LJ Best Books 2017

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Best Books 2013: Mystery

See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests

Knopf, Chris. Cries of the Lost. Permanent. ISBN 9781579623326. $28.
Fugitive Arthur only wants the truth about his late wife’s criminal pursuits. Crisscrossing Europe, he barely stays ahead of the bad guys in this witty, cleverly concocted sequel to the Nero Award–winning Dead Anyway. (LJ 11/1/13)

Limón, Martin. Nightmare Range: The Collected George Sueño & Ernie Bascom Stories. Soho Crime. ISBN 9781616953324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616953331.
Stationed in Korea in the early 1970s, Sueño and Bascom take their military detective roles seriously. Read separately as finely tuned episodes or together as a satisfying whole, this remarkable collection showcases Limón’s gifts as a compassionate storyteller. (LJ 9/1/13)

Penny, Louise. How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. ISBN 9780312655471. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466834705.
While never forgetting the sinister conspiracy threatening all he holds dear, an honorable Québec detective doggedly pursues a new case. Gamache’s moral compass steers him toward a breathtaking, triumphant conclusion in the must-read series’s ninth entry. (LJ 7/13)

Robertson, Imogen. Circle of Shadows: A Westerman/Crowther Mystery. Pamela Dorman: Viking. ISBN 9780670026289. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101622926.
Late in the 18th century, a secret society threatens to topple a politically significant European duchy. Opera, potions, and automata all play parts in a mesmerizing historical thriller laden with intrigue. (LJ 6/1/13)

Thomas, Paul. Death on Demand. Bitter Lemon. ISBN 9781908524171. pap. $14.95.
Maori DS Tito Ihaka’s original instincts were unpopular but correct, and now his boss needs him to solve a cold case. His audacious methods rattle society’s cages in this gritty procedural from one of New Zealand’s best crime writers. (LJ 10/1/13)



  1. Donna says:

    Thank you for these titles. I’ve put Cries of the Lost and How The Light Gets In on my To-Be-Read list. I have read some wonderful books this year. Wintergirls by Laurie Anderson (not a murder mystery, but the book kept me riveted nonetheless), Torn Apart by MA Comley (intense and dramatic), Keep Me Ghosted by Karen Cantwell (light, funny), and The Catherine Mans series by Linda Prather. Again, thank you for the list.