14 January 2012

Best Crime Fiction Reads 2008 -2011

I have collected best crime fiction reads for the past 4 years now from a range of participants.
In that time  154 contributors have suggested 1521 titles

2008, 40 contributors 396 titles
2009, 56 contributors 541 titles
2010, 23 contributors 220 titles
2011, 35 contributors 364 titles

If you'd like to check previous years, here they are. Just click on the image.


I've chosen the top reads from each year and aggregated them. There are 24 books on the list.
The number at the end of the line is the number of votes the book got.
Stieg Larsson was not mentioned by 2011 contributors, there is no doubt in my mind he would still be there if he was alive and writing.
I'm pleased to see some Australian authors making it into this list too. ***
Interesting too to see some names other than Larsson repeated: Johan Theorin, Megan Abbott, Arnaldur Indridason.
Translated titles abound too ++ (nearly half the list)

So what have you missed out on reading? - as you can see I have 3 to go.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson    16 ++
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE by Stieg Larsson    15 ++
GUNSHOT ROAD by Adrian Hyland    9 ***
HYPOTHERMIA by Arnaldur Indridason    9 ++
SHATTER by Michael Robotham    7 ***
KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES  (aka MERCY) by Jussi Adler-Olsen    7 ++
THE DARKEST ROOM  by Johan Theorin    6 ++
THE END OF EVERYTHING  by Megan Abbott    6
WHERE WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? by Kate Atkinson    6
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny    5
BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by    S.J. Watson    5
FIELD GRAY by Philip Kerr    5
THE COLD DISH by Craig Johnson    5
THE END OF THE WASP SEASON  by Denise Mina    5
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE by Malla Nunn     4 ***
ARCTIC CHILL by Arnaldur Indridason     4 ++
BURY ME DEEP by Megan Abbott     4
ECHOES FROM THE DEAD by Johann Theorin     4 ++
SILENT IN THE GRAVE by Deanna Raybourn     4
SKELETON HILL by Peter Lovesey     4
TRUTH by Peter Temple    4 ***
THIRTEEN HOURS by Deon Meyer    3 ++


Anonymous said...

Kerrie - Thanks for doing this. I appreciate the effort. I like the breadth here very much. It's nice to see some fine crime fiction from different parts of the world represented.

Bernadette said...

Great idea Kerrie. I've read 17 of the 24 books on that list and have read different books than those mentioned by all but one of the remaining authors. Must check out this Craig Johnson fellow.

Bill Selnes said...

Kerrie and Bernadette: I have read all of the Craig Johnson books with Walt Longmire. I consider it a great series.

kathy d. said...

Great list. I've read several so I'm relieved.

Are you sure about The Silence of the Grave? Arnaldur Indridason wrote a book with that title, which many of us -- who love his writing -- raved about this book.

Deanna Raybourne wrote Silent in the Grave.

Kerrie said...

You are right Kathy - there was an error, the Raybourn novel was called SILENT IN THE GRAVE

Maxine Clarke said...

have very belatedly done mine, Kerrie. http://petronatwo.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/my-favourite-books-reviewed-in-2011/


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