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1raidergirl3
Dec 16, 2010, 10:16pm Top

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.

2magnumpigg
Dec 17, 2010, 8:19am Top

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

3Samantha_kathy
Dec 17, 2010, 11:36am Top

Top 5, hmmm, let me think....

1. The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert
2. Death at Gallows Green by Robin Paige
3. Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
4. The Tale of Holly How by Susan Wittig Albert
5. Eh, I actually only read 4 mysteries this year. Very bad of me, I know.. I'm reading one right now, but that one definitely doesn't deserve to be in any top 5, not even by defealt!

4BeckyJG
Edited: Dec 19, 2010, 10:38pm Top

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?

5rocketjk
Dec 20, 2010, 1:19am Top

March Violets by Philip Kerr
The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Follow the Sharks by William G. Tapply
Death at Charity's Point by William G. Tapply

6infosleuth
Dec 20, 2010, 6:32am Top

So hard to narrow it to 5, but I would certainly recommend these:

Lush Life by Richard Price
Truth by Peter Temple
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End by Leif G. W. Persson

9wookiebender
Dec 20, 2010, 11:13pm Top

The Broken Shore & Truth by Peter Temple
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
The Long Firm by Jake Arnott
The City and the City by China Mieville
When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

And an awful lot of excellent reads that didn't quite make this cut.

10DeltaQueen50
Dec 23, 2010, 11:00pm Top


Flesh House by Stuart MacBride
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
A Quiet Belief In Angels by R.J. Ellory
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Seeking the Dead by Kate Ellis

These are just a few of the many good ones that I read.

11Violette62
Dec 24, 2010, 12:41pm Top

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

12jonesli
Dec 24, 2010, 1:52pm Top

There are so many, since crime/thriller/mysteries are what I mostly read:

Build My Gallows High
When Will There Be Good News
The Crimewriter
And Then There Were None
Queenpin

13Porua
Dec 26, 2010, 3:57pm Top

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.

14jmyers24
Edited: Dec 26, 2010, 11:34pm Top

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.

15jnwelch
Dec 28, 2010, 11:07am Top

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.

16Porua
Dec 28, 2010, 12:18pm Top

# 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.

17jnwelch
Dec 28, 2010, 3:51pm Top

Yes, indeed, Porua. It really is exceptional. I can see why it's your favourite.

18FMRox
Dec 30, 2010, 11:38pm Top

In no particular order:
Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan
The Rabbit Factory by Marshall Karp
The Likeness by Tana French
Brother Grimm by Craig Russell

20Bookmarque
Dec 31, 2010, 1:59pm Top

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.
so -

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.

21debavp
Edited: Jan 3, 2011, 10:36pm Top

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:))

4.5 stars
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 :(

22marcejewels
Jan 3, 2011, 10:52pm Top

I can't wait to get recommendations from everyone's list

In no order.....

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley

The Manufactured Identity Heath Sommer

Tell-Tale Sam Hayes

Relic Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Buying Time Pamela Samuels Young

23vivienbrenda
Jan 7, 2011, 11:38pm Top

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.

26cdhtenn2k10
Jan 19, 2011, 8:29pm 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 . . .

27lindasbooks
Jan 20, 2011, 4:41pm Top

#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

28cmbohn
Jan 21, 2011, 10:25pm Top

29pollux
Feb 1, 2011, 11:42am Top

#26 cdhtenn2k10

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.

30Talvitar
Edited: Feb 1, 2011, 12:33pm Top

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 ;)

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**edit: typo

31Bjace
Feb 1, 2011, 6:22pm Top

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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