These are some of my favorites in no particular order:
Impact by Douglas PrestonBlind Descent by Nevada Barr--this one makes me soooo claustrophobic!The Rabbit Factory by Marshall KarpMonkeewrench by P.J.TracyPlum Island by Nelson DemilleFirst Degree by David RosenfeltNew York to Dallas by J. D. RobbThe Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy GilmanFalcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters--the whole Amelia Peabody series is marvelous!"C" is for Corpse by Sue Grafton--this is one of the best of the alphabet series
Hmmm. I seemed to have spread the gambit---historical mysteries, cozy mysteries, thriller/suspense. I'm all over the place.
A Free Man of Color by Barbar HamblyMurder on Sisters Row by Victoria Thompson"C" is for Corpse by Sue GraftonRitual Bath by Faye KellermanTell Me, Pretty Maiden by Rhys BowenFever Dream by Preston and ChildCabinet of Curiosities by Preston and ChildDeal Breaker by Harlan CobenDeath of a Celebrity by M.C. BeatonViolets are Blue by James Patterson
Loved the Early Rina and Decker books,but later they became oh so picture perfect and politically correct.Still reading them though! lolAlso love the Preston and Child books. I am not familiar with Victoria Thompson at al,or Rhys Bowen (oh boy,all this is going to be disastrous for reducing the TBR...)
Must keep persevering with Preston and Child by look of it. Impressed that you've got your 10 already, still trying to narrow down my list!
@Dusty Victoria Thompson and Rhys Bowen write historical mysteries. Thompson writes the gaslight mysteries and Bowen writes the Molly Murphy mysteries.
@Andrew I loved Fever Dream and Cabinet of Curiosities the best so far.
My favorite contemporary crime novels:
1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris2. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen3. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen4. The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner5. The Girls He Adored by Jonathan Nasaw6. A Terrible Beauty by Graham Masterton7. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown9. If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon10. Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Read them all except 7 and 9.Thought MHC book,no.12 was really good,should be on the list.And of course,Silence of the Lambs- brilliant
I liked The DaVinci Code, but I didn't particularly enjoy the others by Dan Brown. Lost Symbol was probably my least favorite.
I think The Lost Symbol was one of the weakest books I read last year.
I won't ague with that Andrew. I thought it was pretty bad. And I'm extremely forgiving of most books/authors.
I agree. The Lost Symbol is the weakest of the Langdon books. One problem with Brown's books is that they are formulaic. If you've read one, you've read them all. Nevertheless, The Da Vinci Code was the first of his that I read and I really enjoyed it.
1. The Quiet Game (Book 1) Greg Iles2. Shadow Man (Book 1) Cody McFadyen3. Silence of the Lamb (Book 2) Thomas Harris4. A Time To Kill - John Grisham5. Faithless (Book 5) Karin Slaughter6. Most Likely to Die - Beverly Barton, Lisa Jackson and Wendy Corsi Staub (a novel not novellas)7. A Perfect Evil (Book 1) Alex Kava8. Dark Truth (Book 3) Mariah Stewart9. Amazonia - James Rollins10. Killing Floor (Book 1) Lee Child
Only read 2 of these! 4 & 10.
Yes, forgot about A Time to Kill and A Perfect Evil - both great reads.
Read 1-3,7, and 10.Iles is a very good writer,and the first Smokey Barrett book was excellent too.Oh boy,I cant see anyone managing to choose contemporary list.At least with the classics time winnowed out the chaff,and there is a fairly good consensus.Good luck with trying to pick just 50,or 100 books today! Good fun though!
By the time we've finished this contemporary top 50 think I will have added hundreds(!!!) to my TBR!!!!! based on the choices of my friends! This page should carry a Health Warning!
May have to make it a top 100 or top 200!
hahaha, true. But it is fun
So many books, and only one lifetime to read them in! Where to start?
Had to limit myself to one book per author, but some could have had 5 or 6. Could also be here to next year limiting to 10! No set order.
