At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers. The Dime by Kathleen Kent (Mulholland Books, 2017) was selected as the winner of the Mystery category.
In The Dime, Dallas detective Betty Rhyzyk comes from a family of cops. She’s nearly six feet tall, has flaming red hair, a New Yorker’s sharp tongue, and a girlfriend. When her investigation into a Mexican drug lord goes sideways, she must salvage the operation while dealing with a highly disturbed stalker.
Below, check out the shortlisted titles for the Mystery category, as well as read-alike titles for The Dime.
by Jane Harper
A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
“A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You’ll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page.” —The New York Times
by Anthony Horowitz
From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
A Casualty of War: A Bess Crawford Mystery
by Charles Todd
From New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd comes a haunting tale that explores the impact of World War I on all who witnessed it—officers, soldiers, doctors, and battlefield nurses like Bess Crawford.