detective novels 2019
This novel marks a turn in Flavia’s career, as well—after proving her knack for deduction, she starts a professional detective business with her family’s gardner, Arthur Dogger. She has buried her trauma deep. Marilyn Stasio’s 2019 top 10 list includes a gruesome Danish serial-killer thriller, a missing-persons caper and a murder mystery set in the video-gaming world. But as Aimée and Chloe are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighboring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. Jonasson’s personal brand of crime writing has revealed itself to be a unique crossover between modern suspense and mystery writing heavily influenced by Golden Age detective novels; in The Island, his skill is on full display. . Wells was only six when illness and financial troubles shattered his household, forcing his parents to send him to state-run Bavarian boarding schools. Kate English has it all. One day, not long after turning 25, Libby comes home to find an envelope waiting for her, its contents revealing the true identity of her birth parents… and the fact that she has inherited their vast mansion in a posh London neighborhood. His final outing, completed shortly before author Philip Kerr’s untimely death last year, is just as gripping and immersive as its predecessors. But when her new love’s ex-wife and two kids start demanding more of him, Alice delivers an ultimatum: Fix the problem or lose her forever. Stylish, unpredictable, and wholly original. For weeks, Toby alternately celebrates his newfound autonomy and rages over the mess his spouse has left him. I’m hoping the kind folks at Criminal Element and you, reader, will allow me this little deviation from our month-by-month plan to sing the praises of the brilliant new psychological thriller from Riley Sager, whose work gets better and better with each book he releases. When Brodie’s hired to investigate the suspected infidelities of a trophy wife, he quickly pegs the suspicious husband as the real shady character in the marriage. is not baby boomer nostalgia—quite the contrary; the book is both empathetic to individuals and harshly critical of the divides and prejudices of the setting. When a group of thirtysomething chums go on a mini-break to an exclusive hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, things soon begin to unravel: everyone, it turns out, has something to hide. 2019 was a feast of crime novels for me, and it’s so hard to choose from all the delicious novels I read. But the real standout is Brodesser-Akner’s often hilarious grasp on what makes a certain kind of Upper East Side Manhattanite tick. The book takes up weighty themes such as grief and sexism in the worlds of academia and entertainment, peppering the narration with evocative asides on black holes and quantum entanglement: pairs of particles that “even once they’ve been permanently separated...behave as if they knew what each other was thinking.” The prose is no less enticing when concerned with Charlie and Helen’s friendship, that most unstable and mysterious of connections. Libby’s life suddenly seems to be changing for the better. It is the first in a string of gruesome murders. But I’m getting ahead of myself! Our protagonist, terrified and unsure who to trust, begins writing down her fears in her diary… but things take an even stranger turn when she discovers writing in her diary that isn’t her own. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. Helen doesn’t write off the transmissions as a hoax, however. —Emma Specter, Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner, May), In Mary Beth Keane’s patient, powerful Ask Again, Yes (Scribner), two families live side by side in a leafy, middle-class bedroom community—the Gleesons and Stanhopes, uneasy Irish-American neighbors whose two young children become close friends, then as they grow older something more. As you can imagine, this was an extremely difficult list to narrow down—we were truly so fortunate with the stellar crop of new crime novels this year, and I wish I could list every book I loved in this list. Conversational in tone and difficult in subject, Care and Feeding tells not just an American story but several important ones. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloe, annoyed that, yet again, her mother has let her down. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. She’s not too concerned—they had a huge fight the night before. While the search for the sisters unites the small community on Sydney’s urban fringe, the mystery of their disappearance remains unsolved forever.”. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine. An actress hires the agency to track down the source of a sex tape she never made, yet still appeared in. But as he’s waiting in the lobby of the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. This is an engrossing, layered story of suspense perfect for readers who want a dash of Gothic influences in their psychological thrillers. Holland. American Spy (Dialogue) by Lauren Wilkinson is the story of black agent Marie Mitchell, recruited in the 1980s by the CIA as the bait in a honeytrap for the president of Burkina Faso, whose fledgling government the Americans are keen to destabilise. But he’ll need to call on it if he wants to save his family, and his mountain, from the destruction that awaits.”, “Despite her humble rural beginnings, Butterfly regards herself as a sophisticated young woman. The lawyer’s firm. Rounding out the year is Sara Shepard’s excellent adult psychological suspense novel, Reputation—a story that asks just how far we would go to preserve our good name. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Debut Novel category. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is determined to unravel the mystery behind the silent patient. In prose that moves between lyrical and caterwauling, the poet Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious. The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. Harry Hole has been kicked out of his beloved job on the Oslo police force and relegated to the cold case office. —Taylor Antrim, Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead, March), In 2014, the wildly inventive novelist Helen Oyeyemi retold the story of Snow White in Boy, Snow, Bird. Knife dials back on the overt gore that defined the previous Harry Hole series installment, The Thirst, and in doing so Nesbo gave his razor-sharp prose and unparalleled character development room to shine. It is ostensibly the tale of Adam, a high school debate prodigy, and his psychotherapist parents, one of them the author of a best-selling self-help book and “famous in Topeka.” Lerner—one of the preeminent modern autofiction writers—is also a poet who grew up in Topeka, but to confine his book to that genre is to reduce its power. She gets an education there at Moorhead State all right: sees that people talk a lot but mostly about nothing, not like the men in the fields she’s known all her life who hold the rich topsoil in their hands, talk fertilizer and weather and prices on the Grain Exchange. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. , a surprise inheritance sends a young woman on a journey into her own personal history—and what she discovers on that journey might be deadly. This is an engrossing, layered story of suspense perfect for readers who want a dash of Gothic influences in their psychological thrillers. We’d love your help. When Althea and her husband are arrested for fraud, the hardheaded matriarch is suddenly “a mother to nobody”—not to her teenage twin daughters, nor to her much younger sisters, Viola and Lillian. Best friends Roberta and Stevie meet at work and begin hosting all-female, food-focused bacchanals, but the indulgence quickly proves too much to maintain, forcing Roberta to question what she really wants out of life. But when they’re found, something is different about them. Caught in the crossfire is a prominent local surgeon who, if his emails are to be believed, was embroiled in an affair with someone on the university campus. As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Keep an eye on your inbox. 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