Best Mystery/Thriller Novels List

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This list of about 460 books has been compiled from various sources. The sources (coded in the “Lists” column) are given at the end of this page. The “GR” columns are the Goodreads average rating and the number of ratings. Obviously these will change with time. These ratings were taken during Feb 2017.

You can get the excel version here.

Author Title Date Lists GR Rate # GR Ratings
Abbott, Megan The End of Everything 2011 J 3.35 8,433
Abbott, Megan You Will Know Me 2016 B, J 3.51 12,175
Alder-Olsen, Jussi The Hanging Girl 2014 K 3.86 6,053
Alder-Olsen, Jussi The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q #1) 2007 D 3.97 43,290
Ambler, Eric A Coffin for Dimitrios 1939 G 3.95 4,949
Ampuero, Roberto The Neruda Case 2012 j 3.59 625
Atkins, Ace The Innocents 2016 L, N 3.92 775
Atkinson, Kate Started Early, Took My Dog 2011 J 3.89 23,977
Baldacci, David The Escape 2014 L 4.13 26,464
Baldacci, David Faceoff (anthology) 2014 C 3.69 3,314
Baldacci, David The Innocents 2012 L 4.1 53,484
Baldacci, David Memory Man 2015 L 4.05 46,277
Baldacci, David The Target 2014 L 4.03 25,823
Barton, Fiona The Widow 2016 J 3.5      36,292
Bauer, Belinda Darkside 2010 D 3.63 1,557
Bauer, Belinda The Shut Eye 2015 H 3.78 1,343
Benchley, Peter Jaws 1974 A 3.96 100,440
Berry, Flynn Under the Harrow 2016 B 3.44 3,978
Berry, Steve The Templar Legacy 2006 A 3.8 36,805
Beverly, Bill Dodgers 2016 K 3.88 2,267
Bilal, Parker Dogstar Rising (Makana #2) 2013 D 3.74 228
Black, Benjamin The Black-Eyed Blonde 2014 J 3.49 2,223
Bloch, Robert Psycho 1959 A 4.08 37,102
Bohjalian, Chris The Night Strangers 2011 K 3.16 13,533
Bond, Larry Exit Plan 2012 J 3.93 641
Boyle, T.C. The Harder They Come 2015 K 3.62 4,200
Bradley, Alan As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust 2015 L 3.94 15,416
Bradley, Alan The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches 2014 L 4.16 18,935
Bradley, Alan A Red Herring Without Mustard 2011 L 4.07 27,979
Bradley, Alan Speaking from Among the Bones 2012 L 4.17 23,009
Bradley, Alan The Weed the Stings the Hangman’s Bag 2010 L 3.99 35,804
Brookmyre, Chris Black Widow (Jack Palabane #7) 2016 I 4.22 855
Brown, Dan Angels & Demons 2000 A 3.85 2 mill
Brown, Dan The Da Vinci Code 2003 A, F2, G 3.78 1.5 mill
Brown, Dan Inferno 2013 L 3.79 325,343
Brown, Dan The Lost Symbol 2009 A 3.65 386K
Brown, Sandra (this author is on the Romance list)
Buchan, John The 39 Steps 1915 A 3.6 19,694
Bukowski, Charles Pulp 1994 G 3.68 19,720
Burdett, John Bangkok 8 2003 A 3.76 7,871
Burdick, Eugene and Wheeler, Harvey Fail-Safe 1962 A 4.14 4,163
Burgess, Anthony A Clockwork Orange 1995 F74 3.97 434,720
Burke, Alafair If You Were Here 2013 K 3.53 3,549
Burke, James Lee Creole Belle 2012 J 4.16 5,474
Burke, James Lee Feast Day of Fools 2011 K 3.94 3,562
