My personal recommendations

A Listmania! list by Nicola
 
One Step Behind (Kurt Wallender Mystery)
1.  One Step Behind (Kurt Wallender Mystery) by Henning Mankell
The list author says:
  "great series crime writer"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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The Drowning Pool (Canongate Crime Classics)
2.  The Drowning Pool (Canongate Crime Classics) by Ross Macdonald
The list author says:
  "a crime masterpiece"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Spies
3.  Spies by Michael Frayn
The list author says:
  "winner of Whitbread--a prize that consistently chooses well"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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English Passengers
4.  English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
The list author says:
  "another winner of the Whitbread, offering multiple narratives, a cracking seafaring yarn and a moving insight into a harrowing moment in Australia's history"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

The Fourth Hand
5.  The Fourth Hand by John Irving
The list author says:
  "JOHN IRVING! what more do I need to say?"
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

The Pursuit Of Happiness
6.  The Pursuit Of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy
The list author says:
  "The mccarthy witchhunts, highballs in manhattan and a love story--this book has it all: intrigue, history and romance"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

The Lovely Bones
7.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "the ending lets it down but otherwise a well-wrought debut based around an original premise"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (850 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

What I Loved
8.  What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
The list author says:
  "life, death, art, New York, family, friends. This book as it all."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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