Thursday, September 24, 2009

Best mystery books read this year, and we have winners!

For the second of my BBAW giveaways last week, I asked entrants to answer the following as part of their entry to win one of two mystery titles: What is the best mystery you've read this year?

Since I thought some of you might be interested as well, here is a list of the titles that were mentioned in the comments on the giveaway post.  The first three were mentioned more than once so I've put them in bold, the others are simply in the order the comments were submitted.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Circle of Souls by Preetham Gandi
Hounding the Pavement by Judi McCoy
Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein
Scar Night by Allen Campbell
Murder on the Eiffel Towel by Victor Legris
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Dial M for Murder (play) by Frederick Knott
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
The Likeness by Tana French
What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
Testimony by Anita Shreve
How to Cope with Suburban Stress by David Gale
Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Quite a varied list including a few I hadn't heard of before. Just what I need - more books for my wish list - but I'll definitely be looking some of these up.  Are there any more that you'd add to the list?

But you want to know who won, don't you?  I gave all the entrants a number in the chronological order that the comments were submitted. Then with a little help of a couple of random numbers we had two names, and as luck would have it they both wanted the other book.
So, Best Intentions by Emily Listfield goes to nomadreader,
and Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman goes to PopinFresh.

I've emailed both of you but just in case you don't receive that for some reason, please send me your mailing address so that I can get your book sent out to you.  I hope you enjoy the books!

For everyone else, don't forget that Buy a Friend a Book Week is just around the corner!


  1. I'd add Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro series, beginning with A Drink Before the War.

  2. I'm currently in the middle of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and really enjoying it!

  3. Les - I know you've mentioned that series before, thanks. Just what I need another mystery series to get into, LOL, but I'll have to try it one of these days.

    Stephanie - It sounds great, and I keep hearing positive reviews of it. I think I'll be trying to pick up a copy before too long.


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