The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the Year

MIt's been a great year for mysteries and thrillers, and their popularity has continued into the holiday season. Here are a few favorites from our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2016.


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Customers appear to agree with our selection of Grisham's new novel as one of the best thrillers of the year, because The Whistler just keeps selling and selling. A lawyer is dropped into a high stakes corruption case that involves crooked judges, casinos, and the mafia. Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, is no cop. She's a lawyer... but she's soon wrapped up in a deadly game.

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Like so many readers, we've loved each book in Stephen King's Bill Hodges Trilogy. In this third installment, King hits his sweet spot, introducing his talent for paranormal horror into a storyline that already has featured some great detective writing. The result is a book that mixes revenge, crime, and otherworldly powers, bringing the trilogy to a thrilling, satisfying close.

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(First of all, kudos to the author and publisher for not naming this book The Girl in Cabin 10.) The Woman in Cabin 10 is a mystery that takes place on a luxurious cruise ship. Lo Blacklock is a travel writer who has been invited onto the cruise. It's a great assignment... until she sees a woman being thrown overboard. Or did she? There's no record of anyone missing. (Cue mysterious eerie music here.)

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This was one of the big books of the summer, which turned into one of the top books of the year. A private jet is sitting on the tarmac in Martha's Vineyard. It's filled with important people, and at the last minute a local artist is invited onboard for a flight back to the mainland. Shorly thereafter, the plane crashes into the ocean and there are only two survivors: the artist and the young son of a media mogul. Who else was on the plane? Why did it go down? Read to find out.


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