What are the best young and adult crime and murder books?

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    #1The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment is the first book in the science fiction series Maximum Ride written by James Patterson which follows Max Ride and her best friends gifted with amazing powers running for their lives.

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    #2The Lying Game

    The Lying Game

    The Lying Game is a young adult contemporary fiction written by New York Time bestselling author Sara Shepard. It is first published in 2010 by HarperTeen. 

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    Raymond Aguilar
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is another book I bought for my niece that she absolutely loves. It’s a series so she’s reading them all. I guess it’s like Nancy Drew for the social media generation. It’s good to get my niece into reading. I know the Hardy Boys were my gateway."
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    #3Triptych

    Triptych

    Triptych is a book by Karin Slaughter that tells the story of a murderer who flew across the world of rich and the poor. He is on the run and one of the people chasing him is Michael. As he becomes closer to the killer, the story gets complicated. 

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    John Watson
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Crime and Murder type books are probably my favorite genre to read. I find these kinds of books really interesting and this one does not disappoint. The writing is very very good and I cannot believe it took me this long to find this book."
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    #4The Selection

    The Selection

    The Selection is the process where 35 girls compete against each other for a chance to seduce Prince Maxon. Every girl dreams about this opportunity, everyone but America Singer, who is already and love with another man. It will all change as soon as she meets Prince, who could very well be the man of her life. 
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    Carlos Galván
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I loved all the young characters here. I was captured from the beginning. So many surprises and twists along the way."
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    #5Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first novel in the fantasy fiction and romance trilogy of Infernal Devices. This book follows the story of Tessa Gray and her encounter with a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club.

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    Matthew Patterson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) does not serve so much as crime and murder book as much as it serves as a fantasy. While it can be said that murder does take place in the story per se, it is a magic-driven fantasy-land murder that doesn't necessarily fill the niche that many crime lovers may be looking for."
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    #6A Gun for Sale

    A Gun for Sale

    A Gun for Sale is a book by Graham Greene that tells the story of Raven, an ugly man who is dedicated to his ugly deeds. He will be on the run because of his killings and he will find out who draws him to the police.

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    José Angel Herrera
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Graham Greens is an excellent author and this book is no exception. You'll enjoy this crime/murder book especially if you like the stylings of Greene. A classic novel that fits well in the genre. "
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    #7I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)

    I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls)
    I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is a young adult mystery novel set in the Gallagher Academy, which is claimed to be a school for geniuses but is a place for spies in reality.
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    Andrew Ortiz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love Carter's writing, and this is my favorite of her books. I bought it for my granddaughter, who adored it as well."
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    #8A Faint Cold Fear (Grant Country Series)

    A Faint Cold Fear (Grant Country Series)

    A Faint Cold Fear is a book by Karen Slaughter that tells the story of Sara. She is a medical examiner who examined the horrible body of a corpse. She will be stalked because of this and her life will be at stake. 

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    Reyansh Pillai
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is a super interesting and thrilling book! A great read for any crime fans"
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    #9The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones
    Susie is a 14 years old girl who has the chance of seeing how life goes on after she dies: she is able to see how everyone copes with her loss, how her family still has hopes of finding her despite being already dead and how the man who raped and killed her continues his life.
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    Manuel Beltrán
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #10Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.

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    Ao Tan
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Brilliant! A wonderful thriller that kept me guessing until the very last sentence. Beautifully written and the story moves along so well that I could not put it down. And when I did, I kept looking for an opportunity to get back to it. Gillian Flynn at the top of her game!"
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    #11Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    Across the Universe is a science fiction book for young adult written by Beth Revis. This novel was originally published in January 2011. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.

