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Agatha Christie
The Moving Finger
Miss Marple Mystery 3
2011 (First published: 1942)
A sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir in the small town of Lymstock. Then, one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, apparently commits suicide. But Miss Marple questions the coroner’s verdict. Soon secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly. More ...
240 Pages
4/5
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Mario Puzo
The Godfather
2002 (First published: 1969)
Puzo's epic novel redefined the public image of the Italian mafia. With Don Vito Corleone's violent struggle to control the underworld of New York we glimpse into an ancient world of honor and vendetta, Italian family tradition, friendship and loyalty were betrayal is punished with merciless vengeance. Made into a famous movie with Marlon Brando, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  More ...
448 Pages
5/5
42
William R. Forstchen
The Final Day
Book 3 of John Matherson Novels
2017
After defeating a new, tyrannical federal government, John Matherson and his community intend to restore their world to what it was before the EMP apocalypse. For the most part, they are succeeding. This period of relative stability, however, doesn’t last long. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
48
Louis Sachar
Small Steps
Book 2 of Holes Series
2008
 Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. More ...
257 Pages
3/5
37
P.D. James
Death Comes to Pemberley
2013 (First published: 2011)
It is six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their orderly world seems almost unassailable. Then the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister. Hysterically she is shrieking that her husband has been murdered. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P.D. James re-creates the world of "Pride and Prejudice". More ...
304 Pages
4/5
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Tom Clancy
Patriot Games
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 2
2013
While on vacation with his family, Jack Ryan prevented an assassination attempt on Britain’s royal family and earned him the gratitude of an entire nation—and the scorn of an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA. Irish terrorist Sean Miller and his followers in the Ulster Liberation Army intend to make sure Ryan pays for his interference in blood. More ...
800 Pages
4/5
46
Ian Rankin
Resurrection Men
Inspector Rebus Novels - Book 13
2008 (First published: 2002)
Rebus is off the case - literally. A few days into the murder inquiry of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at a colleague. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' - in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon. Rebus is assigned to an old, unsolved case, but there are those in his team who have their own secrets - and they'll stop at nothing to protect them. More ...
512 Pages
5/5
37
L.T. Ryan / Brian Shea
Downburst
Rachel Hatch - Book 2
2021 (First published: 2020)
The quaint town of Luna Vista, turns out to be anything but. A ruthless gang runs a section of the town. In searching for the truth about her father's past, Rachel Hatch is pitted against a criminal network that exposes the town's dark secret. Hatch puts her life on the line to help a boy escape the clutches of the gang. Her act puts her in peril. She finds herself in a battle as treacherous as any she's faced before, against an enemy hellbent on stopping her.
308 Pages
3/5
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David Baldacci
The Last Mile
Amos Decker Series - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2016)
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life. Then a member of Decker's team disappears. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
33
Jenifer Ruff
Only Wrong Once
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 1
2017
In Los Angeles, FBI counterterrorism agent Quinn Traynor receives an urgent call from CDC agent, Madeline Hamilton. She's discovered the first victim of a lethal, unfamiliar virus. Their joint investigation uncovers an imminent bio-terror attack, and their only hope is to identify the terrorists carrying the disease.  More ...
411 Pages
4/5
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Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code
Book 2 of Robert Langdon Novels
2009 (First published: 2003)
The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. The novel explores an alternative religious history, in which the Merovingian kings of France were descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. More ...
597 Pages
3/5
43
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Labyrinth of Spirits
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 4
2019 (First published: 2016)
Beautiful and enigmatic Alicia Gris, with the help of the Sempere family, uncovers one of the most shocking conspiracies in all Spanish history. Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. More ...
816 Pages
5/5
16
Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
2006 (First published: 2005)
As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. But only when they look back as adults they realize the horrible truth of what Hailsham realy was. More ...
288 Pages
4/5
21
James Patterson
Triple Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 30
2022 (First published: 2022)
The killer always moves under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence. Cross and Sampson aren’t the only ones investigating. Also in on this case is the world’s bestselling true-crime author. The writer, Thomas Tull, calls the Family Man murders the perfect crime story. Cross knows there is no perfect crime, and he’s going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
28
Raymond Chandler
The Long Good-bye
Philip Marlowe - Book 6
1988 (First published: 1953)
Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe. More ...
379 Pages
3/5
36
Tom Clancy
The Sum of All Fears
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 5
2018
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East, as Jack Ryan, Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: a nuclear weapon hidden somewhere in the United States. More ...
1216 Pages
4/5
44
Lisa Gardner
Before She Disappeared
Frankie Elkin Novel - Book 1
2021 (First published: 2021)
Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will--searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking. More ...
400 Pages
3/5
13
Len Deighton
The Billon Dollar Brain
Harry Palmer Novels - Book 4
2021 (First published: 1966)
Texan billionaire General Midwinter will stop at nothing to bring down the USSR - even if it puts the whole world at risk. Palmer is sent from his shabby Soho office to bone-freezing Helsinki in order to penetrate Midwinter's vast anti-Communist network - and stop a deadly virus from wiping out the planet. More ...
312 Pages
3/5
40
Nelson DeMille
Night Fall
John Corey - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2004)
On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and JanetWhitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical mal-function. But John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, suspect a cover-up at the highest levels. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
25
L.T. Vargus / Tim McBain
When Darkness Falls
Violet Darger Series - Book 10
2022 (First published: 2022)
The most recent body was discovered in the woods just beyond a logging cabin. Dismembered. Put on display. Ghostly pale skin stark against the forest's green. Before that, two campers were found a few miles off. Cut apart. Impaled. Left in public places where they'd surely be found. The grisly crimes summon FBI profiler Violet Darger to a tiny island off the Alaskan coast - 2,500 square miles of forested land populated by just 6,000 souls. More ...
492 Pages
4/5
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Michael Allen Rose
Embry: Hard Boiled
2017
Our hero wakes up one day to find that some upstanding citizens have been scrambled. The king, his horses and his men are now after our hero for a crime he didn’t commit and proving his innocence is going to be nearly impossible - particularly if you are a chicken. A darkly comic novel noir. More ...
178 Pages
3/5
45
Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Part 2 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
Blomkvist has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. The second part of Stieg Larsons Millennium Trillogy is a blistering espionage thriller, a riveting police procedural and a piercing exposé on social injustice. More ...
752 Pages
5/5
45
Nelson DeMille
The Lion's Game
John Corey - Book 2
2001 (First published: 2000)
Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family. More ...
577 Pages
3/5
28
John Le Carré
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Georg Smiley Novels - Book 3
2013 (First published: 1963)
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. "The finest spy story ever written" (Graham Green). More ...
240 Pages
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Michael Connelly
The Black Echo
Harry Bosch Series - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1992)
For LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam was more than another anonymous statistic. This one was personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him. More ...
544 Pages
4/5
15
P.D. James
Cover Her Face
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries - Book 1
2001 (First published: 1962)
Sally Jupp was a sly and sensuous young woman who used her body and her brains to make her way up the social ladder. Now she lies across her bed with dark bruises from a strangler’s fingers forever marring her lily-white throat. Someone has decided that the wages of sin should be death...and it is up to Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to find who that someone is. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
22
John Le Carré
Smiley's People
George Smiley Novel - Book 7
2020 (First published: 1979)
A Soviet defector has been assassinated on English soil, and George Smiley is called back to the 'Circus' to cover up the mess. But what he discovers sends him delving into the past, on a trail through Hamburg and Paris to Cold War Berlin - and a final showdown with his elusive nemesis, Karla. The last confrontation between the indefatigable spymaster and his great enemy, as their rivalry comes to a shattering end. More ...
464 Pages
5/5
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James Patterson
Kiss the Girls
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 2
2000 (First published: 1995)
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.'s Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing-and they are working coast to coast. More ...
481 Pages
4/5
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Ngaio Marsh
Vintage Murder
Book 5 in Roderick Alleyn Novels
2012 (First published: 1937)
Chief Inspector Alleyn is traveling through New Zealand while he recovers from an operation. On a train with the famous Carolyn Dacres Comedy Company, on tour of New Zealand, Alleyn befriends members of the troupe - an amusing diversion until, unexpectedly, they turn deadly. More ...
224 Pages
4/5
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Agatha Christie
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
Miss Marple Mystery 8
2011 (First published: 1962)
A fatal dose of poison meant for a glamorous movie star fells her ardent admirer instead. One minute, silly Heather Babcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail. But Miss Marple is there to unmask a murderer. More ...
288 Pages
3/5
75
Val McDermid
The Torment of Others
Dr. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan - Book 4
2010 (First published: 2004)
In a small grim room, the body of a woman is discovered, panic and pain etched in her face. The scene matches in every detail a series of murders two years ago-murders that ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of a deeply disturbed young man named Derek Tyler. But there's no way Tyler could have killed the latest victim. He's been locked up in a mental institution. So is there a copycat? More ...
400 Pages
5/5
21
Janet Evanovich
One for the Money
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 1
2018 (First published: 1994)
Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. Out of work and out of money, Stephanie blackmails her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. More ...
320 Pages
3/5
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William R. Forstchen
One Second After
Book 1 of John Matherson Novels
2009
A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages, a war based upon the terrifying weapon emitting an massive Electro Magnetic Pulse. More ...
352 Pages
4/5
46
Stephanie Scott
What's Left of Me Is Yours
2021 (First published: 2020)
In Japan, a covert industry has grown up around the "wakaresaseya", a person hired by one spouse to seduce the other in order to gain the advantage in divorce proceedings. When Sato hires Kaitaro, a wakaresaseya agent, to have an affair with his wife, Rina, he assumes it will be an easy case. But Sato has never truly understood Rina or her desires and Kaitaro's job is to do exactly that--until he does it too well.
352 Pages
4/5
10
Jenifer Ruff
Only One Cure
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 2
2020
A debilitating neurological toxin has stricken the children of several political families, and one of them is the son of U.S. President Anna Moreland. Madeline assembles a team of medical experts, but the investigation takes a horrifying turn when she starts receiving messages from terrorists. More ...
262 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
London Bridges
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 10
2010 (First published: 2004)
In broad daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast. Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. N198
416 Pages
4/5
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James Patterson
Four Blind Mice
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 8
2003 (First published: 2002)
Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner's oldest friend - a Vietnam veteran - is arrested for murder. He is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army, and the evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber. Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
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Nelson DeMille
Wild Fire
John Corey - Book 4
2015 (First published: 2006)
Custer Hill Club is an informal men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. One Fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate. More ...
