The Thin Man (1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in Redbook. Although he never wrote a sequel, the book became the basis for a successful six-part film series which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. A Thin Man television series followed in the 1950s.
The Cuckoo's Calling by JK Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith). Sent by my mother-in-law. Very good, actually. I don't usually enjoy modern detective fiction, but this was an interesting story with great characters and good dialogue. Most contemporary mysteries tend to wallow in excessive gore and sex, while this one was more restrained.