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    Christian Hicks
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. My only issues with the story were small: And the science parts could've been more fleshed out."
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    #12Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin)

    Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin)

    Grave Mercy is a young adult fantasy romance and the first book in His Fair Assassin series written by Robin LaFevers. It is first in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Rose Shaw
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "While this book was entertaining enough for me to get through the 500 pages I would not say that it is the best crime/murder book out there. As an adult I did see times that it was geared towards an adult audience but there were times where the character acted immature (which I felt was obviously suited towards a younger audience) and it seemed unrealistic. To say the best in this genre I feel is a stretch. "
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    #13I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series)

    I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series)
    Jazz is a normal-looking teenager who had a rather peculiar uprising: he is the son of the world's most infamous serial killer. Since he has seen many murders, he joins the police to prove that unlike his father he is not a killer, and to help them catch the one responsible for all the recent killings in Lobo's Nod.
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    Trisha Khan
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Quite a crime thriller, a different take on a Dexter-esque storyline keeps readers engaged. May be graphic to some, but that is part for the course for this kind of literature."
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    #14Deviant

    Deviant

    Deviant by Harold Schechter is a biographical true-crime novel originally published in 1989. This book follows the shocking true story of notorious, psychotic killer Ed Gein. 

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    Joe Russell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "There are a plethora of crime books out there, but serial killer stories are a particularly popular sub-genre. In Deviant, author Harold Schechter retells the story of killer Ed Gein. Though it may be too graphic for younger readers, it is truly one of the most shocking crime stories of the 20th century. "
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    #15Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky is an in-depth examination of some of the most controversial murders in the history of mankind. This true-crime novel was first published in 2004.

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    Danielle George
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I have a friend that loves to read crime and murder novels. I got her Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters as a present one year as I thought she might find some value in it. She read a bit of the book though and said that the material was really dry though interesting."
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    #16Love You More

    Love You More

    Love You More is a book by Lisa Gardner about a trained policewoman named Tessa. Her husband died and she claimed to have shot him in the head, but veteran detective Warren will not believe her.

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    Samuel Meza
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Simply said,,,one of the best books I've read in a long time. A plot so devious and well thought out, the ending was a total surprise."
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    #17The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter is a true-crime novel published in 2003. This book follows the maniac crimes of some of the world's notorious killers.

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    Megan Meyer
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Despite the graphic nature of the book that's suggested by the title, Schechter does a great job of imparting the facts about serial killers without overdramatizing the incidents he's describing. Great job of telling us why some terrible people do what they do."
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    #18Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

    Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
    Killing Floor by Lee Child is the first book in his Jack Reacher series which was originally published in 1997. This suspense thriller novel follows the story of Jack Reacher as he searches for the murderers behind his brother's death.
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    Robert Fernandez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a first book from the well-respected Jack Reacher series. It explores crime and is a suspense thriller. It has received favorable reviews from readers and critics."
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    #19The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People's Temple

    The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People's Temple

    The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People's Temple is a historical non-fiction book written by Jeff Guinn. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and People's Temple was published on April 11, 2017 by Simon Schuster. 

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    Samantha Sullivan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Jonestown is the story of how cultists work. It is intriguing, horrific and tragic. The power of one man to sway the minds of many to the point of death is an education in human nature. Hopefully we can learn from this story and can help prevent another one from ever going this far. "
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    #20Murder in A-Minor

    Murder in A-Minor

    Murder in A-Minor: A Sam Wedlock Musical Murder Mystery is a detective mystery crime fiction book written by Janis Thomas. It is first published in 2016. 

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    Peter Thompson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "These books are definitely hard to put down. I read them with my daughter who also really enjoys them. I think the writing could be a little improved, but they it was and is certainly a thrilling read. Above average in my book."
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    #21Murder on Location (Charlotte Brody Mystery)

    Murder on Location (Charlotte Brody Mystery)

    Murder on Location is historical mystery fiction and the third book in Charlotte Brody Mystery series written by Cathy Pegau. It is first published in 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation. 