Burke, James Lee House of the Rising Sun 2015 J 3.87 2,204
Burke, James Lee The Neon Rain 1987 F50, G 3.99 15,579
Butcher, Jim Storm Front 2000 F32 4.02 206,953
Cabasson, Armand Memory of Flames 2014 J 3.62 29
Cain, Chelsea Kill You Twice 2012 J 4.13 9,275
Cain, Chelsea Heartsick 2007 A 3.92 29,187
Cain, James M. The Postman Always Rings Twice 1934 F63, G 3.81 21,902
Camillieri, Andrea August Heat 2006 D 3.97 2,821
Capote, Truman In Cold Blood 1965 A, F36, G 4.04 389,522
Carey, M.R. The Girl with All The Gifts 2014 C 3.93 99,281
Carr, Caleb The Alienist 1994 A, F16, G 4.05 96,986
Castle, Richard Frozen Heat 2012 L 3.99 11,298
Castle, Richard Heat Rises 2011 L 3.92 14,683
Ceder, Camilla Frozen Moment (Christian Tell #1) 2009 D 3.38 396
Chandler, Raymond The Long Goodbye 1953 F43, G 4.22 23,660
Child, Lee 61 Hours 2010 A, D, L 4.08 48,246
Child, Lee The Affair 2011 K 4.11 53,199
Child, Lee The Hard Way 2006 A 4.14 41,463
Child, Lee Gone Tomorrow 2009 A 4.16 53,129
Child, Lee The Killing Floor 1997 A, F15, G 4.04 172,245
Child, Lee Make Me (Jack Reacher #20) 2015 H, K 3.95 32,839
Child, Lee Never Go Back 2013 K, L 4.02 40,026
Child, Lee Night School 2016 K 3.98 17,469
Child, Lee Personal 2014 L 3.89 35,858
Child, Lee A Wanted Man 2012 L 3.99 41,526
Christie, Agatha And Then There Were None 1939 A, F3, G 4.22 423,116
Christie, Agatha The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926 F59 4.19 76,493
Christie, Agatha Murder on the Orient Express 1934 A, F4, G 4.15 153,960
Church, James The Man with the Baltic Stare 2009 J 3.8 253
Clancy, Tom Clear and Present Danger 1989 A 4.07 104,433
Clancy, Tom The Hunt for Red October 1984 A 4 267,582
Clancy, Tom Threat Vector 2012 L 4.1 10,350
Clark, Mary Higgins Where Are the Children? 1975 F51 3.99 34,539
Clark, Richard A. Sting of the Drone 2014 J 3.77 382
Clavell, James Shogun 1975 A, F89, G 4.36 110,525
Cleeves, Ann Blue Lightning (Shetland Island #4) 2010 D 4.02 4,781
Clements, Rory Revenger 2011 J 3.99 1,238
Coben, Harlan Caught 2010 L 3.97 35,893
Coben, Harlan Home 2016 K 4.23 15,488
Coben, Harlan Live Wire 2011 L 4.06 30,449
Coben, Harlan Missing You 2014 L 3.95 31,336
Coben, Harlan Six Years 2013 L 3.8 48,253
Coben, Harlan The Stranger 2015 L 3.85 40,094
Coben, Harlan Stay Close 2012 L 3.87 31,868
Coben, Harlan Tell No One 2001 A, F56, G 4.11 80,296
Coleman, Reed Farrell Hurt Machine 2011 J 3.88 415
Coleman, Reed Farrell Onion Street 2013 J 3.99 217
Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games 2008 A 4.35 4 mill
Collins, Wilkie The Woman in White 1859 A, F23, G 3.98 98775
Condon, Richard The Manchurian Candidate 1959 A 4.09 19,065
Connelly, Michael Black Box 2012 J 4.08 30,918
Connelly, Michael The Fifth Witness 2011 L 4.16 41,759
Connelly, Michael The Gods of Guilt 2013 L 4.08 28,535
Connelly, Michael The Poet 1996 A, F46, G 4.19 57,931
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the  Mohicans 1826 A 3.69 71,644
