Best Amateur Sleuths Books

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1. We Begin at the End: A Guardian and Express Best Thriller of the Year

Author: by Chris Whitaker
Zaffre (March 26, 2020)
March 26, 2020

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A GUARDIAN BEST THRILLER OF THE YEARAn EXPRESS BEST THRILLER OF THE YEARAn i BEST THRILLER OF THE YEARA MIRROR BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTHREAD THE BOOK EVERYONE IS CALLING A MASTERPIECE! ‘A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters’ JANE HARPER’An accomplished and moving story of crime, punishment, love and redemption’ GUARDIANFor fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry comes a powerful novel about the lengths we will go to keep our family safe.

This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between. Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer. Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California.

Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed. Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.

2. Dream Girl: A Novel

Author: by Laura Lippman
June 22, 2021

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“With this tip of the hat to Stephen King’s Misery, Dream Girl is funny and suspenseful, with a dread-worthy final twist.” PeopleMy dream novel. I devoured this in three days. The sharpest, clearest-eyed take on our #MeToo reckoning yet. Plus: enthralling.” Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me and The FeverFollowing up on her acclaimed and wildly successful New York Times bestseller Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman returns with a dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.

In the end, has anyone really led a blameless life? Injured in a freak fall, novelist Gerry Andersen is confined to a hospital bed in his glamorous high-rise apartment, dependent on two women he barely knows: his incurious young assistant, and a dull, slow-witted night nurse.

Then late one night, the phone rings. The caller claims to be the real Aubrey, the alluring title character from his most successful novel, Dream Girl. But there is no real Aubrey. She’s a figment born of a writer’s imagination, despite what many believe or claim to know.

3. Smokescreen (Francis Thriller)

Author: by Dick Francis
September 18, 1989

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A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. Edward Lincoln has scaled the Himalayas, survived deadly car chases and defeated scores of assassins. As a movie action man he’s even suffered stoically at the hands of sadistic directors.

After finishing his latest film, he’s asked to visit South Africa to discover why a dying friend’s horses are suddenly failing on the race track. Unfortunately, Lincoln’s attempt to help a friend soon puts him in harm’s way. From a nearly fatal interview to a dangerous accident in a gold mine, it seems only luck is keeping him alive.

And in life, unlike the big-screen, there’s no coming back from dead … Praise for Dick Francis: ‘As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing’ Daily Mirror ‘Dick Francis’s fiction has a secret ingredient – his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader’s attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end’ Sunday Telegraph’The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care …

4. The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Book 1)

Author: by Richard Osman
September 22, 2020

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Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining. Wall Street Journal Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit. Parade Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with her first big caseA brutal murderWelcome to…

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUBIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

5. The Patricia Fisher Mysteries: All Ten Books (Patricia Fisher's Big Boxed Sets Book 1)

Author: by steve higgs
April 5, 2020

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Amazon.Com #1 in Cozy Mystery, Mystery Anthologies, and Amateur Sleuths A complete cozy mystery series with an ending that left me on a high for days!’When Patricia Fisher boards the world’s finest cruise ship for a three-month tour of the world, she expected a great many things finding herself embroiled in a priceless jewel theft wasn’t one of them.

Less than twenty-four hours after setting sail, she’s accused of murder and confined to her cabin. Thankfully, she is staying in the royal suite and that means she has a butler to help her. When he recruits his gym instructor BFF, Barbie, the trio turn detective to find the real killer.

But someone on board doesn’t want them to succeed and when the next body is found in her kitchen, the team realise it’s more than just her freedom at stake. They’d better solve this fast or all three of them might be next.

Read this fast-paced adventure and nine more full-length stories as a middle-aged housewife throws off the shackles of her old life and becomes the woman she was always meant to be. When Steve Higgs writes, he hits it out of the park.

6. ALL BELL BREAKS LOOSE (A Samantha Bell Mystery Thriller Book 7)

Author: by Jeremy Waldron
August 28, 2020

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A heart-stopping murder mystery that will have you burning through the pages. Investigative reporter Samantha Bell’s job has never been so dangerous. When TV actress, April Wright, falls to her death in what appears to be an accident, a video emerges from a credible source that suggests April’s death might actually be murder of the first degree.

Samantha Bell chases a terrifying criminal mastermind who is determined to remain anonymous and unseen, no matter the cost. Stalked by someone she cannot see, Samantha has social media influencer, Vincent Verdi, in her crosshairs. But when the chief of police blocks her pursuit of the truth at every turn, Samantha has no choice but to play dirty in order to save the man she loves.

The stakes are higher than ever with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Samantha’s partner in crime, Erin Tate, is framed for a murder she didn’t commit. Now it’s up to Samantha and her four crime-solving friends to do whatever it takes to not be outsmarted by a criminal mastermind determined to remain one step ahead while leaving a trail of blood in his wake.

7. In Dog We Trust (Cozy Dog Mystery): #1 in the Golden Retriever Mystery Series (Golden Retriever Mysteries)

Author: by Neil S. Plakcy
March 10, 2010

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THE START OF A BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIPA DETECTIVE DUO WITH HEART AND FUR Steve’s ripe for a new relationshipdivorced, over forty, and still dusting himself off from a lamentable sojourn in prison, an unusual experience for a professor, to say the least.

(He really must do something about his hacking habit! Rochester’s a handsome, homeless, loveable golden retriever whom Steve had always found too big, too enthusiastic, and too shaggy. But tragedy struck their neighborhood when someone murdered Caroline, Steve’s nice next-door neighbor, while she walked her best friend, Rochester.