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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Murder on Location (Charlotte Brody Mystery) does what many other books fail to do; mesmerize its reader. It stands proudly as one of the top novels about young and adult crime and murder. Written by Cathy Pegau, this book is the third installment in the Charlotte Brody Mystery series and continues to press upon the readers powerful ideas about crime and mystery. This book is a must read to anyone looking for a gripping and well-paced mystery fiction novel!"
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    #22Death of a Lesbian Nun

    Death of a Lesbian Nun

    Death of a Lesbian Nun is a fictional mystery book written by Andi Ali. This fictional mystery book was published on March 20, 2011. Death of a Lesbian Nun is the first book of the McGowan Murder Mystery book series.

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    Philip Wells
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "It doesn't tell me anything about the book. It didn't capture my interest or hold it all, due to how insignificant the description is."
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    #23The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime)

    The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime)

    The Corpse Wore Pasties by Jonny Porkpie is a hard-boiled mystery fiction novel originally published in 2009. This book is the 62nd issue of the Hard Case Crime series. It tells the mysterious death of a burlesque dancer.

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    Carol Welch
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I thought this was cheesy and predictable which is not at all what I want in a crime book. The characters are interesting I suppose, and the cover makes it look like a racy romance novel. Its actually not racy, but the cover is misleading. Overall, I suppose its okay if you have absolutely nothing else to read. Otherwise, there are hundreds of better choices available. "
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    #24The Firemaker (Murder in China)

    The Firemaker (Murder in China)
    The Firemaker (Murder in China) is a Mystery, Thriller, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Peter May. It was published August 11, 2005 by Minotaur Books. It is the first book in the China Murder series.
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    Elizabeth Bishop
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I've not read The Firemaker, but I'm a fan of the books in the crime and murder genre. I would recommend books by Michael Connelly or James Patterson. They are master storytellers who know how to keep the readers on the edge of their seats."
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    #25Dragonfly Nightmare (Once Upon A Secret)

    Dragonfly Nightmare (Once Upon A Secret)

    Dragonfly Nightmare is a young adult mystery suspense fiction and the first book in Once Upon A Secret series written by Erin Richards. It is published in 2016 by Midnight Muse Publishing.

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    Mildred Burns
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I like the author's prose about the girl's hobbies and normal, everyday teenage life, until the terror starts. This book is well-written but too intense for my taste. "
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    #26Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland by Stephen King is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2013. This book was nominated for Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery and Thriller, and Anthony Award.

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    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I consider myself pretty well-versed on young adult crime books, and this is one of the better ones that I've come across. I mean, it's Stephen King - can you really go wrong? Unlike a lot of the fluffy, vapid writing that you see in this genre, this one is well put together, both structurally, in terms of the plot dynamics, and the actual writing itself. If you're looking for a step up in quality from the usual young-adult fiction, take a look at this one. "
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    #27The Last Quarry (Hard Case Crime)

    The Last Quarry (Hard Case Crime)

    The Last Quarry by Max Allan Collins is a crime fiction and mystery thriller novel originally published in 2006. This book is preceded by Quarry's Vote and The First Quarry. It was nominated for Barry Award for Best Paperback Original.

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    Amber Perry
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I think the site offers the specific book, and the description is clear."
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    #28Brighton Beach Murder

    Brighton Beach Murder

    Brighton Beach Murder is a mystery crime book written by Jay Asher. This contemporary young adult fiction novel is published in 2012. 

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    Wayne Morris
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was looking for a novel to introduce my children to the harsh reality that the world is a crappy place and lots of people die --- usually from other people. The Brighton Beach Murder book worked well for this intent: The writing is simplistic, there's some good gay subtext to teach the young 'uns about diversity, and the plot itself is straight-forward enough that even my public school educated kids can follow along without issue."
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    #29Broken April

    Broken April
    Broken April is a European literature and a fiction book written by Ismail Kadare and was published on November 6th 2003 by Vintage. It follows the murder story of Gjorg's brother by a neighbor.
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    Joyce Turner
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "After reading this on a recommendation from a friend, I don't know if I would recommend this to anyone else. The story here seems quite contrived: "You must avenge your brother. But, because you did that, you'll also be hunted." Like, where does something like that end? Where's the honor in things like that? The book is designed for us to review things like this, and perhaps on a later reading, I'll be able to enjoy it more, but currently I can't seem to get past the archaic nature of the plot to the point where even the ending of the book has me worried about the unwritten future for the main character."
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    #30Sad Cypress

    Sad Cypress

    Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in March 1940. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is preceded by The Regatta Mystery.