Cornwell, Patricia Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta #1) 1990 F17, G 4 165,571
Cotterill, Colin Love Songs from a Shallow Grave 2010 J 4.17 1,688
Crais, Robert The Monkey’s Raincoat 1987 A 3.98 16,696
Crais, Robert Suspect 2013 L 4.14 16,241
Crais, Robert Taken 2012 L 4.17 13,477
Crichton, Michael The Andromeda Strain 1969 A, G 3.86 171,370
Crichton, Michael Jurassic Park 1991 A 3.95 625,108
Crichton, Michael Timeline 1999 A 3.82 152,177
Crouch, Blake (on horror list)
Crompton, Richard Hour of the Red God 2013 J 3.67 521
Crumley, James The Last Good Kiss 1978 G 4.1 4,298
Cumming, Charles A Foreign Country 2012 D 3.75 3,479
Deaver, Jeffery The Bone Collector 1997 A. F11, G 4.17 119,354
Deaver, Jeffery The Kill Room 2013 J 3.84 8,611
Deighton, Len Berlin Game 1983 A 3.98 7,501
Dekker, Ted The Bride Collector 2009 A 3.85 8,713
DeMille, Nelson Charm School 1988 A 4.25 26,492
DeSilva, Bruce Cliff Walk 2012 J 3.84 519
Diehl, William Primal Fear 1992 A 4.19 6,815
Dixon, Franklin W. The Tower Treasure 1927 G 3.88 10,557
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The Complete Sherlock Holmes 1880 F6 4.5 119,538
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan The House of the Baskervilles 1887 A, G 4.24 829
Du Maurier, Daphne Rebecca 1938 A, F7, G 4.2 312,456
Dugoni, Robert The Trapped Girl 2017 D 4.46 2,481
Dumas, Alexandre The Count of Monte Cristo 1844 A 4.21 576,813
Dunne, John Gregory True Confessions 1977 G 3.68 359
Eco, Umberto The Name of the Rose 1980 F10, G 4.11 212,208
Eisler, Barry Livia Lone 2016 K 4.19 1,466
Ellroy, James L.A. Confidential 1990 G 4.2 22,491
Ellory, R.J. A Simple Act of Violence 2011 J 3.75 1,341
Evanovich, Janet One for the Money 1994 F49, G 4.03 387,633
Evanovich, Janet Sizzling Sixteen 2009 L 3.93 62,054
Evanovich, Janet Smokin’ Seventeen 2011 L 3.94 62,891
Evanovich, Janet Top Secret Twenty-One 2014 L 3.78 38,132
Faye, Lyndsay The Gods of Gotham 2012 J 3.87 10,245
Ferraris, Zoe Kingdom of Strangers 2012 J 3.97 1,622
Ferraris, Zoe The Night of the Mi’raj 2007 D 3.79 5,995
Fesperman, Dan The Letter Writer 2016 L, N 3.69 479
Fisher, Tarryn Marrow 2015 L 4.01 8,259
Fitzek, Sebastian Splinter 2008 D 3.75 2,339
Fleming, Ian Casino Royale 1953 A 3.73 43,937
Fleming, Ian From Russia With Love 1957 F34, G 3.89 21,514
Fleming, Ian Goldfinger 1959 A 3.8 14,636
Fowler, Christopher Bryant & May on the Loose 2009 J 4.05 1,600
Flynn, Gillian Gone Girl 2013 D, F5, G, J,  K, L 4.03 1.5 mill
Flynn, Gillian Sharp Objects 2007 F24 3.92 323,383
Flynn, Vince Consent to Kill 2005 A 4.36 31,926
Flynn, Vince & Mills, Kyle The Survivor 2015 K 4.19 10,679
Follett, Ken Eye of the Needle 1978 A, F13, G 4.16 95,742
Forstchen, William R. One Year After 2015 K 3.89 5,544
Forsyth, Frederick The Day of the Jackal 1971 A, F55, G 4.24 85,426
French, Tana Broken Harbor 2012 L 3.92 46,794
