Gripping books to dive into on winter afternoons

A Listmania! list by Louise (UK)
 
Fingersmith
1.  Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The list author says:
  "Unputdownable, tangible atmosphere and suspense, twists and turns that will make you gasp."
8.00   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Historian
2.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The list author says:
  "Excellent literary mystery story, with the supernatural thrown in. Great stuff."
6.99   Used & New from: 0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)

Royal Blood: King Richard III & the Mystery of the Princes: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
3.  Royal Blood: King Richard III & the Mystery of the Princes: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes by Bertram Fields
The list author says:
  "A lawyer examines the case of the Princes in the Tower, great history lesson and intriguing investigation."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Marianne Dreams (Faber Children's Classics)
4.  Marianne Dreams (Faber Children's Classics) by Catherine Storr
The list author says:
  "Not just for children.  Eerie and strange, good story."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children 1)
5.  Clan of the Cave Bear (Earths Children 1) by Jean M. Auel
The list author says:
  "Has had mixed reviews but I enjoyed it.  Never read anything like it before."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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Dracula
6.  Dracula by Elizabeth Kostova
The list author says:
  "Absolute classic.  Scarier than any film."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)

Possession: A Romance
7.  Possession: A Romance by A S Byatt
The list author says:
  "Absorbing literary detective / romance story."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

Katherine
8.  Katherine by Anya Seton
The list author says:
  "Historical fiction at its best, a real page-turner."
8.69   Used & New from: 0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

Beauty
9.  Beauty by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "Original and thoughtful retelling of 'Beauty and the Beast'."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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The Ghost Writer
10.  The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
The list author says:
  "I could not believe how this book held me, there are so many layers of mystery and spine-tingling moments."
7.53   Used & New from: 0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

The Holocaust on Trial: History, Justice and the David Irving Libel Case
11.  The Holocaust on Trial: History, Justice and the David Irving Libel Case by D.D. Guttenplan
The list author says:
  "Excellent and insightful coverage of the Irving trial and intelligent investigation into the issues raised, particularly that of 'proving' History."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
12.  The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz
The list author says:
  "Not everyone's cup of tea, but really fascinating, looking at the original dolls house-type replicas of crime scenes to educate forensic science students. Have a go at solving them yourself."
20.55   Used & New from: 13.36
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics)
13.  The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics) by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "Deep and complex medieval literary mystery.  Amazing stuff."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Moonlit Cage
14.  The Moonlit Cage by Linda Holeman
The list author says:
  "More great historical fiction.  I loved this and couldn't put it down."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Woman in White
15.  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The list author says:
  "It's hard to communicate how great I think this book is.  Just read it."
Used & New from: 10.16
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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Howl's Moving Castle
16.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "Great comic children's book which is a very well-told tale, I've still not grown out of it and doubt I ever will.  Better than the (admittedly good) animated film version of it."
6.99   Used & New from: 2.47
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
17.  The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
The list author says:
  "Absorbing true-life murder mystery and the detective who tried to solve it."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

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Journal Of A Ghosthunter: In Search of the Undead from Ireland to Transylvania
18.  Journal Of A Ghosthunter: In Search of the Undead from Ireland to Transylvania by Simon Marsden
The list author says:
  "Documents ghostly goings-on but worth perusing for the spectacularly atmospheric black and white photographs of the locations featured."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman
19.  Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman by Ann Baer
The list author says:
  "Not a standard novel.  Brings to life twelve months in the life of a medieval peasant woman and her family.  Makes you appreciate gas fires and not having to defecate in an outdoor cess pit."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832
20.  Aristocrats: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox 1740 - 1832 by Stella Tillyard
The list author says:
  "Detailed and intricate yet accessible biography of four remarkable women."
9.09   Used & New from: 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Countess Dracula: Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess
21.  Countess Dracula: Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by Tony Thorne
The list author says:
  "Fascinating biography of an intriguing figure, though occasionally graphic in descriptions of torture."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Time Traveler's Wife
22.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "How amazing is this book?  Highly original, outstanding plot, just read it."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,302 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

The Shadow Of The Wind
23.  The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The list author says:
  "An unforgettable beginning leads on to a spell-binding narrative.  I want the cemetery of forgotten books to be real!"
9.99   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (753 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Neverwhere
24.  Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Brilliant tale about the alternative world under London from Gaiman's incomparable imagination."
7.91   Used & New from: 1.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

From Hell
25.  From Hell by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "There is a wealth of history, detail and intriguing storytelling in this very thick graphic novel about Jack the Ripper - you won't leave your chair for ages - the footnotes are all worth reading too!"
19.28   Used & New from: 12.57
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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