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    Eugene Day
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book has a great murder mystery for adults in it. It is a book in a series featuring a determined detective."
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    #31Adam

    Adam

    Rendered famous for his anti-religion stance, FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has a near-death experience when a mysterious serial killer attempts to murder him, an event that forces Daniel to re-create his death and challenge his belief system in order to identify his would-be killer.

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    Eric Davidson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "One of my favorite books I've read lately is Adam by Ted Dekker. It's great for teens or adults and has a fascinating murder story. I couldn't put it down."
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    #32Elephants Can Remember

    Elephants Can Remember

    Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in November 1972. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is followed by Poirot's Early Cases.

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    Joyce Armstrong
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Elephants Can Remember is an Agatha Christie book centered around Detective Hercules Poirot. It's a great crime and murder book for young adults."
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    #33Death in the Clouds

    Death in the Clouds

    Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in March 1936. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is followed by The A.B.C Murders.

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    Victoria Andrade
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A great read if you are into crazy science and surprise endings. However, it doesn't score too high on an intellectual level, and has a lot of plot holes."
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    #34Fifty-to-One (Hard Case Crime)

    Fifty-to-One (Hard Case Crime)

    Fifty-to-One by Charles Ardai is a mystery crime fiction and hard-boiled novel originally published in 2008. This is the 50th book in the Hard Case Crime series. The story of this book was set in 1958 in the buzzing hub of New York City.

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    Grace Campbell
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a great series for crime and murder novel. The books are stand alone so you could read this book without having read the others."
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    #35Cat Among the Pigeons

    Cat Among the Pigeons

    Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in November 1959. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is followed by the Third Girl in 1966.

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    #36Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire)

    Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire)

    Junkyard Dogs is a mystery thriller fiction and the sixth book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It is first published in 2010 by Viking. 

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    Jason Payne
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A good read about young and adult crime and murder books is Junkyard Dogs is a mystery thriller fiction and the sixth book in Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. It showcase the dark side of human nature."
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    #37Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders)

    Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders)
    Dying For Revenge is the first book in the romantic suspense fiction series The Lady Doc Murders written by Barbara Golder which follows the investigation of medical investigator Dr. Jane Wallace on the series of murders of the residents of Telluride.
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    Benito Ortega
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book hits the mark well. I tend to think women as a whole read fiction novels like this more than men do. And given the description of the novel, it will hit the target audience well. In addition, description of the novel is well written and if I am honest, does sound like an interesting read."
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    #38Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mystery)

    Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mystery)

    Murder on the Rocks is a mystery fiction and the first book of Gray Whale Inn Mystery written by Karen MacInerney. This book is about Natalie Barnes who bought the Gray Whale Inn. It is first published in 2006 by Midnight Ink.

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    Harry Parker
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "For those who do not know, this is a series. You have to read the whole series to really appreciate this work. This is so well written and the story moves really well."
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    #39Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries)

    Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries)

    Working Stiff is the first book in the cozy mystery series Mattie Winston Mysteries written by Annelise Ryan which centers R.N. Mattie Winston after her husband Dr. David Winston cheated on her. 

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    Ai Yu
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries) is a hilarious story of a nurse who finds herself leaving her husband only to be implicated in the murder of his girlfriend. There are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and the book is interesting and fast-paced from chapter 1."
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    #40The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker)

    The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker)

    The Killing Kind is the third book in the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly which follows the story of Charlie Bird Parker investigating the death of Ph.D. candidate Grace Peltier after her body is found in the front seat of her car.

