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Mysteries you might have overlooked

Praying for Sleep by Jeffery Deaver

Michael Hrubek escapes from a hospital for the criminally insane in search of the woman whose testimony put him away. With a tight time frame, it’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Think you know what’s going on? Don’t bet on it!

Also try Cold Moon by the same author, or his Lincoln Rhyme series (The Bone Collector was made into a movie with Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie). 

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

Two nuns are discovered in a chapel, one dead and the other near death, both brutally beaten. Great characters and fast-paced story make this a total popcorn book, meaning you’ll devour it all the while being entertained!

TV show Rizzoli and Isles is based on this series (this is the one where they meet). To start at the beginning, read The Surgeon.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Ever woken up and had trouble remembering where you are, just for a few seconds? Welcome to Christine’s life, but that feeling doesn’t go away for her.

There’s a stranger in her bed, notes on the mirror. She is told she’s been in an accident that causes her not to retain memories. How can she be sure what happened? Who can she trust when she can’t trust her own mind?

(First novel. The result of a Writing a Novel course at the Faber Academy. Also became a film with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.)

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Set in Paris in 1942, Lucien Bernard has accepted the challenge of designing a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man. The money is excellent and what starts out as an intellectual game of wits soon becomes all too personal.

This book made me mad! I was so engrossed in it; I missed my darn bus stop and had to walk well out of my way. (Local Author)

The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

This book has great characters and sense of humor, and should be read, despite the fact it’s about a 72-year-old coroner living in Laos in 1975.

He should be thinking about retiring. However the government has other plans and he is appointed state coroner. (Not to mention he has no training or even supplies.) Three bodies are recovered from a reservoir, but Dr. Siri establishes that the cause of death was not drowning.

Figuring, "what else can they do to me?" he persues the case.