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If you like crime, suspense or just a well written mystery you have come to the right place. At Tales you find a wide selection of crime novels and thriller books. The crime and thriller genres come in many forms. You can find everything from the most scary and bloddy murder to a mindblowing mystery written by some of the best crime writers. The crime and thriller books are very popular, because of their page-turner elements. Have you first started reading one, it’s hard to put it down again. Are you ready for a thrill?
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  • by Richard Osman
    £5.99 - 19.99

    'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMESTHE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMANIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?__________________________________WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH'Funny and original' THE SUN'Properly funny and totally charming...steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON

  • by Delia Owens
    £4.99 - 8.99

    Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

  • - (Jack Reacher 26)
    by Lee Child & Andrew Child
    £8.99 - 14.49

    Reacher never backs down from a problem. And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted Arizona road, where a Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. Under the merciless desert sun, nothing is as it seems. Minutes later Reacher is heading into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days.

  • by Peter James
    £8.99 - 16.49

    The seventeenth Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Peter James.

  • by David Baldacci
    £6.99 - 16.49

    The gripping second historical crime novel in David Baldaccis Aloysius Archer series, following the &i>Sunday Times &/i>top five bestseller &i>One Good Deed&/i>.

  • by Abigail Dean
    £2.99 - 12.99

  • by Richard Osman
    £6.99 - 23.99

  • by M. L. Rio
    £7.99

    As a young actor studying at an elite conservatory, Oliver felt doomed to always be in his friends' shadows. But when a surprise casting turns a good-natured rivalry between two of them into something dangerous, their stage roles spill over into real life.

  • by John Banville
    £6.99 - 12.99

    'The body is in the library,' Colonel Osborne said. 'Come this way.'Following the discovery of the corpse of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House - the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family - Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate.

  • by Anthony Burgess
    £3.99 - 8.99

    In this nightmare vision of a not-too-distant future, fifteen-year-old Alex and his three friends rob, rape, torture and murder - for fun. Alex is jailed for his vicious crimes and the State undertakes to reform him - but how and at what cost?

  • by Kathy Reichs
    £8.49 - 16.49

    NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author KATHY REICHS returns with her next edge-of-your seat thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

  • - The unputdownable and nail-biting new thriller from the bestselling author of Local Girl Missing
    by Claire Douglas
    £2.99 - 7.49

  • by Jeffrey Archer
    £7.49 - 23.99

    An unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer - a rollercoaster thriller which takes detective William Warwick to the cold case unit, where he chases someone who thinks they've got away with murder.

  • - (Jack Reacher 25)
    by Lee Child & Andrew Child
    £8.99 - 16.49

    The edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-mouth new Jack Reacher thriller for 2020 - his 25th adventure. and then put it right, like only he can. ***'Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.' Ken Follett'If you haven't read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store .

  • - New from the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series The Stranger
    by Harlan Coben
    £8.99 - 18.99

  • by Jeffrey Archer
    £4.99 - 28.49

    From number one bestseller and author of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer, Turn a Blind Eye is the extraordinary third novel featuring William Warwick

  • - The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel
    by Ken Follett
    £5.99 - 33.49

    The thrilling novel from the No.1 Internationally bestselling author Ken Follett. An epic, addictive historical masterpiece that begins in 997 CE and is set against the background of the medieval church and one man's ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning.

  • by RACHEL HORE
    £8.99 - 14.49

  • by Alex Pine
    £0.99 - 8.49

  • - The phenomenal debut thriller from the bestselling superstar of SAS: Who Dares Wins
    by Ant Middleton
    £9.99 - 16.49

    The gasp-a-minute debut thriller from Ant Middleton, the remarkable TV star of SAS: Who Dares Wins and author of massive non-fiction hits including First Man In and Zero Negativity

  • - An unforgettable new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author
    by Simon Scarrow
    £8.49 - 16.49

    Berlin 1939. War has begun. Winter has blanketed the city in snow and ice. A serial killer is at work... The thrilling new story of murder and betrayal from the bestselling author Simon Scarrow

  • - The thrilling new installment of the Sunday Times bestselling series
    by Alex Gray
    £3.99 - 12.99

    Scottish bestseller Alex Gray displays the best of her masterful plotting, page-turning intrigue and signature warmth in this brand new DSI William Lorimer mystery

  • by Katerina Diamond
    £1.99 - 8.49

    'Stunningly brilliant... Full of more twists and turns than the best ever rollercoaster, with an epic ending' NetGalley review TRICK OR TREAT? When six-year-old Marcus is taken from outside his house on Halloween it shakes his quiet neighbourhood to the core.