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    Deborah Torres
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A very wonderful author. I buy all his books. This one did not disappoint. It was very interesting."
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    #41Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee)

    Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee)

    Dance Hall of the Dead is a Western mystery crime fiction and the second book in Leaphorn & Chee series written by Tony Hillerman. It is first published in 1973. 

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    Diane Payne
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Dance Hall of the Dead is a young and adult crime and murder story. This book is terrifying and suspenseful and will keep you interested throughout. It is a real page turner. This book is very highly rated on amazon with a 4.7 out of 5 stars."
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    #42Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot)

    Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot)

    Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie is a crime fiction novel originally published in May 1938. This book belongs to Christie's series featuring the intimidating detective - Hercules Poirot. It is followed by Evil Under the Sun.

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    #43Gun Work (Hard Case Crime)

    Gun Work (Hard Case Crime)

    Gun Work by David J. Schow is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2011. This book is the 49th novel in the Hard Case Crime series. It tells the story of Carl Ledbetter and his wife kidnapped by unknown enemies.

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    Jonathan Wagner
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "never heard of this series before. i read reviews on it and it does sound very interesting though"
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    #44A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer

    A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer

    A Mother Gone Bad: The Hidden Confession of JonBenet's Killer by Andrew G. Hodges is a true crime nonfiction novel originally published in 1998. In this book, Hodges explains where and how JonBenet died and the identity of the killer.

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    David Garza
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "reviews are not that good"
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    #45Saint (The Paradise Novels)

    Saint (The Paradise Novels)

    Saint by Ted Dekker is a suspense-thriller and mystery fiction novel originally published in 2006. This is the second book in Dekker's The Paradise Novels series. It is preceded by Showdown and followed by Sinner.

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    Anna Sullivan
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Finding this book on amazon was an amazing thing because it provided me with a series that I could immerse myself into and find a way to pass the time while at the same time learning about crime and murder. Great writer!"
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    #46A Hell of a Woman

    A Hell of a Woman

    A Hell of a Woman is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson. A Hell of a Woman was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland books. A Hell of a Woman revolves around Frank "Dolly" Dillion.

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    Sun Yuan
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Must read! This book has it all. It is filled with suspense, action, and crime. The plot is great. Well written - a reader can really feel like he/she is in the midst of the story."
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    #47Songs of Innocence (Hard Case Crime)

    Songs of Innocence (Hard Case Crime)

    Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas is a mystery crime novel originally published in 2011. This book follows the story of Detective John Blake as he unravels the mysterious suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke.

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    Samuel Powell
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Put sex and a good mystery together and you have the makings of a good read. And oh my, it has a "shocking conclusion." Yes please."
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    #48Malicious Masquerade

    Malicious Masquerade

    Malicious Masquerade is a mystery thriller novel written by Alan Cupp. This book was originally published in 2013. Malicious Masquerade is a murder mystery set in Chicago.

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    Jesse Torres
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a book about a Chicago PI, Carter Mays who is thrust into a masquerade when local rich girl Cindy Bedford hires him. Her fiancé failed to show up on their wedding day, the same day millions of dollars are stolen from her dad's company. While Carter takes the case, Cindy's father tries to find him his own way. Nasty secrets, hidden finances, and a trail of revenge, it's soon apparent no one is who they say they are. This storyline grabs me and I am ready to buy!"
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    #49A Swell-Looking Babe

    A Swell-Looking Babe

    A Swell-Looking Babe is a fictional mystery and crime novel written by Jim Thompson. A Swell-Looking Babe was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland Books. A Swell-Looking Babe is about

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    Jason Yi
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A Swell-Looking Babe is a mystery and crime fiction novel. A really good read for anyone into this genre of book."
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    #50Borderline (Hard Case Crime)

    Borderline (Hard Case Crime)

    Borderline by Lawrence Block is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2014. This is the 115th book under the Hard Case Crime series. Borderline tells the story of five different people on the border between Texas and Mexico.

