Addendum to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Dr. Jenny Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

Introduction by Molly Odintz
In the past few weeks, leading up to our release of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Crime and Suspense Novels, we’ve posted numerous lists from authors, booksellers, and critics. MysteryPeople’s fifth anniversary has now been celebrated, and our top 100 list is complete, but we’ve enjoyed these lists so much, we have one more to bring you.
I reached out to my sister, Dr. Jenny Odintz, who has a PhD in comparative literature and has taught numerous classes covering the subject of noir, for her top 20 mysteries list. She responded with an eclectic group of titles, reflecting her lifelong love of the genre. The list below includes many titles to read, and then re-read. 

Jenny Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Molly Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

We’ve posted just about every Top 20 list from the contributors of our Top 100 Crime & Suspense Fiction List. We’ve seen just as many takes on the genre as we’ve received lists. To paraphrase an old adage, it’s difficult to define a great detective novel, but you know it when you see it.  Tomorrow morning, we’ll put up the link to the full list, but until then, it’s only fair to put up each of our lists. Molly Odintz’s list is below.

Molly Odintz’s Top 20 Mysteries

Molly Odintz is a bookseller at BookPeople and handles much of MysteryPeople’s online presence, including as much blogging as possible. This list represents an eclectic mixture of genre classics and  works with great personal meaning. She tried to include those novels which, by the end, make the reader feel completely devastated and, simultaneously, awed.

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Scott Montgomery’s Top 20 Mysteries

We’ve posted just about every Top 20 list from the contributors of our Top 100 Crime & Suspense Fiction List. We’ve seen just as many takes on the genre as we’ve received lists. To paraphrase an old adage, it’s difficult to define a great detective novel, but you know it when you see it.  Tomorrow morning, we’ll put up the link to the full list, but until then, it’s only fair to put up each of our lists. Scott Montgomery’s list is below.

Scott Montgomery’s Top 20 Mysteries

Scott Montgomery is BookPeople’s Crime Fiction Coordinator and the founder of MysteryPeople, Bookpeople’s mystery bookstore-within-a-bookstore. MysteryPeople includes author events, workshops, book clubs, online content, and skilled recommendations. 

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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.

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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.

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Meg Gardiner’s Top 20 List

Meg Gardiner’s bestselling thrillers are a great fusion of strong character and big story. Her novels are as addictive as the prose listed below. She’s as good at storytelling as her characters are at killing (and they are very good at killing). Gardiner lives in Austin, writes about California, and travels all over the world. Her Top 20 list reflects her style and influences, providing a pantheon of thrilling tales, classic and new.

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Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Reed Farrel Coleman’s Top 20 Mysteries

We are quickly approaching the unveiling of our list of the MysteryPeople Top 100 Crime & Suspense Novels, which will occur at MysteryPeople’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration on November 7th. The final list is culled from submissions by many of our favorite authors, and as the anniversary comes up, we’ll be posting each many of these Top 20 lists on our blog. Last week, we brought you two very different lists from Craig Johnson and Janice Hamrick.

Our next author is Reed Farrel Coleman, best known for his Moe Prager series, and and his respectful yet innovative continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone novels. Reed is known for the deft exploration of human emotion in his work and it appears to be reflected in what he reads. His list is a solid introduction to the noir canon, past and present. All descriptions below come from the hands of Mr. Coleman himself.

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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.

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