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This is a great series beginning for fans of novels that start with different events that slowly come together. It follows private investigator Jackson Brodie as he looks into a missing child case thirty years later, only to discover that other events in Edinburgh are about to not be as unconnected as they once seemed…
Robert Galbraith; J. K. Rowling
Did you know J.K. Rowling wrote a successful procedural starring a private detective that has now been adapted into a television series? If you did and you still haven’t read this series, you may want to remedy that. If this is news to you and you especially enjoy procedurals and great character development, this series start is perfect for you. It's set in London as PI Cormoran Striker and his new assistant, Robin Ellacott, are investigating a model’s suicide.
M. C. Beaton
And now we hit the breaks a bit and jump into a cozy mystery set in Scotland. Hamish Macbeth, village cop, must find out who murdered Jane Winters. Not an easy feat when your victim was a tabloid reporter dishing out people’s secrets…
Raise your hand if you’re a historical fiction mystery fan because I’ve got a book for you! Set in 1884, Amelia Peabody uses her inheritance to pursue her passion of Egyptology. She quickly makes friends with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, also on her way to Egypt, and they end up encountering mysteries together…Really all friendships should be about solving mysteries.
Like your crime novels to sound like the recent news? Here’s a pairing of an older, black private detective with a white ex-cop who was cleared in the shooting of a fellow officer. They’re going to find themselves up against corruption, drug dealers, and racism.
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A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades. It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
Alex Morrow is not new to the police force—or to crime—but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received. On a still night in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, three armed men have slipped from a van into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door. In the confusion that ensues, one family member is shot and another kidnapped, the assailants demanding an impossible ransom. Is this the amateur crime gone horribly wrong that it seems, or something much more unexpected?
On the day Inspector Chopra is set to retire, he is presented with two mysteries too good to pass up. The first involves the suspicious drowning of a young boy, and the second case involves a baby elephant. Chopra's determination to solve both cases will take him all over Mumbai, but the closer he gets to answers, the more he realizes someone out there doesn't want them solved.
Need some romantic suspense in your life? Let’s go for some past family secrets and a sexy detective to help unravel everything and protect the leading lady, who may be remembering too much of her cousin's disappearance all those years ago. You can’t see it, but I’m wiggling my eyebrows as I type this.
The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when the glamorous, enigmatic star of her high school, Rosalind Ryan, is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. The investigation into the murder becomes frustrating and obsessive as Gemma struggles to keep her own dangerous secrets—an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past.
Maybe you want a higher gear than suspense, so let’s go straight for a thriller! A previous British spy escapes a labor camp in China. With the help of a journalist, he tries to contact MI6 hoping to trade military secrets for extraction, but his secrets aren’t just valuable, they’re dangerous...
Let’s get our romantic suspense on! This spinoff from the Sin Brothers series stars Ryker Jones, a PI with a past, and Zara Remington, a paralegal who spends her nights with Jones. But the more the affair steams up, the more Remington realizes she doesn’t know Jones…
How about we stick with romantic suspense and toss in some Fast and the Furious and Mr. Robot! Roarke Brennan has put together a team of hackers to help him avenge his brother’s murder. The wrench in his plan is Wren Lee, who wants in on his group, but Brennan quickly realizes he can’t control her—or their chemistry… Hot!
In case I didn’t give you enough steam with the other two romantic suspense novels on the list, let’s end with one more! Special Agent Jess Harris’s career is in the dumps, as is her love life, so she jumps at the chance to advise on Police Chief Dan Burnett’s case in Alabama. But they have a past together, and Harris’s serial killer has followed her to her new case…