The best 70 Detective books

Go on the thrilling journey of solving mysteries and catching criminals with this captivating book list on detective fiction. From classic tales from Sherlock Holmes to modern crime thrillers, these books will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Explore the intricate plots, clever deductions, and fascinating characters that make detective stories so compelling. Whether you're a fan of whodunits or looking for an engaging page-turner, this collection has something for everyone. Get ready to unravel the truth!

The best 70 Detective books
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Detective Books: The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe

The Black Cat

Edgar Allen Poe
4.0 (19 ratings)
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What's The Black Cat about?

The Black Cat (1843) explores the dark themes of guilt, perversity, and violence. It's a tale of a man driven to self-destruction by his own malevolent actions and the haunting presence of a vengeful black cat.

Who should read The Black Cat?

  • Fans of Gothic fiction  
  • Psychology enthusiasts  
  • Horror literature aficionados

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Detective Books: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn
A Novel
4.6 (13 ratings)
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What's Gone Girl about?

Gone Girl (2012) is the story of Amy Dunne, who one day vanishes from her cozy midwestern home. Her sudden disappearance becomes a sensational nation-wide headline – and the biggest suspect is her husband, Nick. But what follows is a head-spinning plot that takes on the subjects of relationship dynamics, private and public identities, the influence of media, and the institution of marriage.

Who should read Gone Girl?

  • People who enjoy mysteries with surprising plot twists
  • Anyone who likes a good crime thriller
  • Fans of iconic female characters in fiction

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Detective Books: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of Four

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's The Sign of Four about?

The Sign of Four is a classic detective novel featuring the famous Sherlock Holmes. When a young woman seeks Holmes' help in solving the mysterious disappearance of her father and a valuable treasure, Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson embark on a thrilling adventure filled with twists and turns. Set in Victorian London, this gripping tale is a must-read for mystery lovers.

Who should read The Sign of Four?

  • Readers who enjoy thrilling mysteries and detective stories
  • People interested in the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
  • Individuals who appreciate classic literature and the Victorian era

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What's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes about?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson. Set in late 19th-century London, the book follows Holmes as he solves a series of complex and intriguing cases using his keen powers of observation and deduction. Each story is filled with suspense, mystery, and clever plot twists, making it a timeless classic in the detective genre.

Who should read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes?

  • Readers who enjoy solving mysteries and unraveling complex plots
  • Fans of detective stories and crime fiction
  • People who appreciate well-developed characters and clever storytelling

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Detective Books: Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Death Masks

Jim Butcher

What's Death Masks about?

Death Masks by Jim Butcher is the fifth book in the popular Dresden Files series. In this thrilling urban fantasy novel, wizard Harry Dresden is on a mission to find the stolen Shroud of Turin while also facing off against a slew of dangerous supernatural beings. With wit, action, and a touch of dark humor, Butcher once again delivers a captivating and fast-paced story that will keep readers hooked until the very end.

Who should read Death Masks?

  • Readers who enjoy urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers
  • Fans of fast-paced, action-packed fiction with a touch of humor
  • Those who appreciate complex and flawed characters facing moral dilemmas

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Detective Books: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

Lord Edgware Dies

Agatha Christie

What's Lord Edgware Dies about?

Lord Edgware Dies is a classic murder mystery novel written by the renowned author Agatha Christie. Set in 1933, the story follows the famous detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of Lord Edgware, a wealthy aristocrat. As Poirot delves into the lives of the suspects and unravels their intricate alibis, he uncovers a web of deceit and betrayal leading to a surprising revelation.

Who should read Lord Edgware Dies?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels
  • Agatha Christie fans looking for another captivating whodunit
  • Those who appreciate intricate plot twists and clever sleuthing

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Detective Books: Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie

What's Cat Among the Pigeons about?

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie is a thrilling mystery novel that takes place in an exclusive girls' boarding school. When a revolution in the Middle East leads to the arrival of a mysterious new teacher, chaos ensues. With a brilliant detective on the case, dark secrets and deadly plots are unraveled in this gripping tale.

Who should read Cat Among the Pigeons?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels with intricate plots
  • Those who appreciate Agatha Christie's masterful storytelling and compelling characters
  • People who like to solve puzzles and untangle complex mysteries

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Detective Books: The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Valley of Fear

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's The Valley of Fear about?

The Valley of Fear is a gripping mystery novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in the late 19th century, it follows Sherlock Holmes as he investigates a murder in a remote English manor. As the story unfolds, secrets from the past and a dangerous criminal organization come to light, leading to a thrilling conclusion. Filled with suspense and clever twists, this book is a must-read for fans of detective fiction.

Who should read The Valley of Fear?