544 Pages
3/5
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Ann Rule
Too Late to Say Goodbye
A True Story of Murder and Betrayal
2007 (First published: 2007)
Idyllic life in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs turned into jealous rage, as the murders of two beautiful, successful women were made to look like suicides. Perhaps Ann Rule's best book so far with detailed descriptions of cutting-edge forensic techniques. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
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P.D. James
A Mind To Murder
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries - Book 2
2002 (First published: 1963)
In a psychiatric clinic late one night, the piercing scream of a dying woman shatters the calm, and Detective Super­intendent Dalgliesh is called away from his literary soiree to investigate. He soon finds the body of a clinic employee sprawled across the cold basement floor, a chisel driven mercilessly through her heart. A deadly psychological battle with an intellectual, predatory killer who feels no remorse is about to begin. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Angel's Game
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 2
2010 (First published: 2008)
In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in an abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. More ...
544 Pages
4/5
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Donald Westlake
Bank Shot
The Dortmunder Novels - Book 2
2021 (First published: 1972)
John Dortmunder has been working an encyclopedia-selling scam while waiting for his next big heist. Unfortunately, his latest mark seems to be wise to the con, and he has to cut his sales pitch short and make a quick escape. Then he has the great idea to steal a bank. No, not rob a bank. Steal a whole bank. What can go wrong?  More ...
238 Pages
4/5
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Ross Macdonald
The Drowning Pool
Lew Archer Series - Book 2
1996 (First published: 1950)
The Drowning Pool opens in classic hard-boiled fashion, with a well-dressed woman hesitantly engaging Archer's services at his L.A. office. Soon he's digging up secrets in her oil-rich hometown: tormented families, buried secrets that fester through multiple generations, environmental destruction, concealed paternity, and the brutal contrast between rich and poor.
256 Pages
5/5
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Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing
2021
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove. The locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. A worldwide sensation, hailed by New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” More ...
400 Pages
5/5
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Tami Hoag
Deeper than the Dead
Oak Knoll Series, Book 1
2010 (First published: 2009)
Four children and young teacher Anne Navarre make a gruesome discovery: a partially buried female body, her eyes and mouth glued shut. A serial killer is at large, and the very bonds that hold their idyllic town together are about to be tested to the breaking point. More ...
560 Pages
5/5
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Gary Gregor
Vengeance List
Foley & Rose - Book 1
2021
At police headquarters in steamy, tropical Darwin, a cop is brutally slain - right under the noses of his colleagues. The equally savage murder of select members of Darwin's legal fraternity follows, leaving investigating homicide investigator Russell Foley completely baffled. Is there a serial killer at large, and what connects the victims? More ...
282 Pages
3/5
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Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3
2008
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? More ...
352 Pages
3/5
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Gwen Banta
With Wanton Disregard
2021
Tim Mulrooney is at a crossroads in his life when he meets Lauren: the beautiful wife of a prominent Long Beach physician who has been brutally murdered. In spite of mounting evidence against Lauren, Tim is determined to prove her innocence. But soon, more savage murders occur. Trying to piece together the evidence, Mulrooney makes a startling discovery about the murders. More ...
316 Pages
3/5
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James Patterson
Fear No Evil
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 29
2022 (First published: 2021)
Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness—where they will be the prey. They’re not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until they’re attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
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Tami Hoag
Secrets to the Grave
Oak Knoll Series, Book 2
2011 (First published: 2010)
A 911 call from a small child sends the idyllic town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Then a brutal crime scene is discovered: the body of Marissa Fordham with her young daughter, Haley, injured but alive. Sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won’t fit. More ...
592 Pages
5/5
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Gillian McAllister
Wrong Place Wrong Time
2022 (First published: 2022)
You’re waiting up for your eighteen-year-old son. He’s past curfew. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed. He kills the stranger. That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake ... and it is yesterday. And then you wake again ... and it is the day befor yesterday. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
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Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
2014 (First published: 2012)
Nick Dunne comes home one day to find his beautiful wife Amy missing and all signs point to something sinister had happened while he was away. Passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. And Nick is oddly evasive and definitely bitter - but is he really a killer? More ...
560 Pages
5/5
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Lisa Regan
The Innocent Wife
Detective Josie Quinn - Book 16
2022 (First published: 2022)
When Denton’s most loved TV presenter returns home to find his wife dead at the dining table, it shatters the close-knit community. Beautiful and absolutely besotted with each other, Beau and Claudia Collins were idolized for being the perfect couple. But the devastating scene Detective Josie Quinn finds in their remote hideaway has her asking what dark secrets lurk beneath the surface of this seemingly flawless marriage? More ...
356 Pages
4/5
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Lee Child
One Shot
Jack Reacher - Book 9
2011 (First published: 2005)
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. - Was adapted into a 2012 film starring Tom Cruise More ...
384 Pages
4/5
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Ken Follett
World Without End
Book 2 of Kingsbridge
2007 (First published: 2007)
World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. Brilliant historical novel! More ...
1024 Pages
4/5
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Jack Carr
The Terminal List
Book 1 of Terminal List
2022 (First published: 2018)
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. More ...
496 Pages
5/5
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Vincent Bugliosi 
Helter Skelter
1995 (First published: 1974)
Helter Skelter is the true Story of The Manson Murders. Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson. The book presents his firsthand account of the notorious 1969 murder of Sharon Tate, Rosemary La Bianca and other by Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and other members of the Manson Family. It is the best-selling true crime book in history. More ...
736 Pages
5/5
21
Ian Rankin
A Heart Full of Headstones
Inspector Rebus Novels - Book 24
2022 (First published: 2022)
John Rebus stands accused: on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. But what drove a good man to cross the line? Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke may well find out. Clarke is tasked with the city’s most explosive case in years, an infamous cop, at the center of decades of misconduct, has gone missing. Finding him will expose not only her superiors. More ...
352 Pages
5/5
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Jennifer Hillier
Jar of Hearts
2021
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods. And Kaiser?now a detective with Seattle PD?finally learns the truth. More ...
320 Pages
4/5
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Patricia Highsmith
The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder
2002 (First published: 1975)
These are short stories about animals with murderous thoughts and rages. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and breeding rodents are no longer ordinary beings in the happy home, but actually have the power to destroy the world in which we live. More ...
240 Pages
4/5
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John Le Carré
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spie
George Smiley Novel - Book 5
2000 (First published: 1974)
George Smiley, former senior official in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service is living unhappily in forced retirement - following the failure of an operation codenamed Testify in Czechoslovakia which ended in the capture and torture of agent Jim Prideaux. "Control", chief of the Service, had suspected that one of the five senior intelligence officers at the SIS was a Soviet mole, and had assigned them code names - derived from the English children's rhyme "Tinker, Tailor". More ...
416 Pages
5/5
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Scott Turow!
Presumed Innocent
2017 (First published: 1987)
Turow's first courtroom thriller is one of the best legal fiction ever. As a former U.S. prosecutor, Turow had intimate knowledge of legal procedures and could drag the reader into the gritty drama of a murder trial. A dark twist of events transforms prosecutor Susty Sabich from the accuser to the accused. Made into a spectacular Harrison Ford movie.  More ...
496 Pages
5/5
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Sarah Pearse
The Sanatorium: A Novel
Detective Elin Warner, Book 1
2021
Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. But now it is renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, vacationing detective Elin Warner immediately feels on edge--there's something about the hotel that makes her nervous. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
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Elmore Leonard
Swag
Frank Ryan Novels - Book 1
2012 (First published: 1976)
The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when Detroit used-car salesman Frank Ryan catches him trying to boost a ride from Ryan's lot. Frank's got some surefire schemes for getting rich quick—all of them involving guns—and all Stickley has to do is follow "Ryan's Rules" to share the wealth. But sometimes rules need to be bent, maybe even broken.  More ...
256 Pages
4/5
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Tess Gerritsen
The Apprentice
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2002)
In a boiling hot Boston summer a series of brutal crimes shocks the city: Wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. More ...
448 Pages
3/5
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Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed
Aunt Dimity Mystery - Book 3
1998 (First published: 1996)
Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she's financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. More ...
288 Pages
3/5
35
Jo Spain
The Last to Disappear
2022 (First published: 2022)
When young London professional Alex Evans is informed that his sister's body has been pulled from an icy lake in Northern Lapland, he assumes his irresponsible sister accidentally drowned. He travels to the wealthy winter resort where Vicky worked as a tour-guide and meets Agatha Koskinen, the detective in charge. Agatha is a no-nonsense single mother of three who already thinks there's more to Vicky's case than meets the eye.
400 Pages
4/5
19
Arnaldur Indriðason
Silence of the Grave
Inspector Erlendur - Book 2
2006
On the outskirts of Reykjavik, a human skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site. When Inspector Erlendur comes to investigate he finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone the body is unearthed and the violent history of a family which lived nearby is exhumed along with it.  More ...
293 Pages
3/5
49
David Baldacci
The Fix
Amos Decker Series - Book 3
2018 (First published: 2017)
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, orders Decker to back off the case. Decker must forge an uneasy alliance with the Defense Intelligence Agency to prevent an international incident that could spell the end of the United States as we know it. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
39
Lee Child
Killing Floor
Jack Reacher - Book 1
2012 (First published: 1997)
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. More ...
576 Pages
5/5
22
James Patterson
Roses Are Red
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 6
2001 (First published: 2000)
In a series of terrifying crimes, bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building-and then killing the bank employees and their families if those instructions are not followed to the letter. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, certain that this is no ordinary bank robber at work; the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
20
Agatha Christie
A Pocket Full of Rye
Miss Marple Mystery 6
2011 (First published: 1953)
The bizarre death of a financial tycoon has Miss Marple investigating a very odd case of crime by rhyme. Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his “counting house” when he suffered an agonizing and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
62
Michael Connelly
The Reversal
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 3
2016 (First published: 2010)
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After twenty-four years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
19
Georges Simenon
Dirty Snow 
2003 (First published: 1950)
Set in occupied France during WWII, Simenon's bleak masterpiece is a dispassionate description of human cruelty. No other writer has achieved the psychological intensity of Simenon. “What many regard as the finest of all noir novels…"--Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times   More ...
272 Pages
3/5
51
Len Deighton
Funeral in Berlin
Harry Palmer Novels - Book 3
2021 (First published: 1964)
1963 Berlin is dark and dangerous. The anonymous hero has been sent to help arrange the defection of a leading Soviet scientist - in an elaborate mock coffin. But, as he soon discovers, this deception hides an even deadlier truth. One of the first novels written after the construction of the Berlin Wall, the novel revels in the murky, chilling atmosphere of a divided city. More ...
312 Pages
3/5
43
Lisa Gardner
One Step Too Far
Frankie Elkin Novel - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Timothy O’Day knew the woods. Yet when he disappeared on the first night of a bachelor party camping trip with his best friends, he didn’t leave a trace. What he did leave behind were two heartbroken parents, a crew of guilt-ridden groomsmen, and a pile of clues that don’t add up. Frankie Elkin doesn’t know the woods, but she knows how to find people. So she heads to Wyoming. More ...
