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Rebecca
Daphne Du Maurier - Sep 05, 2006 (first published in 1938)
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A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted....
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson - Jan 06, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the new book in the Millennium Series, is available now!Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her a...
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie - Mar 29, 2011 (first published in 1939)
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The World's Bestselling Mystery"Ten . . ."Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen.""Nine . . ."At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead."Eight . . ."Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted b...
Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty - Jul 29, 2014
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From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everythi...
The Hound of the Baskervilles
100th Anniversary Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle - Oct 22, 2018 (first published in 1901)
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The rich landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the park of his manor surrounded by the grim moor of Dartmoor, in the county of Devon. His death seems to have been caused by a heart attack, but the victim's best friend, Dr. Mortimer, is convinced that the strike was due to a supernatural creature, which haunts the moor in the shape of a...
Shutter Island
A Novel
Dennis Lehane - Aug 25, 2009 (first published in 2003)
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The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under consta...
Eye of the Needle
Ken Follett - Oct 01, 2002 (first published in 1978)
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One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life. All will c...
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco - Sep 26, 2006 (first published in 1980)
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The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Baco...
Bluebird, Bluebird
Attica Locke - Aug 28, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job...
The Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth - May 29, 2018 (first published in 1971)
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THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FORSYTH"The Day of the Jackal makes such comparable books such as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold seem like Hardy Boy mysteries."--The New York Times The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his professi...
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Agatha Christie - Feb 01, 2011 (first published in 1926)
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Voted by the British Crime Writers Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time"Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christies ten favorite novels, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailin...
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Rian Johnson
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Glass Houses by Louise Penny
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Never Look Back by Mary Burton
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson
The Western Star by Craig Johnson
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
Broken by Don Winslow
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Find Me by Anne Frasier
Masked Prey by John Sandford
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen
The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Heist by Daniel Silva
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
What the Ladybug Heard at the Zoo by Julia Donaldson
Proof of Life by J. A Jance
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger
Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
Ms. Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
To the Hilt by Dick Francis
Rules of Prey by JOHN SANDFORD
One Fatal Flaw by Anne Perry
16th Seduction by James Patterson
City of Ink by Elsa Hart
Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry
The Darkness of Evil by Alan Jacobson
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps by Otto Penzler
Shredding the Evidence by Daryl Wood Gerber
Dead Land by Sara Paretsky
Watson on the Orient Express by Anna Elliott
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Murder on the Orient Express[MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS][Paperback] by AgathaChristie
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Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromly
Murder to Music by Margaret Newman
The Bomb Squad by Neil Perry Gordon
Death of a Painter by Matthew Ross
Murder Mystery 10th Anniversary Book Collection by L. Ron Hubbard
Beating The Best Seller by CJ McDaniel
Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Both Sides by Gabino Iglesias
Savage Liberty by Eliot Pattison
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
Cold Hearted River by Keith McCafferty
Don't Make a Sound by T.R. Ragan
The Riddle of the Fractal Monks by Jonathan Pinnock
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
American by Day by Derek B. Miller
The Unquiet Dead by Edith Fiore
Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
Buffalo Jump Blues by Keith McCafferty
True Fiction by Lee Goldberg
A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
Steel Beach by John Varley
Detective LaRue by Mark Teague
The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
The Little Death by Michael Nava
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta