Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NPR: Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2015

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All righty then, here are NPR's choices for best Mystery and Thrillers of the year. Sorry, there are no descriptions offered here, just text, but the link for their choices (complete with description) is here.

* = read
** = highly likely it will end up in my library

  • All the Old Knives, by Olen Steinhauer
  • Black Chalk, by Christopher J. Yates *
  • The Blondes, by Emily Shultz 
  • The Crossing, by Michael Connelly
  • Descent, by Tim Johnston
  • Freedom's Child, by Jax Miller
  • The Ghost Network, by Catie Disabato 
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz
  • The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (aarggh! -- it REALLY is me!!) *
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware
  • Innocence; Or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovaly (yay! I'm happy that somone FINALLY recognized this book!)*
  • The Last Taxi Ride: A Ranjit Singh Novel
  • Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon
  • My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh
  • Orient, by Christopher Bollen
  • Palace of Treason, by Jason Matthews **
  • Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham
  • Secrets of State, by Matthew Palmer
  • The Water Knife, by Paolo Baciagalupi * (dystopia/sf)
  • Spy Games, by Adam Brookes
  • The Whites,by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt
  • The World Before Us, by Aislinn Hunter
more to come, I'm sure. 


  1. Thank you for this compilation. I have only read one of the above; how about you?

    1. I've read 4 -- Baciagalupi, Kovaly, Yates and Hawkins. I did read Jason Matthews' earlier novel, Red Sparrow, which was pretty good

  2. Absolutely loved Red Sparrow and Palace of Treason. He is an exceptional writer. Thrilled to see him make the list. Have found a new author in Adan Brookes with Night HERON and SPY GAMES.Give it a try. Outstanding writing as well.

    1. I'll definitely look into it. Matthews' book is on the 2016 must-read list for sure. Thanks!

  3. It's not you. I agree completely about The Girl on the Train. I wonder at its place still on the New York Times best-seller list. I don't get it. And it's being made into a movie!

    1. I just saw zero substance in that book, Kathy. And it was (IMO) poorly written.

  4. Agreed! It needed a lot of editing and rewriting.


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