Top 10 of 2006

1. Red Leaves - Thomas H. Cook
Quercus £6.99

"Our reviewer wrote, "I simply couldn't stop reading this novel..." and we haven't stopped talking about it since. Our top tip from 2006 by a mile..."

2. Sovereign - C.J. Sansom
Pan Macmillan £7.99

"Our reviewer said, "This is a magnificent piece of work providing a rich tapestry of Tudor life…" Set in 1541 this is the third book about the lawyer Matthew Shardlake. We loved it."

3. The Mayor of Lexington Avenue - James Sheehan
Corgi £6.99

"With the customary good versus bad seen in most novels, this book has the added twists that good does not always prevail, leaving the reader unsure about what will happen next. Courtroom drama with brains and attitude."

4. The Last Days of Newgate - Andrew Pepper
Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.99

"This is an excellent, atmospheric mystery. The story travels to the very bowels of London, portraying its seediness and corruption. A brilliant, evocative pre-Victorian crime thriller."

5. The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
Harvill Secker £11.99

"Scandinavian crime fiction is causing quite a stir - and this novel left us wanting more from this great new author."

6. The Colour of Law - Mark Gimenez
Sphere £6.99

"Our reviewer said, "…one of the best legal thrillers I have read for some time." We still agree."

7. The Drowning Man - Michael Robotham
Little Brown £6.99

"The story involves a masterly sleight of hand and takes you from the mansions of the upper classes to the sewers of London. A real find."

8. Velocity - Dean Koontz
HarperCollins £6.99

"Velocity is Koontz at his best – and comes highly recommended!"

9. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney
Quercus £7.99

"Our review said, "This is a sweeping, panoramic saga of epic proportions." The Costa committee agreed."

10. The Broken Shore - Peter Temple
Quercus £6.99

"An evocative Australian setting and great writing make this a sure-fire winner."