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2011 Best of Fiction: Mysteries

  • FICTION

    NOW YOU SEE ME

    JUNE 7, 2011

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

NOW YOU SEE ME

by S.J. Bolton

Bolton (Blood Harvest, 2010, etc.) provides excruciating tension and much else. Romantics can drool over Jonesbury’s... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BACK OF BEYOND

    AUG. 2, 2011

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BACK OF BEYOND

by C.J. Box

Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package: unobtrusively slick detection, buckets of surprises and mounting... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MISTERIOSO

    JULY 1, 2011

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

MISTERIOSO

by Arne Dahl & translated by Tiina Nunnally

Thoughtfully haunting and sometimes beautifully written, the first of Hjelm’s cases to be translated into English is likely... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DRAWING CONCLUSIONS

    APRIL 1, 2011

FICTION

DRAWING CONCLUSIONS

by Donna Leon

As languid in its movement as a gondola ride. Yet none of Brunetti’s earlier cases (About Face, 2009, etc.) is as... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RIZZO'S FIRE

    MARCH 1, 2011

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

RIZZO'S FIRE

by Lou Manfredo

Bar none, Joe Rizzo is the most authentic cop in contemporary crime fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STEALING MONA LISA

    AUG. 2, 2011

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

STEALING MONA LISA

by Carson Morton

Like La Joconde, Carson’s debut novel is set in an elegant frame—a newspaper reporter wrests the amazing story from a dying... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ECHOES OF THE DEAD

    APRIL 1, 2011

FICTION

ECHOES OF THE DEAD

by Sally Spencer

Shifting seamlessly between past and present versions of the case, Spencer produces a tour de force readers won’t quickly... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LUCIFER'S TEARS

    MARCH 17, 2011

FICTION

LUCIFER'S TEARS

by James Thompson

Nazi collaboration, government cover-ups, kinky sex, a baby daughter waiting impatiently to be born and a vigilante-minded... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE KING OF DIAMONDS

    MARCH 15, 2011

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE KING OF DIAMONDS

by Simon Tolkien

A thick web of family tensions and psychological dysfunction with a whodunit chaser, Tolkien's third novel (The Inheritance,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ROCK HOLE

    JUNE 1, 2011

FICTION

THE ROCK HOLE

by Reavis Z. Wortham

Not just scary but funny too, as Wortham nails time and place in a sure-handed, captivating way. There’s a lot of good stuff... Full review >

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