416 Pages
5/5
22
Lee Child
Tripwire
Jack Reacher - Book 3
2012 (First published: 1999)
Ex military policeman Jack Reacher is enjoying the lazy anonymity of Key West when a stranger shows up asking for him. He’s got a lot of questions. Reacher does too, especially after the guy turns up dead. The answers lead Reacher on a cold trail back to New York, to the tenuous confidence of an alluring woman, and the dangerous corners of his own past.  More ...
416 Pages
5/5
20
Robin Moore
The French Connection
A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy
2003 (First published: 1969)
In this true, absorbing and often frightening documentary, Detectives Edward Egan and Salvatore Grosso almost stumble into a case of heroin smuggling that ultimately leads to the seizure of the largest cache of heroin ever picked up in New York. Crime syndicate heads in Canada and France are involved. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
51
Truman Capote
In Cold Blood
1994 (First published: 1966)
A masterpiece from the author of "Breakfast at Tiffanies". With this thriller Capote invented a new genre. It reconstructs the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. Capote describes the investigations, capture, trial and execution of the killers in harrowing, yet empathic prose. More ...
343 Pages
5/5
54
Elmore Leonard
Stick
Frank Ryan Novels - Book 2
2012 (First published: 1983)
After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town -- and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game.  More ...
400 Pages
3/5
20
A.R. Torre
The Girl in 6E
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 1
2014
My life is simple, as long as I follow the rules. 1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. I've obeyed these rules for three years. But rules were made to be broken. This is a dark, edgy, erotic, thrilling and - most of all unusual - story of a cold female killer. More ...
352 Pages
4/5
21
David Baldacci
Redemption
Amos Decker Series - Book 5
2019 (First published: 2019)
Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he's the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he's innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it's his dying wish that Decker clear his name. And then Hawkins turns up dead with a bullet in his head. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
35
Tom Clancy
Executive Orders
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 7
1997
At the climax of Debt of Honor, the most devastating terrorist act in the history of the world left the President, the Joint Chiefs, the Supreme Court, and nearly all of Congress dead. Only Jack Ryan, confirmed Vice President mere minutes before, survived to take the reins of a shaken and leaderless country. Now he must rebuild a government. More ...
1376 Pages
4/5
45
P.J. Vernon
When You Find Me
2021
Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
17
Michael Connelly
The Fifth Witness
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 4
2016 (First published: 2011)
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too. More ...
496 Pages
4/5
21
Dennis Lehane
Gone, Baby, Gone
Patrick Kenzie & Angela Gennaro Series - Book 4
2010 (First published: 1998)
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation.
560 Pages
5/5
8
Patricia Cornwell
Postmortem
Kay Scarpetta Series 1
2021 (First published: 1991)
Patricia Cronwell's first book in the Kay Scarpetta series is about a brilliant serial killer who is strangling young women. Kay is applying latest forensic techniques to identify the killer, but someone is sabotaging the investigation. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
51
Phillip Tomasso
You Choose
Falcone & Richards - Book 1
2018
Someone takes an officer's family hostage. Of the two people the officer loves most, one will live, the other will die. Its up to him. Homicide Investigators Vincent Falcone and Farrah Richards take the case. Every effort is made for snatching the psychopath off the streets before the next murder. Surprisingly, the killer makes mistakes; it's almost as if getting caught doesn't matter. More ...
441 Pages
3/5
15
Dean Koontz
The Other Emily
2021
A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found. Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life. Then David meets Maddison Sutton. Everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily - and terror escalates. More ...
365 Pages
5/5
47
Janet Evanovich
Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 29
2022 (First published: 2022)
Stephanie Plum knows that something is amiss when she turns up for work at Vinnie’s Bail Bonds to find that longtime office manager Connie Rosolli, who is as reliable as the tides in Atlantic City, hasn’t shown up. Stephanie’s worst fears are confirmed when she gets a call from Connie’s abductor. He says he will only release her in exchange for a mysterious coin that a recently murdered man left as collateral for his bail. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
29
Louis Sachar
Holes
Book 1 of Holes Series
2000
Stanley is under a curse. It began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. More ...
233 Pages
3/5
39
Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon
1989 (First published: 1930)
Archetypal tough guy, detective Sam Spade, risks his reputation by trying to help a beautiful young lady. As his partner gets killed Spade is suspected for murder. The story is a complex web of betrayal and deception, in which everyone tries to get the gold statuette of a falcon. Sam's masculine strength is refreshing in today's world of male insecurity. Also an excellent movie with Humphrey Bogart - but the book is better. More ...
217 Pages
5/5
54
David Baldacci
The 6:20 Man
2022 (First published: 2022)
Every day without fail, Travis Devine puts on a cheap suit, grabs his faux-leather briefcase, and boards the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, where he works as an entry-level analyst at the city's most prestigious investment firm. Then one morning Devine's tedious routine is shattered by an anonymous email: She is dead. Sara Ewes, Devine's coworker and former girlfriend, has been found hanging in a storage room of his office building. More ...
432 Pages
5/5
47
James Patterson
Jack and Jill
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 3
1997 (First published: 1996)
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
20
Thomas Harris
Hannibal
Hanibal Lecter - Book 3
Read fourth
2009 (First published: 1999)
Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he’s been at large. For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman, and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never been the same, the final hunt for Hannibal Lecter has begun.  More ...
560 Pages
4/5
81
Arthur W. Upfield
The Barrakee Mystery: The Lure of the Bush
Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries
2020 (First published: 1929)
Why was King Henry, an aboriginal from Western Australia, killed in New South Wales? This first story of Inspector Bonaparte takes him to the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well - mixed blood and divided loyalties. More ...
224 Pages
4/5
39
Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Hercule Poirot
2022 (First published: 1926)
The villagers of King’s Abbot are shocked when a wealthy local widow commits suicide and the very next day her fiancé, Roger Ackroyd, is stabbed to death. Dr. James Sheppard, the local physician, discovers the body of his friend and narrates the ensuing hunt for the killer. - One of the most fiendish mysteries with the most dramatic twists in Christie’s extensive oeuvre. More ...
288 Pages
5/5
53
S.J. Watson
Before I Go To Sleep
2012 (First published: 2011)
Every morning, she awakens beside a stranger in an unfamiliar bed. She sees a middle-aged face in the bathroom mirror that she does not recognize. And every morning, the man patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven-years-old, and that an accident long ago damaged her ability to remember. But Christine has been keeping a journal and she’s starting to ask questions. More ...
368 Pages
5/5
14
John Grisham
The Boys from Biloxi
2022 (First published: 2022)
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi and were childhood friends. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh worked in his father’s clubs. Two families heading for a showdown in a courtroom. More ...
464 Pages
5/5
66
David Baldacci
Long Shadows
Amos Decker Series - Book 7
2022 (First published: 2022)
When Amos Decker is called to South Florida to investigate a double homicide, the case appears straightforward: A federal judge and her bodyguard have been found dead, the judge’s face sporting a blindfold with two eye holes crudely cut out. Decker finds that the judge had more enemies than he can count—from violent gang members, drug dealers, and smugglers to a resentful ex-husband. More ...
448 Pages
3/5
35
Norman Mailer
The Executioner's Song
2012 (First published: 1979)
The Executioner's Song is a Pulitzer Prize-winning true crime novel that depicts the events related to the execution of Gary Gilmore for murder by the state of Utah. He robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. More ...
1126 Pages
5/5
19
Frederick Forsyth
The Deceiver
1992 (First published: 1991)
Sam McCready serves Britain as Chief of Deception & Disinformationfor the British Secret Intelligence Service. He's competent, dedicated, in his prime. Why then this push to get him out? The options are painful -- early retirement or an administrative backwater. Who wants him out, and why? And what happens if he refuses to go quietly? It's a wild card, confrontational, risky.More ...
496 Pages
4/5
39
Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca
2006 (First published: 1938)
A shy young woman meets wealthy widow, Maxim de Winter, and falls in love with him. On his grand English estate, Manderley, she is immediately haunted by the powerful presence of the former mistress of Manderley, Maxim's flamboyant late wife Rebecca. This story of emotional horror and evil is a classic masterpiece, made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. More ...
416 Pages
5/5
58
Henning Mankell
The Dogs of Riga
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 2
2004 (First published: 1992)
On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. - Best nordic noir! More ...
336 Pages
4/5
18
Agatha Christie
4.50 from Paddington
Miss Marple Mystery 7
2022 (First published: 1957)
A woman is murdered on a train. When Miss Marple telephones her friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow and asks her to go undercover to investigate, Lucy quickly accepts the challenge! When a second murder takes place, everyone at Rutherford Hall seems in danger, so Miss Marple sets a trap to catch the murderer. More ...
288 Pages
3/5
39
Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery
Miss Marple Mystery 9
2011 (First published: 1964)
Miss Marple is ensnared in A Caribbean Mystery when a retired military man sparks her curiosity with a photograph and a strange story of a murderer. As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine, she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. More ...
240 Pages
4/5
42
Don Winslow
City on Fire
The City - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
Two criminal empires control all of New England. Until a beautiful woman comes between the Irish and the Italians, launching a war that will see them kill each other and set a city on fire. The bloody conflict stacks body on body and brother turns against brother. To save his family and the family he has sworn to protect, Danny becomes a leader, a master of the treacherous game in which the winner will forge a dynasty. More ...
384 Pages
4/5
23
James Patterson
Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1993)
Alex Cross, a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, works in the ghettos of D.C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. But he also has two adorable kids of his own. Mysterious Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time, because Gary Soneji wants to commit the "crime of the century". More ...
480 Pages
5/5
26
James Patterson
Cat and Mouse
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 4
1998 (First published: 1997)
Gary Soneji, a dying prison escapee, is looking for revenge on Cross, while another insane killer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce - a relentless detective who may even be better than Cross. As the bodies pile up, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse leads to one final trap.The body count is high and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? More ...
480 Pages
4/5
21
Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity's Death
Aunt Dimity Mystery - Book 1
1993 (First published: 1992)
Lori Shepherd thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a bedtime story. Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a siazable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. More ...
256 Pages
3/5
39
Lee Child
The Enemy
Jack Reacher - Book 8
2011 (First published: 2004)
North Carolina. New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the body of the general's wife. This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. More ...
592 Pages
4/5
21
Josephine Tey
The Daughter of Time
1995 (First published: 1951)
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? More ...
206 Pages
5/5
41
Stephen King
The Green Mile
The Complete Serial Novel
2017 (First published: 2000)
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk “the Green Mile,” the lime-colored linoleum corridor leading to a final meeting with Old Sparky, Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities over the years working the Mile, but he’s never seen anything like John Coffey—a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child.
512 Pages
5/5
9
P.D. James
Unnatural Causes
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries - Book 3
2001 (First published: 1967)
Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer - but no murder he ever invented was more grisly than his own death. When his corpse is found in a drifting dinghy with both hands chopped off at the wrists, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre circle of intellectual friends. Now it’s up to Inspector Adam Dalgliesh to uncover the shocking truth. More ...
