Barr, Emily The Sleeper
Bellairs, George Death on the Last Train
Braun, Lilian Jackson The Cat who Blew the Whistle
Brody, Frances The Body on the Train
Buchan, John The 39 Steps
Burton, Miles Death in the Tunnel
Christie, Agatha Murder on the Orient Express
The 4.50 from Paddington
The ABC Murders
The Mystery of the Blue Train
The Plymouth Express in Hercule Poirot – the Complete Short Stories
Cleeves, Anne Harbour Street
Creasey, John Murder on the Line
Crichton, Michael The Great Train Robbery
Croft, Freeman Wills The Mystery of the Sleeping Car Express and Other Stories The 9:50 Up Express and Other Mysteries
Cross, Mason What She Saw Last Night
Dawson, Janet California Zephyr series :
Death Rides the Zephyr
Death Deals a Hand
The Ghost in Roomette Four
Death Above the Line
Dent, Lester Lady to Kill
Done, Stephen Inspector Vignoles series:
Smoke Gets in your Eyes
The Murder of Crows
The Torn Curtain
The Marylebone Murders
The Last Train to Brackley Central
New Brighton Rock
Blood and Custard
The Mountsorrel Mystery
Cold Steel Rail
Murder in Broadway
This Transient Life
Doyle, Arthur Conan The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (short story)
Driscoll, Teresa I am Watching You
Dunn, Carola Murder on the Flying Scotsman
Edwards, Hazel Wed, then Dead on the Ghan
Edwards, Martin (ed.) Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries (short stories)
Farjeon, J. Jefferson Mystery in White The Z Murders
Fellowes, Jessica The Mitford Murders
Finch, Charles The Last Passenger
Fleming, Ian From Russia with Love
Fowler, Christopher Bryant & May Off the Tails: a Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Francis, Dick The Edge
Gash, Jonathan Spend Game
Godey, John The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three
Green, Simon R. Night Train to Murder
Greene, Graham Stamboul Train
Greenwood, Kerry Murder on the Ballarat Train
Haining, Peter (ed) Murder on the Railways (anthology)
Harman, Dianne Murder on the Train
Hawkins, Paula The girl on the Train
Hay, Mavis Doriel Murder Underground
Highsmith, Patricia Strangers on a Train
Hill, Tobias Underground
Holliday, S.J.I. Violet
Holt, Anne 1222
Hughes, Dorothy B. Dread Journey
Isaka, Kotaro The bullet train
Japrisot, Sebastien The 10:30 from Marseilles (aka The Sleeping Car Murders)
Kaminsky, Stuart Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express
Kepler, Lars The Sandman
Kinnings, Max Baptism
Koning, Hans The Petersburg-Cannes Express
Lehrer, Jim Super
Lowe, Keith Tunnel Vision
Marston, Edward Inspector Robert Colbeck series:
The Railway Detective
The Excursion Train
The Railway Viaduct
The Iron Horse
Murder on the Brighton Express
The Silver Locomotive Mystery
Railway to the Grave
Blood on the Line
The Stationmaster’s Farewell
Peril on the Royal Train
A Ticket to Oblivion
Timetable of Death
Signal for Vengeance
The Circus Train Conspiracy
A Christmas Railway Mystery
Points of Danger
Fear on the Phantom Special
Slaughter in the Sapperton Tunnel
Tragedy on the Branch Line
Inspector Colbeck’s casebook
Martin, Andrew Jim Stringer series:
The Necropolis Railway
The Blackpool Highflyer
The Lost Luggage Porter
Murder at Deviation Junction
Death on a Branch Line
The Last Train to Scarborough
The Somme Stations
The Baghdad Railway Club
Night Train to Jamalpur
Powder Smoke
Matsumoto, Seicho Point and lines
McVeigh, Sue Grand Central murder
Morgan, Bryan (ed) Crime on the lines (anthology)
Nebel, Frederick Sleepers rast
Postgate, Raymond Somebody at the door
Pronko, Michael The Last Train
Rinehart, Mary Roberts The man in Lower 10
Rowland, John Calamity in Kent
Rowse, Sharon The Silk Train Murder: a Mystery of the Klondike
Russell, Sheldon The Hook Runyon series:
The Yard Dog
The Insane Train
Dead Man’s Tunnel
The Hanging of Samuel Ash
The bridge Troll Murders
Justice Rode the Train
Sayers, Dorothy L. Five Red Herrings (inspired the film The Silent Passenger)
Simenon, George The Man who Watched the Trains go by
The Train
The Venice Train
Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets
The Madman of Bergerac
Staincliffe, Cath The Silence Between Breaths
Strauss, Lee Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman
Unger, Lisa Confessions on the 7.45
Vega, Danielle Survive the Night
Walsh, Thomas Nightmare in Manhattan (filmed as Union Station)
Weaver, Tim Vanished
White, Ethel Lina The Wheel Spins (basis for the film The Lady Vanishes)
Whitechurch, V.L. Stories of the Railway
Wood, H. Freeman The Passenger from Scotland Yard
Zola, Emile La Bete Humaine