French, Tana Faithful Place 2010 L 3.97 56,629
French, Tana In The Woods 2007 A, F12, G 3.74 183,827
French, Tana The Secret Place 2014 K, L 3.82 34,889
French, Tana The Trespasser 2016 G 4.02 18,202
Furst, Alan Midnight in Europe (Night Soldiers #13) 2014 C 3.55 3,406
Furst, Alan Night Soldiers 1988 G 3.97 6,230
Galbraith, Robert Career of Evil 2015 K, L 4.21 84,639
Galbraith, Robert The Cuckoo’s Calling 2013 K, L 3.83 317,000
Galbraith, Robert The Silkworm (JK Rowling alias) 2014 C, L 4.03 131,672
Gardner, Lisa Find Her 2016 E 4.11 16,640
Gardner, Lisa Love You More 2011 L 4.15 29,464
Gardner, Lisa Right Behind You 2017 E 4.37 1,148
Gardner, Lisa Touch & Go 2013 L 4.05 21,604
Amy Gentry Good as Gone 2016 K 3.55 8,700
George, Elizabeth A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1) 1988 F20, G 4.06 28,841
George, Elizabeth Just One Evil Act 2013 K 3.68 7,732
Gerritsen, Tess Die Again 2015 L 4.15 14,228
Gerritsen, Tess The Silent Girl 2011 L 4.12 24,374
Gerritsen, Tess The Surgeon 2001 F54, G 4.1 92,693
Goldman, William Marathon Man 1974 A 4.11 15,741
Grady, James Six Days of the Condor 1974 A 4.08 13,721
Grafton, Sue A is for Alibi 2013 F25, G 3.81 114,868
Grafton, Sue W is for Wasted 2013 D, L 3.86 20,953
Grafton, Sue X 2015 K 3.87 18,149
Grant, Mira (author on Horror list)
Greene, Graham The Quiet American 1955 G 3.95 32,200
Griffiths, Elly The House at Sea’s End 2011 D 3.91 8,043
Grisham, John The Litigators 2011 D 3.76 49,197
Grisham, John The Quiet America 1955 F64 3.95 32,169
Grisham, John Rogue Lawyer 2015 H 3.69 40,827
Grisham, John Sycamore Row 2013 K 3.97 78,702
Grisham, John A Time to Kill 1989 A, F8 4.02 588,977
Grisham, John The Whistler 2016 K 3.89 23,993
Gudenkauf, Heather One Breath Away 2012 L 3.98 13,868
Gudenkauf, Heather These Things Hidden 2011 L 3.85 27,645
Hallinan, Timothy Fields Where They Lay 2016 J 3.8 224
Halter, Paul The Crimson Fog 2013 J 3.72 36
Hambly, Barbara Good Man Friday 2013 J 4.06 346
Hamer, Kate The Girl in the Red Coat 2016 K 3.54 8,898
Hamilton, Steve The Lock Artist 2009 D 3.95 8,811
Hammett, Dashiell The Maltese Falcon 1930 A, F21, G 3.92 64,349
Hanna, Sophie The Carrier (Spilling CID #8) 2013 D 3.1 2,016
Hanna, Sophie The Wrong Mother 2009 J 3.49 6,284
Harkaway, Nick Tigerman 2014 C 3.92 3,550
Harper, Jane The Dry 2016 Ed 4.16 7,986
Harris, Robert Conclave 2016 E 4 4,461
Harris, Robert An Officer and a Spy 2013 D 4.13 13,023
Harris, Thomas Red Dragon 1981 A, G 4.01 195,226
Harris, Thomas The Silence of the Lambs 1974 A 4.13 353,225
Harrison, A.S.A. The Silent Wife 2013 J, L 3.3 67,609
Hart, John Iron House 2011 L 4.07 10,274
Hart, John The Last Child 2009 D 4.08 23,951
Hart, John Redemption Road 2016 J, K 4.11 8,107
Harvey, Michael Brighton 2016 K 3.72 1,189
Hawkins, Paula The Girl on the Train 2015 F66, H, J, K, L 3.88 1 mill
Hawley, Noah Before The Fall 2016 B, K*, L 3.78 42,676