  • Anyone who enjoys classic detective stories
  • Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series
  • Readers who appreciate clever plot twists and suspenseful storytelling

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Detective Books: Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress

Agatha Christie

What's Sad Cypress about?

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie is a gripping murder mystery centered around Elinor Carlisle, who stands accused of poisoning her romantic rival. As Hercule Poirot delves into the case, he uncovers a web of love, jealousy, and betrayal. The book challenges the reader to unravel the truth and reveals unexpected twists along the way.

Who should read Sad Cypress?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and suspenseful storytelling
  • Those looking for a captivating and thought-provoking whodunit with clever plot twists

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What's Murder on the Orient Express about?

Murder on the Orient Express is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set aboard the luxurious train, the story follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates a murder that occurs during the journey. With a limited pool of suspects and a locked room mystery, Poirot must unravel the truth behind the crime in this gripping whodunit.

Who should read Murder on the Orient Express?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels
  • Those intrigued by intricate whodunit plots
  • People who appreciate well-crafted characters and clever storytelling

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Detective Books: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith

What's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency about?

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a delightful novel by Alexander McCall Smith that follows the story of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first female detective. With wit and wisdom, she solves cases and navigates the complexities of life in her community. This charming book is filled with colorful characters and a heartwarming portrayal of African culture.

Who should read The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency?

  • Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries with a heartwarming and uplifting tone
  • Those interested in exploring the culture and traditions of Botswana
  • People who appreciate relatable and charming characters with strong moral values

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Detective Books: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon

Thomas Harris

What's Red Dragon about?

Red Dragon is a psychological thriller novel that delves into the mind of a serial killer, as well as the psyche of the FBI profiler hunting him down. Written by Thomas Harris, it introduces the iconic character Hannibal Lecter and takes readers on a chilling journey filled with suspense and unexpected twists.

Who should read Red Dragon?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and serial killer stories
  • People looking for a captivating and intense read
  • Fans of the TV show Hannibal or the Silence of the Lambs movie

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Detective Books: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

Cassandra Clare

What's City of Bones about?

City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Set in a world where demons and shadowhunters exist, it follows Clary Fray as she discovers her hidden powers and becomes embroiled in a dangerous quest to save her mother. Filled with action, romance, and supernatural elements, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Who should read City of Bones?

  • Readers who enjoy fantasy and urban fantasy genres
  • Young adult and adult readers looking for a compelling and fast-paced story
  • Those interested in exploring the world of shadowhunters, demons, and supernatural creatures

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Detective Books: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Fool Moon

Jim Butcher

What's Fool Moon about?

Fool Moon is the second book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. It follows the adventures of Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator, as he delves into a series of brutal killings in Chicago. As he uncovers the truth behind the murders, he finds himself entangled in a world of werewolves, magic, and dark forces. With its fast-paced action and witty dialogue, this urban fantasy novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Who should read Fool Moon?

  • Those who enjoy urban fantasy and supernatural mysteries
  • Readers who like flawed but relatable protagonists
  • Fans of action-packed and fast-paced storytelling

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Detective Books: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith

What's The Silkworm about?

The Silkworm is a gripping mystery novel by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling). Private detective Cormoran Strike is hired to investigate the disappearance of a controversial author, and soon finds himself delving into the cutthroat world of publishing. As he uncovers dark secrets and hidden motives, Strike races against time to solve the case and bring the truth to light.

Who should read The Silkworm?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and crime fiction
  • Fans of complex and multi-layered detective stories
  • Those interested in the publishing industry and the world of authors

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Detective Books: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes

Stephen King

What's Mr. Mercedes about?

Mr. Mercedes is a gripping thriller by Stephen King that follows retired detective Bill Hodges as he becomes obsessed with solving a cold case. When a mass murderer known as Mr. Mercedes reemerges and taunts him with a series of letters, Hodges is drawn back into the dangerous game of cat and mouse. Filled with suspense and unexpected twists, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Mr. Mercedes?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and crime novels
  • Fans of Stephen King's writing style and storytelling
  • Individuals who are interested in exploring the dark and twisted motivations of a serial killer

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Detective Books: In the Woods by Tana French

In the Woods

Tana French

What's In the Woods about?

In the Woods (2007) is a psychological thriller by Tana French that delves into the intertwining mysteries of a present-day murder and a decades-old disappearance. Filled with intricate characters and a haunting setting, the novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats as detective Rob Ryan and his partner delve into the dark secrets hidden in the woods.

Who should read In the Woods?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and psychological thrillers
  • Those who appreciate well-developed and complex characters
  • Individuals who like atmospheric and immersive storytelling

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Detective Books: Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

Dumb Witness

Agatha Christie

What's Dumb Witness about?