272 Pages
3/5
20
Val McDermid
The Last Temptation
Dr. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan - Book 3
2010 (First published: 2002)
Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, Hill is the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey. Except that Tony, still bearing the scars of past cases, doesn't want to do this anymore. But the killer is about to strike uncomfortably close to home. More ...
431 Pages
3/5
15
Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone
2018
Lady Verinder’s uncle gives her the Moonstone – a magnificent diamond as large as an egg – for her eighteenth birthday, but it is not quite the generous gift it first seems. For he obtained it through bloody and nefarious means in India, and legend says the diamond’s guardians will stop at nothing to get it back. When the Moonstone is stolen, an innocent man is accused of the crime. More ...
528 Pages
5/5
54
Nelson DeMille
The Lion
John Corey - Book 5
2015 (First published: 2010)
John Corey, special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion." He is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge. But Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal -- to find and kill Khahil. More ...
464 Pages
3/5
26
Tami Hoag
Down the Darkest Road
Oak Knoll Series, Book 3
2022 (First published: 2011)
Four years after Lauren Lawton’s sixteen-year-old daughter disappeared, the world has given up the girl for dead. Lauren’s husband took his own life. Her younger daughter Leah is still looking for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren never surrendered. She knows who took her child. But there’s not a shred of evidence against him. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
43
Arnaldur Indriðason
Voices
Inspector Erlendur - Book 3
2006
The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed, and Erlendur and his detective colleagues have no shortage of suspects between hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. But then a shocking secret surfaces.  More ...
313 Pages
3/5
42
Jeneva Rose
The Perfect Marriage
2020
Sarah Morgan is a successful defense attorney and her life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. But then, one morning Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder. More ...
342 Pages
5/5
45
Len Deighton
Horse Under Water
Harry Palmer Novels - Book 2
2021 (First published: 1963)
A sunken U-Boat has lain undisturbed on the Atlantic ocean floor since the Second World War - until now. Inside its rusting hull, among the corpses of top-rank, lie secrets people will kill to obtain. Harry Palmer is sent from fogbound London to the Algarve, where he must dive through layers of deceit in a place rotten with betrayals. More ...
255 Pages
3/5
27
Patricia Cornwell
Cruel And Unusual
Kay Scarpetta Series 4
2010 (First published: 1993)
Convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair and Scarpetta prepares for his post mortem. But then the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. The two cases seem unrelated, until Scarpetta recalls that the body of Waddell's victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
44
Camron Wright
The Orphan Keeper
Adapted for Young Readers from the Bestselling Novel
2022
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children to be adopted by a family in America. More ...
288 Pages
3/5
35
Jess Lourey
Bloodline
2021
In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. After spending a childhood on the move and chasing the screams and swirls of news-rich city life, she’s eager to settle down. Lilydale’s motto, “Come Home Forever,” couldn’t be more inviting. And yet, something is off in the picture-perfect village. More ...
347 Pages
3/5
39
Joseph Finder
Buried Secrets
Book 2 of Nick Heller Novels
2011 (First published: 2011)
Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Nick Heller, a private spy who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden. Clearly one of the best action thrillers of the year. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
50
Seishi Yokomizo
The Inugami Curse
Detective Kindaichi Series - Book 4
2020 (First published: 1951)
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan's terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer. More ...
320 Pages
5/5
35
Eliot Pattison
The Skull Mantra
Inspector Shan Tao Yun, Book 1
2008 (First published: 1999)
Disgraced Beijing police inspector, Shan Tao Yun, investigates the killing of a local official, while suffering political punishment as a laborer on a road crew called the People's 404th Construction Brigade high in the Himalayas. A top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege. More ...
416 Pages
5/5
40
Jenifer Ruff
Only One Wave
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 3
2020
CDC epidemiologist Dr. Madeline Hamilton and her fiancé, FBI operative Quinn Traynor, go to Nalowale Island to investigate a deadly outbreak of unknown origin. Victims become aggressive and irrational, suffering from insomnia, hallucinations, and eventual death. More ...
283 Pages
4/5
39
Stuart MacBride
A Song for the Dying
Ash Henderson - Book 2
2015
Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man’ murdered four women and left three more in critical condition – all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. Then the killer just disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot has change since then. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters. And now a nurse has turned up dead, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin. More ...
544 Pages
4/5
21
P.D. James
The Children of Men
2006 (First published: 1992)
Its the year 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction. Oxford historian Theodore Faron spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live - and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
17
Lee Child
Without Fail
Jack Reacher - Book 6
2011 (First published: 2002)
Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City after hitching a ride cross-country with a couple of aging blues musicians. There he is approached by the Secret Service to test their shield around the new vice president of the United States, ex-miliary copy Jack Reacher discovers that a team of assassins is already planning a hit on the vice president. More ...
592 Pages
4/5
22
Lucy Foley
The Guest List
You'd kill to be on it
2021 (First published: 2020)
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: a rising television star; the bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a celebrity wedding: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned. And then someone turns up dead. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
19
David Baldacci
Walk the Wire
Amos Decker Series - Book 6
2020 (First published: 2020)
A lone hunter discovers the remains of a woman in North Dakota’s Badlands. She appears to have had a post-mortem performed on her reminiscent of those only seen on TV shows – but this time, there was no slab, morgue or camera in sight. FBI investigator, Amos Decker and his colleague, Alex Jamison, are summoned to seek answers. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
60
Martin Edwards (Editor)
Miraculous Mysteries: Locked-Room Murders and Impossible Crimes
British Library Crime Classics
2017
Fiendishly intricate cases became popular during the 'golden age of murder' between the two world wars. The tradition goes back to the days of Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins. Impossible crime stories have also been written by such luminaries as Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham.This anthology celebrates their work. More ...
358 Pages
4/5
55
Tess Gerritsen
Listen To Me
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 13
2023 (First published: 2022)
Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder. Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked, lies bludgeoned to death in her own home. But Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days. What exactly was Sofia involved in? One thing is clear: The killer will do anything it takes to keep their secret safe. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
27
Michael Connelly
The Late Show
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 1
2018 (First published: 2017)
Renée Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. More ...
448 Pages
3/5
18
Raymond Chandler
The Lady in the Lake
Philip Marlowe - Book 4
1988 (First published: 1943)
Two missing wives - one a rich man's and one a poor man's - have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care. More ...
272 Pages
3/5
56
Arthur W. Upfield
The Will of the Tribe
Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries
2020 (First published: 1962)
It is in a harsh and eerie landscape - the crater formed by the meteor they called "The Stranger" - that a stranger is found dead. In an area where the presence of every outsider is immediately announced by the bush telegraph, how had this man passed unreported? This Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) mystery that gives a glimpse into the lost world of aboriginal culture. More ...
156 Pages
4/5
44
Michael Connelly
Desert Star
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2022)
LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family. The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
29
Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity Digs In
Aunt Dimity Mystery - Book 4
1999 (First published: 1998)
In a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time--so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist's excavation.  More ...
288 Pages
3/5
32
Jack Carr
True Believer
Book 2 of Terminal List
2020 (First published: 2019)
When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive. More ...
592 Pages
4/5
13
John Grisham
The Firm
2009 (First published: 1991)
About a law firm controlled by the Mafia. Fast-paced, smart, with believable characters. One of the best legal thrillers on the market. Made into a movie directed by Sydney Pollack - starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman.  More ...
544 Pages
5/5
52
Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister, The Serial Killer
2019
This is a dark comedy about Korede, a Nigerian woman whose sister Ayoola has a nasty habit of murdering her boyfriends. Korede has been an ignorant accomplice to her sociopathic sister, but now she has fallen in love with a man. How can she protect her lover from Ayoola's murderous addiction? More ...
240 Pages
3/5
16
Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage
Miss Marple Mystery 1
2016 (First published: 1930)
The murder of Colonel Protheroe, a much-hated magistrate, brings Miss Marple to St. Mary Mead - a small village, where she wades through the scandal and dirty secrets exposed by the crime. More ...
247 Pages
4/5
56
Frederick Forsyth
The Day of the Jackal
2007 (First published: 1971)
The Jackal: A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill one of the  world's most heavily guarded man. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal. More ...
380 Pages
5/5
36
Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient
2021 (First published: 2019)
Theo Faber, a psychotherapist treats Alicia Berenson, who has seemingly gone mute after “killing” her husband. As the book unravels what truly happened that day, the plot twists and turns at every corner. Certainly one of the best psychological thrillers hands down. More ...
368 Pages
5/5
40
Seishi Yokomizo
Death on Gokumon Island
Detective Kindaichi Series - Book 2
2020 (First published: 1948)
Detective Kosuke Kindaichi arrives on the remote Gokumon Island bearing tragic news—his friend and fellow soldier, the son of one of the island's most important families has died, on a troop transport ship bringing him back home after the Second World War. With his last words, the dying man warned that his three step-sisters' lives would now be in danger. More ...
320 Pages
5/5
40
Alice Feeney
Rock Paper Scissors
2022 (First published: 2021)
Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife. Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now.
320 Pages
4/5
11
Thomas Harris
Red Dragon
Hanibal Lecter - Book 1
Read second
1990 (First published: 1981)
Will Graham, the FBI man who hunted Lecter down, risks his sanity and his life to duel a killer called the Red Dragon - a madman who's been butchering entire families. The FBI needs Graham's insight, and Graham needs Lecter's genius. But Lecter is a clever fiend, and he manipulates both Graham and the killer at large from his cell. More ...
464 Pages
4/5
30
Michael Connelly
The Dark Hours
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 4
2022 (First published: 2021)
There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a street party. Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
18
Michael Connelly
Two Kinds of Truth
Harry Bosch Series - Book 20
2018 (First published: 2017)
Harry Bosch, now exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
13
J.T. Geissinger
Ruthless Creatures
Queens & Monsters: Book 1
2021
Five years ago, my fiancé disappeared. He left me with a wedding dress I’d never wear. Until a mysterious stranger arrives in town. Tall, dark, and dangerous, Kage is as full of secrets as he is sex appeal. Though I know he’s hiding something, I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame. More ...
376 Pages
3/5
35
Patricia Cornwell
Body of Evidence
Kay Scarpetta Series 2
2011 (First published: 1991)
Kay Scarpetta gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death: romance writer Beryl Madison. Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protégé of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur, Kay finds herself also having to deal with the unexpected reappearance of long-lost lover Mark James. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
33
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 3
2013 (First published: 2011)
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past. More ...
278 Pages
4/5
21
Mary Higgins Clark
Where Are the Children
2023 (First published: 1975)
Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal—until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten.