Steve’s the unlucky guy who finds her body and he just knows, despite their differences, that he has to take in the broken-hearted pooch. Once they’re both properly rehomed, these two form a detective partnership that’ll make you sit up and beg for more.

Eat your hearts out, Spade & Archerpretty soon they’ve got a warm and fuzzy thing going. Big furry forthrightnessnot to mention heartmeets tech-savvy craftiness as they work their case. In Plakcy’s capable hands, watching these two fall in love (which of course is the most irresistible treat on offer here) is like watching a time-lapse film of a flower blooming it doesn’t happen too fast, and it’s never cloying.

8. The Coroner (A Coroner's Daughter Mystery Book 1)

Author: by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush
August 7, 2018

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Summoned to take up her estranged father’s post as a medical examiner, surgeon Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are buried in this intense, riveting mystery debut (Library Journal) Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she’s called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother.

Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery. Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now Sheriff, Nick Larson.

At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a Senator’s teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town.

9. How Lucky: A Novel

Author: by Will Leitch
Harper (May 11, 2021)
May 11, 2021

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A fantastic novel…. You are going to like this a lot. Stephen KingWhat’s more thrilling than a fictional character speaking to us in a voice we haven’t heard before, a voice so authentic and immediatethink Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Mattie Rossthat we suspect it must’ve been there all along, that we somehow managed to miss it?

Daniel, the protagonist of Will Leitch’s smart, funny, heartbreaking new novel How Lucky, is just such a voice, and I’m not sure it will ever completely leave my head, or that I want it to. Richard RussoFor readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Nothing to See Here, a first novel as suspenseful and funny as it is moving, the unforgettable story of a fiercely resilient young man living with a physical disability, and his efforts to solve a mystery unfolding right outside his door.

Daniel leads a rich life in the university town of Athens, Georgia. He’s got a couple close friends, a steady paycheck working for a regional airline, and of course, for a few glorious days each Fall, college football tailgates. He considers himself to be a mostly lucky guydespite the fact that he’s suffered from a debilitating disease since he was a small child, one that has left him unable to speak or to move without a wheelchair.

10. Last Day

Author: by Luanne Rice
February 1, 2020

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From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss. Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken.

The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on. Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run.

When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of dj vu. Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibibut he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him.

Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight? Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kateand he’s failed.


A Dream of Death (A Kate Hamilton Mystery Book 1)
Author: by Connie Berry
April 9, 2019

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On a remote Scottish island, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton investigates a brutal killing, staged to recreate a centuries-old unsolved murderAutumn has come and gone on Scotland’s Isle of Glenroth, and the islanders gather for the Tartan Ball, the annual end-of-tourist-season gala.

Spirits are high until an unexpected turn of events takes the floor. A recently published novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small Hebridean resort community. On the guest list is American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton.

Kate returns reluctantly to the island where her husband died, determined to repair her relationship with his sister, proprietor of the island’s luxe country house hotel, famous for its connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Kate has hardly unpacked when the next morning a body is found, murdered in a reenactment of an infamous unsolved murder described in the noveland the only clue to the killer’s identity lies in a curiously embellished antique casket.

12. Fair Warning: The Instant Number One Bestselling Thriller

Author: by Michael Connelly
Orion (May 26, 2020)
May 26, 2020

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But he’s never been accused of being one himself. Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero. The next thing he knows, the police are at his house telling Jack he’s a suspect in her murder. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t like being accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Or maybe it’s because the method of her murder is so chilling that he can’t get it out of his head. But as he uses his journalistic skills to open doors closed to the police, Jack walks a thin line between suspect and detective – between investigation and obsession – on the trail of a killer who knows his victims better than they know themselves…

Riveting, original and terrifying – this masterpiece from Michael Connelly is the best thriller you will read this summer. CRIME DOESN’T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY.’One of the very best writers working today in any genre’ Sunday Telegraph’The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation’ Ian Rankin’Crime thriller writing of the highest order’ Guardian’A superb natural storyteller’ Lee Child’A master’ Stephen King’A genius’ Independent on Sunday’America’s greatest living crime writer’ Daily Express’No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly’ Evening Standard

13. Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries, 10)

Author: by Agatha Christie
William Morrow Paperbacks

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THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIMENOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT! The murderer is with uson the train now … 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 among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.What more …

Can a mystery addict desire?New York Times

14. Murder in Nice: A Provence and French Riviera Television Travel Guide Mystery (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 6)

Author: by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
September 30, 2014

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The French Riviera is the ultimate travel destinationunless murder is on the itinerary. When an old high school friend is murdered on the Cte d’Azur while auditioning for the hit TV travel show Americans See Europe, Maggie is forced to break away from village life and new motherhood to find the killer.

Her sleuthing takes her from the sun-drenched beaches of Saint-Tropez to the cafes and backstreets of Arles, across lavender fields and stunning medieval ruins and straight into the evil hands of her most diabolical adversary yet. Can Maggie find her friend’s killer before an innocent man pays for the crime?

And can she do it without paying the ultimate price herself?

15. Camino Winds: A Novel

Author: by John Grisham
Dell (February 23, 2021)
352 pages

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER The perfect crime scene … In the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love. Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing Escapist entertainment … With elements of a more traditional Grisham thriller.

Janet Maslin, The New York Times Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for Camino Island. Florida’s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm.

The hurricane is devastating: Homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets floodedand a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.