‘Murder’ Most Wanted

Wonder what’s selling right now in the realm of whodunits?

As far as Portland metro area readers, it’s easy enough to tell. Below is the best-selling list for the first week of March, as seen at one of the region’s great independent bookstores, Murder By The Book.

Parenthetical thoughts are mine.

The hardcover list includes:

1. Craig Johnson, HELL IS EMPTY (I haven’t read Johnson’s Sheriff Longmire series yet, but I recall reading about an A&E pilot being created last season. Here’s hoping.)

2. Chelsea Cain, THE NIGHT SEASON (Ahead of me as usual. Always a bridesmaid, never a hellish femme fatale serial killer.)

3. Dana Haynes,  BREAKING POINT

4. Sue Grafton, V IS FOR VENGEANCE

5. Carola Dunn, ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH

6. Louise Penny, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

7. Tie:

J.A. Jance, FATAL ERROR

Phillip Margolin /Ami Margolin Rome, VANISHING ACTS (The Margolins’ first father/daughter novel. It’s for young adults and well worth getting. This could be a great series!)

8. Alafair Burke, LONG GONE

9.Julia Spencer-Fleming, ONE WAS A SOLDIER

10. Laurie R. King, THE PIRATE KING

TRADE PAPERBACK: 

1. Steve Hamilton, THE LOCK ARTIST (Loved this! Outstanding use of first-person narrative – for a character who can’t speak for himself! – and bouncing through time. Read this one.)

2. Bill Cameron, COUNTY LINE (Bill is a great short-story writer, too.)

3. Johnny Shaw,  DOVE SEASON

4. Tie:

Louise Penny, BURY YOUR DEAD

Craig Johnson, THE COLD DISH

5. Tom Franklin, CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER

6. Colin Cotterill, THE CORONER’S LUNCH

7. Tie:

Louise Penny, THE BRUTAL TELLING

Michael Van Rooy, AN ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL

8. Ann Cleeves, RAVEN BLACK

9. Tana French, FAITHFUL PLACE

10. Jo Nesbo, THE REDBREAST (I did a speaking gig with him at the American Library Association one year. One of the hosts introduced Jo as “a rock star.” I said, “Yeah, his books sell like hotcakes.” She blushed. “No, I mean really. Back in Norway. He’s a popular rock musician.” Crap. That’s just pilin’ on…)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACK:

1. Camilla Lackberg, THE ICE PRINCESS (This had crazy-good buzz and solid sales.)

2. Louise Penny, STILL LIFE

3. Dana Haynes, CRASHERS

4. Elizabeth George, THIS BODY OF DEATH

5. Noah Boyd, THE BRICKLAYER

6. Kate Atkinson, CASE HISTORIES

7. Pip Ballantine, PHOENIX RISING

8. Martha Grimes, THE BLACK CAT

9. Jo Nesbo, THE REDBREAST

10. Tie:

Keith Thompson,  ONCE A SPY

Sue Grafton, U IS FOR UNDERTOW            

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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