Hayder, Mo Gone (Jack Caffery #5) 2010 D 3.99 5,948
Hayes, Terry I Am Pilgrim 2014 J, L 4.22 64,758
Haynes, Elizabeth Into the Darkest Corner 2011 F30, J, G 4.09 41,525
Herron, Mick Dead Lions (Slough House #2) 2013 D 3.94 940
Herron, Mick Real Tigers 2016 I 4.07 635
Hiaasen, Carl Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy #1) 2013 D 3.66 30,025
Hiaasen, Carl Razor Girl 2016 K 3.78 6,378
Highsmith, Patricia Strangers on a Train 1950 A 3.84 10,449
Highsmith, Patricia The Talened Mr. Ripley 1955 A, F29, G 3.92 34,838
Hillerman, Tony Dance Hall of the Dead 1973 G 4 8,029
Himes, Chester A Rage in Harlem 1957 G 3.89 3,124
Hochgatterer, Paulus The Sweetness of Life 2015 J 3.02 184
Hobbs, Rogers Ghostman (Jack White #1) 2013 D 3.76 5,878
Hodgson, Antonia The Devil in the Marshalsea 2014 J 3.92 2,066
Hodgson, Antonia The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins 2015 J 4.14 548
Holt, Anne Dead Joker 2015 H 3.61 562
Hurwitz, Gregg Orphan X 2016 Ed 4.07 10,254
Ide, Joe IQ 2016 K 3.82 1,561
Iles, Greg The Bone Tree 2015 K 4.16 10,221
Iles, Greg Natchez Burning 2014 D, K, L 4.12 20,358
Indridason, Arnaldur Hypothermia 2007 D 3.89 6,500
James, P.D. The Children of Men 1992 A 3.69 30,859
James, P.D. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman 1972 F48, G 3.84 10,651
James, Peter You Are Dead (Roy Grace #11) 2015 H 4.22 2,857
Johnson, Craig As the Crow Flies 2012 J 4.28 6,901
Johnson, Craig The Dark Horse 2009 J 4.28 8,131
Kaaberbol, Lene & Friss, Agnete Death of a Nightingale 2013 J 3.63 1,684
Kafka, Franz The Trial 1925 G 3.98 148,832
Kerr, Philip Berlin Noir: March Violets… 1993 G 4.23 5,421
Kerr, Philip Field Gray 2011 J 4.11 3,398
Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1962 F83 4.18 494,712
King, Laurie R. Garment of Shadows 2012 L 3.9 6,179
King, Laurie R. Pirate King 2011 L 3.44 6,363
King, Stephen (this author is on the horror list)
Knoll, Jessica Luckiest Girl Alive 2015 L 3.48 89,445
Koch, Herman Dear Mr. M. 2016 B 3.31 3
Koontz, Dean (author on the Horror list)
Koryta, Michael Rise the Dark 2016 L, N 3.73 916
Koryta, Michael The Silent Hour 2009 J 3.78 1,049
Koryta, Michael Those Who Wish Me Dead 2014 C 3.88 6,368
Knopf, Chris Dead Anyway 2012 J 3.62 623
Krueger, William Kent Ordinary Grace 2013 L 4.14 36,842
Kubica, Mary The Good Girl 2014 J, L 3.81 105497
Lackberg, Camilla The Hidden Child 2007 J 3.93 12,248
Landay, William Defending Jacob 2012 K, L 3.97 190,847
LaPlante, Alice Turn of Mind 2011 K 3.65 12,434
Larsson, Stieg & David Lagercrantz The Girl in the Spider’s Web 2015 H, K, L 3.73 73,072
Larsson, Stieg The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2005 A, F1, G 4.1 1.8 mill
Larsson, Stieg The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 2007 A, F87, L 4.2 505,907
Larsson, Stieg The Girl who Played with Fire 2004 A, F86 4.22 616,033
