Looking for the perfect gift for a book lover? Welcome to the gift guide. We've chosen the best-selling mysteries of 2013 and similar books that we think you'll enjoy! 

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Characteristics: Clever, character-driven mystery. Major twist in the middle. Psychological and cerebral rather than action-packed.

If your recipient loved Gone Girl, gift them Before Her Eyes by Rebecca Forster, a critically acclaimed psychological thriller. 


 Characteristics: Legal thriller from America's favorite storyteller. Suspense and a rich storyline.

If your recipient loved Sycamore Row, chances are they'll love Identical by Scott Turow.

Characteristics: Hard-boiled PI novel with a strong female protagonist. Appeals to mystery fans who love reading about PIs interviewing leads, teasing out a case, and solving a crime.

If your recipient loves Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, they'll enjoy Trial & Terror by Adam L. Penenberg. 

Characteristics: Crime fiction with complex characters. Mystery is certainly present, but there's some social commentary. The modern version of a hard-boiled detective novel.

If your recipient liked The Cuckoo's Calling, they'll enjoy The Black Mile by Mark Dawson, a great hard-boiled procedural with lots of local atmosphere.

Characteristics: screwball romantic suspense. Plenty of humor and a bit of a love triangle. Perhaps scary at times, but mostly lighthearted and fun.

If your friend likes Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, they'll love Robert Thornhill's Lady Justice series

Characteristics: A psychological suspense thriller about a long buried secret that changes everything for the protagonist.

If your recipient loved The Storyteller, they'll be thrilled to receive The Girl from Long Guyland by Lara Reznik as a gift. 

Characteristics: A beautifully crafted classic story from the queen on mystery. Plenty of suspense and a puzzle to work out as you're reading.

 If your recipient loves Agatha Christie's novels, they'll enjoy Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

 Characteristics: a paranormal mystery with a bit of romance and a ton of humor.

If your recipient liked the ghost-filled mystery of Jana DeLeon's novel Trouble in Mudbug, they'll love Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles.


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