Dumb Witness is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When wealthy Emily Arundell dies in what appears to be an accident, her loyal terrier becomes the unlikely key to solving the case. With the help of Hercule Poirot, the truth behind Emily's death is unraveled, revealing a web of deceit and betrayal.

Who should read Dumb Witness?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective stories with clever plot twists
  • Agatha Christie fans looking for another engaging mystery novel
  • People who appreciate well-developed characters and intricate storytelling

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Detective Books: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library

Agatha Christie

What's The Body in the Library about?

The Body in the Library is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a young woman's body is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, they are shocked and bewildered. With the help of the brilliant detective Miss Marple, they set out to unravel the mystery and uncover the truth behind the murder. Filled with twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read The Body in the Library?

  • Aspiring detectives and mystery enthusiasts
  • Readers who enjoy classic whodunit stories
  • Those who appreciate intricate plots and well-crafted characters

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Detective Books: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Grave Peril

Jim Butcher

What's Grave Peril about?

Grave Peril is a gripping urban fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. It follows the story of Harry Dresden, a professional wizard, as he battles dark forces and supernatural beings to save his friends and the city of Chicago. Filled with action, suspense, and a touch of humor, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Grave Peril?

  • Readers who enjoy urban fantasy
  • Fans of supernatural mysteries and magic
  • Those looking for a compelling and fast-paced story with well-developed characters

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Detective Books: Killing Floor by Lee Child

Killing Floor

Lee Child

What's Killing Floor about?

Killing Floor is a gripping thriller by Lee Child that introduces the enigmatic character Jack Reacher. When Reacher arrives in a small Georgia town, he becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy and must use his military training to uncover the truth. With its fast-paced action and clever plot twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Killing Floor?

  • Anyone who enjoys fast-paced thrillers with a strong, mysterious protagonist
  • Readers who appreciate well-crafted and intricate plots with unexpected twists
  • Fans of action-packed storytelling and intense, suspenseful narrative

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What's The Mystery of the Blue Train about?

The Mystery of the Blue Train is a captivating novel by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy woman is found murdered on a luxurious train, detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. As he delves into the lives of the passengers, he uncovers a web of secrets, betrayal, and greed. With clever twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read The Mystery of the Blue Train?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels with intricate plots
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's detective series featuring Hercule Poirot
  • Those who appreciate unique and unexpected twists in a suspenseful story

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Detective Books: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Murder at the Vicarage

Agatha Christie

What's Murder at the Vicarage about?

Murder at the Vicarage is a captivating mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set in the quaint village of St. Mary Mead, the story revolves around the murder of Colonel Protheroe, the most disliked man in town. When the local vicar becomes entangled in the investigation, the plot twists and turns, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read Murder at the Vicarage?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and clever plots
  • Those who appreciate well-developed and unique characters

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Detective Books: A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder is Announced

Agatha Christie

What's A Murder is Announced about?

A Murder is Announced (1950) is a captivating mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set in the quaint English village of Chipping Cleghorn, the story begins with a newspaper advertisement announcing a murder that is about to take place at a local manor. As curious villagers gather at the appointed time, they soon realize that the announcement was a prelude to a real-life murder. With an intricate plot and cunning twists, the book keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read A Murder is Announced?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's detective stories
  • People who like to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets

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Detective Books: Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

What's Hercule Poirot's Christmas about?

Hercule Poirot's Christmas is a classic murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy patriarch is found dead in his locked room on Christmas Eve, detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. With a house full of suspects and a web of family secrets, Poirot must use his legendary powers of deduction to uncover the truth.

Who should read Hercule Poirot's Christmas?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with intricate plots
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot
  • People looking for a cozy and engaging read during the holiday season

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Detective Books: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

What's The Maltese Falcon about?

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is a classic detective novel that follows private investigator Sam Spade as he becomes embroiled in a complex web of deceit and murder while searching for a valuable statuette. Filled with intriguing characters and unexpected twists, this gripping tale is a must-read for fans of mystery and noir fiction.

Who should read The Maltese Falcon?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective fiction with a hard-boiled edge
  • Those who appreciate intricate plots with plenty of twists and turns
  • Fans of morally ambiguous characters and gritty urban settings

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What's Her Final Confession about?

Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan is a gripping thriller that follows Detective Josie Quinn as she investigates a series of murders in a small town. When a woman confesses to a crime that doesn't add up, Josie delves into the dark secrets and lies that have been buried for years. As the truth unravels, Josie must race against time to stop a killer before it's too late.

Who should read Her Final Confession?

