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
Best novel, indeed! Attica Locke is a master of unfolding a mystery that will keep you turning the page, creating characters that immediately come to life, and placing you in her settings where you’ll be fanning yourself from the heat even in the dead of winter. With her latest novel, we follow Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger who is technically on suspension. But his suspension isn’t going to keep him from investigating a small town after a black man from out of town and a local white woman end up dead. An exploration of race and justice in the U.S., set in East Texas, this is a crime novel not to be missed. Don’t believe me? It won 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
I’ve become a bit obsessed with Australian crime novels the last few years, so any list that points me to more titles to read is always good. Especially, an award list. Set in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock takes the case of a former high school classmate who has been murdered. Time to unravel all the secrets! Why did Rosalind move back to her small-town? Why was she in a rundown apartment when her father is rich? And is this case going to be what drags Woodstock’s own secrets out into the light? Definitely time for a dun-dun-Dun!
2018 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Young Adult
Enjoy these award-winning mystery and thrillers!