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  • Stephen Kings trilogy. Mr Mecedes, Finders Keepers, The Last Watch. T.v series coming out in August.

  • Casual Rex by Eric Garcia are the funniest detectives you’ll ever meet.

  • Erin Hart’s Nora Gavin/Cormac Maguire novels. Archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland.

  • Dennis Lehane series starting with A Drink Before the War will thrill you and make you think.
    Any book by Harlan Coban, Lee Child or John Sandford.
    Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling actually) series of 3 starting with A Cuckoo’s Calling

  • Penguin have recently reprinted the Maigret series by Georges Simenon, could highly recommend.

  • I’ll throw my guilty pleasure in here– Anything by Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole series.) It helps to read them in order, but you don’t have to.

  • Louise Penny’s “Inspector Gamache” series – set in Ontario. Not so much thriller (depending on the volume) but excellent detective / mystery stories.

  • Ed McBain, Ian Rankin, Dennis Lehane’s Mckenzie and Gennero series, John D Macdonald, few books of James Hadley Chase. If you like police procedurals, go for Tana French’s Dublin murder squad series.

  • For something intense and a bit different, I like Taylor Stevens. For modern romantic thrillers with a focus on forensics, I like Lauren Griffin (she used to be a crime reporter).

  • Check out authors Louise Penny (Inspector Gamache series) and Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon series.) It’s best to read the books in order.

  • John Sanford, Sue Grafton, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Kellerman, Robert B Parker (the series books he wrote, not posthumous ones)

  • I like the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva (read in order) as well as the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt, also best read in order. They’re very different from each other. The Rosenfelt series is set in New Jersey for the most part and always involves a murder, rescued dogs, and a trial. Silva’s books are in the thriller category and have locations around the world. Allon is an Israeli art restorer/assassin/head of “the office”.

    • I enjoy the Silva books also. They are spy/espionage genre.

  • Dick Francis writes a good mystery. All set in the U.K. And involve horses/racing. He’s written many and they don’t need to be read in a particular order.

  • I second the Gabriel Allon series. Also I’m a sucker for Michael Connelly. And I love Nicci French’s Freida Klein series

  • Oh! And John Lescroart – I love the ones set in San Francisco (are all of them?)

  • Louise Penny – start w/ Still Life (you’ll love Inspector Gamache)

  • Steven James’ Patrick Bowers Files series. Must read in order: first book is The Pawn. He’s an FBI agent who specializes in environmental tracking (he is not a profiler and he’ll get huffy about it if you call him that), trying to raise his teenage stepdaughter, grieving his wife’s death, and addicted to exotic coffee.

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