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Mysteries and thrillers reviewed here in 2018

Red Sparrow is one of the many thrillers reviewed here in 2018.To date, there is a total of 522 mysteries and thrillers reviewed here on this site. The 84 listed below represent only those I’ve posted in the course of 2018. I’ve divided them into three sections: detective stories, spy stories, and others. They’re arranged in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names within each section. Each title is linked to my review.

Mysteries and thrillers reviewed here in 2018: 40 detective stories

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey—Guilt, the allure of beauty, and murder in an excellent Australian thriller

The Fleur de Sel Murders (Brittany Mysteries #3) by Jean-Luc Bannalec—A cranky detective and a kangaroo in the Brittany salt marshes

The Midnight Witness (Louise Rick #9) by Sara Blaedel—Denmark’s favorite author disappoints with her latest novel

The Bangkok Asset (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #6) by John Burdett—Murder mystery meets science fiction in Bangkok

Dark Sacred Night (Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly—Harry Bosch’s new partner costars in “Dark Sacred Night”

Water Like a Stone (Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid #11) by Deborah Crombie—Two dead bodies, investment fraud, and the life along Cheshire’s canals

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)—J. K. Rowling’s one-legged detective is on the prowl again

The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20) by Elizabeth George—The question is, who deserves the punishment?

Groucho Marx Master Detective (Groucho Marx Mysteries #1) by Ron Goulart—Sherlock Holmes, meet Groucho Marx, Master Detective

Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould—An inventive Hollywood detective novel written by a veteran screenwriter

An Accidental Death (DC Smith #1) by Peter Grainger—A police procedural can be just as boring as police work itself

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Vish Puri #2) by Tarquin Hall—Vish Puri and the case of the man who died laughing

The Innocence Game by Michael Harvey—The Innocence Project, corrupt Chicago cops, and a shocking ending

Newcomer (Police Detective Kaga #7) by Keigo Higashino—A Japanese Sherlock Holmes and Harry Bosch rolled into one

Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn and Chee #2) by Tony Hillerman—Navajo Police investigate a shocking murder

The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason—From Iceland: folklore, the WWII occupation, and two murders

A Measure of Darkness (Clay Edison #2) by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman—The Kellerman father-son team produces a new crime thriller

Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther #13) by Philip Kerr—Philip Kerr’s last Bernie Gunther novel?

How It Happened by Michael Koryta—A top-notch thriller set on the coast of Maine

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke—A compelling tale of murder, race, and family secrets

The Colors of All the Cattle (#1 Ladies Detective Agency #19) by Alexander McCall Smith—#1 Ladies Detective goes into politics

The Thirst (Harry Hole #11) by Jo Nesbø—Many surprises in the new Harry Hole detective novel

Collusion (Belfast #2) by Stuart Neville—Uncovering the sources of violence in Belfast after the Good Friday Agreement

Shell Game (V. I. Warshawski #19) by Sara Paretsky—A V. I. Warshawski thriller: uncovering fraud in high places once again

Murder Under the Bridge: A Palestine Mystery by Kate Jessica Raphael—In a Palestinian mystery, a young female cop confronts Israeli corruption

A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime) by Heather Redmond—Charles Dickens falls in love in “A Tale of Two Murders”

Close Call (Liz Carlyle #8) by Stella Rimington—The former MI5 director spins another great tale of espionage

Heat Lightning (Virgil Flowers #2) by John Sandford—“That f—ing Virgil Flowers,” Vietnam vets, the CIA, and a serial killer

Rough Country (Virgil Flowers #3) by John Sandford—John Sandford’s best Virgil Flowers novel?

Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4) by John Sandford—“That f—ing Virgil Flowers” investigates a religious cult and child abuse

Storm Front (Virgil Flowers #7) by John Sandford—Virgil Flowers, Israeli agents, Turkish thugs, and an ancient artifact

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10) by John Sandford—Murder most foul and sex toys in the latest Virgil Flowers novel

Wicked Prey (Prey #19) by John Sandford—The clever detectives of Lucas Davenport’s BCA meet three challenges

The Man on the Balcony (Martin Beck #3) by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö—Nordic Noir before Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, and Stieg Larsson

The Kept Woman (Will Trent #10) by Karin Slaughter—Karin Slaughter’s two heroes, Will Trent and Sara Linton, join together

Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Constance Kopp #2) by Amy Stewart—A real lady cop a century ago in an excellent fact-based crime novel

The Hot Rock (Dortmunder #1) by Donald E. Westlake—Dortmunder’s first caper goes awry again and again

A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs #11) by Jacqueline Winspear—Maisie Dobbs in “a place seething with those dispossessed by war”

