The 10 best mysteries and thrillers of - Post | | BookPageCalling all true crime fans—who wants to solve a murder? A fictional murder, obviously, so you get all the fun of solving a case without having to deal with, you know, the dead bodies. Unless your job is to solve real-life murders? In which case, thank you. There are fantastic unreliable characters, high stakes from beginning to end, and the thrill of trying to solve the story for ourselves. So grab your deerstalker hat, magnifying glass, and prepare to go sleuthing. Here are our top mystery book recommendations!
Best Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Fiction of 2013
Orient Express, you'll recall, is the one where everyone did it, which delighted me no end and I was immediately hooked. I began to work my way through the other Agatha Christies at Belfast Central library and it was probably the sympathetic librarian there who put into my hands The Murders in the Rue Morgue, the first real locked-room mystery that I came across. Since then I've read dozens of locked-roomers or "impossible murders" and I have developed firm opinions about the genre. I have no truck whatsoever with the ones that have a supernatural solution or where the author doesn't give you enough information to solve the case for yourself. A locked-room problem lies at the heart of my new novel, In The Morning I'll Be Gone, in which an RUC detective has to find out whether a publican's daughter who fell off a table in a bar that was locked from the inside was in fact murdered.
Patricia Highsmith was a master of macabre scenarios and the grand dame of the psychological thriller. Over the course of five novels, beginning with The Talented Mr. Ripley , she built a character who was both completely without a conscious and yet unnervingly sympathetic.
Mystery Month is in full swing here at Booklist , with all of the interviews, webinars, and blog posts about mystery fiction you could possibly want. And now, all of the book recommendations you need. Put on your best trench coat, grab a spot in your favorite shadowy alley, and dive in. The Ancient Rain , by Domenic Stansberry. What makes Stansberry stand out from the crowd is the genuine noir sensibility he brings to his work, that overwhelming feeling that things will, even must, go wrong.
Easter is here, a time to be with family, enjoy hot cross buns and maybe even a chocolate egg or two. If all that wears a little thin, the long weekend is also a great time to indulge in your passion — reading crime. But, Golden Age detective fiction, now that will do nicely…. There is something comforting about a good Golden Age mystery. There are relatively few surprises, no gimmicks, nothing too serious and nothing too silly. Golden Age novels are neither too short nor too long, and written in such a way that you can reach the conclusion at the same time as the detective.
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