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    21 Crime Novels That Will Definitely Turn You Into Sherlock Holmes

    Will you be able to get to the bottom of these?

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share what the best crime novel they ever read was. We got a bunch of responses, but here are the ones that are absolutely thrilling.

    1. Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie

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    "[I pick] Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. It's one of her greatest mystery novels and is being turned into a film this year. Private detective Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express, which is stopped in the middle of the night by snow. The next morning — one of the many passengers — an American tycoon is found murdered in his cabin, with the door locked from the inside. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, and travelling with a murderer, Poirot has to find the killer before he — or she — strikes again."

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    2. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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    "Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is so amazingly terrifying." —lenolina23

    "This story is chilling and filled with plot twists that literally made me gasp. The entire trilogy is riveting. I couldn't put any of the books down." —ashleyb45512dc8c

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    3. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

    4. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling

    5. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

    6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    7. The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer by Jason Moss

    8. Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder by Jerry Bledsoe

    "Bitter Blood is an amazing true crime book. It's about two murders in Louisville, KY that seem unrelated, but the twists in the case are incredible." — clogue719

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    9. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

    10. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

    11. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    12. Defending Jacob by William Landay

    13. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    14. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

    15. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

    16. Confessions by Kanae Minato

    17. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

    18. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

    19. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

    20. The Firm by John Grisham

    21. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

    Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.

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