My favorite mystery reads of 2010

(These are mysteries that I read in 2010, but were not necessarily released in 2010.)

The World War I Series by Anne Perry
1. No Graves As Yet
2. Shoulder the Sky
3. Angels in the Gloom
4. At Some Disputed Barricade
5. We Shall Not Sleep

From my review of book four: “The Reavley siblings make for engrossing characters, and experiencing World War I through their eyes has been engrossing. Perry doesn’t tell her readers how devastating the war was; she shows them. While each book has a mystery, this is so much more than a mystery series. It’s terrific historical fiction, dealing with war, family, faith, humanity, and honor. I can’t recommend this series highly enough.”

Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
God of the Hive by Laurie R. King

From my review of Locked Rooms: “While the characters of Holmes and Russell are at the heart of this series, King is also a brilliant wordsmith, giving the reader an intricately woven plot, amazing description of setting, and beautiful phrases and sentences.”

The Likeness by Tana French

From my review: “The character of Cassie Maddox is a wonderfully complex one, and this was one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a long, long time. Literary writing and a creepy mystery with vivid characters – I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in French’s Dublin Murder Squad series.”

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10 Responses to My favorite mystery reads of 2010

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Have I said lately that I want to have Tana French’s babies? She is absolutely wonderful in every way. I remember your review on the WWI series…I’m going to look into that one!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy- if you try the WWI series, keep in mind that the first book is before the war starts, but is a necessary start-up – and there’s a good mystery in there. It’s the rare series where each installment gets better and better!

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I’m reading In The Woods, so sorry, I’m not going to read your review of The Likeness. 🙂

    Oh, I’m finally getting back to the Laurie R. King series — FINALLY. I had to get the next book, the third one, I think, from interlibrary loan. Funny thing is the library only about 40 miles away, not from somewhere halfway across the state.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I’m not offended that you skipped my review. 🙂 Hope you like the rest of the Mary Russell series as much as I do!

  3. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack
    says:

    I have both Tana French and Laurie King’s books on my tbr pile to read for the new year. Thanks for introducing me to Tana. Probably would have never discovered her without you.

  4. Shelley says:

    I have had the first of Anne Perry series on audio for a while but haven’t listened to it yet. I was wondering if it would be any good. Good to see a thumbs up for it!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I’ve got two of the three on my list to read already but will have to add the Perry one too!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – the Perry series will now reside on my list of all-time favorite series!