Well, now you set me off... There are many but the following are a few of my favourite. If you have read them, then I will suggest some others. And please, add yours. I'm always interested in finding unknown talent. From North to South: Martin Beck Police Mystery. If you have enjoyed Henning Mankell, then it is a pity you haven’t read M. S. Jöwall-P. Wahlöö yet. This couple was the creator of the Scandinavian crime novel movement back in the 60s. They are the so-called Mankell’s Godparents. Their inspector Beck books are a classic and a joy to read. Harry Hole Series by the Norwegian author J. Nesbø. He is not my cup of tea but Nesbø is highly popular and readers love him. I would skip the first couple of books as his narrative improves considerably since his beginnings. The middle books are the best in my opinion, such as The Redbreast or The Snowman. I find his last books in the series rather gimmicky, almost too MacGyverish if I can use that adjective. Irish author Tanna French with her Dublin Murder Squad Series. Very clever stories with surprising plots and very well paced. I particularly like Faithful Place but the level is pretty much consistent throughout the series. Commissaire Adamsberg and Three Evangelist series both by Fred Vargas. She is a French historian, archaeologist, and a writer. Her books are set mainly in France but often Adamsberg needs to travel abroad. It gives you a wonderful feel for the French ambiance contrasted with the Adamsberg’s bizarre, Pyrenean personality. Commissario Montalbano by A. Camilleri. I adore these books. They are light and cleverly plotted but what I love the most is the wonderful characterisation and portray of the Sicilian lifestyle. They are unintentionally funny too. The first book, The Shape of Water, is good but not one of his best, you can skip it and go directly to The Terra-Cotta Dog. I have read all these series ignoring the publication order and I haven’t had a problem with it. I like choosing depending on my mood. However, some readers insist on sticking to the established order, as there are obviously some overlapping characters that grow with each book. However, skipping it wouldn’t hinder the enjoyment of the reading. It is entirely up to you and to your preferences. Now, I'm being picky but there is a distinction between Crime and Noir novels, which is relevant on continental Europe authors although not in the U.K. Crime as a subgenre would deal with a case that needs solving and a policeman/detective doing all the investigation and legwork. The main focus is purely on the investigation. Jöwall & Wahlöö belong to this group. Noir, on the other hand, would refer to a case but with a much greater emphasis on the social background. Characters are fully fleshed with all their personal, professional interactions, weaknesses and vices. I enjoy both, it is a question again of what you feel like reading at a particular moment.