Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Hilary Davidson’s Top 20 Mysteries

As MysteryPeople’s Fifth Anniversary Party draws near, we will continue to put online the lists given to us by authors and critics who contributed to our MysteryPeople Top 100 list. Hilary Davidson has been an ally from the start; she is always willing to do events, write guest blogs, and answer any questions we might have. She is also one hell of an author, whether you’re talking about her pitch black short noir, her taut psychological thrillers featuring travel writer Lily Moore, or standalones like Blood Always Tells that straddle both brilliantly. Like her own books, Hilary has chosen works (in no particular order) that find a way to be both accessible and edgy.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  2. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  4. The Way Some People Die by Ross Macdonald
  5. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  6. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  7. Dead I May Well Be by Adrian McKinty
  8. The Grifters by Jim Thompson
  9. Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
  10. The Hunter by Richard Stark
  11. Queenpin by Megan Abbott
  12. In a Lonely Place by Dorothy L. Hughes
  13. The Bad Seed by William March
  14. Dope by Sara Gran
  15. The Killing Kind by Chris Holm
  16. Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
  17. Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert B. Parker
  18. Out by Natsuo Kirino
  19. The Fan by Bob Randall
  20. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
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