Best Crime Fiction Reads 2011

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is collecting lists of best crime fiction reads for 2011 – the books don’t have to have been published in 2011, but must be crime fiction.

These are the books that I’ve rated with 5 and 4.5 stars:

  1. Exit Lines by Reginald Hill 5/5
  2. Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon 5/5
  3. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths 5/5
  4. Blood Harvest by S J Bolton 5/5
  1. Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W J Burley 4.5/5
  2. The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn by Colin Dexter 4.5/5
  3. The Art of Drowning by Frances Fyfield 4.5/5
  4. The Stabbing in the Stables by Simon Brett 4.5/5
  5. Gently Does It by Alan Hunter 4.5/5 (Kindle)
  6. Cop Hater by Ed McBain 4.5/5
  7. The Case of the Lame Canary by Erle Stanley Gardner 4.5/5
  8. Intimate Kill by Margaret Yorke 4.5/5
  9. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 4.5/5
  10. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie 4.5/5
  11. The Hanging Wood by Martin Edward (Kindle) 4.5/5
  12. Awakening by S J Bolton (Kindle) 4.5/5
  13. Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson 4.5/5 – review to follow


4 thoughts on “Best Crime Fiction Reads 2011

  1. Some of these I haven’t read, or have read so long ago I can’t remember them very well. I too enjoyed Blood Harvest this year, though I found Awakening very disappointing and was a DNF for me. I also read Drawing Conclusions and The Janus Stone this year and enjoyed both very much.


  2. I recently picked up a couple of books by Frances Fyfield that I’m looking forward to reading–though it isn’t this particular one. I also enjoyed Blood Harvest, though I still have Awakening yet to read. Have you read her newest yet? I think it is my favorite so far. I also read the first Dandy Gilver mystery and this is a reminder that I need to get back to those books!


    1. I haven’t read S J Bolton’s latest book – it sounds just a bit too gruesome for me!

      I was surprised by the Dandy Gilver book. This is the fifth one (I think) and I hadn’t come across any of the earlier ones. I really would like to read more of them.


  3. I just received The Hanging Woods for Christmas, so I am very excited to continue in the Hanna Scarlett series, and am delighted to see you rate it so highly. I’ve also just ordered the very first Dandy Gilver mystery so I can start this series. Janus Stone was so very good, wasn’t it?

    Lovely list of mysteries, Margaret!


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