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.