The season's best mystery reads

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First aired on The Next Chapter (23/12/13)

Every year, Shelagh Rogers gathers together her panel of mystery book experts to get their take on the best recent thrillers on the market. Here is their latest batch of great reads for the mystery lover in your life -- or yourself!

P.K. Rangachari's picks:

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Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman

"It's a fascinating book. It's very well written and it's a fast read."


A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen

"It's a complex story. Jussi Adler-Olsen has got a quirky sense of humour and it's great reading."


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

"It's about the last woman in Iceland to be beheaded for murder. It's a beautiful book, elegantly written."

J.D. Singh's picks:


Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

"The novel is terrific, it rattles along at a nice pace. All the characters you've come to know and love are still there."


Up in Smoke by Ross Pennie

"The writer has a great sense of humour, he's an entertaining man and these are terrific stories."


The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan

"This was voted the Danish crime novel of the decade. It was entertaining!"

Margaret Cannon's picks:


Sandrine's Case by Thomas H. Cook

"For those of you out there who thought Gone Girl was good, this is 10 times better. Ten times better!"


An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

"He's a marvellous, marvellous historical writer. It's wonderfully done and I really, honestly couldn't put it down."


How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

"This is one of those afternoon reads you'll love."

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