2018’s Most Popular Mystery Books

By Theresa de Valence
Posted on 24 March 2019

Readers of DorothyL listserv recently posted the memorable books read in 2018. The count represents the number of times each title was included in the “voting”.  Below are the eighteen most-cited titles.  All of the titles are available in the regional catalog, and all but one can be found in more than one library.  Minnesota’s own William Kent Krueger is back on the list after being absent last year!  After seven straight years as the top vote-getter, Louise Penny is not represented among this year’s top books.

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (12 votes)
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

A Reckoning in the Back Country by Terry Shames (7)
Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
The Dry by Jane Harper

Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (6)

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (5)
Solemn Graves by James R. Benn
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

Force of Nature by Jane Harper (4)
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
The Prisoner In The Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves