If you are not a crime fiction reader, or don't buy new books, or haunt book shops, then what to buy friends and family for Christmas may be a bit of a daunting task.
Fear not! As the date approaches, 24+ days to go, then suggestions will abound.
This week I 've come across
The Times Christmas Books: Crime
Lovely choice here, including a new-to-me Scandinavian author.
Check out also
Top 10 hardbacks - fiction
Top 10 paperbacks - fiction
although these are not exclusively crime fiction
100 Notable Books of 2008 - from the New York Times. Oddly, there's few crime fiction on this list.
Here are the Angus and Robertson Crime Fiction Best sellers, Dymocks have 25% off 25 best sellers (but they are not all crime fiction), and browse the Borders catalogue online.
And here are my top 30 reads from 2008 (so far)
Go to your book shop armed with this and you are sure to come away with a lighter purse.
5.0, SHATTER, Michael Robotham
5.0, NEMESIS, Jo Nesbo
5.0, FAN MAIL, PD Martin
5.0, DIRTY WEEKEND, Gabrielle Lord
5.0, A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS, R.J. Ellory
5.0, A CURE FOR ALL DISEASES, Reginald Hill
5.0, BENEATH THE BLEEDING, Val McDermid
4.9, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR, Fred Vargas
4.8, VOODOO DOLL, Leah Giarratano
4.8, WHERE WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?, Kate Atkinson
4.8, THE LORDS' DAY, Michael Dobbs
4.8, WATER LIKE A STONE, Deborah Crombie
4.8, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Stieg Larsson
4.8, NOT DEAD ENOUGH, Peter James
4.8, CARELESS IN RED, Elizabeth George
4.8, OVERKILL, Vanda Symon
4.7, WHAT THE DEAD KNOW, Laura Lippman
4.7, DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS, Peter James
4.7, WORLD WITHOUT END, Ken Follett
4.7, WASH THIS BLOOD CLEAN FROM MY HAND, Fred Vargas
4.7, COLD IN HAND, John Harvey
4.7, SUCKED IN, Shane Maloney
4.7, THE RISK OF DARKNESS, Susan Hill
4.7, THE PURE IN HEART, Susan Hill
4.7, THE VOWS OF SILENCE, Susan Hill
4.7, THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS, Donna Leon
4.7, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE, Linwood Barclay
4.7, DEATH DELIGHTS, Gabrielle Lord
4.7, A NAIL IN THE HEART, Timothy Hallinan
4.7, A KILLING FROST, R.D. Wingfield
4.7, THE UNQUIET NIGHT, Patricia Carlon
You know me--I have to keep an eye on what you're reading. I've made note of the Finnish author, and in looking through your top reads of the year, I see I've read two (and agreed) and have four more on my TBR shelves!
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