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1st To Die Book Review star
1st to Die is the first installment in James Patterson's popular Women's Murder Club series. It's worth reading, and fun. Introducing the main characters that will be in the subsequent novels, this is the book in the series to start with.

3rd Degree Book Review star
Lindsay, Cindy, Claire, and Jill are investigating several murders committed by what seems to be domestic terrorists; the FBI is involved and Joe Molinari is introduced as Lindsay's love interest. The twists and turns in the investigation are fun and the book is a quick read.

A Discovery of Witches Book Review star
Diana Bishop, a historian, calls up a book from the Oxford Bodleian Library and breaks a spell that generates interest from witches, daemons, and vampires who have been searching for the book. Diana, a witch, is threatened by many of these other creatures, and must rely on a vampire to help her.

A Necessary End Book Review star
Chief Inspector Banks is back investigating the murder of a policeman at a demonstration outside of the Eastvale Community Center. The main suspects are ex-hippies living at Maggie's Farm. However, the victim has a reputation for being a troublemaker and the killer may be closer to home.

A Slice of Murder Book Review star
When Eleanor Swift, owner of a popular pizzeria, delivers a pizza to a customer on her way home, she finds the customer with a knife through his heart. Since she is the primary suspect, she must find the real killer before she goes to jail. There's plenty of suspense in this light thriller.

A Time To Kill Book Review star
John Grisham's first novel is a must read for legal thriller fans. Carl Lee Hailey, a black decorated Vietnam Vet, shoots two white rednecks who repeatedly raped and beat his 10-year-old daughter and left her for dead in the middle of the road. The story is about the shocking trial.

Along Came A Spider Book Review star
James Patterson introduces Alex Cross in the first installment of his widely popular series. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper and Cross is assigned to rescue two of his victims and bring Soneji to justice.

Backfire Book Review star
Savich and Sherlock are back in Catherine Coulter's popular FBI Series where they travel to San Francisco to solve the attempted murder of a friend, Judge Ramsey Hunt, after Dillon received a note threatening those he loves. The thriller is fast moving with several unexpected twists and turns.

Bare Bones Book Review star
Tempe Brennan has a vacation planned with boyfriend Andrew Ryan, but instead of going to the beach, they investigate a plane crash, a dead baby burned up in a stove, missing wildlife rangers, a shallow grave full of bones, and a high-dollar poaching scheme.

Believing The Lie Book Review star
Inspector Tommy Lynley is back and investigating the death of Ian Cresswell, whose uncle, Bernard Fairclough, is a close friend of David Hillier, Lynley's nemesis. The investigation leads to some bizarre family dynamics. There are also several subplots involving the main characters.

Bomber Boy Rise of the Underwear Bomber Review star
This short e-book novella is an interesting look into the mindset of a terrorist suicide bomber. It is not particularly serious, and can be read in just an hour or two.

Cain's Blood Book Review star
Imagine that the most infamous serial killers are cloned so that they can be studied for a government project. What if those clones escape from the institution where they are being housed and begin raping and killing as their infamous counterparts?

Coma Book Review star
Patients at Memorial Hospital are going in for routine surgery and not waking up. Susan Wheeler, a medical student is upset by this and starts looking into the problem. Can someone who is just learning solve the problem?

Compelling Evidence Book Review star
Meet Paul Madriani in the first of the series of fascinating legal thrillers by Steve Martini. Paul is representing a former lover who is charged with the murder of her husband, Paul's friend and former law partner.

Cross Bones Book Review star
In this historical/forensic thriller, medical examiner Tempe Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan become involved in a murder that involves traveling to Israel and studying 2000-year-old bones to find an evil murderer.

Darkest Fear Book Review star
Myron Bolitar gets involved in a missing person search that not only involves kidnapping, murder, and plenty of suspense, but it also becomes a life and death situation for a boy who turns out to be Myron's biological son.

Dead Until Dark Book Review star
Sookie Stackhouse can read almost everyone's mind, except Bill Compton's, who is a new Vampire in town. She rescues him from an unscrupulous couple who have been "Vampire Draining" to sell his blood on the black market, and they team up to solve several murders in the town.

Deadly Provocation Book Review star
Jake Conley shoots a gunman in a crowded theater and draws the attention of a surveillance company who hires him as a public relations and field consultant. While carrying out his assigned surveillance operations, he suspects things are not as they seem and puts himself and loved ones in danger.

