Top 5 crime audiobooks — Nigel McCrery

Silent Witness screenwriter Nigel McCrery rounds up some classic mysteries reimagined with stellar casts

Dissolution by CJ Sansom (full cast adaptation by BBC)

Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, is sent by Thomas Cromwell to the monastery at Scarnsea to investigate the murder of his commissioner. Set during the reign of Henry VIII, Sansom evokes atmosphere and a compelling sense of mystery.

The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis (BBC full cast)

Marcus Didius Falco works in Rome as an informant (private detective) in AD70. Ordered to Britain, he discovers a conspiracy and some dark truths that almost get him killed. Beautifully written and plotted.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (BBC full cast)

Cursed by a demon hound for generations, when the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is discovered, a gigantic paw print is found next to him. What Holmes discovers challenges even his reason. Brilliant adaptation of Holmes’ finest case. 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (BBC full cast) 

When Belgian detective Hercule Poirot takes a cruise along the Nile he becomes embroiled in a triple murder and what seems the perfect crime. Wonderful adaptation, full of place and atmosphere, and brilliantly plotted. Heat and intrigue on every page.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers (BBC full cast) 

After crashing his car in a snow storm, Lord Peter Wimsey becomes involved in the strange murder of a thief called Deacon. The mystery deepens as Wimsey realises the culprits are not of this world.

Nigel McCrery’s Scream, The Thirteenth Coffin, Flesh and Blood and Bloodline are available on now