Queer crime novels

by Mel Gough

LGBT Pride Month is coming to the end, so a good time for me to write about my two bookish loves – crime novels and queer stories. I’ve loved creepy books all my life. When I was a kid, I liked monsters and Stephen King was my favourite author. As an adult, I found it harder to suspend disbelief, so I moved on and dived head-first into the crime genre. 

Over the last few years, I’ve developed a very specific preference – law enforcement officers and private eyes who are queer. Here are a few of my favourites. Like a lot of good books in the crime genre, many of them are first in a series.

My favourite book of 2019. Hopefully it’ll be a series soon too. Very intelligent, moving and beautifully written utopia/dystopia that’s familiar yet different. I can’t recommend it enough.

Set 1980s Chicago, this series isn’t for the faint of heart. The AIDS crisis is just starting to hit the gay community, and it becomes a gruesome spectre in this compelling series about a gay private eye.

The first Lindsay Gordon isn’t my favourite Val McDermid book, but it started my love of crime novels, so it must be included.

The first in the Donald Strachey mystery series. I love Richard Stevenson’s series, and I loved the made-for-TV films too! Sue me! ;)

T.S. Hunter is a very recent find, and his first book in the Soho Noir series makes me very impatient for more. I just love that the book is set in gay London. Not many books are. I can’t wait for the next one!

Josh is my favourite MM romance writer, because she writes romance mixed in with something else, the something else usually being murder. Just my jam! I could link to most of her books for this list, I love them all. But I think the Dangerous Ground series is my favourite by a small margin.


Mel Gough is a writer of (mostly) MM (mostly) romance novels. She’s featured law enforcement officers in all of her books but until now hadn’t made the jump to crime. Her new book, titled, Their Special Agent, will feature polyamorous relationships and a proper whodunnit mystery, and will come out later in the year.

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