Page to Screen: Crime Stories to Read and Watch

portrait-in-blackOne of the bonuses to reading a wonderful book is seeing it adapted for the screen. Or to watch a great movie and feel sure that the book will be even better. Here’s an eclectic collection of my favorite books-to-film:

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (A Place in the Sun is the movie title)

True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Portrait in Black by Ivan Goff (play)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. The film version of the author’s masterpiece comes out in 2017

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

TV Series

Morse, based on stories by Colin Dexter

Midsomer Murders, based on stories by Caroline Graham

Adam Dalgliesh series and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

Murdoch Mysteries, based on stories by Maureen Jenningsmurdoch_mysteriesBeck, based on stories by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Fog and Crimes, based on stories by Valerio Varesi

Frost, based on stories by R.D. Wingfield

And, of course, the countless film and TV adaptations of Agatha Christie’s many, many great works.


These are only a few of the numerous titles out there. Readers, what can you add to this list?















Page to Screen: Crime Stories to Read and Watch — 8 Comments

  1. Susan, we’re always on the lookout as well. Thankfully, there’s always something new to watch.

  2. Maggie, I love your list! I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I want to add some of yours to my agenda in the new year. Judging from your choices, it would seem James Cain is a favorite of yours! I knew you liked Double Indemnity, but I wasn’t aware of the other movies. Happy New Year!

  3. I love the Mrs Pollifax mysteries by Dorothy Gilman. A fun movie adaptation was made starring Rosalind Russell and Darren McGavin, available now on Amazon streaming.

  4. The Body by Stephen King (movie Stand By Me) is my favorite adaptation. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates was also excellent (movie with Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio).