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Crime & Thriller

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 Delia Owens
    £4.99 - 6.99

    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 Richard Osman
    £8.49 - 16.99

  • - (Jack Reacher 25)
    by Lee Child & Andrew Child
    £7.99 - 14.49

    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 Adele Parks
    £0.99 - 11.49

  • by Peter James
    £4.99 - 34.49

    The 16th Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Peter James.

  • by Danielle Steel
    £3.99 - 18.49

    Danielle Steel expertly weaves a powerful story of a tragic incident with far-reaching consequences in Moral Compass.

  • - The Brand New Must-Read Rebus Thriller
    by Ian Rankin
    £6.99 - 16.99

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

  • - (Michael Bennett 12). A missing daughter. A captive son. A secret deal.
    by James Patterson
    £9.99 - 14.29

    And suddenly Bennett is at the centre of a dangerous triangle anchored by NYPD, FBI and an international crime organization. Michael Bennett has always been an honourable man, but sometimes honour has to take a back seat.

  • - John Grisham's latest no. 1 bestseller - the perfect Christmas present.
    by John Grisham
    £9.99 - 32.99

    The incredible new thriller from international bestseller John Grisham.

  • - (Jack Reacher 24)
    by Lee Child
    £6.99 - 18.99

    'This is one of his best' - The TimesJack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child. It's a random universe, but once in a blue moon things turn out just right. In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control.

  • by John Le Carre
    £6.99 - 14.99

  • by Louise Candlish
    £7.99 - 16.49

    The stunning new thriller from the bestselling author of Our House and Those People.

  • - the Sunday Times bestselling World War II thriller
    by Robert Harris

  • by Sophie Hannah
    £0.99 - 15.99

  • by David Baldacci
    £4.99 - 17.99

    A gripping thriller featuring Amos Decker, FBI Consultant, by internationally bestselling author David Baldacci

  • - from the author of Richard & Judy bestseller Now You See Her
    by Heidi Perks
    £6.49 - 9.49

  • by Robert Galbraith
    £9.49 - 27.49

    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.

  • - The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Sunday Times Bestseller
    by Alex Michaelides

    With film rights snapped up by an Oscar winning Hollywood production company, rights sold in a world record 43 territories, and rave blurbs from David Baldacci, Lee Child and A.J. Finn, The Silent Patient promises to be the debut thriller of 2019.

  • - The addictive and unforgettable new thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller
    by Karen Hamilton
    £6.99 - 9.99


  • - (Alex Cross 28)
    by James Patterson
    £19.99 - 20.49

    A scandalous double homicide opens the psychological case files on Alex Cross . Cross is left grieving, questioning who would want them dead, and why. While Cross's former Metro Homicide partner John Sampson tracks Christopher's final movements, Cross and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to investigate Kay's past.

  • by Lucy Foley
    £2.99 - 9.49

    A REMOTE ISLAND. AN INVITATION TO DIE FOR. A gripping, twisty murder mystery thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

  • - The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel
    by Ken Follett
    £8.49 - 27.99

    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 Philip Pullman
    £4.99 - 6.99

  • - The Brand New Lincoln Lawyer Thriller
    by Michael Connelly

    The brand new blockbuster crime thriller from Michael Connelly - the #1 Sunday Times, New York Times and international bestseller.

  • by Stephen King
    £5.99 - 12.99

    Combining the suspense of THE OUTSIDER with the childhood camaraderie in IT, THE INSTITUTE is a powerful new novel from Stephen King.

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

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

  • - The Brand New D.I. Helen Grace Thriller
    by M. J. Arlidge


  • by Sam Lloyd
    £8.49 - 9.49

    Gripping, twisty and addictive, The Memory Wood is a thriller like no other. *************Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember.

  • - The spine-tingling Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick, now a New York Times bestseller
    by Sarah Pearse

  • - The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr
    by Lynda La Plante
    £6.99 - 13.99

    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.

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.

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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