Deal Breaker Book Review star
Myron Bolitar, sports agent, is introduced, and while negotiating a contract for his most famous client, Christian Steele, a football quarterback, ends up investigating the disappearance of Christian's girlfriend and the murder of her father.

Differences between Mystery, Suspense &Thrillers star
Do you know the difference between a mystery novel, a suspense novel, and a thriller novel? Here's a way to find out.

Discretion Book Review star
Christel is a supernatural voice inside Colin Wyles head that helps him in all aspects of his life. Christel first appears when Colin's girlfriend is kidnapped and is the reason that he is able to rescue her. The kidnapping goes unsolved and Colin must work to find the perpertrators.

Double Whammy Book Review star
Carl Hiaasen's Satiric Thriller is an invitation to learn everything there is to know about bass fishing and cheating in bass fishing tournaments; it's very funny and hard to put down.

Echo Burning Book Review star
Jack Reacher is picked up while hitchhiking and finds himself a part of a plot to murder a woman's abusive husband, or at least help her escape. However, the story she tells is considered a lie by everyone in town. Her husband is murdered and she is arrested, but did she do it?

Ember Island Book Review star
Tilly escapes from a terrible marriage and become Nell's governess on Ember Island, where Nell's father is the prison warden; the time is the 1890s. Nina Jones is a writer and finds some of the diaries of her Grandmother Nell when she goes to Ember Island in 2012 to finish her novel.

Fade Away Book Review star
Myron Bolitar, sports representative, is hired to find a former rival who is missing just before the NBA playoffs. This novel is one of the most humorous of the Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series and is definitely worth the read.

Flashback Book Review star
Michael Palmer has written a fascinating "can't-put-down" novel that makes readers look at what is really happening in the medical world. When an 8 year old child begins to have flashbacks from a routine surgery, Zackary Iverson, a neurologist, tries to find the reason for the baffling problem.

Gallows View Book Review star
In this first novel of the Inspector Banks series, there is a Peeping Tom in the small town of Yorkshire, as well as several burglaries, and the murder of an elderly woman. Banks works hard to solve the crimes, and takes the reader through some very suspenseful scenarios.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Review star
Harry Potter, et al, are introduced in this first novel of the phenomenal series that has become a modern-day classic. It is a must read, and is well-written, charming, and absolutely wonderful reading for both adults and young adults alike.

Hide & Seek Book Review star
In this second novel of the Inspector John Rebus series, Rebus investigates an overdose that turns out to be murder. The investigation leads to suspected corruption in the police department, as well as in the political hierarchy of Edinburgh, where the story takes place.

Judge & Jury Book Review star
Andie DeGrasse is the only survivor when a mafia don who is on trial orders the murders of the entire jury. Since her young son is killed, she works with Nick Pellisante, and FBI agent, to bring the mafia don to justice after he escapes jail and orders dozens of additional murders.

Kane & Abel Book Review star
William Lowell Kane, born to a wealthy banking family, and Abel Rosnovski, a penniless Polish orphan, are struggling to make it in America, but are pitted against each other. This suspenseful, well-written novel spans 60 years of families, revenge, and forgiveness.

Killing Floor Book Review star
Lee Child introduces Jack Reacher in this intriguing novel. Jack is arrested for a murder in the small town of Margrave, GA and must get involved in the investigation to find the real perpretrators and expose the corruption in the town.

Knots & Crosses Book Review star
John Rebus is introduced in this first novel of Ian Rankin's bestselling series. Rebus is assigned to investigate a case where young girls are being abducted and murdered. Rebus is also receiving anonymous crank notes containing knotted strings or crosses, but is too busy to check them out.

Life Support Book Review star
Tess Gerritsen's second novel, Life Support, is about a doctor who gets tied up in an investigation only to find her medical license and her life are both in jeopardy.

Merry Christmas Alex Cross Book Review star
Alex Cross is called to work on Christmas Eve to help resolve a hostage situation; as he is celebrating Christmas with his family, he is called again to find Hala Al Dossari, who is still at large from his last novel and is plotting evil terror to the residents of Washington, D.C.

Miracle Cure Book Review star
Dr. Michael Holbrook has finally redeemed himself from an addiction to prescription drugs and has finally got his medical license reinstated. He's looking into a miracle heart drug, and as he learns more about the drug, he becomes a target for murder.

