Detective stories have a timeless appeal and are always a sure-fire hit with viewers – so it’s no surprise that Netflix is spoiled for choice.
Gritty modern dramas take their place alongside period plays and literary adaptations to form the perfect whodunit library.
Here’s our pick of the best crime series streaming now on Netflix.
If you missed this dark Nordic series when it first aired on the BBC, it’s definitely worth catching up on Netflix.
Kurt Wallander is a disillusioned police detective investigating a series of murders in a once peaceful province of Sweden.
The series stars Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston and takes place over four fascinating seasons.
The Four Seasons of Wallander are available on Netflix
Death in paradise
The sun-soaked crime drama Death in Paradise has spanned a number of incarnations, with Ben Miller, Kris Marshall, and Ardal O’Hanlon all taking on the roles of the former sleuth before the current incumbent, Ralph Little, arrives at Saint Mary. .
The story remains that a jaded detective is sent to the Caribbean for a new career in island life, only to find that crime exists in Heaven as it does everywhere else in the world.
This is a sweet series when it comes to crime drama, but its episodic murder mysteries and entertaining subplots will soon get you hooked.
All 10 seasons of Death in Paradise are available on Netflix
Benedict Cumberbatch’s most famous role in the Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation has rightly garnered a cult following.
His portrayal of Super Detective Sherlock brings Baker Street stories into modern times, with fast-paced storylines, clever twists and a brilliant villain in the form of Andrew Scott as Moriarty.
Sherlock makes the perfect series for over-viewing, whether you’re coming to it for the first time or seeing it again as an old favorite.
All 12 episodes of Sherlock are available on Netflix
ITV is known for its huge lineup of crime series, and Netflix has caught one of the most compelling – Marcella.
Anna Friel plays the London murder sleuth as she battles mysterious power outages and serious marriage issues.
Combining creepy murder cases with a great personal story for Marcella makes for a gripping series.
Marcella seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix
It may have been a slow burn, but Forgotten has established itself as a must-see crime series for ITV and you can now catch up with the first three seasons on Netflix.
Nicola Walker plays Detective Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar is her literal partner in crime, Detective Sunny Khan.
Unforgotten offers a slight twist on the genre as the couple focus on cold business and unearth long-buried secrets as they investigate the London murders.
Unforgotten seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix
One of the most talked about series on the BBC, The Fall is timelessly elegant and incredibly spooky.
Starring Gillian Anderson as DS Stella Gibson who is locked in a tense cat and mouse game with serial killer and rapist Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan, it contains some of the most disturbing scenes you’ll ever see. in a drama series as well as Anderson at his best.
Be warned, you’ll sleep with the lights on for years after seeing some of Spector’s terrifying intrusions into the house.
All three seasons of fall are available on Netflix
Shrugging off the usual London backdrop of British crime dramas, Hinterland presents a rugged rural landscape instead.
A troubled detective (as is the norm for the genre) leaves the streets of London and heads into the open skies of the Welsh countryside.
But he soon discovers that the secrets are just as dark in a beautiful landscape as they are in the city center.
All three seasons of Hinterland are available on Netflix
This crime drama series from Jessica Biel’s production company features Bill Pullman as a crime-fighting officer, with each series focusing on a single mystery case.
Biel plays herself in the first series about a young mother who leads a horrific attack in broad daylight after being triggered by a ghost from her past.
Other series include missing people, cults and all manner of terrible secrets as Pullman detective Harry Ambrose fights his personal demons to bring criminals to justice – and save their souls in the process.
All three seasons of The Sinner are available on Netflix
The detective series meets period drama in The Alienist, set in 1896 in New York City.
A psychologist is enlisted by the police in the fight to catch a killer who preyed on homeless boys, but the doctor’s tactics are completely new to the detectives he works with.
The strong cast includes Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning.
Both seasons of The Alienist are available on Netflix
Top of the lake
From Mad Men to The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss never goes wrong in her choice of TV roles, so you can be sure Top of the Lake is worth your time.
She plays Australian detective Robin Griffin in the series, investigating the death of a 12-year-old pregnant woman in New Zealand in the first series and that of a woman found on Bondi Beach in Sydney’s second set, China Girl . Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie are among the supporting cast.
Not only are the plots rich and rewarding, but the backdrop is absolutely stunning, but the entire program – created and directed by Oscar-winning piano director Jane Campion – deserves a lot more series than the two that were made.
Both seasons of Top of the Lake are available on Netflix
A spin-off of the hugely popular BBC thriller The Missing, Detective Julien Baptiste, who appeared in both original series, gets his own show here.
His story of a leg injury sustained while on duty and a girl struggling with drug addiction made him the perfect character to become a lead role and although there was only one series of Baptiste so far it does not disappoint.
Starring Tom Hollander and Jessica Raine, the first season centers on a missing Amsterdam sex worker and the shabby underworld that hides the secrets of her disappearance.
Baptiste is available to watch on Netflix
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