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Past Reading Lists

2018 Books

January, The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler — Classic private eye

February, Spillover, by David Quammen — Medical thriller

March, The Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou Berney — Retrospective crime thriller

April, Double Whammy, by Carl Hiassen — Amateur detectives on the ocean, humorous

May, The Trespasser, by Tana French — Irish police procedural

June, The Detective’s Daughter, by Leslie Thomson — Amateur detectives in London

July, A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny — Police procedural in Canada

August, Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane

September, Killed at the Whim of a Hat, by Colin Cotterill

October, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware

November, Defectors, by Joseph Kanon

December, Jerusalem Inn , by Martha Grimes


2017 Books

January, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

February, Dark Reservations, by John Fortunato

March, Arsenic and Old Books, by Miranda James

April, Past Crimes, by Glen Erik Hamilton

May, The Tiger’s Wife, by Tina Obreht

June, A Cup of Hemlock, by Clyde Curley

August, Not a Sound, by Heather Gudenkauf — Thriller

September, The Waters of Eternal Youth, by Donna Leon — Police procedural in Italy

October, The Merry Misogynist, by Colin Cotterill — Offbeat amateur detective in Laos

November, The Forgotten Girls, by Sarah Blaedel — Psychological thriller

2016 Books

January: Blind Justice, Bruce Alexander

February: Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith

March: Cold Storage, Alaska, John Straley

April: The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer

May: The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson

June: The Chatham School Affair, Thomas H. Cook

August, The Strangler Vine, by Miranda Carter

September, The Promise, by Robert Crais

October, The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny

November, The Alienist , by Caleb Carr


January: County Line, Bill Cameron

February: Claire de Witt and the City of the Dead, Sarah Gran

March: Misery Bay, Steve Hamilton

April: The Paris Deadline, Max Byrd

May: Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger

June: After I’m Gone, Laura Lippman

July: Midnight in Peking, by Paul French

August: Into the Woods, by Tana French

September, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, Sarah Caudwell

October, The Undertaker’s Widow, Phillip Margolin

November, Dissolution, C.J. Sansom

December, The Nightingale Before Christmas, Donna Allen


January: Live by Night, by Dennis Lehane

February: Gallows View, by Peter Robinson

March: L.A. Requiem, by Robert Crais

April: At Risk, by Stella Rimington

May: Raven Black, by Ann Cleeves

June: Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson

December 2014: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Agatha Christie


January:  Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

February: The Killing Floor by Lee Child

March:  A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

April:  Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason

August:  Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg

September:  Proof  by Dick Francis

October:  Black Dog by Stephen Booth

November:  Coffin Man by James Doss

December:  The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen


January:  Crashers by Dana Haynes

February:  The Brutal Telling by Louise Penney

May:  Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

June: From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell

July:  The Hot Rock by Donald Westlake

August:  Balshazzar’s Daughterby Barbara Nadel

September:  Iron Lake by William Ken Krueger

October: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

November:  Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell


February:  A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

March:  The Paramour’s Daughter by Madge Walls

April: The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

May: U is For Undertow by Sue Grafton

June: Did Not Survive by Ann Littlewood

July: LA Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

August: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

September:  What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

October:  The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

November: Day of the Dead by J.A. Jance

December: A Holiday for Murder by Agatha Christie


January: Cat on the Edge by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

February: Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout

March: Eight Black Horses by Ed McBain

April: Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

May: The Cat, the Quilt & the Corpse by Leann Sweeney

June: Kill Me by Stephen White

July: The Shadow Season by Tom Piccirilli

August: Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell

September: The Ghost (APA: The Ghost Writer) by Robert Harris

October: The Cabinet of Curiosities– by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

November: Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

December: Paying The Price by Madge Walls


January: What’s So Funny by Donald Westlake

February: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

March: 33 Teeth by Colin Cotterill

April: The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

May: The Art of Detection by Laurie King

June: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

September: Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin

October: Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

November: The First Horseman by John Case

December: Silent Nights by Anne Perry


January: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spenser-Fleming

February: Dangerous Road by Kris Nelscott

March: Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

April: Queen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte

May: Rules of Prey by John Sandford

June: Bone Hunter by Sarah Andrews

July: Desperate Measures by Kate Wilhelm

August: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

September: The Black Path by Asa Larsson

October: What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

November: Grave Secret by Kathy Reichs

December: Kissing Christmas Goodbye by MC Beaton


August: Stuart Kaminsky — Vengeance by

September: David Guterson — Snow Falling on Cedars by

October: John Lescroart — Dead Irish by

November: Ian Sansom — Case of the Missing Books by

December: Joanne Fluke — Sugar Cookie Murder by


Feb: Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

March: Decked by Carol Higgins Clark

April: Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton

May: Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie

June: Motion to Suppress by Perri O’Shaunessey

July: Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter

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