Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Best crime novels: 2009

Bill Ott named his ten best list of 2009 crime novels (defined as books reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2008, and April 15, 2009).

One title on Ott's list:
A Rule against Murder. By Louise Penny. 2009. St. Martin’s/Minotaur, $24.95 (9780312377021).

Penny’s Armand Gamache novels, starring an intrepid Canadian police inspector in the Quebec village of Three Pines, have quickly established themselves as some of the best traditional mysteries being published today. This fourth entry finds the inspector traveling to a remote resort to celebrate his wedding anniversary; naturally, murder is on the guest list. Despite similarities to Poirot and Maigret, Gamache is a complete original.
Read about all ten books on the list.

The Page 99 Test: A Rule Against Murder.

--Marshal Zeringue