11 January 2011

Best Crime Fiction Reads in 2010 - listed by title


Last week I began listing the outstanding titles and authors suggested by commenters on this blog from their crime fiction reading in 2010.

Between them the 23 commenters suggested 173 separate titles. Here is the full list.
Tomorrow I'll post the list sorted by author.
Australian authors are marked in bold.

9 DRAGONS     Michael Connelly
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY    Sophie Littlefield
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY    Sophie Littlefield
A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH    Charles Finch
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE    Malla Nunn
A CARRION DEATH    Michael Stanley
A FEW RIGHT THINKING MEN    Sulari Gentill
A FLORENTINE DEATH    Michele Guittori
A FOREIGN AFFAIR    Caro Peacock
A NOT SO PERFECT CRIME    Teresa Solana
A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS    R J Ellory
A SWEET SCENT OF DEATH    Guillermo Arriaga
A THOUSAND CUTS (A.K.A. RUPTURE)    Simon Lelic
A TRACE OF SMOKE    Rebecca Cantrell
AFFAIRS OF STATE    Dominique Manotti
ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL    James Patterson
ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE    Martin Edwards
ALONE IN THE CROWD     Luiz Alfredo Garcia Roza
ASHES TO WATER    Irene Ziegler
AUGUST HEAT     Andrea Camilleri
AWAIT YOUR REPLY    Don Chaon
AWAKENING    S J Bolton
BAKED    Mark Haskell Smith
BED PENNY BLUES    Cathi Unsworth
BLACK WATER    T Jefferson Parker
BLACK WATER RISING    Attica Locke
BLACKLANDS    Belinda Bauer
BLEED FOR ME    Michael Robotham
BLOOD BORN    Kathryn Fox
BLOOD MEMORY    Greg Iles
BLOOD RED    Quintin Jardine
BREAKING DAWN    Stephenie Meyer
BRODECK'S REPORT    Phillipe Claudel
BROKEN DREAMS    Nick Quantrill
BURY YOUR DEAD    Louise Penny
BYE BYE BABY    Allan Guthrie
CARELESS IN RED    Elizabeth George
CASE HISTORIES    Kate Atkinson
CAUGHT    Harlan Coben
CHILD 44    Tom Rob Smith
COLD JUSTICE    Katharine Howell
CROSSFIRE     Miyuki Miyabe
CROSSING PLACES    Elly Griffiths
DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING    Deanna Raybourn
DEAD I MAY WELL BE    Adrian McKinty
DEAD LIKE YOU    Peter James
DEAL BREAKER    Harlan Coben
DEATH AT THE ALMA MATER    G.M. Malliet
DEATH BY WATER    Kerry Greenwood
DEATH ON A GALICIAN SHORE    Domingo Villar
DEATH WORE WHITE    Jim Kelly
DELIVER US FROM EVIL     Peter Turnbull
DEVIL'S PEAK    Deon Meyer
DIE TRYING    Lee Child
DREAMING OF THE BONES    Deborah Crombie
EXPIRATION DATE    Duane Swierczynski
FAITHFUL PLACE    Tana French
FINAL WITNESS    Simon Tolkien
FOUL MATTER    Martha Grimes
GENERATION LOSS    Elizabeth Hand
GONE FOR GOOD    Harlan Coben
GUNSHOT ROAD     Adrian Hyland
GUTTED    Tony Black
HAUNT ME STILL    Jennifer Lee Carrell
HEART OF THE HUNTER    Deon Meyer
HYPOTHERMIA    Arnaldur Indridason
ICE COLD    Tess Gerritsen
IF THE DEAD RISE NOT    Philip Kerr
IN A LONELY PLACE    Dorothy B. Hughes
IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM    Stefanie Pintoff
INDIA BLACK: A MADAM OF ESPIONAGE MYSTERY    Carol K Carr
INVOLUNTARY WITNESS    Gianrico Carofiglio
JUST ONE LOOK    Harlan Coben
LA ESTRATEGIA DEL AGUA    Lorenzo Silva
LA HORA DE LAS SOMBRAS    Johan Theorin
LAST KNOWN VICTIM    Erica Spindler
LAST RITUALS    Yrsa Sigurdardottir
LET THE DEAD LIE    Malla Nunn
LITERARY MURDER    Batya Gur
MAISIE DOBBS     Jacqueline Winspear
MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH    Ariana Franklin
MURDER AT THE SAVOY    Maj Sojwall and Per Wahloo
MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT    Kerry Greenwood
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS     Agatha Christie
MY SOUL TO TAKE     Yrsa Sigurdardottir
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK    Ernesto Mallo
NEMESIS    Jo Nesbo
OLD CITY HALL    Robert Rotenberg
OLD DOGS    Donnna Moore
ONE STEP BEHIND    Henning Mankell
ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD    JB Kohl & Eric Beetner
RANDOM VIOLENCE     Jassy Mackenzie
RAVEN BLACK    Ann Cleeves
RED DOOR    Charles Todd
ROLLING THUNDER    Chris Grabenstein
RUPTURE (AKA A THOUSAND CUTS)     Simon Lelic
SAINTS OF NEW YORK    RJ Ellory
SAVING MAX    Antoinette van Heugten
SHADOWS IN THE STREET    Susan Hill
SINGULARITY    Kathryn Casey
SKELETON HILL    Peter Lovesey
SMALL CRIMES    Dave Zeltserman
SMOKE AND MIRRORS     Kel Robertson
SO COLD THE RIVER    Michael Koryta
SPRINKLE WITH MURDER    Jenn McKinlay
STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG    Kate Atkinson
STARVATION LAKE    Bryan Gruley
SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE     Alan Bradley
THE ANNIVERARY MAN    R J Ellory
THE BIG BOOM    Dominic Stansberry
THE BLACK ECHO    Michael Connelly
THE BRASS VERDICT    Michael Connelly
THE BRIDESMAID    Ruth Rendell
THE BROKEN SHORE    Peter Temple
THE BRUTAL TELLING    Louise Penny
THE CASE OF THE MISSING SERVANT    Tarquin Hall
THE CHALK CIRCLE MAN    Fred Vargas
THE CROSSING PLACES    Elly Griffiths
THE DARKEST ROOM     Johan Theorin
THE DEMON OF DAKAR    Kjell Eriksson
THE DEVIL'S STAR    Jo Nesbo
THE DRAMATIST    Ken Bruen
THE FIFTH WOMAN    Henning Mankell
THE FIRST SAINT OMNIBUS    Leslie Charteris
THE GENTLEMEN'S HOUR    Don Winslow
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST    Stuart Neville
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST    Stieg Larsson
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE    Stieg Larsson
THE GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO    Steig Larsson
THE GLASS RAINBOW    James Lee Burke
THE ICE HARVEST    Scott Phillips
THE ICE PRINCESS    Camilla Lackberg
THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN    G.K. Chesterton
THE JANUS STONE    Elly Griffiths
THE LAST CHILD    John Hart
THE LIKENESS    Tana French
THE MAGICIAN'S ACCOMPLICE    Michael Genelin
THE MEMORIST    M J Rose
THE MURDER STONE     Louise Penny
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES    Agatha Christie
THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH    Charlie Huston
THE ONES YOU DO    Daniel Woodrell
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE    James M Cain
THE POWER OF THE DOG    Don Winslow
THE REDBREAST    Jo Nesbo
THE RULE BOOK    Rob Kitchin
THE SCARECROW      Michael Connelly
THE SECRET KEEPER    Paul Harris
THE SHAPE OF WATER    Andrea Camilleri
THE SNOWMAN    Jo Nesbo
THE SPELLMANS STRIKE AGAIN    Lisa Lutz
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD    John Le Carre
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE    Alan Bradley
THE TWELVE (THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST)    Stuart Neville
THE VOWS OF SILENCE    Susan Hill
THE WATER'S EDGE    Karin Fossum
THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG    Alan Bradley
THE WINDOWLICKER MAKER    Danny Hogan
THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE    Don Winslow
THINK OF A NUMBER    John Verdon
THIRTEEN HOURS     Deon Meyer
TRUTH     Peter Temple
VANILLA RIDE    Joe Lansdale
VENOM    Joan Brady
VOODOO DOLL    Leah Giarratano
WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED    Judy Blundell
WHAT WAS LOST    Catherine O'Flynn
WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?    Kate Atkinson
WIFE OF THE GODS    Kwei Quartey
WINTERKILL     C J Box
WITH COLD HEARTS    David Hurst
WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK     Hakan Nesser