  • - The addictive new Sunday Times No.1 bestseller from the author of The Girl on the Train
    by Paula Hawkins
    £14.49

  • by Lynda La Plante
    £8.99 - 12.99

    But when a mutilated body is discovered in a Cotswolds house, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary group of opportunist thieves. As Detective Jack Warr investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, unearths hidden crimes - and hits countless dead ends.

  • by Linwood Barclay
    £3.99 - 16.49

    One will change your life. One will end it. Who will... FIND YOU FIRST? With just months to live, a billionaire businessman decides to track down his long-lost children. But a lethal killer is one step ahead of him.

  • - A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge
    by Sharon Bolton
    £6.49 - 11.49

    A gripping, twisty and clever thriller from Richard & Judy bestseller Sharon Bolton about class, obsession, betrayal, and revenge

  • by Peter May
    £7.99 - 16.49

  • by Ann Cleeves
    £9.99 - 14.99

    &i>Sunday Times&/i> bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series, Ann Cleeves, returns with the second in a brand new series set in North Devon and featuring Detective Matthew Venn. &i>The Herons Cry &/i>is the second book in the Two Rivers series following on from &i>The Long Call.&/i>

  • by Danielle Lori
    £12.49

Crime
The crime genre is one of the most popular literary genres among readers around the world. The characteristics of a typical crime novel is first and foremost that a crime is committed. The crime begins the plot and from this point the investigation starts. Here we meet the investigator that will solve the mystery of the crime that was committed. In the investigation process the reader is introduced to a gallery of characters and during the crime book the crime writer gives the reader some clues to who the offender or murder could be. Another crucial factor here is the motive of the crime. Lastly the crime is solved and all the clues are unravelled in the end of the crime novels. 

The Nordic Crime tradition
In Scandinavia we have a proud tradition of writing crime novels especially in the form of nordic noir. What is special about the nordic noir genre is it’s way of mixing the investigation of a crime or murder with socialrealistic problematics often describes through the main characters. Another special feature found in these crime novels is that the main character is mostly female. The female investigator or journalist comes in the form of an anti-hero that is brilliant at solving a crime mystery, but struggles with problems in her personal life. She is often an outsider and socially changed, but good at her work. She has an assistant or helper, that often is her complete contrast.
Another characteristic of the nordic crime books is the weather. The often cold, harsh, and dark autumn weather in Scandinavia creates a gloomy, melancholic and mysterious backdrop of the story. Some of the crime books best sellers are found in Scandinavia.

Classical mysteries 
The crime genre goes a long way back and is said to have started or had its broad appeal with the stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an english newspaper. The popular stories were later turned into a crime books series, and the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is still some of the most beloved crime stories on the market. The genius main character Sherlock Holmes and his likeable helper Doctor Watson solve some of the most puzzling mysteries in the history of crime novels, and the gallery of characters is really well described. The whole crime book series have been adapted to the screen and the popular crime stories are found in multiple tv-serieses and movies today, but the books are always the best.
You will also find all the classics by the famous and beloved crime writer Agatha Christie in our selection. You can find the whole very popular crime books series with the brilliant Hercule Poirot including the classic The Murder on The Orient Express. You can also find the beloved crime novel character Miss Marple, who is one of the most genius old Ladies in the history of books. You can also find some of Agatha Christies’ plays in our wide selection of crime books.

Thriller
The thriller books are some of the most intense. They are hard to describe, because of their diversity, but they always give you thrill. The plot often deals with a mystery that needs solving, but different from the crime book is the high level of intensity and suspense making it hard for the reader to put the book down again. All the thriller books are page-turners and are highly loved by its readers, because the high level of intensity and excitement makes the reader feel like he is part of the thriller book’s plot. 
In our wide selection of crime and thriller you can find all the thriller books best sellers including the Dan Brown classics The Da Vinci Code and Inferno. If you like a good shiver you should take a look at the nerve wracking thriller books by Stephen King if you dare. 

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