Sheila Bugler - Top Ten

1. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
Vintage £8.99

"Highsmithís amoral protagonist manages to be wonderfully entertaining while, at the same time, absolutely terrifying. I love this book."

2. The Guards - Ken Bruen
O'Brien Press Ltd £7.99

"Ken Bruen is the father of Irish noir. This novel is the first in his brilliant Jack Taylor series set in my home city of Galway."

3. Bury Me Deep - Megan Abbott
Simon and Schuster £6.99

"Abbottís fifth novel, based on a true-life crime, is simply stunning. Dark, dazzling and intoxicating."

4. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
Orion £8.99

"Flynnís debut crime novel remains, for me and many other fans, her finest work yet."

5. A Dark-Adapted Eye - Barbara Vine
Penguin £7.99

"A gripping psychological thriller with a compelling, complicated central character and one of the best opening chapters of any book Iíve ever read."

6. The Secret Place - Tana French
Hodder £7.99

"All Tana Frenchís novels are excellent but this tale of friendship and betrayal amongst a group of teenage girls is her finest book to date."

7. Queenpin - Megan Abbott
Simon and Schuster £6.99

"Classic noir fiction with a feminist twist. Magnificent."

8. End Games - Michael Dibdin
Faber £7.99

"Itís tragic to see such a talented author die so young. I love all the Aurelio Zen books and this one, the last in the series, is a fitting end to a career that ended too early."

9. The Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke
Orion £9.99

"Almost impossible to know which James Lee Burke novel to choose. Iíve gone for this one on the grounds that it combines a gripping thriller with a riveting account of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

10. Deal Breaker - Harlan Coben
Orion £8.99

"Harlan Coben was the reason I started writing crime fiction. This is the first in his wonderful series introducing sports agent Myron Bolitar."