Kellye Garrett

Novel Ideas: Three TV Shows That Would Make Great Crime Fiction Novels

This week I decided to combine my two greatest passions—lying in bed reading novels and lying on the couch watching TV—to choose three great TV shows that should be turned into the next great crime novel.

Of course, everyone knows that turning a good novel into a TV series or movie is nothing new. True Blood. Dexter. Bones. Justified. A billion other shows I’m too lazy to Google. In fact, the words “film/TV” and “rights” probably cross the mind of every aspiring and published novelist each time they open up that work-in-progress.  And the trend’s not ending anytime soon.

CBS is developing not one, but two, series based on books. They’re giving Miss Marple the Elementary treatment by making her young and hot. And if that’s not all, they’re giving us an old-enough-to-drink Nancy Drew to boot. (No word if they are just going to pair them together for a quirky crime drama about two BFFs called Marple & Drew.)

On the flip side, you also have the occasional TV series that gets things backwards and does the book after the show. Burn Notice, Monk, Veronica Mars, and (big shocker) Murder, She Wrote all have their own book series. And you can actually read Richard Castle’s Nikki Heat series if you so choose.

All of this got me thinking. What TV shows would I love to see cross over into the world of crime fiction? My picks:


Omar LittleThe Wire

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

The Pitch: A first person account about how Omar Little, a young black boy from Baltimore struggling with his sexuality, seeks revenge on a group of notorious drug dealers after they scar him for life.

Charlie's AngelsCharlie’s Angels

Genre: Classic PI Novel

The Pitch: When her mysterious boss unexpectedly dies, experienced private investigator Kelly Garrett opens her own firm to prove that she is more than just a pretty face.

Keeping up With the Kardashians

Genre: Cozy

The Pitch: With her husband away on tour and her daughter finally in pre-school, bored housewife Kim Kardashian-West finds herself looking into the mysterious murders happening in her quiet Calabasas neighborhood. Includes style tips!


Those are my picks. Let me know what TV shows you think would make great novels in the comments section.

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