1. Library of The Dead (also published as Secret of the Seventh Son) by Glenn Cooper2. Sea Change by Robert Goddard (close run thing with his In Pale Battalions)3. Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly4. The Hard Way by Lee Child (very difficult choice bewteen 4 I've read, could have been toss of a coin)5. The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman6. The Testament by John Grisham (Must also mention A Time to Kill and A Painted House)7. Black Order by James Rollins8. The Double Eagle by James Twining9. Promise Me by Harlan Coben (very difficult choice again!)10 Killing Me Softly by Nicci French (Difficult choice amongst their books and between this and Mary Higgins Clark Let Me Call You Sweetheart)
I've read 3, 6, 7, 9. Good list Andrew!
Goes without saying that I can recommend them all! There are a few not well read ones, e.g. 1, 2 and 5.
I was surprised no-one had mentioned Grisham yet,he is very popular,and also Michael Connelly.Its hard to choose just one book by him.My son swears by The Poet Only one I dislike is Jesse Kellerman,I just cant take to his books at all!
Only read the one Jesse Kellerman, but for me was very different and for me a very good read, although didn't like the main character! My wife preferred An Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfield that we read at the same time. For me it was the other way round, but did enjoy both.
One I forgot but also loved was The Ghost by Robert Harris. Watched the film this week but not a patch on the book which I loved.
They never are my friend ;)
1. Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafron2. A Quiet Belief In Angels - R. J. Ellory3. Secret History - Donna Tartt4. 31 Bond Street - Ellen Horan5. Three Seconds - Roslund & Hellstrom6. A Night of Long Knives - Rebecca Cantrell series7. The White Devil - Justin Evans8. In The Bleak Mid-Winter - Julia Spencer-Fleming series9. In The Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson10. Paradise Prophecy - Robert Browne
Now that is an intriguing,unusual list.Read 1-3,(was not too keen on Tartt's book,couldnt engage with the characters,though that may have been deliberate on the author's part) Must check the other authors out.( Must get more pit props to shore up the Towering Infernal Book pile,its looking more like the leaning tower of Pisa daily )
Coming up with the best is always hard for me. I always think that my judgement is somehow skewed and everyone else will know it once my list come up LOL. So, these are the books that I liked the best of the ones I've read. Some I enjoyed as a whole series so I only added the first book...in no particular order....
The Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeJester by James PattersonDeal Breaker by Harlan CobenMonkeewrench by PJ TracyThe Apprentice by Tess GerritsenNo Good Deed by Lynn Hightower24 Hours by Greg IlesKilling Floor by Lee ChildBirdman by Mo HayderNo Human Involved by Barbara Seranella
Must accelerate The Jester up my TBR list. some good authors and books on this list, from reputation as much as anything else where I haven't read them.
@Jonetta, wonder whether as well as a list of contemporary books may be interesting to compile a list of contemporary authors. Some authors mentioned a few times so far but for different books. Sorry, you will get fed up of my ideas eventually - if not already! :)
Pfft, Andrew! Never tire of your GREAT ideas. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons I haven't posted my list is because I can remember my authors but not necessarily the specific titles, especially when I've read so much of their work.
I'm thinking we have a separate thread also for classic and contemporary.
Would agree if you'd read a few by the same author sometimes difficult to choose one as I put in my list. Seperate list would be good for Classic and Contemporary. Think by the end of this process my TBR will be at about 2000!
@Christina - I just finished listening to an audiobook of 24 Hours by Greg Iles. Totally had me engrossed in the story. I read this book years ago and obviously forgot how good it was (along with forgetting most of the plot). I was listening to it while commuting to work. Wanted to drive a few more miles to see what would happen next.
@Andrew--I struggled a bit with some of my favorite authors as to which books to add and ended up just adding the first of each series. Unless the first book was not good and they got better as they went there wasn't a clear cut and dry book for me to add.
On a side note I almost added the Alex Cross books by Patterson but as this list could only have ten books I ran out of room. Along Came a Spider deserves recognition though.
Agree Christina, had to exclude some great authors and books like Along Came a Spider. Really enjoyed the first two in the Alex Cross series, only ones I've read so far.
oooh, I liked 24 hours a lot.
