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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
19
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
19
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
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
17
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
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
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
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
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
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
21
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
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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
22
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
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
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
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
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
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
20
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
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
18
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
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
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
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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
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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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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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
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
12
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
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
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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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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
19
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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A "police procedural" is a work of crime fiction that emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police officer or police department as the protagonist(s). This is in contrasted to other genres that focus on private detectives, amateur investigators or the villains.
While many police procedurals conceal the criminal's identity until the crime is solved in a narrative climax (the so-called "whodunit"), others reveal the perpetrator's identity to the audience early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story.
Whatever the plot style, the defining element of a police procedural is the attempt to accurately depict the profession of law enforcement, including such police-related topics as forensic science, autopsies, gathering evidence, search warrants, interrogation and adherence to legal restrictions and procedures.
The roots of the police procedural can be traced back to at least the mid-1880s. Perhaps the earliest example of the genre is Wilkie Collins's novel "The Moonstone" (1868), a tale of a Scotland Yard detective investigating the theft of a valuable diamond. A somewthat unusual early example of police procedurals is the "Inspector Bonaparte" Series of Arthur W. Upfield. Bonaparte investigated crime in the Australian Outback.
More recent authors of police procedurals include - among many others - P.D. James (Adam Dalgliesh), Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Gamache), Henning Mankell (Wallander), James Patterson (Alex Cross) or Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Police Officer Huldar).
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