Saturday, December 24, 2011

Top Ten Mysteries

I have read seventy mysteries in 2011! (Before January 1, 2011, I'd only read eleven.) These are the mystery authors I've read this year:

  • Agatha Christie
  • Dorothy Sayers
  • Rex Stout 
  • Alan Bradley
  • Carrie Bebris 
  • Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Wilkie Collins
  • Jill Paton Walsh 
  • Gyles Brandreth 
  • Josephine Tey
  • P.D. James
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Elizabeth Peters 
  • Kathy Lynn Emerson 
  • Marilee Brothers
  • Robert J. Randisi
  • Helen Grant
  • Anya Seton 
  • Ken Harmon 
And these are my top ten books:


The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match. Carrie Bebris. 2010. Tor. 317 pages.


The Woman in White. Wilkie Collins. 1860. 672 pages.

A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Alan Bradley. 2011. Random House. 399 pages.


Sad Cypress. Agatha Christie. 1939/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 256 pages.

The Moving Finger. Agatha Christie. 1942/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 208 pages.

Some Buried Caesar. Nero Wolfe Mystery. Rex Stout. 1938. Random House. 288 pages.

The Golden Spiders. Rex Stout. 1953. Random House. 206 pages.

4:50 From Paddington. Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 288 pages.

Gaudy Night. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1936/1995. HarperCollins. 512 pages.

Strong Poison. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1930/1995. HarperCollins. 272 pages.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Fall Into Books 6:50 PM  

Awesome review! I may have to check this book out!

Susan 7:10 PM  

How awesome that you have read more mysteries than ever this year! Hurray! As it is my favourite genre along with fantasy. I like how the classics are on your favourites list too - Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Rex Stout. May you find more mysteries that you enjoy in 2012, Becky!

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