24 was the first Iles book I read and I was impressed. I'm also glad I read the book before watching the movie even though Stuart Townsend was pretty to look at.
mine too! I almost burnt the pizza in the oven as I was so caught up. Yeah I watched the movie after and I would agree Townsend was the best part ;)
Christina,you have some GREAT books on your list! :) I read all of Hightower's books that were available here in my library system,but you are the first person who has ever mentioned her.Enjoy all the Monkeywrench books.much prefer them to Karin Slaughter's work in a similar field.Greg Iles is a firm favourite of mine too,and I am hoping this thread will make him known to more readers..Mo Hayder is one fantastic,albeit creepy writer.Have you read the follow up to Birdman , The Treatment fascinating but rather harrowing.Might be an acquired taste for many readers! lol.All in all,a good list,but I havent read the Jester,or the Seranella book,an author I have never heard of
I have not read the second of the Hayder books. I read the first then fell away from reading mysteries for a long time. Hope to fit it into my reading schedule in the near future though. I think what I liked so much about Birdman was the gruesomeness of it. Loved it's darkness. Definitely not everyone's cuppa though.
Barbara Seranella writes a series about Munch Mancini who is a female auto-mechanic and ex druggie. There are only 8 books in the series. Unfortunately Seranella died in 2007 so it brought an end to the series abruptly but I happily have 3 more of them to read. Barbara was a mechanic herself before becoming a writer. Thought that was fascinating.
Apologise for asking question rest of you know answer to but as been away don't know if we ever compiled a top 50 list. If not happy to do so. If did could someone point me to it.
Apologies but still trying to catch up on nine months - big task!!!!! :)
Andrew, I think I've lost it here!!!! I never put together the final 50 and it looks like I've got two topics for it. Here's the other one.
LOL! You can change your mind about being pleased to see me back!!!! :)Would be happy to pull together the list if you want me to.
Oh, no, no, no! I'm still smiling about your return:)
I would be thrilled if you would work on this. The link I show above is where I was attempting to get closer to the 50 by getting member feedback on their top ten.
Sorry I never got round to it.It seemed people werent too interested in the lists,especially the vintage one.Then my eyes went wonky,and for many months I did only basic posting.A contemporary list is much more daunting.Perhaps it would be more manageable during a decade at a time,a few people would be interested,but the majority of members only read contemporaryI love making lists,doing the 50s or 60s would be great fun.Those are the books i cut my teeth on! lol
Ahem. I LOVED your "top of the chart" lists. :0)
Lol.Thank you Jaret.
Dusty i also love your lists and like top ten / fifty lists etc..
@jonetta will have a go at producing a list for the contemporary - eventually. Watch this space! :)
Been a while since we produced these lists - if you've read a book that you want to add to this page leave the details of the book. May make for a list of more than top 50 but that's no bad thing (I think!). Could then possibly link a challenge to this on the sister site that Ursula has just set up. :)
Now got the list to a top 65! Will publish them in alphabetical order during the weekend (hopefully) but just give people a chance to add any they think should be on the list that they've read since these were put up last January / February.
Hey, 65 is VERY good!!!
That's five years worth of the Mystery and Suspense challenge of 13 books in the year!
And you do math very well, too! This will be information rich for that challenge.
Ever since I learnt 2+2 = 5 maths has always been one of my strengths.
Ha! Is there no limit to you?? Seriously, thank you so much for doing this.
Not a problem - enjoyed it, and got rid of some guilt. Had been talking with you about this before I disappeared, and been in corner of my mind ever since. So really was good therapy that I should be paying the group for!!!What I intend to do,if you think it's a good idea, is to set up a new discussion thread with a link from here. Then put the books in alphabetical order by author - each book as a new discussion topic. Then when people read them, or if they have already read them, can record their star rating and put any comments they want to about the book - then can be a good information source for everyone.interstingly I think only 5 books got two nominations.
That sounds like a good plan! I like that the list will be dynamic, giving readers an opportunity for continuous feedback.
In the long term if star ratings are put on will give us a chance to produce real top 25 (or whatever) based on the average star rating.