2012 Reading List

January

  • Author: Read any mystery by Tony Hillerman
  • Book: The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey (1997)
    1997 Agatha Award for best first novel
    First in the Rei Shimura series

February

  • Author: Read any mystery by a Edgar Grand Master winner-as long as that winner isn’t
    already on our list for any other month.
  • Book: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (2009)
    2009 Agatha Award for Best first novel
    2010 Arthur Ellis Awards, Best First Novel
    2007 CWA’s Debut Dagger Award
    2010 Macavity Awards, Best First Mystery Novel
    First in the Flavia de Luce Mysteries

March

  • Author: Read any mystery by Ellery Queen
  • Book: Death in Little Toyko by Dale Furutani (1996)
    1997 Anthony Award Best First Novel
    First in the Ken Tanaka series

April

  • Author: Read any mystery by Agatha Christie
  • Book: Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride. (2005)
    2006 Barry Award Best First Novel
    First in the Logan McRae series

May

  • Author: Read any mystery by Marcia Muller
  • Book: Still Life by Louise Penny. (2005)
    1997 Agatha Award Best First Novel
    2006 Dagger New Blood Award
    First in the Chief Inspector Gamache series

June

  • Author: Read any mystery by Sara Paretsky
  • Book: Black Maps by Peter Spiegelman (2003)
    2004 Shamus Award for best first PI novel
    First in the John March series

July

  • Author: Read any mystery by Ira Levin
  • Book: Echoes from the Dead, by Johan Theorin (2008)
    2009 Dagger Award New Blood Award
    First in the A-land series

August

  • Author: Read any mystery by Donald E. Wesstlake
  • Book: Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (2010)
    2011 Edgar for best first novel
    2011 Macavity for best first novel
    First in the Liam Mulligan series

September

  • Author: Read any mystery by Daphne du Maurier
  • Book: Fletch, by Gregory McDonald (1974)
    1975 Edgar Award Best First Novel
    First in the Fletch series

October

  • Author: Read any mystery by Graham Greene
  • Book: A Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss (2000)
    2001 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel
    2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
    First in the Benjamin Weaver series

November

  • Author: Read any mystery by Ross Macdonald
  • Book: Immoral by Brian Freeman (2005)
    2006 Macavity Award Best First Novel
    First in the Jonathan Stride series

December

  • Author: Read any mystery by John Dickson Carr
  • Book: Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (2011)
    2010 Best First Crime Novel Award
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