Top Forensic Thriller Novels To Add to Your Bookshelf

These novels delve into to some of the science that lives behind both solving crimes and the murders themselves. The main characters must find clues within the bodies of victims of horrific murders to keep themselves and the people around them safe. These stories are thrilling, exciting and full of death, murder and of course dead bodies.


By Patricia Cornwell

This novel by Patricia Cornwell, published in 1990, is set in Richmond Virginia. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta has had to deal with a string of gruesome stranglings that are paralyzing the city. She has to use the latest advances in forensic research to find any clue possible to catch the serial killer. This case with test her like nothing has before but things get more dangerous because someone wants her dead.


 The Bone Collector 

By Jeffery Denver

Lincoln Rhyme was the best in his field, a genius in the field of forensics, but all that comes crashing to a halt when an accident leaves him physically and emotionally shattered. But Rhyme’s is challenged by a diabolical killer and he must work with Amelia Sachs, a police detective, to stop this madman. They follow labyrinths of clues that make them look back into New York dark past and into the killer’s mind. Written by Jeffery Denver, this book was published in 1997.

 Déjà Dead 

By Kathy Reich

This first book in the Temperance Brennan series introduces our heroine, a year before Temperance left behind her shaky marriage in North Carolina, now she is devoted to justice. Temperance must work on a new case, a woman was discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags. Temperance has found a terrifying pattern but her investigation could place her best friend and her own daughter in mortal danger. This book was written by Kathy Reich, published in 1997, and was the inspiration for the hit TV show called Bones.



By Karin Slaughter

In this novel, published in 2001, Karin Slaughter brings us a dark tale set in a small town in Georgia. The entire town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally murdered in a local diner. But when Sara Linton, the town coroner, does her autopsy the full extent of the killer’s twisted work becomes clear. Her ex-husband is the chief of police and leading the case. Soon another woman is later found crucified but the killer may not be the only problem, the first victim’s sister is out for her won justice.

 Carved in Bone 

By Jefferson Bass

Inspired by the personal experiences of the scientist who founded the Body Farm, this novel follows renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton. A women body is found in a cave, she has been dead for thirty years but her body has been bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But the investigation may dig Jo some old wounds and bring out dangerous hostility from the enemies of Brockton and inflame his own guilt. This book was written by Jefferson Bass and published in 2006.



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