Captivating and tense; these are words associated with readers that love crime mystery novels. Whether it's a James Patterson or a John Grisham novel that you love to read, you'll find that crime mystery novels have appealed to readers across the age groups, across continents and across cultures. It is these novels that lift the minds of an avid reader to heights of excitement and joy. No wonder, some prefer to enjoy a great novel instead of an evening spent watching TV.
We aim to bring you some of the most popular books in crime mystery based on either the best-selling books or the novels recommended by groups such as the Crime Writers' Association. We hope you will enjoy the wide selection of books we have reviewed for you. So, without further ado, click on the book title and let your mind roam.
Popular Authors in Crime Mystery
Here are a number of crime mystery writers that we recommend based on popular demand and complex story-telling abillities of authors. This list is not exhaustive and aims to inform the reader.
With best-selling novels that have been turned into blockbuster movies (The Firm, The Pelican Brief), John Grisham has become a household name across the globe for those that love mystery, crime and suspense.
Popular John Grisham books
John Grisham's riveting story of retribution and justice. It begins with a cold and chilling opening scene and doesn't stop until the very end. In this book, best-selling author John Grisham delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town in Mississippi. It explores the savage world of racial violence: how one man and his small number of allies take on the Klu Klux Klan, the National Guard and the justice system. An inspiring and gripping novel that has become the benchmark by which all other John Grisham novels are measured.
An impossible to put down story that demonstrates the master of legal thrillers at his very best. Gritty and witty story line with Sebastian Rudd, the Rogue Lawyer, defending people that other lawyers wonâ€™t. This emanates from Sebastian's conviction that everyone is entitled to a fair trial. He lives alone in a penthouse, works out of a customised bulletproof van and a hidden gun compartment as he dodges car bombs and death threats from dissatisfied clients. With no law firm affiliations, Sebastian has a heavily armed driver who is also his body guard and golf caddy. Rogue Lawyer is one of John Grishamâ€™s most intriguing and colourfully devised characters yet.
A compelling novel filled with page-turning twists and legal mastery, it takes you back to where it all began: in Clanton, Mississippi. Twenty Five years after he wrote A Time to Kill, John Grisham takes you to the same character, Jake Brigance, who is undergoing another courtroom trial. This time, the trial exposes racial tensions as a black housemaid is left with a will that states she is allocated 90% of the deceased estate owners wealth. This is a story of greed, power and family relations being tested whilst addressing the world of racial tensions and justice. Set three years after the events of A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row is a thrilling novel that proves John Grisham as America's favourite story-teller.
Described as a compulsive page-turner, The Firm became a blockbuster movie and in the process turned John Grisham into a household name. An effervescent young lawyer, having graduated from Harvard Law School, gets caught up with the mob after accepting a job offer from a legal firm that offers him riches and pays off his student loans, except that The Firm turns out to be not legitimate. The novel provides a powerful analysis of human greed, power and insight into how ethics and smart-thinking are used to stay alive.
In John Grisham's first novel with a main character as a female, Samantha Kofer is working at a Wall Street law firm. The year is 2008 and the credit crunch strikes in the stock markets, recession arrives and Samantha finds herself being escorted out of the building. Her new job takes her to the dangerous and sinister world of coal mining in Brady, Virginia. Here, they say that the 'mountains have their own laws': rules are ignored, laws are broken and regulations are flouted while Big Coal enjoys the corporate greed. John Grisham paints an engaging and powerful description of a woman that finds herself in a deadly litigation case.
Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, achieved Guinness Book of World Records and the New York Times record for most bestselling titles by a single author. He has 19 consecutive no. 1 New York Times bestselling novels. he has won several awards including the International Thriller of the Year Award. His books on crime will keep you enthralled and captivated!
Popular James Patterson Books
Jack Morgan has planned a relaxing trip in the City of Lights when he is called into duty to track down one of his client's young granddaughter who is on the run from a notorious narcotics dealer.
The New Women's Murder Club (2016) A mystery blonde linked to the CIA, a plane crash in San Francisco causing frantic chaos and the vanishing of Lindsay's husband Joe. Love, war and espionage all in one in this pulse-pounding international intrigue.
Cold-blooded murderer strikes at a glitzy movie premiere in the city where crime never sleeps. The elite task force, NYPD Red, are called in to investigate the murder of the rich, the famous and the connected in the depths's of Manhattan's underworld.
Two high-tech attacks on the city by an elusive criminal gang and an assassination has brought the city of New York on red Alert.
Cross Justice (Alex Cross)
Best known for his Roy Grace novels, he has won 7 consecutive no. 1's in the UK Sunday Times bestsellers award. Winner of the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger Award for 'sustained excellence', Peter James has attained number ones also in Germany, Canada, France and Russia. Many of his crime novels have been adapted to TV and stage shows. His characters are intriguing and plots are twisted with a masterful indulgence of suspense.
Some of the novels by Peter James that we recommend
You Are Dead (2015)
Dead Man's Time (2013)
Not Dead Yet (2012)
Dead Simple (2005)
Absolute Proof (2017)
The House on Cold Hill (2015)
Perfect People (2011)
The Perfect Murder (2010)
The Truth (1997)
Alchemist (1996) One woman's fight against the world's most evil company.
Tom Clancy was first put under the spotlight when the US President Reagan touted Tom's first novel. Ever since, Tom Clancy's novels have provided military thrillers and achieved several bestseller lists ever since.He has had 17 novels reaching number 1 spot and in the process, sold over 100 million copies.
Novels by Tom Clancy that we recommend
Martina Cole is the Sunday Times #1 best-selling author of 22 novels. A British crime writer, her novels produce gritty and hard-hitting stories of gangster underworld in London. Her novels have received global recognition and fanbase with several adapted to either TV productions such as 'The Take' and 'The Runway' or stage productions such as 'Two Women' and 'The Graft'. The adaptations have been hugely successful. She is known for not holding back in her novels which has catapulted Martina Cole to a literary phenomenon.
Books by Martina Cole that we recommend
Barbara Taylor Bradford, the best-selling British-American novelist, had her first ever novel 'A Woman of Substance' published in 1979. It since gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and has become one of the top 10 best-selling novels of all time. With 92 million copies sold worldwide in 90 countries and in over 40 languages, Barbara Taylor Bradford has produced 30 novels to date that are impossible to put down as they are to forget.
Books by Barbara Taylor Bradford that we recommend
A Woman of Substance (1979)
Breaking the Rules (2009)
Being Elizabeth (2008)
The Cavendon Women (2015)
Secrets Of Cavendon (2017)
Three Weeks in Paris (2002)
A Sudden Change of Heart (1999)
Author of psychological murder mysteries and thrillers, Ruth Rendell has written over 50 crime novels and 7 books of short stories. Her books on Inspector Wexford were an enormous success on TV.
Books by Ruth Rendell that we recommend
Not in the Flesh (2007)
The Bridesmaid (1989)
Thirteen Steps Down (2004)
The Crime Writers Association (CWA), a British-based organisation, published a list of 100 top crime novels of all time. This list has proven to be a highly respected list, especially as it was formed by authors' who know the trade of writing crime novels. Over the last two decades, the list has proven to be instrumental for many a keen readers to guide them to the best of the best crime books. Some of the top novels recommended by the CWA is listed below to help you choose easily.
It is worth noting that the Mystery Writers' Association (MWA) from the USA has recommendation for top novels which has many of the books taken from the CWA's recommendation list.
2 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
9 The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
10 The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey