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The Best Mysteries of 2010

  • FICTION

    NOWHERE TO RUN

    APRIL 6, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

NOWHERE TO RUN

by C.J. Box

After an uncharacteristically weak outing (Below Zero, 2009), it’s great to see the usual Box strengths—exhilarating... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BRICK LAYER

    FEB. 1, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE BRICK LAYER

by Noah Boyd

Highly formulaic—the Rube Goldberg plot makes Jeffery Deaver’s twisty thrillers seem models of realism—but irresistible red... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GLASS RAINBOW

    JULY 13, 2010

FICTION

THE GLASS RAINBOW

by James Lee Burke

Burke, whose sonorous cadences and obsession with the past have often recalled Faulkner, has never resembled the sage of... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WORTH DYING FOR

    OCT. 19, 2010

FICTION

WORTH DYING FOR

by Lee Child

It’s hard to imagine a single white-collar wage slave who won’t thrill to this latest Robin Hood fantasy of righteous... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EDGE

    NOV. 2, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EDGE

by Jeffery Deaver

Fans of Deaver’s fiendishly clever suspensers (The Burning Wire, 2010, etc.) won’t be surprised by the nonstop deceptions,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE POACHER’S SON

    APRIL 1, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE POACHER’S SON

by Paul Doiron

C.J. Box goes East. Like Box, Doiron will have his hands full trying to top his accomplished debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CROSSING PLACES

    JAN. 5, 2010

FICTION

THE CROSSING PLACES

by Elly Griffiths

A winning debut. Aficionados may guess the killer early on, but the first-rate characters and chilling story are entrancing... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE JANUS STONE

    JAN. 21, 2011

FICTION

THE JANUS STONE

by Elly Griffiths

Ruth’s second appearance (The Crossing Places, 2009) is an enthralling page-turner that delights in complex characters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE HANGING TREE

    AUG. 3, 2010

FICTION

THE HANGING TREE

by Bryan Gruley

Gus’s second has it all—suspense, mystery, romance, detection, clear-eyed hometown nostalgia, professional dangers along... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CRYSTAL DEATH

    SEPT. 1, 2010

FICTION

CRYSTAL DEATH

by Charles Kipps

Kipps (Hell’s Kitchen Homicide, 2009, etc.) pairs his genuinely original protagonist with a cheeky, charming partner. The... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS

    OCT. 12, 2010

FICTION

THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS

by Alexander McCall Smith

A powerful demonstration of Smith’s ability to dramatize the ways everyday situations spawn the ethical dilemmas that keep... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BURY YOUR DEAD

    OCT. 5, 2010

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

BURY YOUR DEAD

by Louise Penny

Gamache’s excruciating grief over a wrong decision, Beauvoir’s softening toward the unconventional, a plot twist so... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STILL MISSING

    JULY 1, 2010

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

STILL MISSING

by Chevy Stevens

A grueling, gripping demonstration of melodrama’s darker side. As Annie tells the cops who insist that everything’s OK... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GONE ’TIL NOVEMBER

    JAN. 19, 2010

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

GONE ’TIL NOVEMBER

by Wallace Stroby

A strong cast and energetic storytelling. But it’s Sara, so human and so beset, who makes this another standout for Stroby... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TAKEN

    JULY 15, 2010

FICTION

THE TAKEN

by Inger Ash Wolfe

Beautiful writing is just one of the pleasures of this Chinese-box puzzler. Full review >

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