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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 - 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 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.

  • - A BBC 2 Between the Covers Book Club Pick
    by Clare Chambers
    £7.49

    With the emotional intelligence of Maggie O'Farrell and the witty observational skills of Kate Atkinson, this is a novel of unexpected second chances set in 1950s England.

  • by Nora Roberts
    £4.99 - 16.49

    A powerful new novel from global bestseller Nora Roberts about finding what matters most in the least expected places.

  • - (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 .

  • by Scott Mariani
    £7.99 - 8.99

    THE #1 BESTSELLER Introducing the explosive first Ben Hope adventure 'Non-stop action - this book delivers' STEVE BERRY

  • 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 the global bestselling author of Magpie Murders
    by Anthony Horowitz
    £8.99 - 18.49

  • by Wilbur Smith & Corban Addison
    £6.99 - 16.49

    The natural law of existence.' Augustus Mungo St John, A Falcon Flies The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Augustus Mungo St John is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him.

  • - A killer is on the road...
    by James Patterson
    £8.49 - 16.49

  • by B P Walter
    £2.99 - 8.99

    'Stayed up till past 2am to finish this! Well done, B P Walter - immensely gripping!' Sophie Hannah, Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Hercule Poirot Mysteries Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave.

  • - a gripping new mystery from the bestselling author of The Stranger Diaries
    by Elly Griffiths
    £8.49 - 15.99

    The ultimate gripping murder mystery from the bestselling author of The Stranger Diaries and the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries

  • by Shari Lapena
    £9.49 - 11.49

    While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she knows for certain - she has everything she ever wanted. Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a horrifying allegation about his first wife.

  • by Nicci French
    £8.99 - 12.99

  • - (Private 15)
    by James Patterson & Adam Hamdy
    £8.49 - 16.49

    'An unmissable, breakneck ride into Moscow's dark underworld' James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad'Great action sequences .

  • - The Instant Number One Bestselling Thriller
    by Michael Connelly
    £8.99 - 18.99

    The hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow is back in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Jack McEvoy, the journalist who never backs down, tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar - until now.

  • - The Number One bestseller from the author of Then She Was Gone
    by Lisa Jewell
    £8.99

  • - The gripping new crime thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller
    by Sharon Bolton
    £8.99

    The nail-biting new crime thriller from Sharon Bolton, author of Sunday Times Bestseller The Craftsman.

  • by A. J. Finn
    £2.99 - 8.99

    Soon to be a major motion picture produced by 20th Century Fox, starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore OVER 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD! THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

  • by Ann Cleeves
    £4.99 - 16.99

    The ninth novel in the Vera Stanhope series from the Sunday Times bestseller Ann Cleeves; now a major TV series from ITV.

  • by Val McDermid
    £4.99 - 18.99

    The breathtaking new DCI Karen Pirie thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid. When a body is pulled from the sea, Karen must reopen a case from a decade before, drawing her into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets.

  • - The perfect escapist thriller from the author of The Holiday, Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy pick
    by T.M. Logan
    £7.99

    He is not what he seems . And it seems that only Ed can see it. Terrified that his daughter is being drawn in by a psychopath, Ed sets out to uncover her fiance's dark past - while keeping his own concealed.

  • - From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Blood Orange
    by Harriet Tyce
    £8.99 - 11.49

    Shocking, dark, addictive - LIES YOU TOLD is the compulsive new psychological thriller from Harriet Tyce, author of BLOOD ORANGE. Perfect for fans of APPLE TREE YARD, BIG LITTLE LIES, and ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

  • by John Grisham
    £8.99 - 16.49

    The incredible new novel from international bestseller John Grisham.

  • - The Brand New Must-Read Rebus Thriller
    by Ian Rankin
    £7.99 - 16.49

    From the iconic Number One bestseller Ian Rankin, comes one of the must-read books of the year: A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES.

  • - The gripping Richard & Judy bookclub thriller
    by Harriet Tyce
    £8.99

    An utterly addictive, spectacularly dark psychological thriller that explores the power of desire, jealousy and betrayal.

  • - Discover the bestselling new thriller from the author of The Family Upstairs
    by Lisa Jewell
    £9.49 - 12.99

  • - The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr
    by Lynda La Plante
    £7.99 - 18.99

    An exciting and action packed new thriller, with roots in La Plante's bestselling novels, Widows and Widows' Revenge. Charming but aimless, Jack can't seem to find his place in the world - until he's drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.

  • - 'MIDSOMER MURDERS meets DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES'
    by C. J. Cooper
    £1.99 - 8.99

    A deliciously addictive suspense novel about a book club that unravels dark and scandalous secrets between one circle of neighbours. Perfect for fans of Those People by Louise Candlish and Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson.

  • by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell
    £7.49 - 16.49

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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