256 Pages
5/5
6
Cormac McCarthy
The Passenger
The Passenger - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
26
Barry Eisler
All the Devils
Livia Lone Novel, Book 3
2019
Ten years ago, the daughter of Homeland Security Investigations agent B.D. Little vanished into thin air. So did seven other girls?the crimes all bearing the same signature characteristics. Now the disappearances have begun again. More ...
364 Pages
5/5
41
Jimmy Breslin
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
1997 (First published: 1969)
Kid Sally Palumbo, a master in the art of murder and a moron at just about everything else wants to be a boos in the Brooklyn Mafia. To prove himself worthy he tries to organize a six-day bicycle race and keep the profits, but he bungles it ridiculously - kicking off a messy mob war instead. - Was made into a major motion picture starring Robert DeNiro. More ...
249 Pages
5/5
19
Karen Inglis
Return to the Secret Lake
Secret Lake Children's Mystery Adventure, Book 2
2022
Almost a year has passed since Stella and Tom discovered a time tunnel and travelled to early 1900s London, where they befriended Emma, Lucy and Jack. The magical moles that made the tunnel and secret lake appear have since vanished. More ...
272 Pages
3/5
42
Stuart MacBride
Birthdays for the Dead
Ash Henderson - Book 1
2013
His daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. But Detective Constable Ash Henderson hasn’t told anyone – they all think she ran away – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he will not give up before his daughter’s murderer gets what he deserves. More ...
512 Pages
4/5
23
Christine McGuire
The Perfect Victim
The True Story of the Girl in the Box
1989 (First published: 1988)
In 1977 twenty-year-old Colleen Stan left home to hitchhike from Oregon to California. Seven years later she emerged from hell, the victim of a bizarre and extraordinary crime. This is Colleen's incredible true story, told by the determined young district attorney who prosecuted the man who had forced her to endure years of sexual perversion. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
15
Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None
2001 (First published: 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). More ...
300 Pages
5/5
47
Korina Moss
Cheddar Off Dead
Cheese Shop Mystery - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
Cheesemonger Willa Bauer is proving that sweet dreams are made of cheese. She’s opened her very own French-inspired cheese shop, Curds & Whey, in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. The small town of Yarrow Glen is Willa's fresh start – starting with a visit from the local food critic. What Willa didn’t know is that this guy never gives a good review, and when he shows up nothing goes according to plan.
304 Pages
4/5
18
Dan Brown
Angels & Demons
Book 1 of Robert Langdon Novels
2006 (First published: 2000)
CERN director Maximilian Kohler discovers one of the facility's top physicists, Leonardo Vetra, murdered, his chest branded with an ambigram of the word "Illuminati." They have surfaced to carry out the final phase of its vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. More ...
496 Pages
2/5
44
Robyn Harding
The Swap
2022 (First published: 2020)
Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, but it turns out deadly. More ...
384 Pages
4/5
20
Agatha Christie
At Bertram's Hotel
Miss Marple Mystery 10
2011 (First published: 1985)
When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking for at Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly-polished veneer. Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion. More ...
272 Pages
2/5
65
Thomas Harris
Hannibal Rising
Hanibal Lecter - Book 4
Read first
2007 (First published: 2006)
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful wife, Lady Murasaki. More ...
384 Pages
3/5
63
Kia Abdullah
Next of Kin
2022
Leila Syed receives a call. Her brother-in-law’s voice is filled with panic. His son’s nursery has called to ask where little Max is. Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot. Racing to the carpark, she grasps the horror of what she has done. More ...
384 Pages
4/5
48
Arnaldur Indriðason
Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller
Inspector Erlendur - Book 1
2005
When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him?  More ...
304 Pages
3/5
90
Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White
2003
Walter Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, is drawn into the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his "charming" friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison. This upper-class Victorian love story is certainly one of the greatest romantic thrillers. More ...
720 Pages
5/5
59
Louise Penny
The Madness of Crowds
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 17
2022 (First published: 2021)
While the good residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, Chief Inspector Gamache finds his holiday interrupted by a simple request. He's asked to provide security for a visiting Professor of Statistics giving a lecture at the nearby university. But then madness breaks out. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
19
David Tod Roy
The Plum in the Golden Vase
Jin Ping Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering
1997
Jin Ping Mei — translated into English as The Plum in the Golden Vase — is a Chinese novel of manners composed in vernacular Chinese during the latter half of the sixteenth century during the late Ming dynasty. The explicit depiction of sexuality garnered the novel a notoriety akin to Fanny Hill and Lolita in English literature. A great legacy of Chinese literature. More ...
520 Pages
5/5
18
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Gallows Rock
Children's House - Book 4
2020 (First published: 2017)
On a bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock -once a place of execution, now tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it. The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn't suicide. When the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there. He doesn't seem to have any link with the victim. More ...
416 Pages
3/5
38
James Patterson
Violets Are Blue
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 7
2002 (First published: 2001)
Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, a carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
18
William Goldman
Marathon Man: A Novel
2001 (First published: 1974)
An epic, fast-paced thriller with just enough humor to prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the violence, evil and sadism. Made into a movie with Dustin Hoffman with the most harrowing visit to the dentist in cinematic history. More ...
336 Pages
4/5
54
Nelson DeMille
The Panther
John Corey - Book 6
2016 (First published: 2012)
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. More ...
656 Pages
3/5
24
Stuart MacBride
The Coffinmaker's Garden
Ash Henderson - Book 3
2021
A village on the edge. As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smiths home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what hes got buried in his garden: human remains. With the storm still raging, its too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is done playing nice. Hes got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way. More ...
500 Pages
4/5
21
Dough Dorst
S.
A book in a book
2013
The craziest, most unusual mystery book of 2013. A brilliant story filled with secrets, fun and intrigues. One of the most creative novels I ever read. This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans...(Publishers Weekly). A book in a book. More ...
300 Pages
4/5
44
Laura Lippman
Sunburn
2018
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays. A pair of lovers. With the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals - and cold-blooded murder.  More ...
320 Pages
4/5
18
Stieg Larson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2011 (First published: 2005)
The story is based on an actual crime which author and journalist Stieg Larson experienced at age 16: The gang rape of a girl named Lisbeth. His sensational thriller features a Lisbeth Salander, an agry punk heroine, who helps Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist, to uncover the dark secrets of one of Sweden's wealthiest families. More ...
672 Pages
5/5
41
Mary Higgins Clark
All Around the Town
1993 (First published: 1992)
When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills.
341 Pages
5/5
5
Lisa Scottoline
What Happened to the Bennetts
2022 (First published: 2022)
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.  More ...
400 Pages
5/5
26
B.P. Walter
The Dinner Guest
2022
Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. Matthew, the perfect husband; Titus, the perfect son; Charlie, the perfect illusion; Rachel, the perfect stranger. Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand. A nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
25
Valerie Burns
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder
Baker Street Mystery - Book 1
2023 (First published: 2023)
In her delicious and charming cozy mystery of this brand-new culinary series with a fresh edge and a delightful small-town setting, the acclaimed author introduces Maddy Montgomery, a social media expert who’s #StartingOver in small town Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt’s bakery…and a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.
272 Pages
3/5
10
Dashiell Hammett
The Thin Man
1989 (First published: 1934)
New York City in December 1932, the last days of Prohibition. Nick Charles, a former private detective, and Nora, his clever young wife are drawn, mostly against their will, into investigating a murder.The case brings them in contact with the Wynants, a rather grotesque family, and with various policemen and lowlifes. More ...
208 Pages
5/5
58
Michael Connelly
The Law of Innocence
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 6
2021 (First published: 2020)
On the night he celebrates a big win, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a former client in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is immediately charged with murder but can’t post the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge. Mickey elects to represent himself and is forced to mount his defense from his jail cell. Haller knows he’s been framed, whether by a new enemy or an old one. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
18
Michael Connelly
Dark Sacred Night
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2018)
Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
15
Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men
2006 (First published: 2005)
Mixture of action thriller, Western and psychological drama. Starting with an antelope hunt near the Rio Grande the story proceeds into a man-on-the-run thriller, populated by a psychopatic killer and an elderly Sheriff, who is smarter than most, because he knows his limitations. Made into movie by the Coen brothers! More ...
309 Pages
5/5
61
Richard Condon
The Manchurian Candidate
2013 (First published: 1959)
Sgt Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, stepson of an influential senator...and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a POW he is a 'sleeper', a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. Was made into an excellent movie - starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
25
Graham Grene
Our Man in Havana
2007 (First published: 1958)
Mr. Wormold, salesman of vacuum cleaners in a city of power brokers becomes a spy for the British MI6 to earn some extra income. This crisply written spy novel will drag you down with almost unbearable tension, while at the same time make you giggle with its parodies and absurd plot. A true masterpiece! More ...
256 Pages
4/5
46
Val McDermid
The Wire In The Blood
Dr. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan - Book 2
2021 (First published: 1997)
Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another, let alone the killer whose charming manner hides a warped and sick mind. Dr Tony Hill sets his team an exercise: they are given the details of missing teenagers and asked to discover any possible links between the cases. Tony Hill must embark on a game where hunter and hunted can all too easily be reversed. More ...
372 Pages
3/5
50
L.T. Vargus / Tim McBain
Lonesome Highway
Violet Darger Series - Book 11
2022 (First published: 2022)
Her body lies tucked in the shadows beneath the overpass. Steel girders yawing over her delicate form. Above her, the traffic thunders without end. Tires thumping over the bridge, over the asphalt. The black ribbon of the highway stretches into the night. When a second body turns up in a truck stop parking lot, FBI profiler Violet Darger heads to rural North Carolina to investigate. More ...
374 Pages
4/5
19
Ian Rankin
Knots and Crosses
Inspector Rebus Novels - Book 1
2008 (First published: 1987)
Edinburgh has been shocked by the strangling of two young girls. Journalist Jim Stevens runs his own investigation, and has uncovered Michael Rebus's drug dealing. He suspects that his brother John, a Lothian and Borders Police officer, knows or even supports his brother's illegal activities. Meanwhile, John Rebus is assigned to the investigative team, but without success, and two more girls disappear. More ...
272 Pages
3/5
17
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Legacy
Children's House - Book 1
2019 (First published: 2014)
The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. Newly-promoted, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. More ...
480 Pages
3/5
43
Elli Gray
No More Lies
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 13
2022 (First published: 2022)
Sixteen years ago, young Blake Wilder arrived home to find her parents brutally murdered. As the devastated Blake frantically searched her house for her baby sister. She soon realized the young girl was missing, nowhere to be found. Now no longer a helpless child, agent Wilder must fight mysterious forces that are willing to do whatever it takes to keep her from the answers and revenge she’s been searching for. More ...
