Top 10 crime – mystery books of 2014

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Crime will always be the most dominating genre in any library. There are so many murderers out there who we want to be psychos, and so many detectives who should also be psychos. The unraveling of a mystery and the unmasking of a character still remain the most dramatic moments for us.

1. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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2. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

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3.The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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4. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

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5. The Son by Jo Nesbo

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6. The Secret Place by Tana French

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7. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

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8. The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

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9. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

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10. Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

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Top 10 books of 2014

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The world of books comes with a wide range of genres and if you like a lot of them you are hellbound to read over 50 books in a year. Some of the voracious readers read over a hundred. In a tumultuous world we mostly relish fiction. Unimaginable crimes  and captivating fantasies are bestsellers everywhere. Some fall for the romances while some take refuge and inspiration from the non-fictions.

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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2. Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

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3. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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5. Mr. Mercedes by Stephne King

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6. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

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7. Euphoria  by Lily King

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8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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9. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

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10. No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald

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Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones is the resurgence of its kind not to be missed!

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Crime is the most realistic a genre can get. If you like the ongoing obsession called True Detective, just dump this review and run to a theater to watch the Scott Frank’s deceitful craft A Walk Among the Tombstones, based upon Lawrence Block’s 1992 novel of the same title. Liam Neeson plays illegal private detective Matthew Scudder assigned a reluctant case of a barbarous gay couple who kidnap a drug trafficker Kenny Kristo’s beautiful wife. Kenny pays the ransom only to be served with wrapped severed body parts of his wife, deeming the killers nothing less than psychos who turn out to serial.

Tombstones is unlike Taken and the stint of films Neeson had after that. He is a solo protagonist but not the predictable character that will end the film with all being well. The best part is that the serial murders have nothing to do with Scudder’s personal life. He is never the target. He won’t directly care about his unavoidable teen sidekick TJ (Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley), but he is resourceful when it comes to work sans his gun. The film gives a rush of Taken in a telephone conversation involving Scudder dominating the villain, but that’s all. Scudder is a serious persona with a wry humor and his chemistry with TJ is amusing.

Writer-director Scott Frank is a reviver for this desperately needed cinema. He derives influences from Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Steven Splielberg’s Munich for this one. Tombstones hardly wavers from its prime plot. There is no scene singly specifying any personal aspect of any character, not even that of the serial killers. He has kept the film gory in a passive manner instead of visual ranting. Also you never what you might be shown next. The film has brilliant performances from other lesser known actors. The depiction of Brooklyn in 1999 is artistic. The film comes off more as a surprise from Neeson’s side. Let’s just hope this is a start to a film series!

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Top 10 Crime – Mystery – Thriller books of 2013

Presenting the list of the top10 crime-mystery-thriller novels of 2013…

 

1. Police by Jo Nesbo

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2. Joyland by Stephen King

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3. Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller

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4. Speaking From Among The Bones by Alan Bradley

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5. Touch And Go by Lisa Gardner

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6. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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7. Unseen by Karin Slaughter

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8. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

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9. Never Go Back by Lee Child

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10. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

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