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The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle - 2018-10-22 (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...
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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - 2014-04-22
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Marriage can be a real killer.One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work draws you in and keeps you reading with the ...
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler - 1988-07-12 (first published in 1939)
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"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid....He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in his 1944 essay 'The Simple Act of Murder.' Such a man was Philip Marlowe, pr...
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Adam Sessler
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Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty - 2014-07-29
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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...
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Elin Hilderbrand
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And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie - 2011-03-29 (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...
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Daphne du Maurier - 2018-03-01 (first published in 1938)
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes ho...
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson - 2009-01-06 (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...
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Imani Gandy
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The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco - 2006-09-26 (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...
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In Cold Blood
Truman Capote - 1994-02-01 (first published in 1965)
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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, ...
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The Alienist
Caleb Carr - 2006-10-24 (first published in 1994)
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When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper repo...
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Killing Floor by Lee Child
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Journey Under the Midnight Sun [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2015] Higashino, Keigo by Keigo Higashino
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
1st to Die by James Patterson
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
The Little Death by Michael Nava
Laura by Vera Caspary
The Daughter of Time, Book Cover May Vary by Josephine Tey
A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
Fadeout by Joseph Hansen
The First Detective by Edgar Allan Poe
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson
Broken by Don Winslow
The Western Star by Craig Johnson