Barry Best First Novel

 

2011 selection

The Poacher's Son

Mike Bowditch #1

Barry Best First Novel 2011

by Paul Doiron

Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive---his own father.

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming...


2007 selection

Still Life

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1

Barry Best First Novel 2007, Anthony Best First Novel 2007, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2006

by Louise Penny

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious...


2003 selection

In the Bleak Midwinter

Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne #1

Barry Best First Novel 2003, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2002

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice as the first female priest of its small Episcopal church. The ancient regime running...


2000 selection

Murder With Peacocks

Meg Langslow #1

Barry Best First Novel 2000, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Donna Andrews

Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptials of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning...


1999 selection

Iron Lake

Cork O'Connor #1

Barry Best First Novel 1999

by William Kent Krueger

New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand...


1997 selection

A Test of Wills

Inspector Ian Rutledge #1

Barry Best First Novel 1997

by Charles Todd

“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”

—New York Times Book Review

“An intricately plotted mystery....