27 December 2010

Think about your best Crime Fiction reads in 2010

In the middle of the year I collected a list of best crime fiction reads for 2010 from readers of this blog.

Now I want to put together a definitive list for the year.
The rules are simple - you just have to have read the books in 2010, regardless of when they were published.

You can give me a list of up to 10 or so, in a comment to this post. (I'm not fussed about there being more than 10, I'm going to have problems shortening my list too)

I need title and author.

If you are listing best reads for the year on your blog, by all means leave the URL of your blog post too (as well as a summary list in the comment).

I will write a summary post of those early in the new year - Let's make 4 January the deadline for getting your comments in.
Feel free to use the image to the right in your blog post and to link it back to this one.


raidergirl3 said...

1. Thirteen Hours - Deon Meyer
2. Truth - Peter Temple
3. Alone in the Crowd - Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
4. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
5. August Heat - Andrea Camilleri
6. Crossfire - Miyuki Miyabe
7. The Darkest Room - Johan Theorin
8. The Murder Stone - Louise Penny
9. Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear
10. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley

Bev Hankins said...

I had already posted my list of best reads for 2010. I've gone back to the post and marked each of the mystery books with ***. You'll find my top reads at http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2010/12/best-of-2010-by-month.html.

Anonymous said...

Kerrie - I'm going to have to think about that one.... But thanks in advance for compiling everyone's reads.

kathy d. said...

Yes, definitely, thank you for compiling readers' best books of 2010.

Will ponder this and then list them here.

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Kerrie I've already posted my list at http://ignacioescribano.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-best-reads.html
But just to make it easier:
* A Sweet Scent of Death by Guillermo Arriaga
* Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland
* Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
* Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo
* Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti
* Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
* Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
* Murder at the Savoy by Maj Söjwall and Per Wahlöö
* The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin
* Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar
(no particular order)

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I'm still thinking about this - I read so many good books this year.

Unknown said...

I've written a post on my favourite reads which includes non crime novels as well at- http://alister-rutherford.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-highlights-of-year-in-books.html
Difficult to get just 10 favourites, but here goes:

Raven Black - Ann Cleeves
If the Dead Rise Not - Philip Kerr
The Redbreast - Jo Nesbø
Truth - Peter Temple
Heart of the Hunter - Deon Meyer
A Florentine Death - Michele Guittori
Blood Red - Quintin Jardine
Woman with Birthmark - Håkan Nesser
A Florentine Death - Michele Guittori
Started Early, took my dog - Kate Atkinson

Golem said...

This is my top ten:

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie
- The shape of water, by Andrea Camilleri
- Death on a Galician Shore, by Domingo Villar
- The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow
- The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbø
- Nemesis, by Jo Nesbø
- La hora de las sombras, by Johan Theorin (I’m not sure if there is English version)
- The Spy Who Came in from the cold, by John Le Carre
- La estrategia del agua, by Lorenzo Silva (No english version)
- The black echo, by Michael Connelly

Paul D Brazill said...
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Paul D Brazill said...

Hey, my list is here: http://pdbrazill.blogspot.com/2010/12/mysteries-in-paradise-best-crime.html

1, Bye Bye Baby – Allan Guthrie

2. One Too Many Blows To The Head- JB Kohl & Eric Beetner

3. Broken Dreams - Nick Quantrill

4. The Twelve (The Ghosts Of Belfast) – Stuart Neville

5. Old Dogs - Donna Moore

6. Bed Penny Blues- Cathi Unsworth

7. The Ice Harvest – Scott Phillips

8. The Windowlicker Maker - Danny Hogan
9. A Quiet Belief In Angels – R J Ellory

10 .Gutted - Tony Black

gautami tripathy said...

I have posted my best reads of 2010 here:


Most are crime fiction marked by CF. But I will post those here as well: (10+1)

1). The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris
2). Venom by Joan Brady
3). The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
4). The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
5). Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
6). Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
7). The Rule Book by Rob Kitchin
8). The Likeness by Tana French
9). The Memorist by M J Rose
10). The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

11). Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Anonymous said...

Kerrie - This was hard to do, as I had some excellent reading experiences this here. If you ask me next week, I will probably change my choices, so better do it now. Here, in alpha order is my list:

9 Dragons – Michael Connelly
Gunshot Road – Adrian Hyland
Rupture (AKA A Thousand Cuts) – Simon Lelic
Random Violence – Jassy Mackenzie
Woman With Birthmark - Håkan Nesser
Smoke and Mirrors – Kel Robertson
What Was Lost - Catherine O'Flynn
Last Rituals - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
My Soul to Take – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Truth – Peter Temple

Anonymous said...

Think of a Number by John Verdon
Caught by Harlan Coben
Blood Memory by Greg Iles
Black Water by T Jefferson Parker
Die Trying by Lee Child

kathy d. said...

