This one is pretty impossible for me to narrow down, since mystery is my favorite genre! I'd say I easily own 300 mystery books... and I thought about piling all of them up for a really impressive picture, but I didn't want to have to put them back.
So I selected ten of my favorites. Here they are (from top to bottom):
- Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie (modern police procedural set in London)
- Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (modern police procedural set in Venice)
- Upon a Dark Night by Peter Lovesey (modern police procedural set in Bath)
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (precocious 11 year old detective in 1950s England)
- Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason (modern police procedural set in Reykjavik)
- Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (modern police procedural set in Shetland)
- What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris (viscount-as-detective, set in England during the Napoleonic wars)
- Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin (female physician detective, set in medieval England)
- The Holy Thief by William Ryan (police procedural set in 1930s Moscow)
- The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (standalone, set partly in modern Sweden, partly in modern China, partly in 1850s America.)
Who are some of YOUR favorite mystery authors?
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P.S.I was going to put links in case you wanted to check out the books further, but Amazon was being glitchy. So there are only two affiliate links in the list above!