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Reader: Cynthia Gray of Valley Center, Kansas
Favorite authors: John LeCarré, Tana French, Bernard Cornwell, P.D. James, Chris Bohjalian, Henning Mankell, Minette Walters, Dennis Lehane, Ruth Rendell
Favorite books: The Name of the Rose, Heart of Darkness, Cold Mountain, Rebecca, The Poisonwood Bible, House of Sand and Fog, The Lost, A Life for a Life, To Kill a Mockingbird


expatsOK, Cynthia, we'll start with some suspense suggestions first, since that seems to be your primary interest. Readers of John LeCarré should pick up David Downing's Station series (starting with Zoo Station) and The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington, which are full of satisfying spy action. Another suggestion: The Expats by Chris Pavone.

afterwardsFor the psychological suspense and across-the-pond charm of James, French and Rendell, try the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill (starting with The Various Haunts of Men), Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd, the works of Sophie Hannah or Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton.

ordinary graceOn the more literary side, à la Lehane and The House of Sand and Fog, you might enjoy these recent releases: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger, Visitation Street by Ivy Pochada or The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.

You mentioned Bernard Cornwell, Cold Mountain and The Name of the Rose among your picks, so we'll serve up a few historical novels for good measure! Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White mixes the Gothic atmosphere of Rebecca with vibrant Victorian detail. Fans of Charles Frasier should check out Paulette Jiles, especially Enemy Women and The Color of Lightning.

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