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51 Free Crime Fiction Ebooks, Web Serials and Web Novels

51 Free Crime Fiction Ebooks, Web Serials and Web Novels
Crime fiction is the genre of fiction that deals with crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives. Most – though not all – crime novels share a common structure. Crime fiction, detective story, murder mystery, mystery novel, and police novel are terms used to describe narratives that centre on criminal acts and especially on the investigation, either by an amateur or a professional detective, of a serious crime, generally a murder. Other common elements include a morally upright, intelligent and isolated protagonist who often has a personal interest in the case or a villain, often physically as well as metaphorically ugly and/or deformed. Unlike crime novels, mystery novels concern themselves less with a struggle between good and evil and more with the question of who committed a particular crime. While crime writers often reveal their villain early in the story, mystery writers devote most of their real estate to cracking unsolved cases.

Crime fiction is arguably one of the most popular genres of fiction today. Ranging from the classic detectives like Poirot and Sherlock Holmes to modern thrillers such as Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes, there seems to be something for everyone in the world of whodunits, detectives and legal dramas. Here’s a list of the best free crime fiction ebooks, web serials as well as web novels.


  1. A Book of Remarkable Criminals by Henry Brodribb Irving
  2. A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse by Richard Ward (ed.)
  3. A Grey World by Joe
  4. Beyond The Photograph by Aradescent Dent
  5. Brother’s Keeper by Amen Alonge
  6. China Wind by Anne Infante
  7. Cold Ghost by Eva Shandor
  8. Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  9. Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  10. Crime: Its Cause and Treatment by Clarence Darrow
  11. Criminal Sociology by Enrico Ferri
  12. Curious Punishments of Bygone Days by Alice Morse Earle
  13. Dead Drop by Zachary N. DiPego
  14. Dealing with Uncertainties in Policing Serious Crime by Gabriele Bammer
  15. Fatal Flaw: A True Story of Malice and Murder in a Small Southern Town by Phillip Finch
  16. Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism by Gregory F. Treverton, at al.
  17. Finger Prints by Sir Francis Galton
  18. For Riches or More by Lawrence Limehouse
  19. Fresh Monsters by Mike
  20. Ghost Touch by Evan Toe
  21. Glamourist Extraordinaire by alienmanbeast
  22. Goodfae by kspam
  23. In Jail with Charles Dickens by Alfred Trumble
  24. Murder in America: a history by Roger Lane
  25. My Stupid Journal by Daisy Tannenbaum
  1. Pay Me, Bug! by Christopher Wright
  2. Pickpockets, Cat Burglars, and Conmen – For Riches or More (Book One) by Lawrence Limehouse
  3. Practical Instruction for Detectives by Emmerson W. Manning
  4. Project Redemption by Joyeuse
  5. Pulped! by Tom Tinney
  6. Running Silver by DrTemptragon
  7. Scientific Validity of Polygraph Testing by Office of Technology Assessment
  8. Shadow Unit by Amanda Downum, Chelsea Polk, Elizabeth B
  9. Simple Justice by Charles Murray
  10. Splat by jeanne
  11. Street Terms: Drugs and the Drug Trade by ONDCP
  12. Surf City Acid Drop by Craig Terlson
  13. Tales of the Hotel St Crispian by Dan Leo and rhoda penmarq
  14. The Darker Side of Paradise by JDT
  15. The Investigators by Aman Mathur
  16. The Lion of Leeuwarden by Wijbren van Tuinen
  17. The Nation Behind Prison Bars by George L. Herr
  18. The Soulreaper Chronicles by James Monaghan
  19. Their Gray Faces by Jamaal Pope
  20. Train Wreck: The Wrath of Mom by jeanne
  21. Unforeseen Dives by Aheila
  22. Virtual Caliphate: Islamic Extremists and Their Websites by James Brandon
  23. When the Deep Purple Falls by E.A. Aymar
  24. When the Hunting Party Came by Tree Frog Soup
  25. Who Is Anthony Stephens? by Patrick Anderson Jr.
  26. Worm by Wildbow