Crime Novels (in Off-topic)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] December 8 2011 4:04 AM EST

For her birthday and Xmas, my Mum has asked for a couple of crime novels, of different genres.

Crime isn't really my genre of choice, and to be honest I don't have a lot of experience with it.

What would you guys reccomend? :/

{WW]Nayab [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 8 2011 5:15 AM EST

Sherlock Holmes perhaps?

Quyen December 8 2011 5:34 AM EST

Sherlock Holmes perhaps?

classic :)
but here are 2 sites which are worth checking when searching for a book:

she should be able to get a book out of it :P

QBJohnnywas December 8 2011 6:12 AM EST

Hmmm. I'd recommend Christopher Brookmyre, who does crime meets political satire - might not be what she's after, but they're bloody good reading. Boiling A Frog is my favourite.

Michael Connolly does a good line of private detective novels with his Harry Bosch series, but his book The Poet is a good standalone one about a serial killer.

You could also do Lee Childs' Jack Reacher novels. More adventure than crime, but a nice easy page turner of a read.

James Ellroy's LA trilogy is excellent too, you probably have seen LA Confidential. That is based on part of the series.

And finally Christopher Fowler, started off as a horror writer, but has a series about a pair of detectives called Bryant & May, very eccentric very British stories about very strange crimes. Great fun series, would make a very good tv series actually. But they must be read in order, because each book follows on from the previous, giving away plot details, even though they are standalone mysteries.

Joel December 8 2011 6:26 AM EST

Buy her all the other books that you think she'll like, then add this one on top, since its free online. :D

If she isn't offended by 1910's Chinese racism, then she'll love this book!

Demigod December 8 2011 7:26 AM EST

Curious George. Will George get away with breaking the lamp? She'll have to wait until page 17 to find out.

Lochnivar December 8 2011 10:23 AM EST

Between them my mum and brother have read pretty much every Dick Francis book... of the few I've been through there seems to be criminals in each.

*note: it helps if you like horse racing

AdminShade December 8 2011 10:44 AM EST

Child 44 (or the sequel The Secret Speech)
Gorky Park

QBRanger December 8 2011 10:52 AM EST

The classic ones are Agatha Christe.

I prefer the Poirot to Marple.

AdminTal Destra December 8 2011 11:42 AM EST

King December 8 2011 1:07 PM EST

Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series of books possibly, not exactly my genre either.
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