Journey to Munich (Maisie Dobbs #12) by Jacqueline Winspear—Maisie Dobbs, now a secret agent, travels to Munich in 1938

To Die But Once (Maisie Dobbs #14) by Jacqueline Winspear—Maisie Dobbs, Dunkirk, war profiteering, and the war at home in England

Mysteries and thrillers reviewed here in 2018: 20 spy stories

Transcription by Kate Atkinson—Kate Atkinson’s latest is a beautifully written spy story

The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells #8) by Alex Berenson—John Wells takes on a rogue ex-CIA agent

The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson—Russia takes the next step in the latest John Wells spy novel

The Hot Country (Christopher Marlowe Cobb #1) by Robert Olen Butler—American vs German spies in the Mexican Revolution

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth—A great new spy novel from the author of “The Day of the Jackal”

The Foreign Correspondent (Night Soldiers #9) by Alan Furst—From Alan Furst, a superb historical espionage novel

Munich by Robert Harris—Why Neville Chamberlain went to Munich

Intelligence: A Tale of Terror and Uncivil Service by Susan Hasler—A satirical take on the dysfunctional CIA under George W Bush

London Rules (Slough House #6) by Mick Herron—MI5’s misfit spies outdo themselves in this very funny novel

Thunder Point (Sean Dillon #2) by Jack Higgins—One of Jack Higgins’ best thrillers

Siro by David Ignatius—The most intelligent spy novel I’ve read in many years

Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht—A puzzling spy story set in Argentina in the time of the generals

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews—Authentic espionage tradecraft in this gripping novel by a CIA veteran

Palace of Treason (Red Sparrow Trilogy #2) by Jason Matthews—Nonstop action in the sequel to the bestseller Red Sparrow

Prague Spring by Simon Mawer—A tale of love and espionage during Prague Spring

Present Danger (Liz Carlyle #5) by Stella Rimington—Do all the best spy novels come from Britain?

Rip Tide (Liz Carlyle #6) by Stella Rimington—Somali pirates, Al Qaeda, and home-grown terrorists in England

The Geneva Trap (Liz Carlyle #7) by Stella Rimington—Former MI5 Director spins a fascinating tale of espionage

Twilight at Mac’s Place by Ross Thomas—Corrupt spies, a hired killer, and bent politicians in this murder mystery

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich—A compelling spy novel set during the Cuban Revolution

Mysteries and thrillers reviewed here in 2018: 24 others

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott—Women behave badly in Megan Abbott’s new psychological thriller

November Road by Lou Berney – A desperate woman, a passel of gangsters and JFK’s assassination

The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert—A novel about the anti-apartheid struggle

The Alienist by Caleb Carr—In a classic whydunit, The Alienist makes his debut

The Warriors of God by William Christie—Iranian terrorists attack the White House in an exciting thriller

The Jury Master (David Sloane #1) by Robert Dugoni—A thriller that thrills but falls flat in the end

Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder—Heart-pounding suspense in a thriller about industrial espionage

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn—The latest unreliable narrator novel

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn—Before Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn wrote this strange and disturbing novel

The Reckoning by John Grisham—John Grisham digs deeply into history with this excellent WWII novel

Fields Where They Lay (Junior Bender #6) by Timothy Hallinan—Junior Bender celebrates Christmas in a Los Angeles shopping mall

Nighttown (Junior Bender #7) by Timothy Hallinan—A legendary burglar, a beautiful hitwoman, and a seven-foot killer

Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel—A novel that anticipated Donald Trump, five decades ago?

Poison (Dismas Hardy #17) by John Lescroart—Another excellent Dismas Hardy courtroom drama

The Long Drop by Denise Mina—A courtroom drama set in Glasgow in the 50s

A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1) by Ellis Peters—The first book in the delightful Brother Cadfael series

One Corpse Too Many (Brother Cadfael #2) by Ellis Peters—Brother Cadfael, the perfect detective for the Middle Ages

A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime) by Heather Redmond—Charles Dickens falls in love in “A Tale of Two Murders”

206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12) by Kathy Reichs—Bones on TV and the Kathy Reichs novels: don’t expect similarities

Indelible (Grant County #4) by Karin Slaughter—Finally, the Grant County backstory in Karin Slaughter’s series

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter—Karin Slaughter’s latest novel is unlike her previous work

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer—A spy novelist foresees a Second American Revolution in a curious new novel

Ah, Treachery! by Ross Thomas—Colorful characters and lots of surprises in the final Ross Thomas novel

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware—A #1 bestselling psychological thriller that’s suspenseful to the end

The Hot Rock (Dortmunder #1) by Donald E. Westlake—Dortmunder’s first caper goes awry again and again

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