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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

  • by Colleen Hoover
    £4.99 - 8.99

    Are you ready to stay up all night? Rebecca meets Gone Girl in this shocking, unpredictable thriller with a twist that will leave you reeling . . . The TikTok sensation that you'll recommend to everyone.Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already-grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue loving her . . .200,000 READERS HAVE ALREADY GIVEN VERITY FIVE STARS'One of the best thrillers I have ever read' *****'Powerful, mind-blowing and emotional' *****'The plot twists and that ending came out of nowhere' *****'There are no words. Bravo' *****'Dark, creepy, and one hundred per cent original' *****'I NEEDED to know how this was going to end' *****'Left me completely speechless' *****

  • by Delia Owens
    £4.99

    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.

  • by Holly Jackson
    £2.99 - 8.99

  • - (Jack Reacher 26)
    by Lee Child & Andrew Child
    £8.99 - 16.49

    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 John le Carré
    £12.99 - 18.99

  • by James Patterson
    £8.49

    Her bold flight from police custody makes the case impossible to solve - and, for Walter, even more impossible to forget. By the time Walter's promoted to detective, his fascination with the missing, gray-eyed woman is approaching obsession.

  • by Richard Osman
    £0.00 - 16.49

    '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 Elly Griffiths
    £9.99 - 16.49

    The sixth gripping Brighton-based mystery from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries - a must-read for all fans of cosy - but not too cosy - crime fiction.

  • by Emma Stonex
    £0.99 - 12.99

  • by Elizabeth Day
    £0.00 - 10.99

  • by HERRON MICK
    £8.99 - 15.99

  • by Ann Cleeves
    £4.99 - 16.49

    &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>

  • - The new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of The Family Upstairs
    by Lisa Jewell
    £8.49 - 8.99

    A head-scratching, heart-racing, page-turning triumph - I think this might be my favourite Lisa Jewell yet.' LOUISE CANDLISH'No one thickens a plot like Lisa Jewell.

  • by Susan Lewis
    £2.99 - 11.49

  • - (Private 16)
    by James Patterson & Adam Hamdy
    £8.49

  • - 2021's Most Astonishing Debut
    by Ashley Audrain
    £0.00 - 11.49

  • by Abigail Dean
    £5.49 - 13.49

  • by Stuart MacBride
    £16.49

  • by Lesley Pearse
    £5.99 - 18.99

  • - from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
    by Anthony Horowitz
    £8.99 - 16.49

  • - Harry Hole 1
    by Jo Nesbo
    £3.99 - 8.99

    HARRY IS OUT OF HIS DEPTH. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

  • - The unputdownable and nail-biting new thriller from the bestselling author of Local Girl Missing
    by Claire Douglas
    £2.99 - 8.99

  • by David Baldacci
    £8.99 - 16.49

    The third Aloysius Archer thriller from internationally bestselling author David Baldacci.

  • by Scott Mariani
    £8.99

    Pre-order now: the 25th Ben Hope thriller, from the Number One bestseller.

  • by Jeffery Deaver
    £2.99 - 12.99

  • by J.M. Hall
    £8.49

    Retirement can be murder...

  • by Val McDermid
    £0.00 - 18.99

  • - 'Bold, addictive and brilliant.' Stylist, Best Fiction 2021
    by Saima Mir
    £4.99 - 12.99

    A searing, gritty debut crime novel with a resourceful and unforgettable heroine who must make her way in a man's world

  • - (Will Trent Series Book 8)
    by Karin Slaughter
    £6.99 - 16.99

    Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse.

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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