If you are a fan of Agatha Christie or Truman Capote and other stories with criminal cases, or you imagine yourself being the true detective, let us help you with some book suggestions.
This is how we will start a new series of “What books to read if you love…”. Today we will begin with one of our favorite genres, the crime books. Who doesn’t love mysterious stories, with unexpected turns and interesting characters?
The list of 7 best criminal cases we read so far
7. “The Book of Mirrors”, by Eugen Chirovici is a very nice criminal case book. It enjoyed a lot of success on the international market and got a translation in over 30 languages. The story of the book starts with an unfinished manuscript. A mysterious email, talking about a crime that took place 25 years ago, has just arrived in the inbox of a publishing house. But the manuscript has no ending, so nobody knows who was the criminal.
The book itself was a nice surprise. Also, the talent of the Romanian author to keep the reader so focused on the story.
6. “And Then There Were None”, by peerless Agatha Christie is a criminal story with so many criminalistic tracks that you cannot be bored.
Ten people receive a letter or a telegram in which some U.N. Owen invite them on this isolated island, called the Soldier Island. The premise, as you may guess, is this: ten people get to end their lives in a secret island, based on the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians”. This poem is present in each of their rooms.
Agatha Christie builds the murder situations in a way that every island guest might be the murderer.
5. “The Stranger Beside Me”, by Ann Rule is an explosive true-crime classic. It is also a must for who is passionate about this genre.
The story is about Ted Bundy, a brilliant and handsome law student, who is on the verge of a dazzling career. But in 1989, he was executed for being the murder of three young woman. By the time, he confessed he had taken the lives of at least 35 more.
So the book brings together the story of one of the most fascinating killers in the history of America and Ann Rule, a writer who was working at the story of her life. While she was gathering documentary evidence, she realized Ted was her co-worker and a close friend. So she began to put the evidence together and the picture was terrifying.
4. “Gone Girl”, by Gillian Flynn, who is also famous for her thriller book, “Sharp Objects”. Amy Dunn disappears on the day of her marriage anniversary, and all her family is going crazy. Especially her husband, Nick, who discovers through some diary-letters the sadness which lasted all this time between him and Amy.
The book itself is a continuous series of charges for Nick of killing, kidnapping or hiding his wife. But all in all, one thing was for sure: their marriage was a disaster. A true cold relationship, hidden behind a curtain of wellbeing.
3. “The Snowman”, by Jo Nesbo. The book starts with a woman named Sara who leaves her boy in the car and meets with her lover. After this small chapter, the plot moves 24 years later. Some cases of missing person are given to the alcoholic homicide detective Harry Hole.
Jo Nesbo is a fascinating writer, which I must admit that I am sorry to have discovered so late in my life. He creates twisted plots and knows how to reveal the story in a captivating way
2. “Murder in Orient Express”, is the mysterious case where Hercule Poirot was again the master of investigations. On fast forward, the famous detective Hercule Poirot needs to travel to London, by the Orient Express train, to solve a pressing case. At some moment in the night, he hears somebody screaming and discovers mister Ratchett’s body stabbed by 12 times. The same mister Ratchett asked Poirot, at the beginning of the trip, to work for him, as he felt in danger.
From now on, all the twelve passengers of the Orient Express are suspects of this criminal case.
1. “In Cold Blood” is Truman Capote’s last novel. Not because he died shortly after writing it but because writing this novel took everything out of him. Upon release, it became an instant success.
Following the murder investigation of the Clutter Family, in Holcomb Kansas, the novel is written in avery impersonal manner. It is the first non-fiction novel to receive critical acclaim. Truman Capote spent a lot of time documenting for this book, going on location in Kansas to follow the trials of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock and to interview them. In the opening credits of the book, he thanks his good friend and Pulitzer Prize Winner Harper Lee, who helped him with the research.