Best Crime Fiction 2012 – a mid year perspective

    Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise invites us to look back over our crime fiction reading for 2012 and to tell her our ten best reads. They don’t need to be recent publications. Without further ado here you can find my list (no particular order). I took some liberty with the number of books suggested with Kerrie’s express authorisation.


  • Excursion to Tindari (Pan MacMillan, 2005) by Andrea Camilleri (Italy)
  • The Burning Soul (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011) by John Connolly (Ireland)
  • Mixed Blood (Serpent’s Tail, 2011, first published 2009) by Roger Smith (South Africa)
  • A Walk in the Dark (Bitter Lemon Press, 2011) by Gianrico Carofiglio (Italy)
  • Phantom (Vintage, 2012) by Jo Nesbo (Norway)
  • The Caller (Vintage, 2011) by Karin Fossum (Norway)
  • Hour of the Wolf (Pan MacMillan, 2012) by Hakan Nesser (Sweden)
  • Until Thy Wrath Be Past (Quercus, 2011) by Åsa Larsson (Sweden)
  • The Rage (Vintage, 2012) by Gene Kerrigan (Ireland)
  • The Drop (Orion, 2011) by Michael Connelly (United States)
  • Black Skies (Vintage, 2012) by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
  • The Moving Target (Vintage crime/Black Lizard, 1998), by Ross Macdonald (United States) First published 1949
  • The Draining Lake (Vintage, 2007) by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
  • The Woodcutter (Harper Collins, 2010) by Reginald Hill (Great Britain)

6 thoughts on “Best Crime Fiction 2012 – a mid year perspective”

  1. I’ve read most of these, too, Jose Ignacio, and agree they are excellent recommendations. I read Moving Target an embarrassing number of years ago so can’t remember it well, perhaps I’ll revisit it.

  2. José Ignacio – You’ve got some terrific novels here! You’ve reminded me too that I haven’t yet read The Rage. I need to do that…

      1. In that case, José Ignacio, consider it done. I’ll make some time to read it and plan it for In The Spotlight. It’s not available in the U.S. until January of 2013, but after that, I will definitely put it in the spotlight. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  3. I’ve read a lot of these, but I’ve never heard of ‘Until Thy Wrath be Passed!’ I’ll have to pick that one up.

    I just started ‘Huntress Moon’ (got the Kindle version for free on Freebooksy today, I’ll post the link at the bottom if you want to check it out too), so I’ll real ‘Until Thy Wrath be Passed’ after I finish ‘Huntress Moon.’ Thanks for the recommendations!

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