Mitch Rapp Fans Mourn the Death of Vince Flynn star
Vince Flynn, author of the internationally bestselling suspense/thriller Mitch Rapp series has passed away.

Myron Bolitar Series - Characters & Booklist star
Curious about the characters in Harlan Coben's bestselling Myron Bolitar series? Here is a list of the series in order of publication as well as a short paragraph on each of the main characters.

New York Dead Book Review star
This is the first novel in Stuart Woods' popular Stone Barrington series. Stone witnesses a body falling from a 12 story building, and becomes the lead detective to solve what becomes a murder case. Stone is forced to retire on a medical and must solve the case on his own.

Nighttime Is My Time Book Review star
Jean Sheridan is an honoree at a 20-year class reunion in a small town where all of her high-school friends except one have previously died. Other honorees include a group of previous high-school nerds who have become successful over the years, and one is a cold-blooded murderer.

One for the Money Book Review star
Stephanie Plum has just lost her job, had her car repossessed, and is down on her luck. Her cousin Vinnie agrees to give her a chance as a bounty hunter to bring in Joseph Morelli, a cop who skipped bail on a murder charge. This is her story.

Orchid Beach Book Review star
Orchid Beach is the first installment in the Holly Barker series where Stuart Woods introduces the characters. Holly is hired as the Deputy Chief of the Orchid Beach PD, and her first day on the job not only discovers a murder, but must also find who shot her new boss, the chief of police.

Original Death Book Review star
Duncan McCallum & his Indian friend, Conawago, are traveling to meet the last living relatives of Conawago's tribe. When they arrive, everyone in the village has been murdered and several school children are missing. They then begin a quest to find the murderer and the missing children.

Pacific Vortex Book Review star
Dirk Pitt finds a communication capsule from a submarine that disappeared on its maiden voyage 6 months prior. The capsule contains clues to the disappearance, and Pitt must find not only the submarine, but who killed the crew and took it over.

Path of the Assassin Book Review star
Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is forced to join a barely competent CIA team to catch the leader of a terrorist group who hijacked a 747 and killed several people. A civilian is the only person who can identify the terrorist leader, so Scot must protect her as well.

Post-Mortem Book Review star
Post Mortem is the first installment in the popular Kay Scarpetta Suspense/Thriller Series, and is a fun, fast read.

Presumed Innocent Book Review star
Rusty Sabich, a P.A. in Kindle County, is accused of murdering a co-worker and former lover, Carolyn Pohlemus. Circumstantial evidence exists, and as Rusty tries to find the murderer and redeem himself, he becomes involved in political intrigue and a seemingly impossible situation.

Redemption Book Review star
Danny Namara and Andy Bane team up to fight a human trafficking group for the government. They are both well-schooled in Chinese martial arts, and must use their skills to win.

Relic Book Review star
FBI Special Agent Pendergast is introduced in this novel about several murders that have occurred during the planning of a special exhibit in New York's Museum of Natural History. The exhibit features the statue of a strange creature from the Amazon which is supposed to be extinct - but is it?

Rules of Prey Book Review star
Rules of Prey is the first installment in John Sanford's popular Lucas Davenport Series. Lucas is up against a vicious murderer who is smart, organized, and has his own written rules. This is a must read for anyone who wants to start the series at the beginning, and all fans of John Sandford.

Shadow of Night Book Review star
Matthew and Diana from A Discovery of Witches are back, having traveled in time to the 1500's, not only to get away from those trying to kill Diana, but also to find a witch to teach her the craft. They are also searching for Ashmole 782, the book that brought attention to Diana in modern times.

Shutter Island Book Review star
Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island follows Teddy Daniels in his search for a missing patient at the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane in this surreal dark thriller. Nothing is as it seems, and fans of the bizarre will love this novel.

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Silent Night Book Review star
It's Christmas Eve in New York and when Catherine and her young sons are in Rockefeller Center, Brian follows a girl who picks up his mother's wallet when she unknowing drops it. Unfortunately the 7-year old gets kidnapped by a murderer while trying to get to the wallet. The suspense never ends.

Sleep No More Book Review star
In his novel, Sleep No More, Greg Iles writes of a happy family man who gets tangled up in big trouble when he notices a woman mouthing the word, "soon." as he leaves his daughter's soccer game.

