Long summer days or cold, dark, winter nights … it does not matter as everyone of us wants a book with a breathtaking action and plot. In this article, I decided to make a list with the best thrillers and crime novels (and one storybook) that are part of the Amazon’s list of “100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime”.

The books that follow are classics, whereas the movie adaptations of them will be long remembered. If you dare to reach out to these books, you have to know that you will probably spend the night awake with your nose jammed in an exciting reading…

A Time to Kill by John Grisham:

There is something more difficult than finding the killer. Crimes and murderers are known, but the moral dilemma is difficult to solve. The stake is the life of a man who has stood against the law in the name of family honour, and the reputation of a young lawyer who, despite the threats and common sense, deals with that case.

Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie:

Ten people who have committed crimes but somehow got away with them are gathered on a small island to bear the consequences of their actions. Someone is taking revenge, inspired by… a children’s song.

Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie’s the most popular novel. With over 100 million copies sold to date, it is the world’s best-selling crime novel and the seventh most popular book of all time.

Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald:

Sam Bowden is a happy family man. He has a good job, a beautiful wife and two children. His life seems perfect until the past slowly starts to overtake him. Max Cady has served his eight-year sentence and intends to take revenge – slowly and painfully – on those responsible for his conviction.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the first compilation of 12 stories by author Arthur Conan Doyle about the legendary Sherlock Holmes, who, with his cold-blooded mind and irony professionalism, has proven himself to be the most popular detective in literature over the years.

The character of Sherlock Holmes appears in 56 stories and 4 novels, written between 1887 and 1927, and has inspired many interpretations to these days.

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) by Lee Child:

Margrave is such a perfect city that it’s even scary. Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter who arrives in town with the intention of staying only for a couple of days. However, after Reacher’s arrival in Margrave, a murder has been committed for the first time in thirty years. The prime suspect, of course is the only foreigner in the city.

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