Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Janice Hamrick’s Top 20 Mysteries

MysteryPeople’s fifth anniversary is coming up, and we’ve decided to celebrate with top lists from many of our favorite authors, critics, and of course, booksellers. We’ll be posting each individual list on the blog leading up to November 7th, when we’ll unveil the full list of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels. Last Monday, we profiled Craig Johnson’s top 21, and today, we have local author Janice Hamrick’s very different top 20 list.

Janice’s series features Austin high school teacher Jocelyn Shore. Her list is great for people interested in mysteries that lean toward the traditional or humorous, plus a sprinkle of the macabre. Janice will be joining us on November 7th for a panel discussion on Our Life In Crime, starting at 3PM. Following the discussion, we’ll ease right into our 5th anniversary party, with trivia, giveaways, cake, and beverages.

  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  2. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
  3. Booked to Die by John Dunning
  4. 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie (originally published in the United States as What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw)
  5. Banker by Dick Francis
  6. Still Life by Louise Penny
  7. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  8. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  10. The Man with a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
  11. Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
  12. Wicked Autumn by GM Malliet
  13. One Man’s Paradise by Douglas Corleone
  14. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
  15. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
  16. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  17. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
  18. Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
  19. What’s a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie
  20. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

You can find copies of all of Janice Hamrick’s Jocelyn Shore novels on our shelves and via our website. All the books listed above can be found either on our shelves or via special order.

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