If everything goes according to plan, I will begin posting January Magazine’s Best Books of 2012 selections in the crime-fiction category sometime this afternoon. Meanwhile, though, there are several other best-of-the-year rundowns worth checking out.
British reviewer Sarah Ward reveals her top five crime-fiction reads here. Patrick Ohl of the blog At the Scene of the Crime has posted two lists of merit: his top 10 author discoveries of 2012 and his assessment of the new mysteries and thrillers he read this year. Publishers Weekly offers its dozen favorite new entries in the
genre here. Curtis Evans--whose new non-fiction work about “humdrum” mystery writers I reviewed favorably a couple of months ago--includes 20 novels, new and vintage, on his Best Books Blogged list; click here for Part I, here for Part II, and here for Part III (with a “final five” post expected soon). Jen Forbus catalogues her favorite first lines and book covers here, and her favorite audiobooks of the year here. Finally, Ransom Notes columnist Jedidiah Ayres presents his tally of “favorite debut novels of 2012” here.
If you have spotted any more best-of-the-year crime-fiction wrap-ups on the Web, please let the rest of us know about them in the Comments section of this post.