Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Stand-Out Puzzle Plots

As I suspected yesterday, when I linked to The Washington Post’s choices of the “best thrillers of 2023,” that newspaper would soon deliver its selection of the best mystery novels of this past year. And here are those 10 picks, compiled by Karen MacPherson:

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies, by Alison
Goodman (Berkley)
Blood Sisters, by Vanessa Lillie (Berkley)
The Body by the Sea, by Jean-Luc Bannalec (Minotaur)
Glory B, by Danielle Arceneaux (Pegasus Crime)
Hollow Beasts, by Alisa Lynn Valdés (Thomas & Mercer)
The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman (Viking)
The Last Remains, by Elly Griffiths (Mariner)
The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp, by Leonie Swann (Soho Crime)
Symphony of Secrets, by Brendan Slocumb (Anchor)
Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, by Jesse Q.
Sutanto (Berkley)

MacPherson, a former Maryland librarian, has done well here in straddling the immense gulf between this genre’s soft and tough sides. I’ve only read a few of her favorite releases, but will try to sample others before the curtain closes on 2023.

READ MORE:50 Notable Works of Fiction” (The Washington Post).

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