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Love These Top Ten Crime Books

Top Ten Crime

Top Ten Crime


Love These Top Ten Crime Books. I haven’t participated in a top ten for a while. Moving house took longer than expected. But I am back and with ten of my favourite crime books. Not necessarily mystery stories, but all these books feature an element of criminal activity that dominates the storyline.


Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society

What would you do if all your family vacations were planned around the next heist?
Like all Ally Carter stories, Heist Society is fun and addictive.



Grass by Cathy MacPhail




A hard-hitting story of a witness to gang crime.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I love Laurie Halse Anderson’s books and Speak is my favourite. Subtly written and frighteningly realistic.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back

A beautifully written, unpredictable and scary thriller.



Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

If you’ve never read Ellen Hopkins’s books this may not be the best one to start with. She does not shy from the truth and these books are all too horrifyingly, raw and edgy. Only the brave go forth and steel yourself – it is gritty and unflinchingly true.
Having said that, they are also not to be missed. Her stories flow almost effortlessly through verse and you won’t want to put them down.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert



Despite the warm and soothing writing, this book packs a powerful punch.

The blurb and hype surrounding the story try to prepare the reader, but I am still reeling in shock…



All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls
A very, very cleverly written murder mystery. Original, unpredictable and brilliant!

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A Time to Kill

Published after he became a best-seller, this is John Grisham’s first novel and by far the best he’s written.



The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
Another book that packs a powerful punch. I loved this beautiful wistful story of regret, longing, friendship and war.




Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Newes from the Dead
Set in 1650, this is a true story of a young girl who was falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death. Told in alternating POV’s that allow us to see the present while understanding the events that lead up to… (nope! no spoilers here!)




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  1. Rissi

    Ally Carter’s novels are among my highest “MUST READ” titles. I loved her latest, “All Fall Down” and feel like these ‘Heist’ novels would surpass that or be just as entertaining. Especially since I loved shows like “Leverage.”

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Sue. 🙂


  2. Valerie @ He Said Books Or Me

    Fun list! 🙂 I haven’t read a lot of Crime books, but if I do now I have a good starting place. Thank you!

  3. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Two ballet books?? Are you trying to say that ballet is the new crime? How cool… All these better-than-cupcake girlies have a dark side. Never look back has been on my TBR shelf for quite some time. First time I see it at someone else! Great minds I guess. Nice selection!

  4. gi

    Great Top Ten! Speak is a really good book! I also enjoyed the movie 😀
    My Top Ten Tuesday!

  5. Jamie @ Watch Game Read

    I didn’t realize the Kite Runner was a crime book. I’ve been meaning to give Khaled Hosseini a try, his books are everywhere in my local bookstores. I guess I know where to start 🙂

  6. Allyson Gilmore

    I just got All The Missing Girls! It sounds sooooo good 🙂

    My TTT.

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