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Best Fiction of 2012: Mysteries

  • FICTION

    HELL OR HIGH WATER

    JULY 17, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

HELL OR HIGH WATER

by Joy Castro

Castro’s first mystery is fierce and intense, with both harrowing depictions of New Orleans after Katrina and psychological... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A WOMAN OF CONSEQUENCE

    APRIL 10, 2012

FICTION

A WOMAN OF CONSEQUENCE

by Anna Dean

The third in Dean’s series is another delight, complete with perfect regency prose and an excellent mystery. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FALLEN ANGELS

    APRIL 1, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

FALLEN ANGELS

by Connie Dial

A veteran cop herself, Dial (The Broken Blue Line, 2010, etc.) does authenticity to the max, and readers will like that. But... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SIMPLE

    AUG. 21, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

SIMPLE

by Kathleen George

George’s all-too-familiar story is so richly observed, subtly characterized, precisely written—her syncopated paragraphs are... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLOODLAND

    FEB. 1, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

BLOODLAND

by Alan Glynn

His prose spare but spirited, Glynn (Winterland, 2011, etc.) spins an all-too-likely tale of secrets, lies and power... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE THING ITSELF

    OCT. 1, 2012

FICTION

THE THING ITSELF

by Peter Guttridge

Guttridge’s third Brighton thriller is so well-written that it would be well worth your time even if it were not such a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DEAD ANYWAY

    SEPT. 15, 2012

FICTION

DEAD ANYWAY

by Chris Knopf

An absorbing update of the classic film, D.O.A., that finds its author so completely in the zone that not a word is wasted,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EDGE OF DARK WATER

    MARCH 25, 2012

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EDGE OF DARK WATER

by Joe R. Lansdale

The river, the raft, a stash of money coveted by bad guys, nonstop adventures that edify, terrify and deepen the bond... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD

    AUG. 14, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD

by Laura Lippman

Like Mary Cassatt, Lippman studies families with a different eye than her male contemporaries, showing the heartbreaking... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RIZZO'S DAUGHTER

    MARCH 13, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

RIZZO'S DAUGHTER

by Lou Manfredo

Good cops, bent cops, tormented and demented cops, cops of every description inhabit Rizzo’s world, all of them utterly... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BUZZARD TABLE

    NOV. 20, 2012

FICTION

THE BUZZARD TABLE

by Margaret Maron

Maron (Three-Day Town, 2011, etc.) adroitly melds ugly American (open) government secrets with classic whodunit intrigue and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

    MARCH 13, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

by Brad Parks

With his third featuring brash, breezy, unflappable Carter (Eyes of the Innocent, 2011, etc.), Parks propels himself to a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    POISON FLOWER

    MARCH 1, 2012

FICTION

POISON FLOWER

by Thomas Perry

Jane has so little trouble breaking James Shelby, framed for murdering his wife, out of police custody at the Clara... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SOLITARY HOUSE

    MAY 1, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE SOLITARY HOUSE

by Lynn Shepherd

Shepherd offers an intricate plot and a thousand details of the least-admirable side of Victorian life. A must-read. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KINGS OF MIDNIGHT

    APRIL 10, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

KINGS OF MIDNIGHT

by Wallace Stroby

Once again Stroby demonstrates how adept he is at making readers empathize with the essentially unworthy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BEDLAM DETECTIVE

    FEB. 7, 2012

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE BEDLAM DETECTIVE

by Stephen Gallagher

Gallagher loves character development but respects plotting enough to give it full measure. The result is that rare beast, a... Full review >

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