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May I suggest the following authors:


Lee Child

Sandra Brown

Iris Johansen

Patricia Cornwell

Lisa Scottoline

Kay Hooper

Tess Gerritsen

James Patterson

David Baldacci

Harlan Coben

Stuart Woods



Some of these are suspense thrillers, crime/suspense novels,  or mystery suspense,

or adventure/mystery/suspense. A couple are medical mystery/suspense thrillers.


It depends on the author.

Find a plot line and time period you like and try one of their contemporary ones.


Give every new author you read at least two ,if not three) books to see if you like their style.


Concerning Sandra Brown:


She used to write romance novels, etc. but now her books are best-seller suspense/thriller novels.


Tess Gerritsen writes the best medical/suspense/mystery  stories. Hers are always best-sellers. She is a medical doctor who quit to devote full-time to her writing career. Great reads !


Lee Child writes fast-paces, well-written crime novels.All are best -sellers, and he also has written seventeen "Jack Reacher" novels.

Most all are made into top movies. Tom Cruise has been in one or more. His debut, Killing Floor won both the Anthony and the Barry  nero awards for " best first mystery".  His books are adrenaline addicting ! Lee is from England and the foreign rights in the "Reacher"
have sold more than 40 territories.

All titles have been opted for major motion pictures. He was a TV director before author. He now lives in New York City.


Iris Johansen and Kay Hooper used to write romance fiction 20 or so years ago but now write crime fiction/suspense thrillers. They are very good sellers.


I  also love Tess Gerritsen because her medical/suspense/crime novels are very well- written, all best-sellers, and her hospital and medical knowledge are excellent. She tells a very interesting medical/suspense/crime story.







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Noticeably absent in this thread is Tana French, unless I missed it.  

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I was just going to say Tana French, Sophie Hannah, Peter Robinson, Reginald Hill, Ellie Griffiths, Val McDermid, 

All write intelligent, suspenseful books, no fluff or cosies in the bunch Smiley Happy


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I didn't mention Tana French as I have not read her books. Missed them somehow. I did a review of many online. Are they written with dialect from her country or from the setting? I detest having to keep up with written dialect, especially from Scotland or Ireland.


Can anyone help me answer this?



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Tana French does not use excessive dialect. She is quite readable. (I love her!)

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Love Tana French as well - her books are on the "dark" side, I think - which I like, but not all do....


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Alfo love Harlan Coben - he is from the part of NJ where I grew up so some of the settings are very familiar to me.


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An author I just found is Alan Jacobson. Right now, I'm listening to his audiobook version of "False Accusations". I plan to get more of his books.
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I enjoy Oliver Potzch's The Hangman's Daughter series.


Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendant of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.


Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he races against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil—a man with a hand made only of bones. 


Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, The Hangman’s Daughter brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers’ imaginations long after they’ve put down the novel.


I am not a mystery lover, but I will always pick up the new book in this series.

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Re: Book Recommendations

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I really enjoy David Baldacci, The Camel Club series.  About five books. 

I also enjoy reading some authors like Euginia Price The Savannah series (civil war time period) who are no longer with us. 

She did other series at the beginning of our country and the troubles with England ect.......

Both series quite different than the other.

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