mysteries and thrillers reviewed in 2017: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

For the record, I’m listing here all the 83 mysteries and thrillers reviewed in 2017 on this blog. They’re separated into three groups: detective novels, spy stories, and other mysteries and thrillers. Within each group, they’re listed in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. You’ll find both familiar and unfamiliar authors in this listing–John Grisham, Michael Connelly, and Jo Nesbo as well as names you’re much less likely to be familiar with.

44 detective novels

Five books in the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen:

The Death of Kings (John Madden #5) by Rennie Airth – Solving a cold case in post-war England

Two books in the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke:

Where It Hurts (Gus Murphy #1) by Reed Farrel Coleman – Police corruption in suburbia

Three novels by Michael Connelly:

So Damn Lucky (Lucky O’Toole #3) by Deborah Coonts – A disappearing magician, Area 51, and a sex-starved problem-solver

Garden of Lamentations (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James #17) by Deborah Crombie – Uncovering corruption at Scotland Yard

A Credible Threat (Jeri Howard #6) by Janet Dawson – Stalking and murder at UC Berkeley

Red Harvest (Continental Op #1) by Dashiell Hammett – The original hard-boiled detective?

The Dry by Jane Harper – Multiple murder in the Australian outback

Blind Goddess (Hanne Wilhelmsen #1) by Anne Holt – “The godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction”

Righteous (IQ #2) by Joe Ide – A ghetto detective, a Las Vegas loan shark, and a Chinese triad

The Dime by Kathleen Kent – Tough female cop takes on a Mexican cartel

Three books in the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr:

Three books in the Fjällbacka series by Camilla Läckberg:

Chameleon People (K2 and Patricia #4) by Hans Olav Lahlum – A right-wing politician is murdered on the streets of Oslo

Earthly Remains (Commissario Brunetti #26) by Donna Leon – Her latest is not one of her best

The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) by Jo Nesbo – Harry Hole investigates a two-decade-long string of serial murders

Fallout (V. I. Warshawski #19) by Sara Paretsky – Biowarfare, white supremacists, and a Hollywood star

An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23) by Anne Perry – Ritual murder and Hungarian émigrés in 1870 London

Five books in the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin:

Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers #1) by John Sandford – In Virgil Flowers’ debut, arson, multiple murder, and a right-wing preacher

Beyond Reach (Grant County #6) by Karin Slaughter – Neo-Nazis and meth in rural Georgia

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund – Pedophiles, serial murder, and the Holocaust in a Swedish psychological thriller

The Land of Dreams (Minnesota Trilogy #1) by Vidar Sundstøl – The “best Norwegian crime novel” is set in Minnesota

Four books in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear:

23 espionage novels 

Two books in Alex Berenson’s John Wells series:

A Single Spy by William Christie – A Soviet spy in Nazi Germany

A Divided Spy (Thomas Kell #3) by Charles Cumming – The latest from a latter-day John le Carré

The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille – Nelson DeMille’s new bestselling thriller about Cuba

Lenin’s Roller Coaster (Jack McColl #3) by David Downing – A novelist revisits the Russian Revolution

The Switch by Joseph Finder – A missing laptop, top-secret files, the NSA, and a hitman

Blood of Victory (Night Soldiers #7) by Alan Furst – Spies at work in WWII Istanbul and Rumania

Vienna Spies by Alex Gerlis – A stirring tale of spies in wartime Vienna

Five books in Mick Herron’s Slough House series:

The Increment by David Ignatius – A gripping novel about Iran and the CIA

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré – The Cold War reexamined in John le Carré’s terrific new novel

The Travelers by Chris Pavone – A clever spy story that will keep you guessing

Three books in Stella Rimington’s Liz Carlyle series:

Two books by Ross Thomas:

An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich – The Cold War, the early CIA, and the McCarthy Era

16 other mysteries and thrillers reviewed

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi – Secrets and lies in a young adult thriller, and it’s not science fiction

Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown – Quantum computing and the antipope

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown – She’s missing, presumed dead, and now the mystery starts

The Rat Catchers’ Olympics (Dr. Siri Paiboun #12), by Colin Cotterill – Dr. Siri Paiboun and the rat catchers at the 1980 Moscow Olympics

Paranoia by Joseph Finder – A devilishly clever tale

Two books by John Grisham:

Time Bomb (Alex Delaware #5), by Jonathan Kellerman – A school shooting, 60s radicals, and the Holocaust

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz – Stieg Larsson’s “girl” is back: the Millennium series continues

Three books in John Lescroart’s Dismas Hardy series:

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter – Karin Slaughter’s engrossing new thriller

The Fourth Durango by Ross Thomas – Another take on small-town skullduggery

Testimony by Scott Turow – Crimes against humanity in Scott Turow’s latest legal thriller

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (Dortmunder #9) by Donald E. Westlake – Another uncommonly funny capernovel featuring John Dortmunder