Thursday, December 27, 2012

Notable Books of 2012

As we wind down 2012, it's that time of year when "Best Of..." lists begin to appear.  While I have some favorites, there are just so many great books that I couldn't possibly choose!  So instead, I've put together  some titles that were considered notable during the past year.  How many have you read?  While you're recuperating from holiday feasting and preparing for New Year festivities, take this opportunity to catch up on 2012's best mysteries.

The Ranger by Ace Atkins
Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby by Ace Atkins
Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
Force of Nature: a Joe Pickett novel by C.J. Box
Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Black Box by Michael Connelly
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
The Yard by Alex Grecian
Gone by Mo Hayder
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
1222 by Anne Holt
The Survivor by Greg Hurwitz
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol
Field Gray by Philip Kerr
Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Gods of Gotham by Faye Lyndsay
A Fatal Winter: a Max Tudor novel by G.M. Malliet
The Blackhouse by Peter May
Phantom by Jo Nesbø
Night Rounds by Helene Tursten

Monday, December 10, 2012

Aunt Agatha's Merry Holiday Homicide

Season’s greetings from Aunt Agatha! Snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and a merry little murder:

  • Andrews, Donna -- Six Geese A-Slaying
  • Beaton, M.C. -- Busy Body
  • Beaton, M.C. -- A Highland Christmas
  • Blanc, Nero -- A Crossworder’s Holiday
  • Bowen, Rhys -- The Twelve Clues of Christmas*
  • Brett, Simon -- The Christmas Crimes at Puzzel Manor
  • Candy Cane Murder
  • Christie, Agatha -- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  • Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop: ‘Tis the Season to be Deadly: Stories of Mistletoe and Mayhem
  • Christmas Stalkings: More Tales of Yuletide Murder
  • Clark, Mary Higgins -- Santa Cruise: a Holiday Mystery at Sea
  • A Classic Christmas Crime
  • Colt, Jennifer -- The Con Artist of Catalina Island
  • Coyle, Cleo -- Holiday Grind
  • D’Amato, Barbara -- Hard Christmas
  • Davidson, Diane Mott -- Sweet Revenge
  • Dunn, Carola -- Mistletoe and Murder
  • Dunnett, Kaitlyn -- A Wee Christmas Homicide
  • Fluke, Joanne -- Gingerbread Cookie Murder
  • Greenwood, Kerry -- Forbidden Fruit: a Corinna Chapman Mystery*
  • Harmon, Kenneth -- The Fat Man: a Tale of North Pole Noir
  • Harper, Karen -- The Queene’s Christmas
  • Harris, Charlaine -- Shakespeare’s Christmas
  • Hart, Carolyn -- Merry, Merry Ghost
  • Heyer, Georgette -- Envious Casca*
  • Kelner, Toni L.P. -- Mad as the Dickens
  • Maron, Margaret -- Christmas Mourning
  • Meier, Leslie -- Christmas Cookie Murder
  • More Holmes for the Holidays
  • Murder for Christmas
  • Murphy, Shirley, R. -- Cat Deck the Halls
  • Palmer, William J. -- The Dons and Mr. Dickens: The Strange Case of the Oxford Christmas Plot
  • Perry, Anne -- A Christmas Homecoming 
  • Ripley, Ann -- The Christmas Garden Affair
  • Todd, Charles -- A Bitter Truth
  • Washburn, L.J. -- The Gingerbread Bump-off: a Fresh-baked Mystery
*Thank you to Lisa May for the additions to the list.  Do you have a favorite not mentioned here?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks Comes to PBS

Peter Robinson, author of the long-running Inspector Banks mystery series, announced on his website that the TV series based on his books will be shown on PBS in January.  First broadcast on ITV in the UK, the series stars Stephen Tompkinson as Alan Banks (Tompkinson was seen over here a while back in one of my personal favorite British imports, Ballykissangel). 

DCI Banks has done so well in Britain, a third season has been commissioned and will start filming next summer, but that's getting ahead of us on this side of the pond.  At least we can look forward to another great mystery series come January.  Enjoy the trailer for DCI Banks:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December's New Mystery Releases

Here are the last of the 2012 releases... and then it's on to the new year! 

  • Extra Credit [Murder 101 by Maggie Barbieri  (cozy)
  • Farewell to Freedom [Louise Rick & Camilla Lind] by Sara Blaedel (a shocking murder on Copenhagen's idyllic streets)
  • Killer Crust [Pizza Lovers by Chris Cavender  (cozy)
  • Burying the Past [Fran Harman] by Judith Cutler  (British cozy)
  • Whispering Death [Hal Challis] by Garry Disher (set in Australia)
  • Stealth [Ingrid Langley & Patrick Gillard #16] by Margaret Duffy (British)
  • Valley of the Shadow [Cornish] by Carola Dunn  (Cornish cozy)
  • Dying on the Vine [Gideon Oliver] by Aaron Elkins (a cerebral sleuth)
  • Safe House by Chris Ewan (thriller)
  • And Then You Dye [Needlecraft series] by Monica Ferris  (cozy)
  • Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding  (thrilling mystery)
  • The Road to Cardinal Valley [Ruby McGavin] by Earlene Fowler  (suspenseful family saga)
  • Empire and Honor [Honor Bound] by W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV  (thriller)
  • Blood Never Dies [Bill Slider) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (British mystery)
  • An Inch of Time [Chris Honeysett] by Peter Helton  (set on a Greek island)
  • Hidden Heritage [Lottie Albright] by Charlotte Hinger
  • The Bone Tree [Penn Cage] by Greg Iles  (thriller)
  • Stalking Season [Sarah Kingsly & Angel Johnson] by Maryann Miller 
  • Come the Fear [Richard Nottingham] by Chris Nickson  (18th century sleuth)
  • Fighting for the Dead [Henry Christie] by Nick Oldham  (British procedural)
  • Two Graves [Aloysius Pendergast] by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (thriller)
  • Kinsmen  [1993 Nameless novella] by Bill Pronzini
  • Femme [Nameless novella] by Bill Pronzini
  • Found Guilty at Five [Lois Meade] by Ann Purser (amateur sleuth)
  • Shiver by Karen Robards  (thriller
  • Birds of Winter [Harry Brock] by Kinley Roby  (P.I.)
  • Unnatural Wastage [Sukey Reynolds] by Betty Rowlands  (British procedural)
  • The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks [Shad Myers] by Gillian Royes  (Jamaican bartender/detective)
  • Sanctity of Hate [Prioress Eleanor] by Priscilla Royal  (Medieval mystery)
  • True Grey [Dulcie Schwartz] by Clea Simon (paranormal cat cozy)
  • Orders from Berlin [William Trave prequel] by Simon Tolkien  (WWII thriller)
  • The Garden Party [Harry Vicary] by Peter Turnbull  (British police inspector)
  • The Child’s Child by Barbara Vine (psychological suspense)
  • Loved Honor More [Elizabeth Pepperhawk & Avivah Rosen] by Sharon Wildwind 
  • Collateral Damage [Stone Barrington] by Stuart Woods
  • The Doctor of Thessaly [Hermes Diaktoros] by Anne Zouroudi (set against a Mediterranean backdrop)