Le Carre, John A Delicate Truth 2013 D, K 3.75 6,735
Le Carre, John The Spy Who Came in from The Cold 1963 A, F14, G 4.05 42,047
Le Carre, John Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1974 A 4.03 46,413
Lee, Patrick Runner 2014 L 3.99 5,448
Lee, Patrick Signal 2015 J 4 1,621
Lehane, Dennis Gone Baby Gone 1998 A 4.13 25,802
Lehane, Dennis Live By Night 2012 J 3.89 16,200
Lehane, Dennis Mystic River 2001 A, F22, G 4.19 83,571
Lehane, Dennis Shutter Island 2003 A 4.07 117955
Lemaitre, Pierre Alex (Verhoeven #2) 2011 D 4 7,583
Leonard, Elmore Djibouti 2010 D 2.96 2,082
Leonard, Elmore Get Shorty 1990 F37, G 3.95 16,283
Lethem, Jonathan Motherless Brooklyn 1999 G 3.91 24,547
Levin, Ira (author on Horror list)
Lindsay, Jeff Darkly Dreaming Dexter 2004 A 3.89 153,160
Link, Charlotte The Other Child 2013 J 3.68 2,190
Lippman, Laura The Most Dangerous Thing 2011 K, J 3.27 5,347
Lippman, Laura What the Dead Know 2007 A 3.54 16,217
Locke, Attica Black Water Rising 2009 D 3.36 3,127
Ludlum, Robert The Bourne Identity 1980 A, F42, G 3.97 324,698
Lupton, Rosamund Afterwards 2012 J 3.79 13,416
Lupton, Rosamund Sister 2010 F35, G, K 3.77 40,106
Lutz, Lisa The Spellmans Strike Again 2010 L 4.2 10,630
MacDonald, John Cape Fear 1958 A, G 4.06 9,851
MacDonald, John The Deep Blue Good-by 1964 A 3.92 8,896
MacKintosh, Clare I Let You Go 2016 B, K, N 4.11 38,163
Matthews, Jason Palace of Treason 2015 J, K 4.23 3,936
Matthews, Jason Red Sparrow 2013 J 4.02 9,439
McCarthy, Cormac (author on Horror list)
McCreight, Kimberly Reconstruction Amerlia 2013 L 3.82 93,872
McDermid, Val Splinter the Silence 2015 H 4.04 2,644
McDermott, Jack Shrinking 2016 F53 4.58 19
McEwan, Ian Nutshell 2016 B 3.75 11,886
McGilloway, Brian Bleed a River Deep 2010 J 3.81 491
McHugh, Laura The Weight of Blood 2014 L 3.73 16,238
McInerney, Lisa The Glorious Heresie 2016 L, N 3.8 2,759
Meyer, Deon Thirteen Hours 2008 D 4.08 3,269
Miller, Derek B. Norwegian by Night 2012 D 3.87 5,875
Millet, Lydia Sweet Lamb of Heaven 2016 B, C 2.93 1,630
Mina, Denise Gods and Beasts 2013 J 3.57 1,963
Mina, Denise The Red Road (Alex Morrow #4) 2013 C 3.77 1,430
Minier, Bernard & Anderson, Alison Don’t Turn Out the Lights 2016 J 4 451
Minier, Bernard & Anderson, Alison The Frozen Dead (Commandant Martin Servaz #1) 2011 D 3.85 1,683
Megan Miranda All the Missing Girls 2016 A 3.77 17,233
Moore, Graham The Last Days of Night 2016 K 4.12 6,782
Monaghan, Tess Hush Hush 2015 H 3.53 3,960
Montanari, Richard Shutter Man 2016 N 3.85 442
Moore, Graham The Last Days of Night 2016 B 4.12 6,228
Morrell, David Murder as a Fine Art 2013 J 3.89 5,278
Morrell, David The Brotherhood of the Rose 1983 A 4.14 5,083
Morrow, Bradford The Forgers 2014 K 3.12 1,000
Mosley, Walter Charcoal Joe (Easy Rawlins #1) 2016 L, N 4.07 1,066
Mosely, Walter Devil in a Blue Dress 1990 F85, G 3.91 13,301
Murakami, Haruki Kafka on the Shore 2002 F70 4.13 179,785
