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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!


8 Books for Fans of Stephen King’s Christine


When you mention thrillers in which a car plays a major role, everyone thinks of Christine by Stephen King. But with so many cars out there in the world, you’d think there would be a lot more books written about them! Here are eight fantastic books to get your motor running.



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.