By Simon McDonald
Do you like your romance novels with a touch of mystery and suspense, or your crime novels with a hint of romance? Look no further than these 10 books. Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments!
1) Lethal, by Sandra Brown
When her 4-year-old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that “sick” man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before.
2) Gone to Far, by Suzanne Brockmann
A story of action, intrigue, and romance as U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Sam Starrett and FBI agent Alyssa Locke race to unravel a mystery while confronting their own unresolved feelings toward each other.
3) Mr. Perfect, by Linda Howard
“What would make the perfect man?” That’s the delicious topic heating up the proceedings at a certain table of professional women at their favorite restaurant, Ernie’s — tonight: Mr. Perfect. They write down a tongue-in-cheek checklist that’s both funny and racy. The next thing they know, the List, as it has come to be called, spreads like wildfire throughout their company and sizzles along e-mail lines, and it doesn’t stop there. The List becomes an overnight sensation, grabbing the interest of local newspapers and television coverage. No one expected this avalanche of attention for something that began as a joke among friends, and the joke turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered.
4) One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bonding company. She’s got no experience, but that doesn’t matter, neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father’s Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e, and now the hot guy is in hot water, wanted for murder.
5) Extreme Exposure, by Pamela Clare
Sparks fly when a hardboiled reporter meets a handsome senator, but a political scandal-and attempts on her life-could drive them apart.
6) The Witness, by Nora Roberts
Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally lets loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
7) You Belong to Me, by Karen Rose
Baltimore city Homicide Detective J.D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of violence but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. Now he’s starting to suspect his medical examiner, Dr. Lucy Trask, may be shielding a dark secret that could connect her to these vicious killings and put her next on the killer’s hit list.
8) Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Agnes Crandall’s problems are rolling to a boil. First, a dog-napper invades her kitchen, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she’s staked her entire net worth on. Then, a man climbs through her bedroom window to save her. “Shane” (no last name) may be Agnes’s hero, but he’s also a professional hitman, so he’s no stranger to trouble himself.
9) Untraceable, by Laura Griffin
Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on — including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective — Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
10) Silent in the Sanctuary, by Deanna Raybourn
Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father’s estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget, the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane is among her father’s houseguests, and he is not alone. But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel.