Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Top 20 Lists from Hopeton Hay and Mark Pryor

Aside from the cake and champagne, we’re looking forward to two things in particular at our 5th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday on the 7th: the unveiling of our MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels, and panel discussion “Our Life In Crime” with local authors, critics, and booksellers. Both Hopeton Hay and Mark Pryor contributed lists of their top mysteries, and they will both be participating in our panel. Their lists serve as a preview to our Saturday panel discussion, which we hope all you Austin mystery readers can attend.who will also be at the panel.

Hopeton Hay’s Top 20 Mysteries

Hopeton Hay is the host of Austin’s KAZI FM’s Book Review, aired Sundays at 12:30PM. It’s a gig that puts him in tune with some of today’s best authors. His list (in alphabetical order) is a great look at current crime fiction, and probably an excellent predictor of which of today’s books will become the classics of our time.

  1. All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosely
  2. Beware, Beware by Steph Cha
  3. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
  4. Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker
  5. Cemetery Road by Gar Anthony Haywood
  6. The Forsaken by Ace Atkins
  7. Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
  8. Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson
  9. Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robothom
  10. Stolen Prey by John Sanford
  11. The Cartel by Don Winslow
  12. The Gods Of Gotham by Lindsay Faye
  13. The Impeachment Of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter
  14. The Kept by James Scott
  15. The Kings Of Cool by Don Wislow
  16. The Last Word by Lisa Lutz
  17. The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner
  18. The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen
  19. Wrath Of Angels by John Connolly
  20. Vultures Peak by John Burdett

Mark Pryor’s Top 20 Mysteries

Mark Pryor takes readers on a suspenseful tour across Europe in his Hugo Marston series, set mainly in Paris. Born and raised in England, Mark has a decidedly continental bent to his crime and suspense, but his series protagonist is Texan through and through. You can see his influences throughout his top 20 list.

(Arranged In No Particular Order.)

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr
  3. The Polish Officer by Alan Furst
  4. And then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  6. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  7. A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  8. Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer
  9. The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
  10. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  11. Whip Hand by Dick Francis
  12. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
  13. In The Woods by Tana French
  14. Misery by Stephen King
  15. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  16. The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian
  17. The Secret of Terror Castle by Robert Arthur
  18. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
  19. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  20. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
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