Macavity Best First Mystery Novel

 

2013 selection

Don't Ever Get Old

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2013

by Daniel Friedman

When Buck Schatz, senior citizen and retired Memphis cop, learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But a...


2011 selection

Rogue Island

Liam Mulligan #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2011, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2011

by Bruce DeSilva

2011 Edgar Award Winner for Best First Novel

Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes,...


2009 selection

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Millennium #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2009, Barry Best British Novel 2009

by Stieg Larsson

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly...


2008 selection

In the Woods

Dublin Murder Squad #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2008, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2008, Barry Best First Novel 2008

by Tana French

A gripping thriller from New York Times bestseller and the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their...


2007 selection

Mr. Clarinet

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2007

by Nick Stone

There was nothing waiting for ex-cop Max Mingus when he walked out of Attica Prison after serving hard time for murder—his adored wife died in a car crash while he was locked up. Now Miami's one-time top detective...


2006 selection

Immoral

Jonathan Stride #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2006

by Brian Freeman

In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with...


2005 selection

Dating Dead Men: A Novel

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2005, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2004

by Harley Jane Kozak

Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host’s upcoming book, How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. Wollie is meeting plenty...


2004 selection

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2004

by Jacqueline Winspear

10th Anniversary Edition with a special Afterword by the author

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household when she was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon...


2002 selection

Open Season

Joe Pickett #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2002, Barry Best First Novel 2002

by C. J. Box

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden--especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way--is far from popular....


2001 selection

A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2001, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best First Novel 2001

by David Liss

THE HISTORICAL THRILLER OF THE YEAR

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels...


1999 selection

Sympathy for the Devil

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1999

by Jerrilyn Farmer

Madeline Bean, caterer to the stars, is in the middle of the biggest job of her career. She and her partner Wesley have pulled off Hollywood's most outrageous A-list Halloween party for notorious producer Bruno...


1995 selection

Do Unto Others

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1995, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1994

by Jeff Abbott

Jordan Poteet has left the big city to work as a librarian in his hometown of Mirabeau, Texas. But his dream of the quiet life is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious...


1994 selection

Death Comes As Epiphany

Catherine LeVendeur series #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1994

by Sharan Newman

Catherine LeVendeur is a young scholar come to conquer her sin of pride at the Convent of the Paraclete, famous for learning, prayer, and its abbess, the fabled Heloise.

When a manuscript the convent produced...


1991 selection

Postmortem

Kay Scarpetta #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1991, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1991

by Patricia Cornwell

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign...


1988 selection

The Monkey's Raincoat

Elvis Cole & Joe Pike #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1988

by Robert Crais

Taking the mystery community by storm, this Elvis Cole novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards and won both the Anthony and Macavity for Best Novel of the Year. 

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1987 selection

The Ritual Bath

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1987

by Faye Kellerman

Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was...