Best Mystery Books of 2016

06 Dec 2016

Been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit? Has you wife mysteriously disappeared without a trace? Or is there just a string of bizarre occurrences happening around town? We have compiled some of the best mystery books of 2016 and if these top mystery solvers can’t figure it out, no one can.

Best Mystery Books of 2016


The Trespasser

Tana French

Release Date: October 4, 2016

The Murder squad wasn’t anything like Detective Antoinette Conway imagined it would be. Her job is just a series of thankless cases, vicious pranks and harassment. Antoinette is tough, but when the only person that seems happy she’s there is her partner, Stephen Moran, she is close to breaking. Her new case seems like just another ordinary lovers quarrel turned bad. Aislinn Murray is found dead in her living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before. And everything they find out about Aislinn leads them to believe that she was not what she seemed.

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A Great Reckoning

Louise Penny

Release Date: August 30, 2016

An intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls at a bistro in Three Pines. The villagers thought nothing of it at first but over time it becomes more strange. This map is given to Armand Gamache on the first day of his new job and leads him to an old friend and older adversary. And to places even he is afraid to go. But must. Once there, Armand discovers a dead professor with a copy of the old map. Everywhere he turns he sees the guarded and angry protege of the professor, Amelia Choquet. The investigation then turns on Armand himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia.

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Journey to Munich

Jacqueline Winspear

Release Date: March 29, 2016

As Maisie Dobbs walks towards Fitzroy Square on a cold morning in 1938, she is intercepted by two men from the British Secret Service. They want to send her on an undercover mission to Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison and Masie must disguise herself as his now deceased daughter to go and retrieve him. As they will only release him to a family member. But the British government isn’t the only one interested in Maisie’s journey, her nemesis has also learned of this plan and is desperate for her help too.

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Razor Girl

Carl Hiaasen

Release Date: September 6, 2016

When Lane Coolman’s car is slammed into from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but. A crash scam by all accounts is only the beginning of a series of events that spiral out of control and bring together the lives of some of the most eccentric characters. This includes a NYC mafia capo with a taste for tropic-wear, a Miami-product liability lawyer who is addicted to the same E.D. product he’s litigating against, and a former detective who believes that if he can single-handedly solve a high-profile murder, he’ll get his detective badge back.

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Joe Ide

Release Date: October 18, 2016

In East Long Beach the LAPD can’t keep up with the incredibly high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children uncovered. But the man they call IQ is on the case. Despite his unassuming nature, he hides a relentless determination and fierce intelligence. He only charges clients what they can afford. This time he takes on a case for a rap mogul who fears for his life. As he delves into the investigation he discovers a vengeful ex-wife, a hitman, an attack dog and crew of notorious cutthroats out to get him. It just gets more and more dangerous.

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The Murder of Mary Russell

Laurie R. King

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Mary Russell is used to dark secrets – her own and those of her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes. After over a decade together, the two have formed an incredibly strong bond. Her heart has also opened to the couple’s longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson. But when a man arrives at her door claiming to be Mrs. Hudson’s son, her faith is rattled. Mary believes what Samuel Hudson tells her, especially since he holding a gun in his hand. In a split second, everything changes.

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As Time Goes By

Mary Higgins Clark

Release Date: April 5, 2016

TV journalist Delaney Wright is on the verge of becoming a star as she starts covering a sensational murder trial for the six p.m news. However, Delaney can’t celebrate as her desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When her friends Alvirah Meehan and husband Willy offer to look into the mystery of her birth they uncover a secret they don’t want to reveal. Betsy Grant is on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband and is desperate to prove her innocence. Delaney is convinced she is not guilty and frantically searches for answers to help her.

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Before the Fall

Noah Hawley

Release Date: May 31, 2016

On a foggy summer night, a private jet departing Martha’s Vineyard and heading to New York plunges into the ocean. The only two survivors are Scott Burroughs, a down-on-his-luck painter, and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. Was it chance that so many influential people perished in the crash? Or was there something more sinister at work?

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Harlan Coben

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Ten years ago, two boys were kidnapped from their wealthy families and the captors demanded random for their safe return. But then they went silent. No trace of the boys surfaced. But now the day has arrived, Myron Bolitar and his friend Win have located one of the boys, who is now a teenager. Where has he been for the last decade and what does he know about that day when he was taken? And where is his missing friend?

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Lisa Scottoline

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a target of bullies at school. He is shy, dyslexic and small for his age and tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone. But that is now the least of Patrick’s troubles, as he gets accused of attacking a school aide. When the aide sues the boy and his family, Patrick’s grandfather turns to the Rosato & DiNunzio law frim for help. Mary DiNunzio takes on the case and is Patrick’s only hope for security and justice. As the case unfolds, Mary discovers that Patrick might be more troubled than he seems.

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