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Agatha Christie (2009) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - BBC Dramatization. (First published in 1927)

This novel, written in 1927, is considered the best and most successful of the early Hercule Poirot mysteries. A classic of the genre and essential for any fiction collection.

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Ken Follett (1990) The Pillars of the Earth.

This story of intrigue, power, revenge and betrayal chronicles the ups and downs in the life of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a Gothic cathedral in 12th century England. It is a time of tumultuous political and social change. Follett weaves human brutality, steamy sex scenes, deep religious faith, agony and glorious success into his epic historical novel.

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Agatha Christie (2001) And Then There Were None: A Novel. (First published in 1939)

Agatha Christie's version of the nursery rhyme is often considered the best mystery novel ever written. 10 strangers are trapped in an Indian island, where the sinister Mr. Owen is accusing them of murder. One by one is found dead, until ... (the resolution of the novel is very different from that of the movie versions).

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Ken Follett (Narrator: John Lee) (2007) The Pillars of the Earth. First published in 1989. [Audio Book - Unabridged]

Not a crime fiction - but a thrilling epic of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England. Folletts sensational historical novel is narrated excellently by John Lee. Nothing is better to get you through long car trips or transatlantic flights.

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Ken Follett (Narrator: John Lee). (2007) Fall of Giants. [Audio Book - Unabridged]

The first novel in Follett's Century Trilogy follows the fates of five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage. One of the best Audio Book I have heard so far! Get the unabridged version for a long car trip!

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Ken Follett (Narrator: John Lee) (2007) World Without End. [Audio Book - Unabridged]

Sequel to The Pillars of the Earth. Masterful historical novel! Get the unabridged Audio Book for long flights or car trips!

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John Le Carré (2005) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

In Le Carré's first masterpiece Alec Leamas, a British agent in early Cold War Berlin, is responsible for keeping the double agents under his care undercover and alive. When the East Germans start killing them, Leamas is sent deep into Communist territory to find out why. But nothing is quite what it seems. "The finest spy story ever written" (Graham Green).

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Ruth Rendell (2001) The Lake of Darkness. (First published in 1976)

Martin Urban, a quiet bachelor, wins a large fortune at the football pools. As he decides to share his newfound wealth with those in need the disaster begins to unfold. The seemingly normal benefactors of Martin's altruistic impulses are vicious nut cases. His good intentions become fatally distorted. One of Rendell's best novels.

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Josephine Tey (1995) Daughter of Time. (First published in 1951)

While convalescing in a hospital bed, Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant sees the portrait of Richard III. As he contemplates Shakespeare's depiction of the king as a bloodthirsty monster, who has murdered his two nephews, Grant has second thoughts. The detective begins to digs into historical documents - with surprising results. Has acquired cult status among thriller fans.

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Barbara Vine (1993) A Dark-adapted Eye. (First published 1987)

Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, tells a gripping tale of family madness that keeps you guessing till the end.

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