2016’s Most Popular Mystery Books

By Theresa de Valence
Posted on 13 March 2017

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted the memorable books read in 2016. The count represents the number of times each title was included. Below are the twenty-nine most-cited titles. All but one title (Brain Storm by Elaine Viets) are available in the regional catalog, nearly all with multiple holding libraries and multiple formats. Returning to the list this year’s is Minnesota’s own William Kent Krueger (Manitou Canyon is title #24 on the list). For the sixth year in a row, a Louise Penny title was the highest vote-getter!

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (29 votes)
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King (15)
The Trespasser by Tana French (10)
The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon
Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (9)
Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron (8)
Brain Storm by Elaine Viets (7)
Die Like An Eagle by Donna Andrews
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
The Highwayman by Craig Johnson
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley
When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson
No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd (6)
The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake by Terry Shames
Time of Fog and Fire by Rhys Bowen
Another One Goes Tonight by Peter Lovesey (5)
Bryant & May and the Burning Man by Christopher Fowler
Coffin Road by Peter May
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan
King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan
Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
See Also Murder by Larry D. Sweazy
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
Written Off by E. J. Copperman