  • Readers who enjoy thrilling and suspenseful detective stories
  • Fans of complex and well-developed female protagonists
  • Those who appreciate a combination of police procedural and psychological suspense

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Detective Books: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

What's The Da Vinci Code about?

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a gripping mystery thriller that unravels the secrets of the Catholic Church and the true identity of the Holy Grail. Filled with hidden codes, ancient symbols, and unexpected twists, it takes the reader on a thrilling journey through Europe as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon races to solve a centuries-old mystery.

Who should read The Da Vinci Code?

  • Readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers with hidden secrets and conspiracies
  • Those with an interest in art, history, and religious symbolism
  • Individuals who like solving puzzles and decoding cryptic messages

What's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon is a captivating novel that offers a unique perspective on the world. Through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy with autism, it delves into themes of family, truth, and the power of perspective. The book takes readers on a thought-provoking journey as it unravels the mystery surrounding a neighbor's murdered dog.

Who should read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

  • Readers who enjoy unique and unconventional narrative styles
  • People interested in gaining perspective on the experience of individuals with autism
  • Those who appreciate a thought-provoking exploration of human behavior and relationships

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Detective Books: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie

What's Death on the Nile about?

Death on the Nile is a classic detective novel by Agatha Christie. Set on a luxurious river cruise, the story follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the mysterious murder of a wealthy heiress. Filled with twists, turns, and a cast of intriguing characters, the book is a thrilling whodunit that keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read Death on the Nile?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with intriguing plots
  • Agatha Christie fans looking for another captivating novel featuring Hercule Poirot
  • Those who appreciate atmospheric settings and cleverly crafted whodunits

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Detective Books: Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

Trunk Music

Michael Connelly

What's Trunk Music about?

Trunk Music is a gripping crime novel by Michael Connelly. It follows the story of LAPD detective Harry Bosch as he investigates the murder of a movie producer whose body is found in the trunk of a car. As Bosch delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of corruption and betrayal that leads him into the dangerous world of organized crime. With its fast-paced plot and complex characters, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Trunk Music?

  • Crime fiction enthusiasts who enjoy intricate and well-paced mystery novels
  • Readers who appreciate complex and morally ambiguous protagonists
  • Those interested in exploring the dark underbelly of Los Angeles and Las Vegas

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Detective Books: A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly

A Darkness More Than Night

Michael Connelly

What's A Darkness More Than Night about?

A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly is a gripping crime novel that brings together two of Connelly's most beloved characters, Detective Harry Bosch and FBI profiler Terry McCaleb. When a brutal murder case forces them to confront their own pasts and the darkness within themselves, they must work together to unravel a complex web of deception and betrayal. With its intense plot and well-developed characters, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read A Darkness More Than Night?

  • Thriller and mystery enthusiasts looking for a gripping read
  • Fans of Michael Connelly's other novels, particularly those featuring Detective Harry Bosch
  • Readers who enjoy complex and morally ambiguous protagonists

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Detective Books: Angels Flight by Michael Connelly

Angels Flight

Michael Connelly

What's Angels Flight about?

Angels Flight is a gripping crime novel that takes the reader on a thrilling journey through the dark underbelly of Los Angeles. Written by Michael Connelly, it follows the tenacious detective Harry Bosch as he investigates the murder of a high-profile lawyer. With its clever twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Angels Flight?

  • Readers who enjoy suspenseful crime novels
  • Fans of gritty police procedurals with a complex protagonist
  • Those interested in exploring the dark underbelly of the city of Los Angeles

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Detective Books: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye

Raymond Chandler

What's The Long Goodbye about?

The Long Goodbye is a classic crime novel by Raymond Chandler. Set in 1950s Los Angeles, it follows private detective Philip Marlowe as he becomes entangled in a web of lies, betrayal, and murder. With Chandler's signature hard-boiled style and sharp dialogue, the book delves into the dark underbelly of the city and explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and the corrupting influence of power.

Who should read The Long Goodbye?

  • Readers who enjoy classic hardboiled detective fiction
  • Fans of complex and intricately plotted mysteries
  • Those interested in exploring the seedy underbelly of 1940s Los Angeles

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Detective Books: The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

The Concrete Blonde

Michael Connelly

What's The Concrete Blonde about?

The Concrete Blonde is a gripping crime novel that follows detective Harry Bosch as he investigates the case of a serial killer known as the "Dollmaker." When a suspect is killed during a police raid, Bosch becomes the target of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man's widow. As he delves deeper into the case, Bosch uncovers shocking secrets and must confront his own doubts and fears. This intense and suspenseful book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Concrete Blonde?

  • Readers who enjoy crime fiction and police procedural novels
  • Fans of complex and morally ambiguous characters
  • Those interested in exploring the dark and gritty side of Los Angeles

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Detective Books: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

The Black Echo

Michael Connelly

What's The Black Echo about?

The Black Echo is a gripping detective novel that follows LAPD detective Harry Bosch as he investigates a murder that leads him into the gruesome world of a serial killer. Filled with compelling characters and an intricate plot, Connelly takes readers on a thrilling ride through the dark underbelly of Los Angeles. It's a must-read for fans of crime fiction.

Who should read The Black Echo?

The Black Echo is a riveting and fast-paced crime thriller that follows LAPD detective Harry Bosch as he investigates a case that leads him to confront his past in the Vietnam War. With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and atmospheric setting, this novel is a must-read for fans of suspenseful mysteries.


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Detective Books: The Big Four by Agatha Christie, Lambda Press

The Big Four

Agatha Christie, Lambda Press

What's The Big Four about?

The Big Four is a gripping detective novel by Agatha Christie that follows the renowned Hercule Poirot as he investigates a mysterious and powerful criminal organization known as the Big Four. Filled with twists, turns, and unexpected revelations, this book keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read The Big Four?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery novels and love solving puzzles
  • Agatha Christie fans who want to explore one of her lesser-known works
  • People who appreciate clever plot twists and unexpected turns in a story

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Detective Books: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi

Sue Grafton

What's A is for Alibi about?

A is for Alibi is a gripping mystery novel by Sue Grafton. Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to solve a murder case that took place eight years ago. As she delves into the past, she uncovers secrets and lies that lead her to the truth. This book is the first in the popular Kinsey Millhone series and will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read A is for Alibi?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery novels and detective stories
  • Fans of strong and independent female protagonists
  • People who appreciate well-crafted plots with unexpected twists and turns

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Detective Books: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Evil Under the Sun

Agatha Christie

What's Evil Under the Sun about?

Evil Under the Sun is a classic murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set on a tranquil island resort, the story follows the famous detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a glamorous and manipulative woman. With a web of deceit, jealousy, and hidden motives, Poirot must unravel the truth and unmask the killer.

Who should read Evil Under the Sun?

  • Fans of classic murder mysteries and whodunits
  • Readers who enjoy intricate plots with unexpected twists
  • Those who appreciate clever and observant detectives like Hercule Poirot

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Detective Books: Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Death in the Clouds

Agatha Christie

What's Death in the Clouds about?

Death in the Clouds is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a woman is found dead on a flight from Paris to London, detective Hercule Poirot must unravel the web of lies and deceit surrounding her death. With clever twists and turns, Christie keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read Death in the Clouds?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective mysteries
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and clever plots
  • Those looking for a thrilling and suspenseful whodunit

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Detective Books: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk

Anthony Horowitz

What's The House of Silk about?

The House of Silk (2011) is a gripping Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz. Set in 1890s London, it follows the famous detective and his loyal companion, Dr. Watson, as they investigate a sinister conspiracy involving a secret society, a missing person, and a series of brutal murders. Horowitz expertly captures the essence of Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, delivering a thrilling and atmospheric mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read The House of Silk?

  • Those who enjoy mystery novels, especially Sherlock Holmes fans
  • Readers who appreciate well-crafted plots and intriguing characters
  • People looking for a captivating and immersive reading experience

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Detective Books: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, PDS 4 Books

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie, PDS 4 Books

What's The Mysterious Affair at Styles about?

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) is a classic whodunit novel by Agatha Christie. Set in an English country house, the story revolves around the wealthy widow Emily Inglethorp who is found dead. Her family members and household staff fall under suspicion, and it is up to the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery and identify the murderer.

Who should read The Mysterious Affair at Styles?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels with clever plot twists
  • Fans of Agatha Christie and her iconic detective, Hercule Poirot
  • Anyone looking for a captivating and well-crafted whodunit with an engaging cast of characters

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Detective Books: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Appointment with Death

Agatha Christie

What's Appointment with Death about?

Appointment with Death is a gripping murder mystery by Agatha Christie. Set against the backdrop of an archaeological expedition in the Middle East, the story follows the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the death of a tyrannical matriarch. With a web of secrets and motives, the novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the shocking truth is revealed.

Who should read Appointment with Death?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries and intricate plot twists
  • Agatha Christie fans looking for a captivating and suspenseful story
  • Those who appreciate well-developed characters and psychological insights

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Detective Books: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz

What's Magpie Murders about?

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a gripping mystery novel that entwines two compelling murder mysteries into one spellbinding narrative. With ingenious storytelling and a clever twist, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Who should read Magpie Murders?

