Thrilling Pageturners for Mystery Lovers

Posted by Hayley on November 13, 2017
Shari Lapena is the author of The Couple Next Door, a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Best Mystery & Thriller. In her latest book, A Stranger in the House, obsession and paranoia threaten to overtake one woman's seemingly perfect marriage.

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We all have at least one armchair detective in our lives, the astute reader who solves crimes—or, more often, follows along—with the real sleuths. For those readers, we've got you covered with recommendations from Lapena.

"I love to give (and receive) books for the holidays," Lapena says. "They make the best gifts! The following list contains, in no particular order, some of my favorites—some old, some new. What they have in common is that they are all utterly engrossing reads."


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What books would you recommend for amateur investigators? Share them with us in the comments!

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Heather LitChick4ever Final Girls by Riley Sager. The Kind Worth Killing by Peterman Swanson. The Girl Before by JP Delaney. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.


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Donna McEachran Heather BOOKLVR24/7 wrote: "Final Girls by Riley Sager. The Kind Worth Killing by Peterman Swanson. The Girl Before by JP Delaney. The Couple Next Door by Shari ..."

Read 'The Girl Before'...freaky!!


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Donna McEachran Definitely 'The Dry' by Jane Harper. Great unputdownable book!!


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Sophie 'Dead Woman Walking' by Sharon Bolton & Final Girls were both intriguing thrillers.


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Janet The Dry by Jane Harper--and excellent read!


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Jhudds The Kind Worth Killing is what a thriller should be.
Twists, turns, psychos.


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Angie Haupt Dennis Lehane's latest, "Since We Fell." And Harlan Coben's new book, "Don't Let Go." (Or either of the books he published last year!)


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Michele For me, its hard to bet this classic -Murder on the Orient Express


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Zachary Michele wrote: "For me, its hard to bet this classic -Murder on the Orient Express"
Totally agree, but my favorite is And Then There Were None


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Jordan Brad Meltzer's Culper Ring series by far! Excellent page turning reads!


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Anodos The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton - a subversive series of mysteries where the twists are as much "Who'll cover this up?" as "Whodunnit?"


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Bruno Fernandes The Hypnotist and the following books of the Joona Linna series


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Sara Eames Janet wrote: "The Dry by Jane Harper--and excellent read!"

I agree...it is an excellent read


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Sara Eames Zachary wrote: "Michele wrote: "For me, its hard to bet this classic -Murder on the Orient Express"
Totally agree, but my favorite is And Then There Were None"


Love both these books...also thought "Crooked House" was brilliant


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Drokka Depends on age and preference. Here are some options, by category.
For the younger set I'd recommend: Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys.

For historical fiction lovers: Ameila Peabody, Flavia de Luce, and Bess Crawford

Cozies: Hamish Macbeth, Booktown Mystery, and Tea Shop Mysteries

Classics: Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, and Lord Peter Wimsey


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Julia Zachary wrote: "Michele wrote: "For me, its hard to bet this classic -Murder on the Orient Express"
Totally agree, but my favorite is And Then There Were None"


MY favorite is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie the only Christie I ever read (twice) and guessed the identity of the murderer incorrectly (twice)!


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Robbie
The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen - just came out and it's really good.


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Zachary Julia wrote: "Zachary wrote: "Michele wrote: "For me, its hard to bet this classic -Murder on the Orient Express"
Totally agree, but my favorite is And Then There Were None"

MY favori..."


This one is SO amazing! I should have said I loved this one too because I had no idea at all the murderer while I was reading. It had such a great turn at the end. Amazing. Christie is a writer of mystery with no equal!


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Donna McEachran Drokka...OMG Trixie Belden!! I loved those books when I was a kid and I think that is why I still read this style of book all these years later


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HARUMI I just discovered author CJ Box. Just love the book The Highway and ordered other stories from this author. He keeps you guessing and trying for me anyway to remember characters and there possibly of being the bad guy.


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Carmen Delgado For amateur investigators although is not a Thriller, I recommed Le mystère de la chambre jaune.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux


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Pam Carmichael Angie wrote: "Dennis Lehane's latest, "Since We Fell." And Harlan Coben's new book, "Don't Let Go." (Or either of the books he published last year!)"

I love Dennis Lehane!!!!!


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