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    Charles Pearson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "It's the early Sixties, and five disparate and desperate people find their paths crossing in the border towns of El Paso (US) and Juarez (Mex). Marty is a gambler, living on his earnings from poker games on both sides of the border, always willing to take a chance but never willing to bet on a sure thing. Meg is a divorcee whose release from a boring and sexually repressed marriage has left her still bored but ready to cut loose in ways that anyone, decent or not, would call depraved. Lily's a barely legal hitchhiker who thumbed her way into El Paso and is looking for enough money to live from minute to minute. Cassie is a sexual predator who could make even the Mexican two-dollar hookers look classy. And Weaver...he's the joker in the deck, the ugly cretin you wouldn't want to look at once much less twice, a man on the run after a brutal murder in Tulsa and who wants to kill as many women as he can, on both sides of the border, before his inevitable capture and execution. Crime writer Lawrence Block weaves these lives back and forth, in and out of each other, crisscrossing them until the reader cannot be sure where their life-lines are going. And when Block brings it all together, the climax is shattering. This is crime noir at its strongest, characters so driven by dark desires that they have no idea to what fate they are being driven, and when destiny catches up with them, they are more surprised than anyone at the results. The novel paints a bleak picture of two towns shrouded in moral darkness, a landscape dotted with cheap nightclubs, greasy diners lit by flickering neon, and flophouses where $2 a night is overcharging. This edition from Hard Case Crime is rounded out by the inclusion of two short stories and a novella from pulps of the late Fifties. The first is "The Burning Fury," a dark character study of a brute whose desires are at odds with the mores of society. "A Fire at Night" is another study in shadows, this time about a fire-bug, a tightly written story with a twist in the final sentence that is as shattering as it is revealing. The final tale in the book, "Stag Party Girl," is a straightforward detective story with private investigator Ed London, a hard-boiled gumshoe who appeared in one one novel and a handful of shorter works. London is hired as a bodyguard for a man who is threatened by a former girlfriend, who must then be defended when the ex gets shot after jumping out a wedding cake at a stag party; when the client turns up an apparent suicide, it's up to London to decide whether to step aside or play avenging angel without pay. All four stories are excellent examples of Block's early writing, when he was still developing his narrative voice. "Borderline" and the two short short stories are more alike in tone than they are different, and will certainly appeal to the fan of crime noir not too squeamish about raw sex and explicit violence. If those three tales are round pegs fitting into round holes, then "Stag Party Girl" is the square peg of the lot, the one you point to when someone asks, "Which of these is not like the others?" For all that, though, it is the cleverest of the four, perhaps the best written, and has just enough of a noir touch to appeal to fans of the genre. The cover is graced by another original painting commissioned by Hard Case Crime, this time by Michael Koelsch, which wonderfully captures a border town drenched in lust and violence, lit by the fires of unleashed passions. If there are drawbacks to this book, it is the lack of an afterword to put the tales and period into perspective with Block's career, and the several typos overlooked by HCC's copy editor, not something that is usually found in an HCC edition. All in all, though, "Borderline" is required reading for every fan of crime noir and Lawrence Block."
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    #51The Fifth Woman

    The Fifth Woman
    The Fifth Woman is a thrilling crime and mystery novel written by Scandinavian legend Henning Mankell. It was released on April 13, 2013, with the translation of Steven T. Murray. It is a part of the Kurt Wallander series.
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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Definitely a story of crime and intrigue. It's a good story and an interesting book to read."
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    #52The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People versus O.J. Simpson

    The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson is a nonfiction and true crime novel written by Jeffrey Toobin. This book was originally published in September 1996 by the Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Anthony Woods
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great selection. The best part is that it was based on real events and not made up."

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