Split Second Book Review star
Maggie O'Dell, FBI Profiler, is being stalked by Albert Stucky, a cold-blooded murderer who has escaped from prison. He is murdering the women she comes in contact with, and Maggie is feeling grief and guilt for murders of innocent women. Can Maggie get him before he gets her?

Stay Close Book Review star
Most of us dream of living the life of Megan Pierce, but she is bored, and when she revisits her past life, the nightmare begins. Detective Broome seeks her help on a missing person case and subsequent murders, and she feels obligated to help while trying to hide it from her family.

Tea Cups & Tiger Claws Book Review star
Identical triplets are born to a low-classed family and two are sold to a rich duchess. The third who is destined to grow up in a loveless, alcoholic home, seeks revenge on parents, sister, and anyone who stands in her way to move to the top and be accepted and respected.

The Accidental Assassin Book Review star
Victor Green is mistaken for a world famous mob assassin when he falls from a tree onto a vicious mobster and accidentally kills him. This starts a cycle of mob hits that Victor becomes inadvertently involved in. You won't want to miss this hilarious spoof of the suspense/thriller novel.

The Amber Room Book Review star
Rachael Cutler's father is murdered, but leaves clues in the search for The Amber Room, a treasure that was lost just after WWII. She and her ex-husband travel to Germany and are pursued by murderers who are searching for the Amber Room. The suspense is palpable & continues throughout the novel.

The Baker's Wife Book Review star
Audrey & Geoff Bofinger own a bakery in a small town; Geoff was a pastor, but was fired due to an elder of the church presenting erroneous evidence. That elder's wife is missing and he is holding several people hostage in the Bofinger's bakery; Audrey must find her before the hostages are shot.

The Bat Book Review star
Harry Hole, a policeman from Oslo, is sent to Australia in order to observe the investigation of the murder of a Norwegian girl. The nuances of the Aboriginal culture as well as the suspense make this a must-read book for thriller lovers.

The Black Box Book Review star
Detective Harry Bosch is in true form in this thriller as he works to solve a murder that he started investigating over 20 years ago.

The Black Echo Book Review star
Harry Bosch is introduced in the first novel of the popular series. He is called to investigate a dead body and finds he knows the victim, who has ties to a huge bank vault robbery. Bosch and an FBI agent are in danger throughout the novel, and barely stay alive long enough to solve the case.

The Black Inheritance Book Review star
Annalisa Easton, along with her sister and mother move to North Carolina after the death of her father. There they encounter some witches who were murdered centuries ago and want Annalisa to carry out their revenge on the last surviving relative of their murderer.

The Bone Bed Book Review star
Kay Scarpetta is back with a body she's pulled out of the bay and 2 missing persons who she thinks may be connected; an attractive FBI agent is after Benton, and Kay's jealous. Marino is suspected in the murder of a woman he doesn't know, and Kay's job is to make sense of it all. Whew!

The Bone Collector Book Review star
The first novel in the popular Lincoln Rhyme series by author Jeffery Deaver, is a thriller that will not be easily put down.

The Bookseller Book Review star
Mark Pryor introduces Hugo Marston in this novel that is set in Paris. Marston witnesses his good friend, and bouquiniste, Max, kidnapped at gunpoint just after selling him a rare book. Marston teams up with a beautiful journalist to find Max and solve the subsequent murders of other bouquinistes.

The Casual Vacancy Book Review star
J.K. Rowling's Adult novel debut is a fascinating character study of people most of us actually are acquainted with, and even though it's very dark and sometimes depressing, is a suspenseful story of choices and consequences. Rowling has an uncanny way of capturing true human nature.

The Cove Book Review star
The Cove is the first in the popular FBI Thriller series. Catherine Coulter, a popular romance novel author, introduces new characters who will be featured in the subsequent novels. This novel is a little heavy on the romance.

The English Girl Book Review star
Gabriel Allon, spy and assasin, is hired to find a kidnapped English girl with strong political connections. However, when he pays the ransom to the suspected kidnappers, they blow up the car she is in and she is killed. Allon must find the kidnappers and bring them to justice.

The Farm Book Review star
Andy Carlson knows secrets that could ruin the president. He's also in love with the CIA operative who is trying to kill him before he divulges those secrets. When they visit "The Farm" for a romantic weekend, things don't work out as either expects, and both are in danger of losing their lives.