Nadelson, Reggie Londongrad 2009 J 3.13 83
Nakamura, Fuminori Evil and the Mask 2010 G 3.45 746
Nesbo, Jo The Bat (Harry Hole #1) 1997 F58, G 3.56 42,922
Nesbo, Jo Midnight Sun (Blood on the Sun #2) 2015 H 3.6 5795
Nesbo, Jo Phantom 2011 J, L 4.1 24,152
Nesbo, Jo Police 2013 L 4.22 19,533
Nesbo, Jo The Son 2014 J, L 4.07 23,505
Nesser, Hakan Hour of the Wolf 1999 D 3.78 1,295
Neville, Katherine The Eight 1988 A, F39, G 3.92 26,550
Nunn, Malla Blessed Are the Dead 2012 J 3.98 596
Ng, Celeste Everything I Never Told You (Amazon Book of the Year 2014) 2014 K* 3.76 114,156
Palmer, Daniel Desperate 2014 J 3.79 1,178
Paretsky, Sara Critical Mass 2013 D 3.92 2417
Paretsky, Sara Hardball 2009 A 3.95 3,862
Paris, B.A. Behind Closed Doors 2016 F80, L 3.95 63,062
Patterson, James 11th Hour 2012 L 4.01 28,076
Patterson, James The 9th Judgment 2010 L 4.07 33,057
Patterson, James Guilty Wives 2012 L 3.82 25,874
Patterson, James Kiss the Girls 1995 A, G 3.92 272,332
Patterson, James Now You See Her 2011 L 3.97 25,189
Patterson, James Worst case 2010 L 3.99 18,415
Pattison, Eliot The Lord of Death 2009 J 4.26 463
Pattison, Eliot Mandarin Gate 2012 J 4.3 368
Pattison, Eliot Soul of the Fire 2014 J 4.44 213
Pavone, Chris The Expats 2012 D 3.42 23,266
Pelecanos, George Nick’s Trip 1993 G 3.82 1121
Penny, Louise The Beautiful Mystery 2012 J, L 4.18 23,544
Penny, Louise Bury Your Dead 2010 J, L 4.33 23,647
Penny, Louise A Great Reckoning 2016 A, J, L, N 4.5 14,751
Penny, Louise How the Light Gets In 2013 J, K, L 4.41 25,262
Penny, Louise The Long Way Home 2014 K, L 4.06 18,602
Penny, Louise The Nature of the Beast 2015 L 4.22 15,830
Penny, Louise Still Life (Armand Gamache #1) 2005 F9, G 3.91 61,338
Penny, Louise A Trick of the Light 2011 J, L, K 4.29 22,153
Percy, Benjamin Red Moon 2013 J 3.36 4,359
Perez-Reverte, Arturo The Club Dumas 1992 A 3.81 26,577
Pessl, Marisha Night Film 2013 K, L 3.77 52,046
Petty, Thomas Metzger’s Dog 1983 A 3.95 1,558
Pochoda, Ivy Visitation Street 2013 K 3.41 6,450
Poe, Edgar Allan The Gold-Bug and Other Tales 1843 F44, G 3.98 1,259
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln The Cabinet of Curiosities 2001 A 4.26 30,970
Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln The Relic 1995 A. F31, G 4.01 69,777
Price, Richard & Brandt, Harry The Whites 2015 K 3.63 7,097
Quartey, Kwei J. Wife of the Gods 2009 G 3.72 1,747
Racculia, Kate Bellweather Rhapsody 2014 C 3.78 4,771
Rachman, Tom The Rise & Fall of Great Powers 2014 C 3.64 5,837
Rankin, Ian Even Dogs in the Wild 2015 H 4.17 5,558
Raskin, Ellen The Westing Game 1978 F27 4.03 118,525
Reichs, Kathy 206 Bones 2009 A 3.92 18,779
Reichs, Kathy Bones of the Lost 2013 K 3.84 10,606
Rendell, Ruth Dark Corners 2015 H 3.22 2,058
Rendell, Ruth A Judgement in Stone 2000 G 3.92 3,974
Rendell, Ruth The Vault 2011 D 3.55 2,325
Rice, A.J. The Hand That Feeds You 2015 K 3.31 5,074