  • Readers who enjoy classic whodunit mysteries
  • Those who appreciate clever and intricate storytelling
  • People who love to be kept guessing until the very end of a book

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Detective Books: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

Vanishing Girls

Lisa Regan

What's Vanishing Girls about?

Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan is a gripping thriller that follows Detective Josie Quinn as she investigates the disappearance of two young girls. As Josie delves deeper into the case, she uncovers shocking secrets and a twisted web of lies that lead her to a dangerous and unexpected truth. Filled with suspense and unexpected twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Vanishing Girls?

  • Readers who enjoy thrilling and suspenseful crime novels
  • Those who like to solve mysteries and follow complex investigations
  • People who are interested in stories that shine a light on the darker side of human nature

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Detective Books: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

What's The Silence of the Lambs about?

The Silence of the Lambs is a psychological thriller that follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling as she seeks the help of incarcerated serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter to catch another killer on the loose. The book delves into the complex relationship between Starling and Lecter, and explores themes of power, manipulation, and the darkest corners of the human mind.

Who should read The Silence of the Lambs?

  • Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers and crime fiction
  • Those with an interest in complex and captivating characters, such as the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter
  • People who appreciate skillfully crafted and intense storytelling

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Detective Books: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie

What's Cards on the Table about?

Cards on the Table is a classic murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a bridge game turns deadly, renowned detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. With four suspects who all had motives and the evidence laid out on the table, Poirot must use his unparalleled deductive skills to uncover the truth.

Who should read Cards on the Table?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries
  • Fans of Agatha Christie’s writing style and complex plots
  • Those interested in psychological insights into the minds of suspects and detectives

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Detective Books: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Along Came a Spider

James Patterson

What's Along Came a Spider about?

Along Came a Spider is a thrilling novel by James Patterson. When a brilliant and twisted criminal mastermind kidnaps two children from an elite school, detective Alex Cross is on the case. Racing against time, Cross must outsmart the criminal and uncover the shocking truth behind the abduction. Filled with suspense and unexpected twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Along Came a Spider?

  • Readers who enjoy fast-paced and suspenseful crime thrillers
  • Fans of James Patterson's Alex Cross series
  • Those who are intrigued by complex and twisted criminal minds

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Detective Books: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Peril at End House

Agatha Christie

What's Peril at End House about?

Peril at End House is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set at the beautiful End House, the story follows Hercule Poirot as he investigates a series of near-fatal accidents that befall a young woman named Nick Buckley. As Poirot delves into the case, he uncovers a web of secrets, lies, and hidden motives, leading to a thrilling and unexpected conclusion.

Who should read Peril at End House?

  • Readers who enjoy classic mystery novels
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate plot twists and clever detective characters
  • People looking for a compelling and suspenseful whodunit story

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Detective Books: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Murder in Mesopotamia

Agatha Christie

What's Murder in Mesopotamia about?

Murder in Mesopotamia is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Set on an archaeological dig in Iraq, the story follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a young woman. With a cast of intriguing characters and a cleverly plotted mystery, the book keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read Murder in Mesopotamia?

  • Agatha Christie fans who enjoy classic murder mysteries
  • Readers who are fascinated by archaeological settings and ancient history
  • Those who appreciate intricate plots and cleverly crafted detective stories

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Detective Books: The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

The Murder on the Links

Agatha Christie

What's The Murder on the Links about?

The Murder on the Links is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy man is found dead on a golf course in France, detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case. With a web of suspects and motives, Poirot must use his keen powers of deduction to uncover the truth behind the murder.

Who should read The Murder on the Links?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with intricate plots
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's other works, especially those featuring Hercule Poirot
  • Those who appreciate clever and unexpected twists in a detective story

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Detective Books: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels & Demons

Dan Brown

What's Angels & Demons about?

Angels & Demons is a gripping thriller by Dan Brown that takes you on a high-stakes journey through the Vatican and the streets of Rome. When a scientist is found murdered with an ancient symbol branded on his chest, symbologist Robert Langdon is called in to decipher the clues and unravel a deadly conspiracy. As Langdon races against time to stop a powerful secret society from unleashing chaos, the line between good and evil becomes increasingly blurred.

Who should read Angels & Demons?

  • Readers who enjoy fast-paced, suspenseful thrillers
  • People interested in a combination of religious and scientific themes
  • Those who like to explore hidden secrets and mysteries

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Detective Books: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's A Study in Scarlet about?

A Study in Scarlet (1887) is a detective novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It introduces the iconic characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they solve a mysterious murder case in London. Filled with thrilling twists and turns, this book marks the beginning of the legendary Sherlock Holmes series.

Who should read A Study in Scarlet?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective fiction
  • People with an interest in the original Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Those who appreciate complex and intriguing mystery plots

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Detective Books: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

What's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd about?

