TOP 10 BOOKS of 2010

1. Heartstone - C J Sansom
Mantle £18.99

"The next installment in the amazingly successful Tudor adventures of Shardlake. Historical crime writing has really come of age!"

2. The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
Vintage £6.99

"Touted as the 'new Steig Larsson', Jo Nesbo is actually an incomparable writer all in his own right. Chilly and chilling storytelling."

3. Thorn in my Side - Sheila Quigley
Burgess Books £18.99

"The Grande Dame of gritty Northern crime offers a new series character, but all her usual power and page-turning style."

4. Dictator - Tom Cain
Bantam Press £14.99

"Tom Cain just goes from strength to strength. If you have yet to sample his books, start soon. Its like James Bond, but even better!"

5. The Last 10 Seconds - Simon Kernick
Bantam Press £14.99

"Just when you think Simon Kernick cannot make a novel any more frenetically paced and thrilling... Bang! Another genius thriller from the current Master of the craft."

6. Still Missing - Chevy Stevens
Sphere £6.99

"This one infiltrated into our brains and stuck there... A visceral account of a woman's abduction and 'marriage' to her captor. Strange, dark and disturbing."

7. Savages - Don Winslow
William Heinemann Ltd £12.99

"Simply a masterwork from a true craftsman of the genre. Stylish and stunning."

8. Wake up Dead - Roger Smith
Serpents Tail £7.99

"The find of 2010. A remarkable book that came from nowhere and left a huge impression. Read it!"

9. The Pull of the Moon - Diane Janes
Robinson Publishing £6.99

"A slow-burning psychological thriller that insinuated itself into our imagination. Well-liked by many of our reviewers and one of the most exciting debuts of 2010."

10. The Memory Collector - Meg Gardiner
Blue Door £6.99

"Meg Gardener is simply stunning and deserves massive international acclaim. So full-on that our reviewer felt physically exhausted after reading it! "