What is the best mystery or legal thriller that you have read?

Variation of a previous question… What is the best mystery or legal thriller that you have read? ๐Ÿ“–

38 Answers

  • The Linley series by Elizabeth George and the Gamache series by Louise Penny are both terrific!

    • I agree about both of these. I remember when I discovered them. I had a whole bunch to read. Now, I wait with baited breath for each new installment.

    • Don’t you love discovering a quality series that’s been around for a while, giving you a backlog…..? I found Jane Casey, Barry Maitland and David Rosenfelt that way…So nice

  • I like the Tana French books. As a lawyer, I don’t really go for legal thrillers. Too unrealistic.

  • I recently ‘discovered’ Peter May. Really enjoying his books.

  • Faithful Place by Tana French is my favorite. I always look forward to new books from her.

  • Yes, Tana French is way up there on my list. Her books are fantastic.

  • Police procedurals set in Yorkshire, England with Alan Banks as the protagonist. By Peter Robinson, and a lovely long series, if they’re new to you.

    • My favorite genre in my favorite locale! Another addition to my TBR list. I will have to live forever. Thanks for bringing Peter Robinson to my attention!

    • Read in order because the background story is important and flows through the whole series. So, to keep you reading even longer, do you know Deborah Crombie (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones) and Cynthia Harrods Eagle (Bill Slider), both British and both to be read in order. And PD James. And that’s without really thinking!

    • I have read some P D James and have her on my list to read all her books. I will check out the others. Thanks so much. I really am a fan of British lit.

    • I will try to think of some more – oh! Colin Dexter with Inspector Morse, also an excellent TV series with John Thaw, and Ian Rankin – Rebus – Scottish, a little more gritty but excellent. I’m British and love this stuff. For some historical mystery Jacqueline Winspear, the Maisie Dobbs series.

  • Bit of a left field one but Lustrum and Imperium by Robert Harris are great thrillers with a legal flavour but set in Ancient Rome.

  • May be too obvious but Scott Turow, John Grisham and Michael Connelly.

  • I mentioned Fieldwork in another post, and will mention it here again. Not a legal thriller, but certainly a mystery.

  • Not my favorite genre but I did like the audible of “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight; I thought “Defending Jacob” by William Landay was ok, but I have a few friends who loved it. “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan I liked better.

  • Call it old-fashioned, but I still love reading P. D. James and anything set in Great Britain of that era.

  • Elly Griffiths’ series of forensic archeology mysteries set in England and featuring Ruth Galloway are excellent!

  • The Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny!! I really got hooked!

    • They’re my guilty pleasure. After I finish a longer book, I usually go for one of hers before starting something else.

  • The Likeness by Tana French. I love all her books, but this one is my favorite favorite. I love the friendships portrayed in it, even if they did kill someone. So heartfelt, so simple.

  • Val McDermid – she is a Scottish author that has written a ton of books. I like them all, they vary but all are set in Scotland and tend to be gritty or pretty dark or both

  • I’m really enjoying the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling). Also Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series. As for stand alones I’ve always loved The Rainmaker by John Grisham and Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. Broken Monsters does have some horror & magical realism elements, but I think that makes it more exciting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I second the Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling series. The best mysteries I’ve ever read? Not sure, but definitely an entertaining read.

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