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Top Picks: 5 Thrilling Crime Books

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 thrilling crime books!



5-Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

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After living seven years in France, Fiona Valpy moved to the UK where she notes that “[s]he and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.”

Well, if her skills at cement-mixing are as any good as her writing skills, then I might need to hire her to fill in that body-sized hole in my backyard (Kidding).


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Her newest novel, released October 1st, follows generations. One is set in 1940s Paris, France. During the Nazi occupation, three young seamstresses seem to be like any other citizen, but all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne is involved in something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Talk about thrilling! But it only heats up when we follows Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet two generations later. After arriving in Paris, the city of lights, rootless and adrift, Harriet looks for the truth about her grandmother – and herself – unraveling a dark family history.

A book filled with loyalty, threats of betrayal, and hardship all around, we as readers learn about a city where crime is law and must ask, along with Harriet, if we really want to solve this mystery.

4-The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

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A ten year wedding and portrait photographer, Ashley Elston knows how to capture a picture. But that’s not all! Elston is also a certified landscape horticulturist, meaning she must have as much fun in her gardens as she does with her titles.


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When his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school, Owen Foster learns that his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. Now his father has skipped town, millions have been stolen from their once loyal employees’ retirement accounts, and Owen and his mother must deal with the fallout.

Returning back to Lake Cane, Owen is despised by all for his father’s crimes, including a mysterious person out for revenge. Now Owen has a thrilling mystery to contend with, lest he and his mother vanish without a trace.

With a cryptic note from his father, a man named Gus, who offers Owen refuge and seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. The truth is hidden under layers of questions that don’t get answers until the book rockets to the end. On November 13th we’ll get an answer to this universal question: if our past was written by someone else, how can we write a better future?



3-My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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A Nigerian-UK novelist and writer, Oyinkan Braithwaite came out with her debut novel, and it’s something that you NEED to know about!


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Ayoola is the favorite child, the beautiful one, and her third boyfriend in a row is dead. How could Korede not be bitter? At least she’s practical, knows how to clean blood, her trunk is big enough for a body, and she’s able to keep her sister from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend.

But Korede gets none of the credit, none of the love from her sister.

Now Korede is in love love with a doctor, but the doctor has eyes for Ayoola. It’s a love triangle where one of the participants is a black widow.

Full of deadpan wit, this crime novel is as hilarious and it is horrifying. A mesmerizing debut, it’s frighteningly fun, the finest example of modern noir. It hits shelves November 20th, so don’t miss out on this newest hit!


2-Home Truths by Tina Seskis

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Even though she spent twenty years in marketing before diving in to a career as a writer, Tina Seskis has written novels that have been published in eighteen languages in over sixty countries, teaching us that while the words may change, murder is universal.


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When Eleanor walks into a London police station to report a stalker, Officer Alex is convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. The sun seems to be shining as they settle into their life together, but the sun doesn’t shine on everyone.

Two hundred miles away, Christie receives a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ and now she can’t help but wonder if Paul is as faithful as he seems.

Ten years after the stalker and Christie receives her warning, both couples are still together, but doubts and resentments have bubbled to the surface, and all four of them question the decisions they’ve made.

Everyone carries secrets, and these four people have brought their secrets into their marriages. Some small, some not so small, but all of them pile up to a dangerous point. This December 1st will bring all four of these people colliding together.


1-Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

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His debut thriller, The Girl in the Ice, was a publishing phenomenon that garnered more than three million readers, and his newest novel, set for a December 1st release, shows that Bryndza is back.


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When she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer, Kate Marshal was in the limelight with an even brighter future ahead of her, but the lights turned dark when her career ended in scandal thanks to the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case.

Fifteen years later, Kate carries the demons of the past on her shoulders. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she learns of a copycat killer. Where everyone else sees absolute horror, Kate sees redemption.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate goes to catch this new monster. After all, Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

With a masterful level of craft, Bryndza is at the top of his game with edge-of-your-seat suspense, riveting characters, and everything else that makes you remember why you love the crime and thriller genre.




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A Booker Brace – Top 3 Booker Prize Picks


The Booker Prize has been a principal barometer of the British literary community since 1969, and since 2014, has considered all original fiction written in English. If you don’t have time to read all 13 books on the long list (a Booker dozen), and you don’t want to wait for the short list in September or the winner in October, here are our top picks.




1. My Sister, The Serial KillerOyinkan Braithwaite


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This is a gallows humor slasher about the things you do for the ones you love. Morally unencumbered, capturing the complexities of sibling life, this is a page turner you won’t want to put down. It’s already won several awards, including the LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller and the Field Notes Morning News Tournament of Books, as well as being shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and optioned for a movie.

This is Braithewaite’s debut, but already shows a distinct, explosive voice, and has been perhaps one of the most publicized of the long list novels. Anyone with a taste for killers, or good female villains in general, should pick this up, but you don’t have to be a slasher fan to enjoy this novel.



2. QuichotteSalman Rushdie


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Quichotte won’t be released until September, but the modern retelling of Don Quixote promises Rushdie’s signature blend of reality and magical realism, with both a commitment to the source material and the devastating strangeness of the present age.

Salman Rushdie has long been a towering figure in literature. Both literary and surrealist, Rushdie has won a battery of awards for his 13 previous books, including the Eggerton prize, and promotion to Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Frances greatest literary honor. Rushdie has won the booker three times, including the 25th and 40th anniversary prizes.

It may not be out yet, but it can be prehumously recommended on anticipation.



3. An Orchestra of MinoritiesChigozie Obioma 


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This pick is both more tragic and more fantastical, narrated by the guardian spirit of a lovelorn chicken farmer. In love with a wealthy woman, and cheated out of everything he’s ever had, this book explores suicide, loss, and abandonment all through the lens of a narrator who is both hundreds of years old and removed from humanity. The prose is rich and ethereal, and explores what victimhood does to a person, and how far it’s possible to fall – all while traveling the world and more astral spaces.

This is Obioma’s second novel, and his first was short listed for the Booker Prize, so it’s a good bet this year.



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