2019’s Most Popular Mystery Books

By Theresa de Valence
Posted on 28 March 2020

Readers of DorothyL listserv posted the memorable books read in 2019. The count represents the number of times each title was included in the “voting”. Below are the twenty-three most-cited titles. All of the titles are available in the regional catalog, usually with multiple libraries and multiple formats. Minnesota’s own William Kent Krueger was not among the top vote-getters this year, although P.J. Tracy made it! Back on top this year is seven-time “winner” Louise Penny who somehow was not represented among the top books a year ago.

A Better Man by Louise Penny   (16 votes)
A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear    (11)
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box    (9)

Paper Son by S.J. Rozan    (8)
Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon

Ice Cold Heart by P.J. Tracy    (6)
November Road by Lou Berney
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
When Hell Struck Twelve by James R. Benn
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary by Terry Shames    (5)
Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr


Happy reading!

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