Good mystery novels that have been adapted to large or small screen
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Anyone have recommendations? She is listening to/watching Sharp Objects right now, which I think might be more thriller than mystery. She and my brother are fans of the Wire. Shoot I'll come back when I remember more....
If your sister-in-law likes Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn also wrote a novel called Gone Girl that was adapted into a successful movie of the same name. I never got around to seeing the movie, and I thought the book was a decent read. But I think I am in the minority there because anyone else I knew who read it loved it.
Okay, one more. Dennis Lehane has written a number of novels, and several have been made into some wonderful movies. Three that come to mind for me are Mystic River, Gone Baby, Gone and Shutter Island. I loved all three of those books, and the movies were all great in my opinion too. The only word of caution I'd give is that Gone Baby, Gone is chronologically the 4th book in a series of 6 novels about a pair of private investigators, but is the only book of that series to be filmed, so be aware that if you pick that book up, you'd be in the middle of a series.
For TV Series there's always Bosch which is adapted from Michael Connelly's series of books starting with The Black Echo.
An oldie but goodie (and one of my new favorites) is In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes. The movie version of the same name (I watched it on TCM, but it may be available elsewhere) stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Graham (who is the subject of the recent movie Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool and played by Annette Benning).
I was a library director for 35 years in a rural area. When possible, I got movies based on books with the hope that more reading would happen. Many of the older books have been made into excellent films: The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins; The Maltese Falcon-Dashiell Hammett; Thirty Nine Steps-John Buchan; The Big Sleep-Raymond Chandler.
And of course, for a more contemporary book/movie combo, there is always The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books. I personally found the book too gritty for me but it sounds like your sister-in-law would like it if she hasn't read it already.
I haven't seen the movie of The Girl on the Train but that's another book/movie combo that might appeal to her.