Top 5 Must-Read Crime Books

If you are a crime or thriller buff like me then this post is totally for you. If you have been reading my posts then you would know that this is one of my favorite genres both online (movies or OTT platforms) and offline (books). When it comes to books, I honestly forget that there is another day to read. That’s how engrossed I get.

I would like to share my recent picks in this genre.

1. Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt. Ltd By Richa S Mukherjee

A private investigator becoming a part of a dark and dangerous game which was never the intent, how does it sound? Excited to read it already right. Mr. Prachand Tripathi, private investigator, and owner of Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd., tracks down missing pets and cheating lovers. A new case requires him to follow actress Shailaja Kapoor. What seems like a simple request turns his world upside down. He learns about her murky past, wading through which is going to be a tough hand. Prachand and his wife Vidya, fall under the police lens because Shailaja Kapoor is abducted right before their eyes. It’s a do-or-die situation at hand for him. Read more to know if Mr. Tripathi survived this ordeal.

2. The Endgame By S. Hussain Zaidi

It’s not Avengers End Game I am talking about, but a captivating story of politics, betrayal, and unimaginable terror. Shahwaz Ali Mirza and Vikrant Singh are RAW officers with the task of providing security for BSF Special Director General Somesh Kumar who is on his way to visit former Prime Minister Parmeshwar Naidu, who is hospitalized after he meets with a car accident. Three years before they had foiled a deadly plan by terrorist Munafiq’s to leak State secrets from a naval server in Lakshadweep. A new tip leads this duo to a hotel on Mira Road where the prime suspect, Al Muqadam, is hiding. On the other hand, Major Daniel Fernando claims that there is more to Naidu’s accident.

The emerging pieces of evidence are bringing together the entire team from the Lakshadweep operation towards a new mission. Read more about what happens next.

3. The Woman In The Window By A.J. Finn

This book I am sure you will read in one go. That’s how amazing it is. Anna Fox hasn’t left her home for the last 10 months. Lost in her memories and being too terrified to step outside she has locked herself in her old New York house. Her only interface to the real world is her window where she sits watching the world outside. When her new neighbors, Russel’s move in, she is immediately drawn to them as the picture-perfect family. Seeing them she remembers a life that was once hers. However, things take a twist when she sees something horrifying, a truth which she needs to uncover. However, will anyone believe her? Will she believe in herself? is for you to read.

4. In Plain Sight By Mohamed Thaver

Written from the perspective of a rookie crime reporter, this book is set in the surreal world of crime and retribution inhabited by the Mumbai police. Rape and murder cases of three minor girls have been unsolved for months which leaves DCP Sawant frustrated and call-up on police inspector Waghmare. Waghmare is renowned as the police’s ‘investigation machine.’ However, he is being put to test when every possible lead meets a dead end. To make things worse they find a fourth body. Waghmare gets a feeling that he is being constantly watched by the killer, is it true? Reading this interesting book will give the answers.

5. The Bollywood Affair By Gauri Sinh

This movie sounds like the perfect track for a Bollywood blockbuster. A Bollywood legend from the late 1990s RK is haunted by the wails and echoes in his own house – is his house really haunted? Is there something wrong with him? Or is it related to his latest movie the Haunted House? Former supermodel, Akruti Rai, and the streetwise Parvati Samant are private investigators who are looking into this case. As days unfold more people are succumbing to this supernatural phenomenon and next on the list is RK’s lady love, Alena. Will Akruti and Parvati solve this mystery or succumb themselves, is for you to find out.

These are my crime book picks. I am sure these snippets have already got you excited to read them. If you have read any of these do share your experience too.

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  1. I am not much into reading crime theme books but this is a wonderful list of books for those who love to read crime theme books. among all these I had heard a lot about Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd.,before too.

  2. I love suspense crime thrillers to read. Thanks for introducing me to this list. I have heard a lot about Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd. Before but never bought it.

  3. Not my kind of genre when it comes to books but you made sure it’s interesting enough for readers to look for and read them as well. That’s all because of how you put into writing your reviews that made them more engaging.

  4. I like thrillers. Being a Kanpurite, I would like to read Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd. The Woman in The Window sound like Agatha Christie’s novel titles. I would like to read two of these.

  5. I love reading crime thrillers. Apart from Kanpur Khoofiya I haven’t yet read the others. In Plain Sight and The Endgame seem like something I would enjoy.

  6. Crime fiction makes for great reading. This is a good collection of crime thrillers. Though I must confess that I have hardly read the crime fiction of Indian authors, but these books sound really promising.

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