Rinehart, Mary Roberts The Circular Staircase 1908 F52, G 3.65 3,059
Robb, JD Brotherhood in Death 2016 A 4.34 13,255
Robb, JD Calculated in Death 2013 L 4.23 15,572
Robb, JD Celebrity in Death 2012 L 4.27 16,646
Robb, JD Festive in Death 2014 L 4.25 13,193
Robb, JD New York to Dallas 2011 L 4.42 20,164
Robb, JD Obsession in Death 2015 L 4.32 12,889
Rollins, James Bloodline 2012 L 4.23 14,342
Rollins, James Subterranean 1999 A 4 18,127
Roming, Aleatha Convicted 2013 L 4.38 17,643
Ronald, R.D. The Elephant Room 2010 F40 3.53 15,636
Ronald, R.D. The Zombie Room 2012 F38 3.65 18,032
Roslund, Anders & Hellstrom, Borge Cell 8 (Grens & Sundkvist #3) 2006 D 3.74 1,920
Rowland, Laura Joh The Cloud Pavilion 2009 J 3.86 577
Russell, Sheldon The Insane Train 2010 J 3.64 176
Sagan, Carl Contact 1985 A 4.1 91,041
Sakey, Marcus Brilliance 2013 K 3.93 19,841
Sanders, Lawrence The First Deadly Sin 1973 A 4.02 5,718
Sandford, John Buried Prey 2011 L 4.23 26,552
Sandford, John Gathering Prey 2015 K, L 4.18 13,526
Sandford, John Rules of Prey 1989 A 4.13 52,541
Sansom, C.J. Heartstone 2010 D 4.31 10,001
Sansom, C.J. Lamentation 2014 L 4.36 6,972
Sayers, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night 1935 G 4.25 15,395
Scottoline, Lisa Damaged 2016 K 3.98 4,542
Searles, John Help for the Haunted 2013 K 3.6 11,443
Seymour, Gerald A Deniable Death 2011 D 3.74 415
Sheers, Owen I Saw a Man 2015 H 3.51 1,957
Shepard, Sara The Heiresses 2014 C 3.48 3,929
Sigurdadottir, Yrsa Someone to Watch Over Me 2009 D 3.84 1,450
Silva, Daniel The Black Widow 2016 K 4.36 12,868
Silva, Daniel The English Girl 2013 K 4.07 19,129
Silva, Daniel The English Spy 2015 K, L 4.16 14,197
Silva, Daniel The Fallen Angel 2012 L 4.17 16,617
Silva, Daniel The Heist (Gabriel Allon #14) 2014 C 4.1 13,527
Silva, Daniel The Kill Artist 2000 A, G 3.99 33,719
Simenon, Georges The Strangers in the House 1940 G 3.77 635
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LISTS:

NPR “Audience Picks Top 100 Killer Thrillers” A
The-Line-Up.com “10 Best Thriller Books of 2016” B
Reader’s Digest “Best Thrillers Now” C
Sunday Times “60 Best Thrillers of 2009-2015” D
Goodreads “100 Mystery and Thrillers to Read…” F
List Editor’s additions ED
Amazon “100 Mysteries & Thrillers to read in a lifetime” (editor picks) G
The Guardian “Best Crime and Thriller Books 2015” H
Telegraph “Best Crime and Thrillers 2016” I
Publisher’s Weekly “Best Mystery Books 2014” J
Amazon Best Books 2016 – Mystery/Thriller category K
Amazon Best Books 2015 – Mystery/Thriller category K
Amazon Best Books 2014 – Mystery/Thriller category K
Amazon Best Books 2013 – Mystery/Thriller category K
Amazon Best Books 2011 – Mystery/Thriller category K
Amazon Best Books 2012 – Mystery/Thriller category K
GoodRead 2016 Books of the Year  L
GoodRead 2015 Books of the Year  L
Popsugar Top 50 2016 M
NYT Best Crime Thrillers 2016 N