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Past Reading Lists


  • January: Ann Holt, 1222
  • February: Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time
  • March: Rachel Howzell Hall, Land of Shadows
  • April: Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog
  • May: Abir Mukherjee, A Rising Man
  • June: Lisa Sandlin, The Do-Right
  • July: Yukito Ayatsuji, The Decagon House Murders
  • August: Elizabeth Speller, The Return of Captain John Emmett
  • September: Ann Cleeves, The Long Call
  • December: Krista Davis, Not a Creature Was Purring

2021 Books

  • January: Winter Study, by Nevada Barr
  • February: Miracle Creek, by Angie Kim
  • March: Peter Lovesey, Bloodhounds
  • April: Stan Jones, White Sky, Black Ice
  • May: Val McDermid, Broken Ground
  • June: Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone
  • July: Carlos Zafron, Shadow of the Wind
  • August: Jane Harper, Force of Nature
  • September: Joe Ide, IQ
  • October: Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club,
  • November: Eliot Pattison, The Skull Mantra
  • December: M.L. Longworth, A Noel Killing

2020 Books

  • January: The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey
  • February: An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, by Helene Tursten
  • March: The Jealous Kind, by James Lee Burke
  • April: Newcomer, by Keigo Higashino
  • May: A Man of Some Repute, by Elizabeth Edmondson
  • June: The Last Guest House, by Megan Miranda
  • July: The Monogram Murders, by Sophie Hannah
  • August: The Dry, by Jane Harper
  • September: Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke
  • October: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, by Deepa Anappara
  • November: My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier
  • December: A Puzzle in a Pear Tree, by Parnell Hall

2019 Books

  • January: Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little
  • February: The Late Monsieur Gallet, by Georges Simenon
  • March: The Lanvin Murders, by Angela Sanders
  • April: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, by Harry Kemelman
  • May: “Y” Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton
  • June: The Chalk Man, by C.J. Tudor
  • July: Three Graves Full, by Jamie Mason
  • August: The Late Monsieur Gallet, by Georges Simenon
  • September: The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, by Alan Bradley
  • October: Snap, by Belinda Bauer
  • November: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
  • December: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop, edited by Otto Penzler

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
  • July: Open Season, by C.J. Box
  • 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
  • December: Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday, by Nancy Atherton

2015 Books

  • 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

2014 Books

  • 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
  • August: Booked to Die, by John Dunning
  • September: The Ice House, by Minette Walters
  • October: The Bat, by Jo Nesbo
  • November: The Confession, by Charles Todd
  • December: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Agatha Christie

2013 Books

  • 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

2012 Books

  • 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

2011 Books

  • February: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
  • March: The Paramour’s Daughter by Wendy Hornsby
  • 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

2010 Books

  • 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

2009 Books

  • 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
  • July: Voices, by Arnaldur Indridason
  • August: The Ghost in the Machine, by Caroline Graham
  • 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

2008 Books

  • 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

2007 Books

  • August: Vengeance by Stuart Kaminsky
  • September: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • October: Dead Irish by John Lescroart
  • November: Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
  • December: Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

2005 Books

  • 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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