Macavity Best Mystery Novel

 

2013 selection

The Beautiful Mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2013, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2012

by Louise Penny

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time  No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups,...


2012 selection

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

Claire DeWitt #1

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2012

by Sara Gran

In the first of a new mystery series featuring quirky private investigator Claire DeWitt, Claire investigates the disappearance of a top prosecutor in post-Katrina New Orleans.


2011 selection

Bury Your Dead

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2011, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel 2011, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2010

by Louise Penny

It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But...


2009 selection

Where Memories Lie

Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James #12

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2009

by Deborah Crombie

A lifetime ago, Erika Rosenthal and her late husband, David, fled to England to escape the Nazis—which is all Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Gemma James truly knows about her secretive friend's past. But...


2008 selection

What the Dead Know

Anthony Best Novel 2008, Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2008, Barry Best Novel 2008

by Laura Lippman

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who—or...


2007 selection

The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2007, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2006

by Nancy Pickard

Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery:...


2006 selection

The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel

Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer #1

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2006, Shamus Best P.I. Hardcover 2006

by Michael Connelly, Big Kenny & Allen Rucker

This #1 bestselling legal thriller from Michael Connelly is a stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has...


2005 selection

The Killing of the Tinkers

Jack Taylor #2

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2005

by Ken Bruen

When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of The Guards his alcoholism was a distant memory and sober dreams of a new life in London were shining in his eyes. In the opening pages of The Killing of the Tinkers,...


2004 selection

The House Sitter: A Peter Diamond Investigation

Peter Diamond #8

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2004

by Peter Lovesey

The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad in only a bathing suit, is found strangled to death on a popular Sussex beach. When she is finally identified, it turns out she was a top profiler for the National Crime...


2003 selection

Winter and Night

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #8

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2003, Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2003

by S. J. Rozan

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning S. J. Rozan comes her finest novel to date - an explosive novel about the corrosive power of secrets and corruption in a small town.

In the middle of the night, private...


2002 selection

Folly

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2002

by Laurie R. King

An acclaimed master of suspense creates a heroine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life -- or end it.

What happens if...


2001 selection

A Place of Execution

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best British Novel 2000

by Val McDermid

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezlng day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old...


1999 selection

Blood Work

Terry McCaleb #1

Anthony Best Novel 1999, Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1999

by Michael Connelly

New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly presents his most ambitious, most gripping achievement to date--a novel of masterly suspense and righteous obsession that will never let you go.

When Graciella...


1998 selection

Dreaming of the Bones

Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James #5

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1998

by Deborah Crombie

It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected -- and one he certainly doesn't want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to...


1997 selection

Bloodhounds: A Peter Diamond Investigation

Peter Diamond #4

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1997, Barry Best Novel 1997

by Peter Lovesey

A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. As he investigates, Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds,...


1992 selection

I.O.U.

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1992

by Pickard

The layered plot of the latest in the excellent Jenny Cain series (SAY NO TO MURDER) finds the Port Frederick, Mass., sleuth probing the cause of her recently deceased mother's insanity. Cain discovers that...


1990 selection

A Little Class on Murder

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1990

by Carolyn G. Hart

When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to teach "The Three Great Ladies of the Mystery" class at Chastain Community College, the sometime sleuth discovers that all is not strictly academic in...


1989 selection

A Thief of Time

Navajo Mysteries #8

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1989

by Tony Hillerman

At a moonlit Indian ruin—where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground in the name of profit—a noted anthropologist vanishes while on the verge of making a startling, history-altering discovery. At an ancient...


1988 selection

Marriage Is Murder

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1988

by Nancy Pickard

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1987 selection

A Taste For Death

Adam Dalgliesh #7

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1987

by P.D. James

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come...