The First Counsel Book Review star
Michael Derrick, a white house lawyer, has a date with the first daughter, Nora. He is so infatuated that he goes along with her antics, in ditching the Secret Service, Barhopping, following Michael's Boss, and stealing blackmail money. Michael tries to protect her and ends up a murder suspect.

The Forgotten Book Review star
John Puller is back in The Forgotten, David Baldacci's thriller novel set in Paradise, Florida, where he goes to visit his Aunt and ends up investigating her suspicious death as well as other strange happenings in the town.

The Hit Book Review star
Will Robie's new assignment is to find a rogue agent who has apparently gone to the other side; she is killing some of their own, rather than those she has been assigned to assassinate. Can Will carry out his assignment and stay alive?

The Hunger Games Book Review star
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are the tributes from District 12; they will go to the capital in The Hunger Games to fight to the death to be the single victor in the country.

The Impossible Dead Book Review star
Malcolm Fox is investigating three cops who may have covered up and tampered with evidence in a case against fellow police officer Paul Carter. During this time, the case involves suicides and murder, as well as danger for Fox.

The Innocent Book Review star
David Baldacci introduces a new character, Will Robie, who is an assassin for several US Government entities in The Innocent. When Will refuses to carry out an assasination, it causes major problems, including threats to his life.

The Kill Artist Book Review star
Daniel Silva's first novel in the Gabriel Allon series is a must read for spy/espionage thriller fans who want to read a well-researched, well-written series. Prepare to enter the world of one of the most celebrated art restorers who just happens to be an Israeli spy.

The Last Man Book Review star
Mitch Rapp, finds himself in Afghanistan searching for a kidnapped friend and fellow operative, Joe Rickman.

The Lions of Lucerne Book Review star
Brad Thor's debut novel introduces his character, Scot Harvath, and takes him through an exciting search for bad guys who kidnapped the president.

The Lost Symbol Book Review star
Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol, is the third in the Robert Langdon series, and is definitely recommended reading for anyone who loves a good thriller.

The Racketeer Book Review star
Malcolm Bannister knows who killed an important federal judge, but is presently in a federal prison serving time for a crime he didn't commit. Can he make a deal with the feds that will release him from prison and also bring the perpetrator to justice?

The Redbreast Book Review star
Highly Acclaimed Norwegian author Jo NesbÝ won the prestigious Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel for The Redbreast; this is a great novel and definitely worth reading.

The Silent Girl Book Review star
Rizzoli & Isles are back in a fascinating novel that takes place in Boston's Chinatown. A professional assassin is found murdered, and a 19 year old mass murder is re-investigated with a shocking outcome.

The Summons Book Review star
Two brothers are summoned to their dying father's home for what they assume is to explain the settlement of his estate. Before the meeting however, the father dies, and the older brother finds millions of dollars that he feels obligated to find the source of before his brother finds out.

The Will of the Enemy Book Review star
The Will of the Enemy is a suspenseful story about a mother's quest to protect her daughter from child abuse in spite of what seems like insurmountable odds.

The Woman who Couldn't Remember Book Review star
Non-violent, level-headed, Sylvie Deroque, executive of a sustainable resources division in a large company, has just shot two men with a gun taken from a security guard's holster. Charged with attempted murder, psychological issues, courtroom drama, and family conflicts are just the beginning.

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer Book Review star
This is the first installment in John Grisham's Theodore Boone series. Theodore Boone is 13 years old, wants to be a lawyer, and gives legal advice to his schoolmates. He is very interested in a murder trial that is going on, is convinced the suspect is guilty, but is worried he will get off.

Two for the Dough Book Review star
Stephanie Plum is back; bounty hunter for her cousin Vinny's bail bond company, she's still learning, and gets Grandma Mazur involved in the danger. Vice Cop Joe Morelli teams up with her, as well as Ranger. Stephanie's definitely over her head this time.

When the Bough Breaks Book Review star
Jonathan Kellerman introduces Alex Delaware in the first novel of the popular series. This book is a fast read, and fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this and the subsequent novels.

Wild Justice Book Review star
A violent drug addict doctor threatens a nurse who turns up dead along with several others, and when it goes to court, the doctor gets off due to a cop who lies under oath. When new bodies are discovered, Amanda Jaffe is called in for the defense of the doctor's wife who is accused of the murders.

Women's Murder Club Characters & Booklist star
The Women's Murder Club is a popoular suspense/thriller series featuring Lindsay Boxer and friends who solve murders together over drinks.

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