Best Crime Series 2016

Best Crime Series 2016

Wondering what the best crime series are in 2016? Read on.

Detective stories or crime fiction is unique as it must have a plot and a believable solution. A crime novel cannot leave you suspended in a conceptual idea or emotional drama. Most if not all loose ends must be neatly wrapped up or the reader will depart. Excitement must be balanced with logic. No cheating allowed.

These new and old crime series will definitely please the fans.

Best Crime Series 2016

1. The Big Fear (Hollow City Series) – Andrew Case

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A civilian investigator and veteran cop are forced to team up in a mystery involving corruption in the police force. The result is a highly suspenseful thriller with unique premise, yet remarkably believable. You will be turning page after page as each piece of the puzzle falls into place, leading up to a satisfactory conclusion that begs for a sequel. It is almost hard to believe that The Big Fear is the author’s debut novel, considering how skillful Case is at crafting an intricate plot and building up suspense.  We definitely think this deserves a place in the Best Crime Series list for 2016.

2. The Girl in the Ice (Detective Erika Foster series) – Robert Bryndza

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Detective Erika Foster was still grieving the loss of her husband when she has to investigate the death of a young socialite from a prominent family. With the victim’s father hindering her investigation in an attempt to uphold his daughter’s good girl image, the detective must follow her own gut and pursue her own leads to track down the killer. The Girl in the Ice is mainly a character based crime novel, filled with complex and sympathetic characters. As the first book of a crime series featuring Detective Foster, it is definitely off to a good start.

3. Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel – Laura Lippman

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Private investigator Tess Monaghan is entangled in the case of Melisandre Harris Dawes.  A woman who allowed her daughter to suffocate to death, but got off by reason of insanity. Although a crime novel, a few thought-provoking issues are explored, particularly the challenges of motherhood and maintaining a work-life balance as a working mom. Overall, Lippman has woven a complex tale with amazing psychological depth, featuring a complex female lead.

4. Make Me (Jack Reacher series) – Lee Child

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This is the 20th book of Child’s successful Jack Reacher series. This plot revolves around the protagonist teaming up with a former FBI agent to search for the latter’s missing friend. There is a mystery at hand in a small town of Mother’s Rest, which gradually unfolds. New comers to the series may enjoy the suspense, while long-time followers of the series may find this installment a bit too familiar to offer anything new.

5. Play Dead (Elise Sandburg series) – Anne Frasier

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Detective Elise Sandburg already has a lot on her plate, as far as her personal life goes. Now, she has to get to the bottom of a case where freshly buried male prostitutes – victims of a serial murder – are allegedly clawing out of their graves, supposedly driven by some voodoo ritual. You cannot go wrong with well-rounded characters, a murder mystery, and some supernatural elements thrown in for good measure.

Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

The 2015 Best Sellers from Amazon over Christmas were a mixed bag of books. At WhyToRead we wonder how many were for gifts, and how many were self-gifts. We certainly indulged in some self-gifting of books from our to-read list (to appear on a list in due course).

So, if you didnt get these or havent read these 2015 Best Sellers, then hopefully you have some Christmas money left over to indulge. Curl up by a warm fire and see what popular choice has chosen for you to read.  (Hint, 4 are mystery/thrillers).

Top 5 Christmas 2015 Best Sellers

1. The Girl With No Past: A gripping psychological thriller – Kathryn Croft

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Leah Mills was a fugitive on the run from something in her past, until she met Julian and they both built a normal life together. Years later, Leah’s past return to haunt her; someone who knew her secret was threatening to destroy everything she had. Base in London, The Girl with No Past is a psychological thriller that promises enough plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Croft masterfully tells the story by unraveling the events of 14 years earlier, yet keeping the readers in the dark on what actually happened…until the end.

2. The Good Neighbor – AJ Banner

2015 Best Seller

Sarah settled into a peaceful neighborhood with her beloved new husband. Everything seemed perfect, until tragedy led her to discover a shocking secret that forced her to question everything she knew about the world around her – neighbors, friends and ever her marriage. The Good Neighbour builds on the premise of ‘all is not as it seems’, and true enough, you may just find yourself lost in the mystery and read this book into the night. Besides the multi-layered suspense-filled plot, Banner also constructed solid believable characters with redeeming qualities that readers can relate to and sympathize with.

3.The Silent Girls – Eric Rickstad

2015 Best Seller

A series of mysterious disappearances of teenage girls in a rural Vermont town brought private investigator, Frank Rath face-to-face with a case that brought back demons from his days as a homicide detective. Rickstad’s tale is an intense and complex psychological thriller, with some horror and intriguing twists thrown in for good measure. Dark in premise, vividly descriptive and filled with fascinating characters, The Silent Girls will have readers enjoying the suspenseful build-up while also craving the resolve.

4. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

2015 Best Seller

Set in occupied France, during World War II, The Nightingale is a story of how sisters Isabelle and Viann braved unimaginable circumstance in a tumultuous period in history. For readers who enjoy wartime stories, this novel offers a fresh perspective of what women do in dangerous times, not just as survivors, but also as rescuers when the men are away. Beautifully descriptive, with well-rounded and strong female characters that readers can root for, this is a page-turner begging to be adapted into a movie.

5. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

2015 Best Seller

Rachel was a divorced alcoholic who indulged in constructing a fairy tale love life for a couple she observed from a train window. Little did she expect that she would be entangled in a murder investigation due to what she saw on her daily commute. The Girl on the Train is a dark and depressing thriller, told from the viewpoints of three women, each with something to hide. The characters are self-serving, deceitful and unsympathetic, but one can’t help being engrossed in their dirty little secrets. Nevertheless, there are enough intrigues to make a reader want to devour the book in one sitting and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Serial Killers: Top 5 Non-Fiction Books About Real Serial Killers

Serial Killers: Top 5 Non-Fiction Books About Real Serial Killers

The minds of Serial killers are fascinating to explore from the safety and distance provided by a book. There have been many books written about real life serial killers and some have even been turned into great movies.

The books in this list are the best selling and the most critically acclaimed books about serial killers written by authors who have done painstaking research to bring us the most detailed account of the events surrounding each case.

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books About Real Serial Killers

1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Larson

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The Devil in the White City is half about H. H. Holmes, a serial killer famous for his Chicago “murder castle” where he tortured and killed his victims. The other half of the book is about Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind Chicago’s world fair.

2. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders – Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

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Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecutor of Charles Manson. His book, Helter Skelter explores the life of Charles Manson from his pre-Family days up to the brutal crimes, and the sick minds behind them.

3. The Stranger Beside Me – Ann Rule

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There are actually two stories in this book. One describes the gradual disintegration of a seemingly normal, affable man into a sexual psychopath so evil and methodical in his vicious killings, that one wonders if he was at all human. The other story is that of Ann Rule herself and how she came to know this man. This is the best book written about Ted Bundy, one of the best known serial killers in the world.

4. The Night Stalker – Philip Carlo

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Carlo provides one of the most thorough true crime works on the serial killer Richard Ramirez. Philip Carlo’s book about Ramirez’s life and crimes is extremely thorough and well-written, a quick-paced nightmare of a read.

5. Killer Clown – Terry Sullivan

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Killer Clown” is author Terry Sullivan’s detailed and well researched account of the John Wayne Gacy murders. The book covers the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Rob Piest, the discovery of bodies on Gacy’s property and the painstaking investigations into Gacy’s past, and the eventual trial and convictions for murder of one of Americas worst serial killers.