Agatha Christie's 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' is a classic mystery novel that follows detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of a wealthy man in a small English village. Told from the perspective of the village doctor, the book twists and turns, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

  • Suspense and mystery enthusiasts looking for a gripping whodunit
  • Readers who enjoy clever plot twists and unexpected endings
  • Fans of classic crime fiction and the works of Agatha Christie

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Detective Books: Still Life by Louise Penny

Still Life

Louise Penny

What's Still Life about?

Still Life is a captivating mystery novel by Louise Penny. Set in the quaint village of Three Pines, it follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the suspicious death of beloved local artist Jane Neal. With beautifully drawn characters and a cleverly woven plot, the book delves into the complexities of human nature and the secrets that lie beneath the surface of seemingly idyllic lives.

Who should read Still Life?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery novels with rich and complex characters
  • Those who appreciate atmospheric settings and vivid descriptions
  • People who are interested in exploring human nature and the complexities of relationships

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Detective Books: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch

What's Rivers of London about?

Rivers of London is a gripping urban fantasy novel by Ben Aaronovitch. Set in modern-day London, it follows the story of Peter Grant, a young police officer who discovers that he has the ability to communicate with ghosts. As he delves into the supernatural underbelly of the city, Grant uncovers a hidden world of magic and uncovers a dark conspiracy that threatens the balance between the mortal and supernatural realms.

Who should read Rivers of London?

  • Readers who enjoy urban fantasy novels
  • People interested in stories that combine magic and modern-day police work
  • Those who appreciate a witty and engaging writing style

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Detective Books: After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

After the Funeral

Agatha Christie

What's After the Funeral about?

After the Funeral is a riveting murder mystery by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy patriarch dies, his family gathers for the funeral. But when his sister expresses her suspicion that he was murdered, the investigation takes a surprising turn. With unexpected twists and turns, it keeps the reader guessing until the very end.

Who should read After the Funeral?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with intricate plot twists
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot
  • Those who appreciate stories that explore family dynamics and secrets

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Detective Books: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Turn Coat

Jim Butcher

What's Turn Coat about?

Turn Coat is a thrilling urban fantasy novel by Jim Butcher. As part of the Dresden Files series, it follows the story of Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator, as he navigates a world filled with magic, mystery, and danger. When a trusted ally is accused of treason, Harry must uncover the truth and confront dark forces that threaten to destroy everything he holds dear.

Who should read Turn Coat?

  • Readers who enjoy urban fantasy narratives
  • Fans of supernatural mysteries with complex characters
  • Those interested in exploring moral dilemmas and ethical choices within a magical setting

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Detective Books: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, Penelope-Jane Fry

Poirot Investigates

Agatha Christie, Penelope-Jane Fry

What's Poirot Investigates about?

Poirot Investigates is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, featuring the famous detective Hercule Poirot. With his sharp mind and keen observation skills, Poirot solves a series of intriguing mysteries, from thefts and disappearances to murders. Each story is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read Poirot Investigates?

  • Anyone who enjoys classic detective stories
  • Readers who appreciate intricate and cleverly plotted mysteries
  • People who are fans of Agatha Christie's work and the character of Hercule Poirot

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Detective Books: Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie

What's Five Little Pigs about?

Five Little Pigs is a classic murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When a young woman asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her mother's murder, which occurred 16 years ago, he delves into the past to uncover the truth. With multiple suspects and different perspectives on the events, Poirot must use his detective skills to solve the case and reveal the real killer.

Who should read Five Little Pigs?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective stories and intricate plots
  • Fans of Agatha Christie's novels and the character of Hercule Poirot
  • Those who appreciate psychological exploration and complex character relationships in a mystery

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Detective Books: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Summer Knight

Jim Butcher

What's Summer Knight about?

'Summer Knight' by Jim Butcher is the fourth book in the urban fantasy series 'The Dresden Files'. It follows wizard detective Harry Dresden as he becomes embroiled in a war between the Summer and Winter courts of the Faerie. With magical battles, political intrigue, and a race against time, this book is full of action and suspense.

Who should read Summer Knight?

  • Readers who enjoy urban fantasy with a dash of humor
  • Fans of detective stories with a supernatural twist
  • Individuals who like complex and flawed protagonists

What's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency about?

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a humorous and mind-bending novel by Douglas Adams. It follows the eccentric detective Dirk Gently as he investigates seemingly unrelated events, uncovering a complex web of interconnectedness and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists, this book is a delightful blend of mystery, science fiction, and comedy.

Who should read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?

