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Date Posted: 2/21/2011 8:03 PM ET
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I have read all of the popular mystery/thriller authors and lots of the British authors.   Does anyone have suggestions for books whose endings are surpising?  It is very rare for me to read a book that I haven't figured out the ending.  I like something fast moving that grabs me to the end!   Any suggestions?   Specific titles would be greatly appreciated!

Date Posted: 2/21/2011 8:35 PM ET
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Judy, have you read Catherine Coulter's FBI books?  These are great thrillers and they always keep me from putting down the book until I'm finished until I have to!  There are 14 novels so far, with the 15th being published in July of this year.  The first book in the series is called "The Maze" and there are a couple omnibus books that contain several of the novels in them.  For example, this book and the second in the series "The Cove" are included in the omnibus "The Beginning." 

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 9:12 PM ET
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A  few of my favorite mysteries with suprise endings-----PRESUMED INNOCENT by Scott Turow, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYED by Agatha Chtistie  and A BREACH OF PROMISE by Anne Perry.


Date Posted: 2/27/2011 2:53 AM ET
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I didn't figure out the ending to The Flanders Panel, by Perez-Reverte until moments before the 'reveal.'

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 12:33 PM ET
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That reminds me, I need to re-read The Flanders Panel soon.   It's been about fifteen years since I read it, so I've probably forgotten a sufficient amount to make it a good re-read :-)

One of my go-to authors for surprise/twist endings is Brian Freeman.   He's a master and I've heard multiple people comment that he's known for this.    Another great book for a surprise ending (heck, it's just a great thriller overall) is the Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 1:20 PM ET
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I'd recommend The Burning Court and/or The Crooked Hinge by John Dickson Carr.  They're both excellent.

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 6:42 PM ET
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The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny - I didn't expect the ending, and also Edge by Jeffrey Deaver.  I thought I'd figured out how it would end up, and was really surprised at how it wrapped up. 


Date Posted: 3/11/2011 6:26 PM ET
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Reginald Hill's "Dialogues of the Dead".  Ending knocked me for a loop!  I was thinking about it for DAYS afterwards, could not get over it, and how much it surprised me (and I figure out who-done-it, if not why, 9 times out of 10).  It's #19 in the Dalziel & Pascoe series but I think you could read it without being familiar with the characters.  The next 2 or 3 books in the series follow up somewhat on what happened(s).

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 1:08 PM ET
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Original Sin by PD James

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 3:13 AM ET
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I just finished Funerals are Fatal by Agatha Christie.

Hey, I thought the butler did it. :-)  Boy, was I surprised when M. Poirot revealed the real killer.

Date Posted: 3/25/2011 7:43 PM ET
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Beyond Reach, Karin Slaughter's 2007 thriller and the sixth book in her Grant County series, contained the most utterly shocking and unforgettable climax that I have EVER encountered in any of the hundreds of books I have read in my lifetime. I have discussed Slaughter's blow-your-mind ending on several other occasions in this forum. Even today, I will grab Beyond Reach from the library shelf and reread those last few pages in hopes, perchance, that it was all just a bad dream.  

It wasn't.


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Date Posted: 3/25/2011 7:58 PM ET
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I was so mad at Karin Slaughter after Beyond Reach that I stopped reading her.


Date Posted: 3/25/2011 8:43 PM ET
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I was so mad at Karin Slaughter after Beyond Reach that I stopped reading her. 

Me too, Cele.

I sent you a pm, by the way.


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