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What crime/horror/thriller/mystery books have you read and found appealing?

I think Harlan COben writes excellent thrillers, I expecially like the Myron Bolitar series.
Also love the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver and the Pendergast series by Preston & Child.
I read all Patricia Cornell's bokks: each worse than the previous one. so I quit reading her :)
Me too...I don't know what happened to her, but when I first started reading her, she was great. Then it seemed it wasn't her writing.

I really loved Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl and April Henry. I'd describe it as chick lit suspense novel, that explores friendships of women interwoven with a very suspenseful crime story. The villain is a beautiful, charming woman who also happens to be a sociopath. It's the third in a series by Wiehl, who is also a legal analyst for Fox News. Wiehl is a former federal prosecutor, as is one of her main characters, so the story is very believable. All three in the series (the first two were Hand of Fate and Face of Betrayal)

Thanks for providing a new name - haven't read any of the Lis Wiehl and April Henry books so it will be interesting to look for one of their books. Always seem to gravitate to the ones I know and eventually I run out of new ones. momac:flowers:
I'm really enjoying In The Shadow of Gotham / Stefanie Pintoff.

It's about a turn of the century crime with the investigating detective meeting a professor who specializes in criminology. A new field at that time and one not held in high esteem yet. I'm not going to say it's a knock-off but it is similar the Caleb Carr's / The Alienist only because of the time and setting. If you enjoyed that novel you will most likely enjoy this one.

I understand there are two subsequent novels. Yippee!
Blood from Stone by Frances Fyfield
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Thomas Perry's Butcher Boy series, Lawrence Block's Hit Man series [Keller], anything by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, or Elmore Leonard.
I am also a big fan of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. I especially liked Dennis Lahane's crime novels...very dark and great characters.
I love Tim Dorsey's works. They are hysterically irreverent romps through Florida following a serial killer with a conscience named Serge A. Storms. I've bought his books for friends and family as gifts.
The Sherlock Holmes volumes by Sir Aurther Conan Doyle!

I wish i was Sherlock Holmes :(
I think i'm more like Watson..
I actually enjoy British crime TV shows (e.g., Foyle's War, Prime Suspect, Inspector Lynley) more than reading crime novels. But this is unfair because I haven't read much lately. The last crime novels I read were Anne Perry's The Cater Street Hangman and The Face of a Stranger -- and that was more than 10 years ago. As a teen, I read some Sherlock Holmes and liked them a lot. I don't know why I stopped.
Certainly agree about Foyle's War - I believe they are going to resurrect the series and have Foyle attached to Mi5. Don't know when it will air but I would guess it will be shown in the UK first before it makes its way across the pond.
In spirit and attitude, I think I'll love crime novels. In practice, I gravitate toward literary novels. I read Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep and while I loved the smart-aleck noirish voice of Philip Marlowe, it got tiresome halfway in and the plot no longer interested me. This is why I lean more toward literary. They tend to satisfy me on multiple levels -- surface aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional.
Don't miss James Lee Burke , Walt Mosly or for that matter Tami Hoag......Elmore Leonard is always entertaining , J.A. Jance likewise , Joe Lansdale....I could go on for far too long.
Def agree re James Lee Burke.
I'll also second Harlan Coben, especially his stand alone novels.

I didn't know Foyle's War was an ongoing series. I have some of it on DVD and enjoyed the show.

Stuart Neville has a good start with The Ghosts of Belfast. There are, I think, three more in his series. I've read three altogether.
I watch the re-runs of Foyle's War on Sunday nights - don't seem to get tired of seeing Foyle, his understated policing is such a welcome change from the more violent dramas I've seen.

I've read a couple of Stuart Neville's books and enjoyed them. Also Harlan Coben and like them too.

Another writer I follow is Stephen Booth, an English mystery/police procedural writer. In his last book it looked like the lead character was going to die and I wrote to the author and said I hoped he wasn't going to kill him off. He wrote back and said I would have to wait for the next book to find out!:D
Agree about Foyle's War - never tire of watching them. Recently picked up the Luther series on DVD; enjoy detectives who use their wits instead of guns. I like to look for unknown newer authors - any recommendations? I recently read Stupid in Taos by Hank Johnson.