  • Readers who enjoy quirky and offbeat humor
  • Fans of science fiction and supernatural mysteries
  • Those looking for a unique and unconventional take on detective stories

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Detective Books: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in Death

J.D. Robb

What's Naked in Death about?

Naked in Death is a gripping mystery novel by J.D. Robb (pseudonym for Nora Roberts). Set in a futuristic New York City, it follows tough homicide detective Eve Dallas as she investigates a series of brutal and sexually charged murders. As Eve delves into the case, she uncovers dark secrets and faces unexpected danger, all while navigating her own complicated past. This fast-paced thriller keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read Naked in Death?

  • Readers who enjoy a combination of romance, suspense, and futuristic elements
  • Those who appreciate strong and complex female lead characters
  • People who are fans of police procedural novels with a twist

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Detective Books: Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny

What's Kingdom of the Blind about?

'Kingdom of the Blind' by Louise Penny is a gripping mystery novel that follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he is unexpectedly named the executor of a stranger's will. As he delves into the complex and dangerous world of the deceased woman, Gamache uncovers shocking secrets and a web of deceit that threatens to unravel everything he holds dear. This thought-provoking and intricately plotted story will keep you guessing until the very end.

Who should read Kingdom of the Blind?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and crime novels
  • Fans of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking and intricately plotted story

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Detective Books: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

Robert Galbraith

What's The Cuckoo's Calling about?

The Cuckoo's Calling is a gripping mystery novel by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling). It follows private detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates the supposed suicide of a famous supermodel. With well-developed characters and a cleverly plotted storyline, the book keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read The Cuckoo's Calling?

  • Readers who enjoy engaging mystery novels with complex characters and intricate plots
  • Those who appreciate detailed and atmospheric descriptions of London and its diverse neighborhoods
  • Fans of classic detective stories with a modern and refreshing twist

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Detective Books: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler

What's Farewell, My Lovely about?

Farewell, My Lovely is a classic hard-boiled detective novel that follows private investigator Philip Marlowe as he delves into the seedy underbelly of 1940s Los Angeles. Written by Raymond Chandler, this gripping tale of murder, betrayal, and redemption will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read Farewell, My Lovely?

  • Readers who enjoy classic hardboiled detective fiction
  • Those who appreciate complex and compelling characters
  • People looking for a gripping and atmospheric mystery novel

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Detective Books: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler

What's The Big Sleep about?

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is a classic hardboiled detective novel that introduces the iconic character Philip Marlowe. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, the story follows Marlowe as he is hired by a wealthy general to investigate the blackmail of his daughter. What starts as a seemingly straightforward case soon unravels into a complex web of crime, corruption, and murder. With its gritty portrayal of the city and sharp-witted dialogue, this novel is a must-read for fans of detective fiction.

Who should read The Big Sleep?

  • Readers who enjoy classic hard-boiled detective fiction
  • Those looking for a gripping and atmospheric mystery novel
  • Fans of complex and morally ambiguous characters

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Detective Books: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder Is Announced

Agatha Christie

What's A Murder Is Announced about?

A Murder Is Announced is a classic mystery novel by Agatha Christie. When an advertisement in the local newspaper announces that a murder will take place at a specific time and location, the residents of Chipping Cleghorn dismiss it as a joke. But when the lights go out and a murder does occur, Miss Marple is called in to solve the perplexing case. With clever twists and turns, Christie keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read A Murder Is Announced?

  • Readers who enjoy classic murder mysteries with clever plot twists

  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and suspenseful storytelling

  • Those who appreciate a strong and intuitive female detective like Miss Marple


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Detective Books: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates

Agatha Christie

What's Poirot Investigates about?

Poirot Investigates is a collection of short stories featuring the renowned detective Hercule Poirot. Written by Agatha Christie, the book takes readers on a thrilling journey as Poirot uses his exceptional detective skills to solve a variety of perplexing mysteries. From thefts and murders to disappearances, each story is cleverly crafted and keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Who should read Poirot Investigates?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective stories

  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and clever plots

  • People who appreciate a well-crafted mystery with unexpected twists


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Detective Books: The Big Four by Agatha Christie

The Big Four

Agatha Christie

What's The Big Four about?

The Big Four is a gripping mystery novel by Agatha Christie that follows the renowned detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates a global conspiracy orchestrated by four powerful individuals. Filled with twists, turns, and unexpected revelations, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Who should read The Big Four?

  • Readers who enjoy classic detective fiction with a clever and unexpected plot

  • Fans of Agatha Christie's intricate and well-crafted mysteries

  • People who appreciate a story with a focus on psychology and the complexities of human nature


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What are the Top 10 Detective books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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  • Death Masks by Jim Butcher
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  • Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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