Your top 5 mysteries of the year
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What were your best Crime, Mystery or Thrillers of the year?
Mine, in no particular order:
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
Truth by Peter Temple
Alone in the Crowd - Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
August Heat - Andrea Camilleri
Crossfire - Miyuki Miyabe
oops, I can't count.
Only 5, huh? Wow that is tough as there were many very good reads. Got the list narrowed to 8, with the top 4 being in order of "favorite." Eliminating for the 5th spot was just too hard and I thought it more prudent to include the other 4 in case other readers may want to explore.
1. God Is a Bullet - Boston Teran
2. Dodging Bullets - Joe McKinney
3. The Lock Artist: A Novel - Steve Hamilton
4. Bank Job - Steve Brewer
5. in no particular order:
How to Rob an Armored Car - Iain Levison
Feelers - Brian M. Wiprud
The Deputy - Victor Gischler
Lost Dog - Bill Cameron
The Tangent Objective by Lawrence Sanders
The Three Roads by Ross Macdonald
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Ask For Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar
These are culled from the ones I reviewed. Unfortunately, I was terribly lax about reviewing this year, and don't really recall everything I read...Probably should start keeping a list, huh?
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
The Rembrandt Affair by Dan Silva
3 Sisters by Bi Feiyu
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Foreign Influence by Brad Thor
My crime/thriller/mystery top five of the year (not including the numerous re-reads).
1. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson - A fascinating book told from the point of view of a serial killer. Jim Thompson was definitely ahead of his time. A true classic of the noir genre.
2. The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie - A collection of 12 stories that feature Mr. Harley Quin, a friend of lovers, an otherworldly presence. Together with his friend Mr. Satterthwaite we wander the twisted labyrinths of the human heart. The stories themselves may not be anything ground breaking. But the protagonist Mr. Quin makes reading The Mysterious Mr. Quin very much worth while.
3. While the Light Lasts by Agatha Christie - A collection of rarely published shorter fictions by Agatha Christie. The original publication histories of the stories and notes on Christie’s inspiration behind writing each story and her final impression of them are an added bonus.
4. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton - This was one long but satisfying journey. But one has to space the reading out a bit, or else it gets a little predictable.
5. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley - An entertaining book overall. The book managed to hold my interest and I fairly sailed through it without any major glitches. Recommended as a fun and easy read for mystery enthusiasts.
1. Small Death in a Great Glen by A. D. Scott
2. The Gene Thieves by Maria Quinn
3. Think of a Number by John Verdon
4. Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill
5. 3-way tie:
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridasson
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
Borderlands by Brian McGilloway
Actually, I loved them all and it would depend on just what day you asked me what the ranking would be.
Mine are :
Michael Harvey's Michael Kelly noirs set in Chicago, including the latest, The Third Rail
The conclusion to Stieg Larrson's trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
The Longest Fall by Walter Mosley, featuring new character Leonid McGill
The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie, an outstanding collection of short Miss Marple mysteries
and tied for 5th,
Worth Dying For by Lee Child, the latest Jack Reacher, which has a disturbing premise but is very good, and
Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker - I assume this is the last Spenser mystery, since the author passed away. It's a good one, with sharp repartee.
# 15 jnwelch, I’m so glad that my most favourite mystery book of all time, The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie, has made it to your mystery top 5 of the year.
Yes, indeed, Porua. It really is exceptional. I can see why it's your favourite.
I can't come up with five only because the top few were really outstanding. The others, while good and even excellent, just aren't as memorable.
Past Caring & Long Time Coming both by Robert Goddard (his first and latest book oddly enough) - both feature mysteries from the past that have repercussions in the present. Well-plotted and paced they hooked me early and kept me on.
Dark Star - Alan Furst - one of the most excellent small-sphere espionage novels I've ever read.
I had several good reads this year and was surprised looking back at how may 4 stars I had, more than 5 :) and most were authors I had not read before. But even more surprising were the three 4.5 that I had:))
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh
some of the 4 stars, in no particular order are:
Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen
A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
14 jmyers 24 -- I have Borderlands up to read as one of my books by an unfamiliar author--I'll be reading it later this month.
edited: I tried 4 times and these damn touchstones don't work or are completely wrong :(
Everything written by Louise Penny and everything written by Daniel Silva. Discovered both these mystery writers last year and devoured their books. They are quite different. Penny is in my definition of cozy while Silva writes about espionage.
The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larrson also came out on top.
Pollux- I got Think of a Number free as an ebook, but haven't read because it sounds kind of tired and cliched. If you've read it and liked it, what did you like about it? Maybe I should give it a try . . .
#24 TheTwoD's...I loved The Girl Who Played With Fire ...and...have just now started Faithful Place. Now I'm going to have to check out the other 3 you listed because it seems to me you have similar taste to mine! Thanks
Think of a Number is the author's first book, and I always like to read first efforts. Sometimes it's a dud, and sometimes it's a gem.
I really liked this book because I could not figure out the mystery for a long time. I never did figure out the "number" thing although eventually I had a hunch as to who the killer could be.
The book moved quickly and certainly kept my interest. I liked the retired police detective character and I hope he will return in a series.
Hmm, had to go and check my reading list of 2010 for this...
I guess I'd have to choose these:
- anything from Fred Vargas. I read 7 of her detective (?) novels and they're all great!
- Lee Child's "61 hours" wasn't bad at all. Not his best but qualifies among the 5 best mysteries of 2010.
- Boris Akunin. I read 2 of his Fandorin books ("The Jack of Spades" and "The Decorator") and really enjoyed those.
- I might also mention Frank Schätzing's "The Swarm". It had its literary weaknesses but it gave a lot of food for thought.
I've been pleasantly surprised by Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum" series. Sure, it's a _very_ light reading but... there's a time for everything, right ;)
I tend to read "cozies" and I tend to read retrospectively. I haven't touched the Millenium series yet, though I probably shall. Books I liked this year:
Murder book of Mr. J. G. Reeder by Edgar Wallace
Deception on his mind by Elizabeth George
Brimstone wedding by Ruth Rendell
Death of a witch by M. C. Beaton (I know these are rote, but I love Hamish MacBeth
Death wears a white gardenia by Zelda Popkin
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