8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Thanks for this, Kerrie - Very useful!

Kathryn Casey said...

Hi, Kerrie. I received a Google alert on my name and found this great list. I'm so happy to see that the first book in my Sarah Armstrong series, SINGULARITY, is included. There are two more books in the series: BLOOD LINES and THE KILLING STORM. Again, I'm very honored to have my book included.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for dropping in Kathryn and all the best with the writing

Irene Ziegler said...

Well, I'll be hornswoggled and throwed in the ham bucket. Thrilled to see my book, ASHES TO WATER in such heady company. Thank you to whoever suggested it, and thank you, Kerrie, for including it. Best always, Irene.

kathy d. said...

Thanks for the list of "best books read in 2010."

I've read 34, and better get going so I can read more before the "best books of 2011" is submitted.

Anonymous said...

I think some are wrong. At least, Death on the Galician shore won't be available untill Spring 2011; and La estrategia del agua has not been translated into English neither.

Happy new year.

Spanish reader

Kerrie said...

The timeline for publishing books varies from country to country. (e.g. Books are often published in Australia ahead of the USA). And of course translated books are usually available in their "native" county first.

Both these books came via Spanish contributors.

DEATH ON A GALICIAN SHORE by Domingo Villar was submitted by Jose Ignacio of The Game's Afoot

La estrategia del agua, by Lorenzo Silva (No english version) came from Golem

Kerrie Smith said...

It must be a thrill to see your name listed Irene

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