15 excellent standalone mysteries and thrillers

mysteries and thrillers

Ever since the days of Sherlock Holmes, most mysteries and thrillers have been part of series that develop characters over time — sometimes decades. But there are also superb examples of the genre that stand by themselves. Here are 15 I’ve found and reviewed in the last five years. The author and title link to my reviews.

Cara Hoffman, So Much Pretty 

You  will never forget Alice.

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl 

Impossible to see more than a few pages ahead.

Alan Furst, Midnight in Europe

Espionage on the brink of World War II.

John Grisham, Sycamore Row 

Another brilliant novel of the American South.

John LeCarre, A Delicate Truth 

The old master of spy stories pulls it off again.

Stuart Neville, The Ghosts of Belfast 

A haunting novel of The Troubles.

Chris Morgan Jones, The Silent Oligarch

Putin’s Russia in the spotlight.

Joseph Finder, High Crimes

Special Forces run amok in 1983 El Salvador.

Scott Bakker, Disciple of the Dog

An unusually clever tale about a religious cult.

Charles Cumming, The Trinity Six 

A new twist on the greatest spy scandal in history. Suspense galore.

Tana French, Faithful Place 

Crime-fighting in contemporary Ireland.

Mark Nykanen, Primitive 

A brilliant and timely conspiracy.

Carl Hiaasen, Star Island 

A story of skullduggery in South Florida, and it’s full of laughs.

Scott Turow, Innocent 

Justice, Chicago-style.

Robert Goddard, Long Time Coming 

There’s a sensational secret that you’ll never guess.

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Mal Warwick