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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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  • - Inspector Maigret #75
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.88

  • by Ira Marvin Levin
    £22.49

  • by Heron Carvic
    £6.49

    When Miss Seeton witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavour is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and the most lovable and unlikely master of detection.

  • - Inspector Maigret #65
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.94

    Maigret is called to the home of professional gambler, Felix Nahour, who has been found shot dead by his chambermaid. Maigret is shocked to recognise a photo of the man's wife who becomes the main suspect. All signs point to her guilt but Maigret suspects there might be more to this complicated affair.

  • by Delia Owens
    £4.99 - 6.98

    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.

  • by Martin R. Jackson
    £8.99

  • - Inspector Maigret #67
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.34

  • by Robert Galbraith
    £16.49

    TROUBLED BLOOD is the next thrilling instalment in the highly acclaimed, international bestselling series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling.

  • - Inspector Maigret #68
    by Georges Simenon
    £4.99 - 6.88

  • - A Hamptons Murder Mystery
    by Carrie Doyle
    £12.49

  • - Inspector Maigret #69
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 8.99

  • - Inspector Maigret #71
    by Georges Simenon
    £8.99

    "First published in French as Maigret et le marchand de vin by Presses de la Citae, 1970"--Title page verso.

  • - Inspector Maigret #72
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.88

  • by Hugh Fraser
    £7.99

    Hugh Fraser's Harm is the perfect combination of action, mystery and intrigue. It also features some superbly constructed characters, who develop over the course of the story - which is a rarity in mystery novels.

  • by H. A. Covington
    £15.49 - 22.49

  • - Inspector Maigret #73
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 8.99

  • - Inspector Maigret #48
    by Georges Simenon
    £2.99 - 6.88

    The inspiration for ITV's feature-length adaptation starring Rowan Atkinson'High up in Montmartre, there was a festive atmosphere, people were crowding round the little tables where ros wine was being served ... Yet a hundred metres further on, the little alleyways were deserted, and the killer might find it easy to pounce'Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is known for his infallible instinct, for getting at the truth no matter how complex the case, but when someone starts killing women on the streets of Montmartre, he finds himself confounded. In the sweltering Paris summer heat, with the city in a state of siege, Maigret hatches a plan to lure the murderer out ...Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations.'The most addictive of writers' Observer'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian 'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent

  • - The Brand New Rebus Thriller - the No.1 Bestseller
    by Ian Rankin
    £8.99

    The iconic Ian Rankin returns with a new Detective John Rebus novel - this year's essential must-read bestseller.

  • by Caimh McDonnell
    £10.99

  • - Inspector Maigret #55
    by Georges Simenon
    £6.34

    Series volume number from publisher's web site: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/IMA/inspector-maigr

  • by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    £15.49

    The perfect gift for the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan, The Complete Sherlock Holmes is an elegant edition boasting the entire Sherlock Holmes catalog including 4 full-length novels and 56 short stories.

  • - Inspector Maigret #40
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.34

    When Maigret's prized gun goes missing, he must travel to London on the trail of a troubled young man on the run...Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. 'His artistry is supreme' John Banville'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian 'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent

  • - Inspector Maigret #56
    by Georges Simenon
    £6.88

  • - Inspector Maigret #42
    by Georges Simenon
    £4.99 - 6.34

    "First published in French as Maigret a peur by Presses de la Cit e 1953."--Title page verso.

  • - Inspector Maigret #57
    by Georges Simenon
    £6.88

    "When his superiors dismiss the death of a burglar as part of Paris's gang wars, Inspector Maigret defies their orders and tries to discover what really happened to the quiet, likeable crook he had known for years." -- back cover.

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    £4.49

    A collection of classic featuring tales by Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, RL Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Anthony Trollope and many others.

  • - Inspector Maigret #43
    by Georges Simenon
    £3.99 - 6.88

    'His artistry is supreme' John Banville'Maigret had questioned thousands, tens of thousands of people in the course of his career, some occupying important positions, others who were more famous for their wealth, and others still who were considered the most intelligent of international criminals. Yet he attached an importance to this interrogation he had attached to no previous interrogation, and it wasn't Gouin's social position that overawed him, or his worldwide fame.''One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian

  • - Inspector Maigret #59
    by Georges Simenon
    £6.88

    First published in French as Maigret et le client du samedi by Presses de la Citae 1962.

  • - Inspector Maigret #44
    by Georges Simenon
    £6.34

    "First published in French as Maigret aa l aecole by Presses de la Citae 1954."

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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