Thursday, January 10, 2019

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

We have a quite late entry in the “best crime fiction of 2018” series that’s been rolling out online since October. Gravetapping’s Ben Boulden has finally announced his picks. They include Joe Ide’s Wrecked, Helene Tursten’s An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, and the reprint of Ralph Dennis’ The Charleston Knife Is Back in Town, “the second outing for former disgraced Atlanta police officer and unlicensed P.I. Jim Hardman.” Meanwhile, Richard Robinson applauds a variety of books—not all of them crime and mystery fiction, or even new. Among his selections: Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind, Matt Goldman’s Broken Ice, and Reavis Z. Wortham’s Hawke’s Prey.

Moving past 2018, CrimeReads editors have compiled a lengthy list of the crime, mystery, and thriller works they believe we should all be hankering to read over the next 12 months. Click here to find Part I, which includes mentions of Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters, Peter Robinson’s Careless Love, Craig Russell’s The Devil Aspect, Philip Kerr’s Metropolis, Alice Feeney’s I Know Who You Are, James Ellroy’s This Storm, Denise Mina’s Conviction, and Laura Lippman’s Lady in the Lake. Part II has yet to be published.

The Millions offers its own list of early 2019 must-reads, featuring a handful of works with appeal to crime-fiction fans. Mentioned are Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy, Miriam Toews’ Women Talking, and Furious Hours, by Casey Cep, about Harper Lee’s long-ago efforts to “write her own true-crime story à la In Cold Blood.”

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