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The Best Mystery Books - Top 100


Nominees for and the winners of the Macavity Awards are selected by the members of Mystery Readers International, the largest of all mystery fan organizations. The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats).

1 Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger 2014
2 The Beautiful Mystery Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2013
3 Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead Sara Gran 2012
4 Bury Your Dead Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache 2011
5 Tower Ken Bruen 2010
6 Where Memories Deborah Crombie 2009
7 What the Dead Know Laura Lippman 2008
8 The Virgin of Small Plains Nancy Pickard 2006
9 The Killing of the Tinkers Ken Bruen 2005
10 The Lincoln Lawyer Michael Connelly Mickey Haller series novels 2005
11 The House Sitter Peter Lovesey Peter Diamond 2004
12 Winter And Night S. J. Rozan 2003
13 Folly Laurie King 2002
14 A Place Of Execution Val McDermid 2001
15 The Flower Master Sujata Massey 2000
16 Blood Work Michael Connelly novels 1998
17 Dreaming Of The Bones Deborah Crombie 1998
18 Bloodhounds Peter Lovesey Peter Diamond 1997
19 Under The Beatles Cellar Mary Willis Walker 1996
20 The Scultress Minette Walters 1994
21 She Walks These Hills Sharyn McCrumb Spencer Arrowood, Appalachian sheriff novels 1994
22 I O U Nancy Pickard Jenny Cain 1992
23 Bootleggers Daughter Margaret Maron 1992
24 A Little Class On Murder Carolyn Hart 1990
25 If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O Sharyn McCrumb Spencer Arrowood, Appalachian sheriff novels 1990
26 A Thief of Time* Tony Hillerman Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn novel 1988
27 Marriage Is Murder Nancy Pickard Jenny Cain 1988
28 A Taste for Death Faber and Faber P. D. James novel 1986