Top 10 Crime Reads for Christmas 2006

1. Close - Martina Cole
Headline £18.99

"The new "Queen of Crime" reigns supreme over the bestseller lists with her blockbusting new book."

2. The Naming of the Dead - Ian Rankin
Orion £17.99

"A brilliant new Rebus novel from one of Britain's best-loved crime writers. Pure crime writing genius."

3. Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris
William Heinemann £17.99

"Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the physician and monster who has fascinated millions in print and onscreen, returns. Be afraid. Be very afraid..."

4. The Secret of Crickley Hall - James Herbert
Macmillan £17.99

"This is Herbert back on top scary form. Buy it now!"

5. Under Orders - Dick Francis
Michael Joseph Ltd £18.99

"In his first new novel for six years, Dick Francis returns to prove once again that he is the Grand Master of thriller writing."

6. Echo Park - Michael Connelly
Orion £17.99

"A new outing for Detective Harry Bosch in this brilliant book by one of America's finest crime writers."

7. Snow Blind - P.J. Tracy
Michael Joseph Ltd £12.99

"The latest bestseller from the author who brought you "Want to Play?", "Live Bait "and "Dead Run". We loved it!"

8. The Water's Lovely - Ruth Rendell
Huychinson £17.99

"RR doesn't just stand for Rolls Royce... Pure class and stunning engineering from Ruth Rendell."

9. Cross - James Paterson
Headline £18.99

"Cross seeks out his wife's killer with thrilling results! Stunning stuff."

10. Sovereign - C.J. Sansom
Macmillan £16.99

"Sansom brings the colours, sights and sounds of Tudor England brilliantly into the imagination in this gripping historical novel."