Reader’s Picks: Favorite reads

This list was complied from passionate reader’s suggestions on facebook, after I published an oddball top 10 list that had many people protesting.  I can see that facebook folks LOVE their classic and traditional mysteries – as do I – but I also see there aren’t many recent novels on this list (Naomi Hirahara and Richard Osman being exceptions).  Enjoy this list but I put it to you readers – there have been other great books published recently!  In the traditional category it’s hard to discount Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders; new books by E.J. Copperman and Gigi Pandian that are experimenting and pushing the traditional form; new series from S.J. Bennett and Harini Nagendra that I feel may become as beloved as some of these books listed; and books by Ann Cleeves, Peter Robinson and Allison Montclair that honor the form and deepen it.  Thanks to readers who brought new titles to my attention – Ronnie Bannerjie posted two lists including authors I haven’t yet read.  Thank you! Read on!

The Gryth Chalice Mystery (aka Look to the Lady), Margery Allingham

Police at the Funeral, Margery Allingham

The Menagerie, Saradindu Bandyopadhyay

Death on the High C’s, Robert Barnard

The Poisoned Chocolates Case, Anthony Berkley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley

Green for Danger, Christianna Brand

The Running Woman, Patricia Carlon

The Case of the Constant Suicides, John Dickson Carr

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

Bloodwork, Michael Connelly

The Moving Toy Shop, Edmund Crispin

Dreaming of the Bones, Deborah Crombie

The Hotel of Three Roses, August DeAngelis

He Wouldn’t Kill Patience, Carter Dickson

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier

Dolly and the Bird of Paradise, Dorothy Dunnett

A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton

B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton

The Crossing Places, Elly Griffiths

The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

Tragedy at Law, Cyril Hare

A Killing Kindness, Reginald Hill

Clark and Division, Naomi Hirahara

Hamlet, Revenge! Michael Innes

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P.D. James

Beat Not the Bones, Charlotte Jay

Death in the Andamans, M.M. Kaye

The Hidden Staircase, Carolyn Keene

Folly, Laurie R. King

Composition for Four Hands, Hilda Lawrence

The Uninvited, Dorothy Macardle

Death of a Peer (aka Surfeit of Lampreys), Ngaio Marsh

Light Thickens, Ngaio Marsh

When Last I Died, Gladys Mitchell

The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman

How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny

Finishing Stroke, Ellery Queen

Beyond the Dark, Helen Reilly (aka Kieran Abbey)

A Judgement in Stone, Ruth Rendell

The Wall, Mary Roberts Rinehart

Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers

Murder Must Advertise, Dorothy L. Sayers

The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers

In the Bleak Midwinter, Julia Spencer-Fleming

A Cold Blooded Business, Dana Stabenow

The Tattoo Murder Case, Akimitsu Takagi

Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey

Miss Pym Disposes, Josephine Tey

A Dark Adapted Eye, Barbara Vine

The Sculptress, Minette Walters

The Clock Strikes Twelve, Patricia Wentworth

The Happy Hollisters, Jerry West

Maisie Dobbs, Jaqueline Winspear

Under the Lake, Stuart Woods

Rendevous in Black, Cornell Woolrich