Sunday, October 24, 2021

“PW” Presents Its Preferences

From now through the end of December, I expect to see a steady stream of “best books of 2021” lists being issued. The latest comes from Publishers Weekly, which commends a dozen crime, mystery, and thriller novels released during this year’s first 11 months:

The Anatomy of Desire, by L.R. Dorn (Morrow)
The Anomaly, by Hervé Le Tellier (Other Press)
Black Ice, by Carin Gerhardsen (Scarlet)
The Bloodless Boy, by Robert J. Lloyd (Melville House)
Five Decembers, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
Midnight, Water City, by Chris McKinney (Soho Crime)
The Photographer, by Mary Dixie Carter (Minotaur)
The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Celadon)
The Push, by Ashley Audrain (Pamela Dorman)
Steel Fear, by Brandon Webb and John David Mann (Bantam)
These Toxic Things, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Thomas & Mercer)
Who Is Maude Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews (Little, Brown)

There are actually several titles here that I hadn’t expected to find, which is more than can be said of Barnes & Noble’s recent “Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021” selection. On the other hand, two of PW’s picks were books I abandoned reading only partway through.

(Hat tip to Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine.)

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