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January 2, 2012 / John Sheridan

John’s Favorite Mysteries and Thrillers of 2011

To follow up on CT’s recent post (http://wp.me/p6kwu-VJ) and with a nod to Jen’s Book Thoughts, here’s my version of the best books I read in 2011. Some notable omissions of course because as always as I haven’t gotten around to reading everything I wanted to and barely made a dent in my TBR pile over the course of the year but here goes……

Best Book of 2011

I couldn’t separate these three. I loved them all even though they are all very different.

=1. Three Seconds (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Anders Roslund & Borge Hellstrom

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-UX)

=1. Iron House (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by John Hart

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Ua)

=1. El Gavilan (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Craig McDonald

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-VE)

 

Bubbling Under (aka my other favourite books of the year in no particular order)

The Financial Lives of the Poets (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Jess Walter

The Burning Soul (Amazon US, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by John Connolly

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Pi)

Hurt Machine (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Reed Farrel Coleman

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Sy)

Sleepless (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Charle Huston

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-V4)

The Drop (Amazon US, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Michael Connelly

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-OV)

The Fifth Witness (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Michael Connelly

Moonlight Mile (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Dennis Lehane

The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Marcus Sakey

The Pusher (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Ed McBain (87th Precinct #3)

Fun & Games (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Duane Swierczynski

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Ty)

 

Most Disappointing Books of 2011
So Cold The River by Michael Koryta and We All Fall Down (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Michael Harvey (Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-V2)

 

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2011 / Most Hilarious Read 2011
Plugged (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Eoin Colfer

(Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Od)

 

Book you recommended to people most in 2011
If El Gavilan hadn’t been so late in the year it may have been in the running but probably Iron House shades it.

 

Best series you discovered in 2011 / Most memorable character in 2011
Charlie Hardie by Duane Swierczynski

(Full Reviews of Fun & Games (Amazon, Amazon UK): http://wp.me/p6kwu-Ty and Hell & Gone (Amazon, Amazon UK) : http://wp.me/p6kwu-Ut)

 

Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011
Well 2 of my 3 favourite books were authors that were new to me in 2011 so step forward and take a bow Anders Roslund & Borge Hellstrom and Craig McDonald.

 

Book you most anticipated in 2011
Tie between: Moonlight Mile (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Dennis Lehane and We All Fall Down (Amazon, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by Michael Harvey (Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-V2)

 

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011
The Burning Soul (Amazon US, Amazon UK, Book Depository UK) by John Connolly (Full Review: http://wp.me/p6kwu-Pi)

 

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2011 to finally read
87th Precinct #1 Cop Hater (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Ed McBain and Martin Beck #1 Roseanna (Amazon, Amazon UK) by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo

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