243 Pages
4/5
27
Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple Mystery 12
2022 (First published: 1976)
Soon after Gwenda moves into her new home, odd things start to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she feels an irrational sense of terror every time she climbs the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turns to Miss Marple. Between them, they solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
53
Mary Higgins Clark
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry
A Novel
2020 (First published: 2019)
When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a jet ski accident while on holiday. But was Ryan’s death truly an accident? Or will someone go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.
480 Pages
5/5
4
Raymond Chandler
Playback
Philip Marlowe - Book 7
1988 (First published: 1958)
Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it. More ...
176 Pages
3/5
67
Henning Mankell
Faceless Killers
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 1
2003 (First published: 1991)
An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer’s eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: “foreign.” Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local detective whose personal life is in a shambles, is in charge of the investigation. His family is falling apart, he’s gaining weight, and he drinks too much. He also must deal with a wave of xenophobia as he searches for the killers. More ...
279 Pages
4/5
15
Lee Child
Better Off Dead
Jack Reacher - Book 26
2022 (First published: 2021)
That morning Reacher he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun - until he comes upon a curious scene: A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel. Dead? No, nothing is what it seems. The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. More ...
592 Pages
4/5
23
Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimitiy's Christmas
Aunt Dimity Mystery - Book 5
2000 (First published: 1999)
With rain crashing down on her Range Rover, as it climbs up a steep embankment on the Northumberland moors, Lori Shepherd is beginning to doubt the wisdom of her decision to evaluate a rare book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall. The grim, neo-gothic hall that greets her upon arrival is full of surprises - including a charming, secretive stranger. More ...
224 Pages
3/5
36
Michael Connelly
The Night Fire
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 3
2020 (First published: 2019)
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man. More ...
512 Pages
5/5
18
Agatha Christie
Nemesis
Miss Marple Mystery 11
2022 (First published: 1971)
Miss Marple receives a letter from the solicitors of the recently deceased Jason Rafiel, a millionaire whom she had met during a holiday on which she had encountered a murder, which asks her to look into an unspecified crime; if she succeeds in solving the crime, she will inherit £20,000. Rafiel has left her few clues.  More ...
304 Pages
3/5
42
William R. Forstchen
One Year After
Book 2 of John Matherson Novels
2016 (First published: 2009)
The story begins two years since nuclear weapons brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
40
Stieg Larson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Part 3 of the Millennium Trilogy.
2012 (First published: 2005)
In Larson's third part of his Millennium Trillogy Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. More ...
832 Pages
5/5
58
Peter Hoeg
Smilla's Sense of Snow
1994
One snowy day in Copenhagen, six-year-old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop. The police pronounce it an accident. But Isaiah's neighbour, Smilla, a half-Inuit, suspects murder. She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, wandering on the ice floes of Greenland in pursuit of the killers. More ...
512 Pages
3/5
38
Barbara Baraldi
The Girl with the Crystal Eyes
2010 (First published: 2008)
A seductive serial killer is stalking the streets of Bologna. A cop determined to unravel an enigmatic trail of bloody butchery. A young medium fleeing her past, troubled dreams of murder. A perverse game of life and death unfolds between the hunter and the hunted, where the female of the species proves as daringly evil as Hannibal Lecter, giving 'Femme Fatale' a whole new meaning. More ...
268 Pages
5/5
21
Robert B. Parker, Helen Brann
Silent Night
Robert B. Parker Series, Book 42
2013
It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened. But it's not a simple case of intimidation - Spenser finds a trail that leads to a drug kingpin. A Christmas good deed could turn bad. More ...
240 Pages
2/5
40
Nelson DeMille
Radiant Angel
John Corey - Book 7
2016 (First published: 2015)
John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission. It is thought to be "a quiet end". But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. Then Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a UN diplomat, mysteriously disappears More ...
320 Pages
3/5
22
Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
2015 (First published: 1960)
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl.
336 Pages
5/5
9
Michael Connelly
The Gods of Guilt
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 5
2014 (First published: 2013)
Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
19
Freida McFadden
Never Lie
An addictive psychological Thriller
2022
As they visit the remote manor that once belonged to Dr. Adrienne Hale, a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a violent winter storm traps them at the estate. In search of a book to keep her entertained until the snow abates, Tricia happens upon a secret room. More ...
336 Pages
5/5
45
Jessamine Chan
The School for Good Mothers
2022 (First published: 2022)
Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. She can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with Harriet, their cherubic daughter, does Frida finally attain the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she is just enough. Until Frida has a very bad day.
336 Pages
3/5
15
Michael C. Grumley
The Desert of Glass
Book 2 of Monument Series
2021
Half a century ago, an aberration was spotted by one of our earliest satellites, and summarily dismissed as a hardware malfunction. But it was no aberration. And no malfunction. It was an accidental glimpse of something extraordinary, and very old. More ...
356 Pages
3/5
56
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Lady Audley’s Secret
2012
Beautiful Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley. But her past is shrouded in mystery, and Sir Michael's nephew Robert has vague forebodings. When Robert's good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears, he is determined to find him and unearth the truth. A tangled story of lies and deception, crime and intrigue. More ...
496 Pages
5/5
50
Ken Follett
The Pillars of the Earth
Book 1 of Kingsbridge
2007 (First published: 1989)
This story of intrigue, power, revenge and betrayal chronicles the ups and downs in the life of a prior, his master builder as they struggle to build a Gothic cathedral in 12th century England. Follett weaves human brutality, steamy sex scenes, deep religious faith, agony and glorious success into his epic historical novel. More ...
973 Pages
5/5
76
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind
The Cemetry of Forgotten - Book 1
2018 (First published: 2004)
Barcelona, 1945 - just after the war, a great world city is nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he discovers a puzzling secret. More ...
486 Pages
5/5
22
A.R. Torre
Do Not Disturb
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 2
2015
1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. The rules were simple - but I broke them. Now I must face the consequences. Everyone else must face me. - One of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of the year. Every bit as twisted and exciting as its predecessor. More ...
384 Pages
4/5
18
Tom Clancy / Mark Cameron
Chain of Command
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 21
2022
A shadowy billionaire uses his fortune to further his corrupt ambitions. Along the way, he’s toppled democratically elected governments and exacerbated divisions within stable nations. Now, he’s ready to implement his most ambitious plan of all. There’s only one force standing in his way—President Jack Ryan. More ...
544 Pages
3/5
47
Elli Gray
The missing Girls
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 12
2022 (First published: 2022)
Teenage girls from prominent families are going missing and the local Sheriff is at a loss to understand who’s taking them. As Blake and her team start investigating, they find themselves caught up in a power struggle between the town’s locals and a community of indigenous people. But when the girls start turning up dead and the pressure to find the killer starts ramping up, Blake finds herself peeling back the layers of a monstrous series of murders. More ...
252 Pages
4/5
26
Nelson DeMille
The Maze
John Corey - Book 8
2022
On the verge of retirement, John Corey is sitting on a porch, lazily looking out across the ocean, scanning the horizon for his enemies, calculating escape routes, drinking a beer for breakfast. But then trouble does appear, and Corey can’t ignore it. A series of bodies has been found along a beach close to his home and he can no longer deny that a serial killer is on the loose. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
30
Charlie Donlea
Twenty Years Later
2022
New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
27
Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library
Miss Marple Mystery 2
2011 (First published: 1942)
The murder of Colonel Protheroe, a much-hated magistrate, brings Miss Marple to St. Mary Mead - a small village, where she wades through the scandal and dirty secrets exposed by the crime. More ...
247 Pages
4/5
38
Arthur W. Upfield
The Sands of Windee
Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries
2017 (First published: 1931)
Why had Luke Marks driven specially out to Windee? Had he been murdered or had he, as the local police believed, wandered away from his car and been overwhelmed in a dust-storm? If you like detective stories that have solid characters and backgrounds, and that avoid familiar patterns of crime and detection, then Mr Upfield is your man. More ...
236 Pages
5/5
50
Tess Gerritsen
The Surgeon
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2001)
A killer who targets lone women. He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. He performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician - a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them. More ...
464 Pages
4/5
25
Jack Carr
Savage Son: A Thriller
Book 3 of Terminal List
2020
Former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her. More ...
512 Pages
4/5
17
Karen Inglis
The Secret Lake
Secret Lake Children's Mystery Adventure, Book 1
2011
When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. More ...
122 Pages
3/5
39
Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a Train
2021 (First published: 1950)
In her first novel, Patricia Highsmith introduced the character of a subtle, murderous, sociopath who lives unsuspected for years. Highsmith's psycho-thriller was the source of a famous Alfred Hitchcock film in 1953. The book is one of the great classics of psychological crime fiction. More ...
288 Pages
5/5
41
A.R. Torre
If You Dare
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 3
2015
The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone. The only difference is, I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years. That's the going term for murder. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
19
Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs
Hanibal Lecter - Book 2
Read third
1991 (First published: 1988)
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him. That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. Better than the successful movie! More ...
384 Pages
5/5
34
Peter James
Perfect People
2022 (First published: 2011)
John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realize the odds of their next child contracting the disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. His clinic is where their nightmare begins. More ...
608 Pages
3/5
17
Robert Traver
Anatomy of a Murder
1983 (First published: 1958)
Anatomy of a Murder immediately became a number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the now classic Otto Preminger film of the same name, starring Jimmy Stewart and Duke Ellington. A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
71
Ken Follett
A Column of Fire
Book 3 of Kingsbridge
2017
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.  More ...
928 Pages
4/5
46
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Reckoning
Children's House - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2015)
A chilling note written by a thirteen-year-old predicting the deaths of six people is found in a time capsule, ten years after it was buried. Can it be a real threat? Detective Huldar turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. But the discovery of the letter coincides with a string of murders. More ...
384 Pages
3/5
39
Freida McFadden
The Housemaid
Book 1
2022
“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…More ...
336 Pages
3/5
173
Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October
A Jack Ryan Novel Book 1
2018 (First published: 1984)
Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. Made into a spectacular film directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery. More ...
656 Pages
5/5
47
Michael Robotham
When You Are Mine
2023 (First published: 2023)
Philomena McCarthy is an ambitious police officer with the elite Metropolitan Police in London, responding to a domestic violence call. Tempe Brown is a bloodied young woman and the mistress of a decorated and intimidating London detective, Darren Goodall. Philomena and Tempe strike up a tentative friendship, determined to protect each other from Goodall, but something isn’t quite right about the stories Tempe tells and the secrets she keeps. 
384 Pages
5/5
8
Dennis Lehane
Mystic River
2021 (First published: 2001)
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together. When Jimmy’s daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.
496 Pages
5/5
9
Seishi Yokomizo
The Village of Eight Graves
Detective Kindaichi Series - Book 3
2020 (First published: 1951)
Nestled in mist-shrouded mountains, The Village of Eight Graves takes its name from a bloody legend: eight samurais, who had taken refuge there along with a secret treasure, were murdered by the inhabitants, bringing a terrible curse down upon their village. Centuries later a mysterious young man named Tatsuya arrives in town, bringing a spate of deadly poisonings in his wake. More ...
