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The Best Crime Fiction of 2018

Looking for the best crime fiction of the year?  We’ve lined up our favorite award-winning mysteries and thrillers of 2018 just for you! If you haven’t read these yet, we recommend adding them to your 2019 reading lists, too.

 

2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel and 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel

2018 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

2018 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and 2018 Anthony Award Winner for Best First Novel

 

 

2018 Lamda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery

2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel

 

2018 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Young Adult

 

Enjoy these award-winning mystery and thrillers!

 

2018 Award-Winners You Need to Read

2018 is almost over! Goodness, where does the time go? It’s now the time of year when “Best of 2018” lists will start popping up. It was certainly an amazing year for books. But you know what really shows that a book was one of the best of the year? Awards and honors. And, wow, do these novels have them! Check out these five incredible books if you really want to read the best.

 

 


Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot contributor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Steinbeck and Millay. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.

The Best New Mystery & Thriller Beach Reads

 

The smell of sunscreen automatically puts me in a great mood. Add a good mystery or thriller beach read, and I am in summer heaven—this must be what “summer lovin” was referring to.

While I’m a fan of my ereader, I am not a fan of getting it greasy, sandy, or wet (it is also not a fan of any of those things), so paperback is always my choice for beach reads. If you’re excited about summer and reading great mystery and thriller paperbacks while listening to the ocean waves, leave some space in your beach bag for these great new paperback releases.

 

For the psychological thriller fan…

For fans of BIG endings…

For historical mystery fans…

For a delightful beach read…

For your late summer vacation…

For your new series binge at the beach…

For fans of Harry Bosch at the beach…

For fans of suspenseful family dramas…

 

 


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspectsmystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.

 

Why You Need to Drop Everything and Start Reading This 2018 Edgar Award-Winner

It would probably be impossible for 2018 Edgar Award-winner Attica Locke to put out enough books to satisfy me. She is one of those authors where I will drop everything in order to read any new work of hers. She’s also one of the crime authors I most recommend.

While the reasons are many—including her excellent writing—I most often recommend her books for two reasons: people ask me a lot for a book to read after Tana French (Locke’s Jay Porter series) and for a book where the setting is very much alive (The Cutting Season and Bluebird, Bluebird). These Attica Locke books have great characters, settings, and mysteries that will completely draw you in. 

So, pour yourself a super cold drink and crank the AC, because we’re going to hot, hot Houston, Texas:

Travel to Belle Vie, an eighteen-acre plantation in Louisiana, where Locke expertly uses the land—and all its dark history—to stage a murder mystery.

We’re headed back to Texas and we’re going to sweat like it’s nobodies business! Seriously, hold an ice cube to the back of your neck.


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.

 

9 August Releases for Mystery, Suspense and True Crime Fans

Hello, August! We are now deliriously hot and debating breaking up with summer. But before we do, there are a lot of new books that our crime loving hearts need. Please, and thank you!

 

 

 

 

8 New Mysteries for Fans of Agatha Christie

In the world of mysteries, Agatha Christie is pretty much the standard all detective novels are measured against because—much like Stephen King and horror—not only was she great at writing them, she was the first to really make the genre popular with mainstream readers all over the world.

Over the decades since the first Christie books hit the shelves, mystery novels have taken many dark and twisted turns, filled with violence and gore. And those are fun! But luckily for fans who want clever, clean mysteries like Christie wrote, there are still plenty being released.

Here are 8 great books for fans of Agatha Christie:

 


Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot contributor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Steinbeck and Millay. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.