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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Best Mystery Novels of 2009?


Well, it's awards season again---time for the Oscars, Emmys, and all the various guild awards in the entertainment industry.

However, for those of us who write and read mysteries, it's also an awards season. Most notably, there's the Mystery Writers of America's annual Edgar Awards dinner, which is just around the corner.

I was thinking about what a great year 2009 was for mystery and crime novels when the latest issue of The Strand Magazine appeared at my office. Not only is the editor, Andrew Gulli, a man of erudition and taste (he published two of my short stories, "Blood Lines" and "A Theory of Murder," didn't he?), he really seems to have his finger on the pulse of what's happening in the crime-writing world.

In fact, in his editorial in this latest issue, Andrew listed his choices for the best 12 mysteries of 2009. Here they are:

1. A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory
2. A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroart
3. The Fury by Jason Pinter
4. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
5. Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver
6. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
7. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
8. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
10. Dexter By Design by Jeff Lindsay
11. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
12. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

Pretty impressive list, I'd say. But what do you think? Any novels you loved this past year that belong on a "Best Of" list?

Let me know and we'll add your choices to the list. And here's to more great crime (fictional, of course!) in 2010.
  

6 comments:

smokysun said...

thanks, dennis. can fiction really rival reality (dubai)? wayne

jeff said...

I look forward to seeing Mirror Image make the 2010 list!

Debbie said...

What a great list. I've read only 3 of them. Now on to the others. Keep us posted.

Debbie

Jean Fain said...

Dennis,
My problem is that, although I'm a voracious reader, I can't remember what I've read. Not the book titles or, gasp, even the author's names at this late age. Which is why I especially appreciate the top-10 list you posted. At least someone can remember what's worth reading.
Though I will say, I just finished reading "The Help," which is no mystery, but I do still know that this is one great book. I still know, as well, that I'm almost finished writing my first book, "The Self-Compassion Diet." I hope I'll be able to remember what I've written when it hits bookstore shelves next January.
Good luck with your new book!
Jean
Good luck with your new one!
Jean

Peter Anthony Holder said...

Looking forward to your new book when it comes out.

I must confess that after a long dry spell of not reading, due to work and life, I got back into it because of your short story collection. So you're the reason I now keep a book handy.

Can't say that I have read straight mysteries since I read yours.

I've discovered the five medical thrillers written by Dr. Dan Kalla who is an ER doctor in Vancouver. Check out "Pandemic" if you have a chance.

Also, with the success of "FlashForward" on ABC, I've gone back and picked up the Robert J. Sawyer title of the same name that the show is based on. Read it over the holidays and loved it!

But I am reserving a spot on my shelf for "Mirror Image."

Art of the Future said...

Great list! I look forward to reading all that I haven't yet encountered.