352 Pages
4/5
59
Ian Rankin
Black and Blue
Inspector Rebus Novels - Book 8
2016 (First published: 1997)
Detective Inspector John Rebus is working on four cases at once trying to catch a killer he suspects of being the infamous Bible John. He has to do it while under an internal inquiry led by a man he has accused of taking bribes from Glasgow's "Mr Big". TV journalists are meanwhile investigating Rebus over a miscarriage of justice. Rebus travels between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and then on to Shetland and the North Sea. More ...
352 Pages
5/5
34
Nelson DeMille
Plum Island
John Corey - Book 1
1998 (First published: 1997)
NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved into Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty when he's hired to consult on the double murder of Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island. This is the site of animal disease reseach for the Department of Agri­culture. Were the Gordaons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus? More ...
574 Pages
4/5
21
Rivka Galchen
Atmospheric Disturbances
2009 (First published: 2008)
When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her. More ...
256 Pages
4/5
16
Raymond Chandler
The High Window
Philip Marlowe - Book 3
1988 (First published: 1942)
A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation. More ...
272 Pages
3/5
37
Raymond Chandler
The Big Sleep
Philip Marlowe - Book 1
1988 (First published: 1939)
A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in. Marlowe - a no-nonsense private investigator. More ...
231 Pages
5/5
33
Carl Hiaasen
Bad Monkey
Andrew Yancy Series - Book 1
2014 (First published: 2013)
Andrew Yancy-late of the Miami Police - has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident / shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig. But first Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events. More ...
400 Pages
5/5
18
Donald Westlake
The Hot Rock
The Dortmunder Novels - Book 1
2016 (First published: 1970)
John Archibald Dortmunder is the archetypal criminal. Brought up in an orphanage in the Midwest, was arrested twice for robbery, and was briefly married to a nightclub entertainer named Honeybun Bazoom from whom he was granted an uncontested divorce. For reasons totally beyond his comprehension, Dortmunder is chosen to lead a gang of master hoodlums.  More ...
287 Pages
3/5
19
Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Oath of Loyalty
Book 21 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
The new murder business is based on double-blind secrecy. Neither the killer nor the client knows the other’s identity. Because of this, assassins can’t be called off nor can they afford to fail. No matter how long it takes until their target is dead. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
85
Tom Clancy
Clear and Present Danger
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 4
2018
When Colombian drug lords assassinate both the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI, their actions trigger a covert response from the American government--a response that goes horribly wrong... As the newly named Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, Jack Ryan should be privy to the Colombia operation, but he's been left completely in the dark. More ...
976 Pages
4/5
42
Lisa Regan
Local Girl Missing
Detective Josie Quinn - Book 15
2022 (First published: 2022)
On a winding mountain road into the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn finds the body of a local teenage girl, Dina Hale. The sight of plum-colored bruises gathering around the girl’s neck pierces Josie’s heart, but the discovery of a second girl’s empty purse in the dirt nearby gives her a flicker of hope that one person, at least, made a lucky escape. The town rallies together in a desperate search for the second girl. More ...
408 Pages
4/5
21
Louise Penny
Still Life
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 1
2008 (First published: 2005)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. One of the beloved residents, Miss Jane Neal, art enthusiast and retired school teacher, was shot in the heart with an arrow. More ...
312 Pages
5/5
46
John Sandford
Righteous Prey
Prey Novel, Book 32
2022
“The Five" are going to murder people who need to be murdered. When the vigilante killers, who are very bored and very rich, strike again in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. And they soon have their hands full. More ...
416 Pages
3/5
42
Louise Penny
All the Devils Are Here
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 16
2021 (First published: 2020)
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is in Paris. On their first night the Gamaches have dinner with the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured. It was no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man's life. More ...
464 Pages
4/5
45
James M. Cain
The Postman Always Rings Twice
1989 (First published: 1934)
Cain started a new genre: American noir fiction. It may be full of despair, sweltering greed, dark violence and raw sex, but the no-nonsense description of humanity heading towards destruction is impossible to resist. In his laconic style Cain tells the story of Frank, a tramp, who his attracted to Cora, the young wife of brutally violent Nick. When Frank and Cora start an affair behind her older man's back, the story is heading for disaster. More ...
116 Pages
5/5
50
Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Hercule Poirot Novel
2022 (First published: 1921)
Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Ingle­thorp. When Emily is poisoned, Poirot puts his sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s husband, her stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village. More ...
115 Pages
5/5
17
Carl Hiaasen
Razor Girl
Andrew Yancy Series - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2016)
Merry Mansfield, the eponymous Razor Girl, specializes in kidnapping for the mob. Her preferred method is rear-ending her targets and asking them for a ride. Her latest mark is Martin Trebeaux, owner of a private beach renourishment company who has delivered substandard sand to a mob hotel. But there's just one problem: Razor Girl hits the wrong guy. More ...
432 Pages
5/5
16
Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2003)
Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. More ...
432 Pages
3/5
18
J.C. Paulson
Adam's Witness
Book 1 of Adam & Grace
2017
When journalist Grace Rampling learns that the Pride Choir has been banned from performing in the cathedral, she rushes to the church. She literally stumbles onto a grisly crime scene: the bishop is lying in a pool of his own blood. Lead investigator Detective Sergeant Adam Davis is thrown by the fierce attraction he feels toward Grace. More ...
308 Pages
4/5
46
Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr. Ripley
2008 (First published: 1955)
Patricia Highsmith wrote stories in which you almost physically feel the coming of a catastrophe. It is so unnerving that you might just want to throw away the book, because you can no longer stand the tension. But then you read on through the night. Don't get confused by the silly title or lousy cover. This is one of the best psycho-thrillers - ever! More ...
288 Pages
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419
Victoria Hamilton
A deadly Grind
Vintage Kitchen Mystery - Book 1
2012
When vintage cookware collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. She successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes it home. But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered. More ...
304 Pages
3/5
80
Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies
2017 (First published: 2014)
Madeline is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. These three women will all wind up in the same shocking place. More ...
512 Pages
5/5
18
Apueius
Metamorphoses - or "The Golden Ass"
(Asinus aureus)
2008
Apuleius's Golden Ass is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable Latin novel--the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived from antiquity. It tells the story of the hero Lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. The Golden Ass is one of the earliest examples of the picaresque. More ...
336 Pages
3/5
16
John Le Carré
Call for the Dead
George Smiley Novel - Book 1
2020 (First published: 1961)
After a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds 'Circus' head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation. But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man. More ...
160 Pages
5/5
20
Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced
Miss Marple Mystery 4
1968 (First published: 1950)
Miss Marple is staying at a spa hotel in a small village for treatment, when a murder is announced in the local newspaper. It shall take place on Friday, 29 October, at Little Paddocks, at 6.30 pm. Miss Marple works with Inspector Craddock of the county police to solve the crime. Deft and ingenious plot fabrication! More ...
197 Pages
3/5
51
Raymond Chandler
Farewell, My Lovely
Philip Marlowe - Book 2
1992 (First published: 1940)
Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard. More ...
292 Pages
3/5
34
Lee Child
Die Trying
Jack Reacher - Book 2
1999 (First published: 1991)
In a plot to overthrow the U.S. government, Montana neo-Nazis abduct the daughter of the nation's top general and her male companion, Jack Reacher. One of the kidnapper in a truck filled with dynamite is driving to San Francisco, where he plans to detonate in the middle of a crowd celebrating the Fourth of July. Reacher, however, turns the tables on the captors.  More ...
677 Pages
4/5
22
Alaina Urquhart
The Butcher and The Wren
2022 (First published: 2022)
Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up. But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller never encountered a case she couldn't solve. Until now. Soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer. More ...
256 Pages
5/5
29
Melville Davisson Post
Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries
2018
The tales of Uncle Abner take place in what is now West Virginia, in the 1840's or 1850's. The mysteries of the crime solving, justice dispensing West Virginian backwoodsman Uncle Abner - written between 1911 and 1928 - have been called some of "the finest mysteries ever written". More ...
146 Pages
2/5
27
Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger
2018
When Leah Stevens’ career implodes, a chance meeting with her old friend Emmy Grey offers her the perfect opportunity to start over. Emmy, just out of a bad relationship, convinces Leah to come live with her in rural Pennsylvania. But when the town sees a spate of vicious crimes, Leah must ask herself: who really is Emmy Gray? More ...
368 Pages
3/5
48
Louise Penny
A World of Curiosities
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 18
2022 (First published: 2022)
As the villagers prepare for a special celebration at Three Pines, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A man and woman have reappeared in the investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village. But to what end? More ...
400 Pages
5/5
44
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Fallout
Children's House - Book 6
2022 (First published: 2019)
An empty yacht is appearing in the harbor with the occupants having disappeared. CID detective Huldar and child psychologist Freya, for the first time, work together to solve this particular gruesome case - while trying to hide their private relationship. More ...
400 Pages
3/5
64
Ian Rankin
Exit Music
Inspector Rebus Novels - Book 17
2010 (First published: 2007)
It's late fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a dissident Russian poet has been murdered. Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. As Rebus's investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster. More ...
448 Pages
5/5
22
Brian L. Porter
The Nemesis Cell
2021
A group of women gather at a fertility clinic, where Dr. Margherita Dumas offers a revolutionary treatment for their infertility problems. A year later, each of them gives birth to a healthy baby boy. Thirty years later, a killer begins to wipe out the children born as a result of Dumas' programme. Detective Inspector Harry Houston is assigned to bring the killer to justice. More ...
220 Pages
3/5
14
Nancy Atherton
Aunt Dimity and the Duke
Aunt Dimity Mystery - Book 2
1995 (First published: 1994)
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes setting out on a tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern. More ...
304 Pages
3/5
32
Elli Gray
The Unlucky Girl
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 14
2022 (First published: 2022)
FBI agent Blake Wilder and her team are sent to Las Vegas where two young women have gone missing after a night out. Both are socialites, with well-earned reputations as party girls. One of the women is the daughter of Dylan Powers, a wealthy casino owner and power player in Sin City politics. As Blake digs deeper into the case, she finds herself on a troublesome path of betrayal that leads to a grisly death. More ...
241 Pages
4/5
31
Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Enemy at the Gates
Book 20 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp has decided to back away from his proffesional life, but then the world’s richest man asks Mitch to rescue a scientist, who’s bio research compound has been burned to the ground and is on the run from an African terrorist. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
48
Seishi Yokomizo
The Honjin Murders
Detective Kindaichi Series - Book 1
2020 (First published: 1946)
In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family.Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi household are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music. Death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. More ...