I'm going to list only global crime fiction (at least global, from my U.S. location), as I read many U.S. authors, but since MIP has increased my international reading, I'm going to limit myself to these.

Gunshot Road (Adrian Hyland)
Let the Dead Lie (Malla Nunn)
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Stieg Larsson)
Hypothermia (Arnaldur Indridasson)
A Not so Perfect Crime (Teresa Solana)
Crossing Places (Elly Griffiths)
The Demon of Dakar (Kjell Eriksson)
The Man from Beijing (Henning Mankell)
August Heat (Andrea Camilleri)
Involuntary Witness (Gianrico Carofiglio)

(Wish this were a longer list, as I left out some good books)

Deb said...

Here in the States we still have a few hours left in 2010, but I realized this morning that even if the book I'm currently reading turns out to be one of the best of the year, I'm not going to finish it until 2011--so here's my list:

Don Chaon - AWAIT YOUR REPLY: I finished this book on January 2, 2010, and at the time I thought that I'd be surprised if I read a better book the rest of the year--and I was right. The rest of this list is not really in any order, but AWAIT YOUR REPLY was the best book I read in all of 2010.


Dorothy B. Hughes - IN A LONELY PLACE

Kate Atkinson* - CASE HISTORIES


Tana French* - THE LIKENESS

Judy Blundell - WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED: Very well-written YA novel about a teenage girl's coming-of-age in post-WWII America, including her part in a murder-mystery.


Elizabeth George - CARELESS IN RED

Elizabeth Hand - GENERATION LOSS

*When it comes to books by Atkinson, Hill, and French, I could easily have chosen any (or all) of the books in their respective series--but for each of them I chose the book of the series that I liked the best.

Finally, I changed jobs in August and, sadly, do not now have as much time to read as I did before. I notice that almost all of the books on my list are ones that I listed back in June as my favorites for the year so far. I don't think I read 100 books this year, which is unusual for me--but, hey, at least I'm employed, and for that I'm very grateful!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Bullwinkle said...

* The Innocence of Father Brown -- G.K. Chesterton
* The Water's Edge -- Karin Fossum
* The Chalk Circle Man -- Fred Vargas
* The Spellmans Strike Again -- Lisa Lutz
* The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Stieg Larsson
* Baked -- Mark Haskell Smith
* When Will There Be Good News? -- Kate Atkinson
* The Big Boom -- Dominic Stansberry
* The Gentlemen's Hour -- Don Winslow

The list of my favorite books read this year without regard to genre is at my blog, if a blog is what it is.

Rob Kitchin said...

I've been umming and ahhing over this for a couple of days. I just scraped 100 books for the year and many of them were very good, but here is my top ten.

Brodeck's Report by Phillipe Claudel
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain
Small Crimes by Dave Zeltserman
The Ones You Do by Daniel Woodrell
Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland
Vanilla Ride by Joe Lansdale
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Dead I May Well Be by Adrian McKinty
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Anonymous said...

Here's my list - but it's more than 10 - sorry! It will post on my blog tomorrow.

Wife of the Gods - Kwei Quartey
The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths
The Case of the Missing Servant - Tarquin Hall
Sprinkle With Murder - Jenn McKinlay
The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths
Rolling Thunder - Chris Grabenstein
So Cold the River - Michael Koryta
Ice Cold - Tess Gerritsen
A Trace of Smoke - Rebecca Cantrell
Ashes to Water - Irene Ziegler
The Brutal Telling - Louise Penny
Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny
Singularity - Kathryn Casey
Dark Road to Darjeeling - Deanna Raybourn

Sally said...

Penny, Louise, Bury Your Dead
Connelly, Michael, The Scarecrow.
Ellory, R J, The Anniverary Man
Giarratano, Leah, Voodoo Doll.
Hart, John, The Last Child
Hyland, Adrian, Gunshot Road
Larsson, Stieg, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Nesbo, Jo, The Snowman.
Rotenberg, Robert, Old City Hall
Theorin, Johan, The Darkest Room

moonsword said...

I tried to read new authors in 2010 and found some excellent books!
The sweetness at the bottom of the pie : a Flavia de Luce mystery / Alan Bradley
The weed that strings the hangman's bag : a Flavia de Luce mystery / Alan Bradley
A bad day for sorry / Sophie Littlefield
A bad day for pretty / Sophie Littlefield
The girl who played with fire / Stieg Larsson
Faithful Place / Tana French
The ghosts of Belfast / Stuart Neville
Final witness : a novel / Simon Tolkien
Haunt me still : a novel / Jennifer Lee Carrell
A beautiful place to die : a novel / Malla Nunn
In the shadow of Gotham / Stefanie Pintoff
Starvation Lake : a mystery / Bryan Gruley
The shape of water / Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

Gavin said...

Here you go:

The Broken Shore - Peter Temple
Black Water Rising - Attica Locke
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo


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