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Best Mystery Novels In 2013 As Voted By Amazon

best mysteries for 2013

Amazon has just released their Best Books Of The Year picks in Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Cookbooks, Children’s books, and more book categories.

There are some wonderful books chosen with Tart’s The Goldfinch being selected as #1 overall (congratulations Donna!). The author is well known for her novel The Secret History, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. The Goldfinch has been written and published literally a decade after her previous novel.

As for the best books in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense category, well, let’s just say that it was, indeed, a great year for books. There are 20 novels selected as best, with #1 being Sicamore Row by John Grisham, a book that was published in October.

With authors like Stephen King, Elizabeth George, Lee Child, Daniel Silva and Kathy Reichs, among others, being on the list, the world of mystery and thriller genre is not dying any time soon.

Here are the 20 best books of 2013 selected by Amazon editors


1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham (published October 22)

2. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (published September 24)

3. Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George (published October 15)

4. Never Go Back by Lee Child (published August 29)

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Galbraith, Robert (published April 18)

6. Joyland by Stephen King (published June 4)

7. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (published August 27)

8. Help for the Haunted by John Searles (published November 11)

9. The English Girl by Daniel Silva (published July 16)

10. Night Film by Marisha Pessi (published August 20)

11. The Double by George P. Pelecanos (published October 8)

12. Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs (published August 27)

13. A Delicate Truth by John Le Carre (published April 25)

14. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (published April 20)

15. Brilliance by Markus Sakey (published July 16)

16. Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda (published July 9)

17. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (published April 25)

18. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver (published June 11)

19. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (published May 3)

20. If You Were Here by Alafair Burke (the daughter of James Lee Burke) (published June 4)


Congratulations to each and one of them!

If you don’t have much time to read many books, then why not read only the best?

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  1. Surprised not to see On The Edge Of Death by John Benedict in there. Anyone who has read Adrenaline will know what a great writer Benedict is and this sequel is as good as any I’ve read. I would have it sitting at the top of my list for 2013. http://johnbenedictmd.com

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