192 Pages
4/5
58
James Patterson
Pop Goes the Weasel
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 5
2021 (First published: 1999)
Alex Cross happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders with a pattern so twisted, it leaves investigators reeling. Cross's ingenious pursuit of the killer produces a suspect: a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As the diplomat engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves. More ...
464 Pages
5/5
19
Lee Child
No Plan B
Jack Reacher - Book 27
2022 (First published: 2022)
A woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away. When another homicide is ruled an accident, Reacher knows this is no coincidence. With a killer on the loose, Reacher has no time to waste to track down those responsible. More ...
368 Pages
4/5
28
Val McDermid
The Mermaids Singing
Dr. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan - Book 1
2002 (First published: 1995)
Up till now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different – this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits. McDermid explores the tormented mind of a serial killer unlike any the world of fiction has ever seen. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
15
Mary Kubica
Local Woman Missing
A Novel of Domestic Suspense
2021 (First published: 2021)
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold. Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her.
378 Pages
4/5
10
Robert Lanza / Nancy Kress
Observer: A Novel
2003 (First published: 2003)
Caro Watkins, a talented neurosurgeon, is jobless, broke, and the sole supporter of her sister, a single mother with a disabled child. When she receives a strange job offer from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sam Watkins, a great uncle she barely knows, desperation forces her to take it in spite of serious suspicions. Caro finds more than she bargained for, including murder, love, and a deeper understanding of reality.
368 Pages
5/5
8
Cormac McCarthy
Stella Maris
The Passenger - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to the hospital. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Stella Maris is a conclusion to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence. More ...
208 Pages
60
Ann Rule
The Stranger Beside Me
2022 (First published: 1980)
In 1971, while working the late-shift at a Seattle crisis clinic, true-crime writer Ann Rule struck up a friendship with a sensitive, charismatic young coworker: Ted Bundy. Three years later, eight young women disappeared in seven months. But she had no idea that the “Ted” the police were seeking was the same Ted who had become her close friend. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women. More ...
640 Pages
5/5
21
Jess Lourey
The Quarry Girls
2022
Minnesota, 1977. For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games.Heather and Brenda have a secret. They’ve decided to never tell a soul. But then their friend disappears?the second girl to vanish in a week. More ...
335 Pages
3/5
62
Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister
Philip Marlowe - Book 5
1988 (First published: 1949)
Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet. More ...
250 Pages
3/5
90
Layne Fargo
They Never Learn
2021
Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, Dr. Clark searches for the worst man at Gorman University - professor, student, or otherwise - and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself…but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the schools starts probing.  More ...
352 Pages
4/5
24
Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot Novel
2017 (First published: 1934)
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer before the murderer decides to strike again. More ...
288 Pages
5/5
17
Tom Clancy
Dept of Honor
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 6
1995 (First published: 1994)
Jack Ryan plunges into two, seemingly unrelated, occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order. More ...
1008 Pages
4/5
53
James Patterson
The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 9
2004 (First published: 2003)
Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues baffled. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf-a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime-is behind this business. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
18
Ashley Flowers
All Good People Here
2022 (First published: 2022)
When she was six years old, Margot’s next-door neighbor, January, was murdered in their small hometown of Wakarusa, Indiana. Now a big-city journalist, Margot returns home to help care for her uncle when another girl disappears. Natalie Clark has gone missing under circumstances eerily similar to January’s. Margot is determined to find the missing girl and solve January’s murder. More ...
320 Pages
5/5
28
Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2005)
Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
22
James Patterson
Deadly Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 28
2022 (First published: 2020)
Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public. She was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers—and across Alex Cross's mind. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
19
Korina Moss
Gone for Gouda
Cheese Shop Mystery - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Yarrow Glen’s newest cheese shop, Curds & Whey, has a lot on its plate, but cheesemonger Willa Bauer relishes a challenge. There’s a float to build for the fall festival, plus the French-inspired cheese shop is playing host to celebrity vegan chef Phoebe Winston. But when photos surface that prove this vegan influencer is, in fact, a carnivore, things crumble faster than any cheese on the market: Phoebe is murdered.
320 Pages
4/5
19
Michael C. Grumley
The Last Monument
Book 1 of Monument Series
2020
Outside Denver, Colorado, Joe Rickards stands over a small aircraft wreckage, studying burnt remains still smoldering in a field of freshly fallen snow...an investigator for the NTSB, working to identify the cause of the accident. But nothing adds up. More ...
325 Pages
3/5
41
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Doll
Children's House - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2018)
It was meant to be a quiet family fishing trip, a chance for mother and daughter to talk. But it changes the course of their lives forever. They catch nothing except a broken doll that gets tangled in the net. Her daughter pleads to keep it. That evening, the mother posts a picture of the doll on social media. By the morning, she is dead and the doll has disappeared. More ...
400 Pages
2/5
54
Len Deighton
The IPCRESS File
Harry Palmer Novels - Book 1
2021 (First published: 1962)
A high-ranking scientist has been kidnapped. A secret British intelligence agency must find out why. What seemed a straightforward mission turns into something far more sinister. With its sardonic, cool, working-class hero, Len Deighton's sensational debut The IPCRESS File rewrote the spy thriller and became the defining novel of 1960's London. More ...
279 Pages
5/5
88
Nicole Trope
The Family Accross the Street
A totally unputdownable psychological thriller with a shocking twist
2021
Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in? More ...
248 Pages
3/5
24
Henning Mankell
The White Lioness
Kurt Wallander Series - Book 3
2003 (First published: 1993)
The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case even though there is no obvious suspect. But then Wallander finds a determined stalker, and soon enough, the cops catch up with him. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, they realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex—and dangerous. More ...
448 Pages
4/5
20
C.S. Dodds
Fractured: The Stealth Stalker
Cameron Cooper Series - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
The Stealth Stalker has killed three times when Cameron is recruited by Detective Hunter Finnegan and his team tasked with hunting a cold-blooded murderer. She pores over the evidence to get inside the head of a psychopath as the memories of a serial killer who got away haunt her. When she compares notes on the two killers, one from her past and one from her present, she realizes they could be the same person.
307 Pages
5/5
20
Janet Evanovich
Hot Six
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 6
2001 (First published: 2000)
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos. Carlos Manoso is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene and he's the number-one suspect. But he is a former special forces soldier and more than her friend. More ...
368 Pages
3/5
16
Lee Child
Bad Luck and Trouble
Jack Reacher - Book 11
2011 (First published: 2007)
From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night. In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one. And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher - soldier, cop, hero - is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand.  More ...
528 Pages
5/5
24
Jim Tompson
The Killer Inside Me
2014 (First published: 1952)
Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford, the deputy sheriff. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster.Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick praised the novel, stating that it was "probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered." More ...
256 Pages
5/5
19
L.T. Ryan / Brian Shea
Drift
Rachel Hatch - Book 1
2021 (First published: 2019)
Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister's drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago. Convinced her sister's death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line.
292 Pages
3/5
11
A. G. Riddle
Lost in Time
2022
One morning, Dr. Sam Anderson wakes up to find that the woman he loves has been murdered. For Sam, the horror is only beginning. He and his daughter are accused of the crime. To ensure his daughter goes free, Sam does what he must: he confesses. More ...
416 Pages
4/5
42
Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island
2009 (First published: 2003)
Shutter Island is an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. This is one of the best psychological thrillers of all time. One mind-bending plot twist after another! Also a blockbuster movie, directed by Martin Scorsese. More ...
400 Pages
4/5
47
Agatha Christie
They do it with Mirrors
Miss Marple Mystery 5
2011 (First published: 1952)
Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in Stoneygates, a rehabilitation center for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when someone shoots at the administrator. Although he is not injured, a mysterious visitor is less fortunate—shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building. More ...
224 Pages
3/5
59
Brian Evenson
Last Days
2016 (First published: 2016)
When Kline is kidnapped by a dark sect that believes amputation brings you closer to God, he's tasked with uncovering who murdered their leader. Will he uncover the truth in time to save himself, take on the mantle of prophet, or destroy all he sees with a rain of biblical violence? But the puzzles grow more craggy and complex.
200 Pages
4/5
9
Colleen Hoover
Verity
2021
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts a job from Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford. He has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. When Lowen starts her work she finds the wife's unfinished autobiography with page after page of bone-chilling admissions. More ...
336 Pages
5/5
42
Dorothy L. Sayers
Gaudy Night
Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries
2012 (First published: 1935)
Gaudy Night takes Harriet and her paramour, Lord Peter, to Oxford University, Harriet’s alma mater, for a reunion, only to find themselves the targets of a nightmare of harassment and mysterious, murderous threats. A nightmare of romance and terror. More ...
544 Pages
5/5
44
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Absolution
Children's House - Book 3
2020 (First published: 2016)
The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat: The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2. Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Then another teenager goes missing. More ...
368 Pages
3/5
40
Patricia Cornwell
All That Remains
Kay Scarpetta Series 3
2009 (First published: 1992)
In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. More ...
480 Pages
4/5
47
Tom Clancy
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 3
2013
Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace ... or war. More ...
816 Pages
4/5
47
Sophie Lark
Brutal Prince: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance
Brutal Birthright, Book 1
2022
Aida has never pictured herself getting married. But one mistake ends with her in an arranged marriage to Callum, the heir to the Irish mafia. Cold, ambitious, and brutal, Callum is determined to tame his headstrong bride. But Aida is more than capable of giving as good as she gets - starting with poisoning Callum on their wedding night.More ...
376 Pages
3/5
58
Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace
Inspector Gamache novel - Book 2
2011 (First published: 2007)
Inspector Gamache investigates after CC de Poitiers, a sadistic socialite, is fatally electrocuted at a Christmas curling competition in the small Québécois town of Three Pines. CC, who had a "spiritual guidance" business based on eliminating emotion, was hated by seemingly everyone, including her husband, lover, and daughter. More ...
320 Pages
3/5
19
Michael Connelly
The Brass Verdict
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2008)
Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. He is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott. But as Haller prepares for the case, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. As danger mounts these two loners realize their only choice is to work together. More ...
432 Pages
4/5
20
David Baldacci
The Fallen
Amos Decker Series - Book 4
2019 (First published: 2018)
Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville, when they stumble on a horrific double murder scene. Then a next killing hits sickeningly close to home. More ...
528 Pages
3/5
32
John Burdett
The Godfather of Kathmandu
Royal Thai Detective Novel 4
2011
Inspector Sonchai Jitpleecheep, half-caste son of a prostitute and an American GI, is a bad-ass cop and gentle follower of Buddha. He hunts down crazy criminals in Bangkok while trying to get promoted by his drug-dealing boss. Hilarious plot - but more complex than it seems.  More ...
384 Pages
3/5
55
David Baldacci
Memory Man
Amos Decker Series - Book 1
2019 (First published: 2015)
When Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn't think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job as a detective, his house and his self-respect. Then tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large. More ...
592 Pages
3/5
46

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