Donna's Detective/Thrillers

  1. Marker by Robin Cook - 2005.  Jack and Laurie are having relationship problems because they want different things.  But a strange series of deaths  where Laura works raises suspicion that the deaths may be related and no one believes her theory.  Solid medical thriller.
  2. Cathedral by Nelson DeMille – 1999.  A women’s in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day to negotiate the release of IRA prisoners.  Little do they know terrorists have other plans for the day.  Now it’s up to detectives and government officials to stop the madness, not easy when everyone involved has their own agenda.  Lots of tension and double-crossing.
  3. The Dinner by Herman Koch – 2012.  Two couples are to meet for dinner exclusive Amsterdam restaurant.  One man suspects it’s about a shocking secret they all share.  At first the conversation is polite, but each page draws you into their reprehensible behavior.  Sly and chilling.
  4. The Indian Bride by Karin Fossun – 2005.  This well-crafted psychological mystery is about a man who goes to India for a holiday and comes home with a huge surprise.  But an unexpected accident puts his world in turmoil.  Any more details would be a spoiler.  Enjoy!
  5. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian – 2016.  Richard Chapman expects a bit of debauchery at the bachelor party he hosts for his younger brother, but the evening quickly degrades into a mess that could spell disaster for all the partiers.  He struggles to hang on to his job, his family and his sanity.  A captivating story that’s well-paced with believable characters.  Adult content & language.
  6. Victim of the Aurora by Thomas Keneally – 1985.  In the early 1900s the chronicler of a South Pole expedition team has dirt on all the gentleman explors on his team.  When he’s murdered early in the adventure, nearly everyone is a suspect.
  7. Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz - 2014.  After the deaths of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty, Swiss police are warned of an organized crime threat from the U.S.  Lots of twists and turns.
  8. I also enjoy Sandra Brown, Nelson DeMille, Iris Johansen, Faye Kellerman and Robert Parker among others.
  9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz – 2015.  A follow-up thriller to Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series after Larsson’s death.  While I enjoyed Larsson’s works (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), Lagercrantz’s prose is more readable for me, and I loved the faster pace.
  10. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith – 2015.  Written by the author of the Harry Potter books, but not for kids!  Private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott receive a gruesome delivery that has them following several suspects.  (If you’re new to this series, read The Cuckoo’s Calling first and then The Silkworm).  Well-paced and cleverly written detective novel with adult language.