Skip to main content

Margaret Cannon's favourite books of the year

1 of 8

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT By Louise Penny, Minotaur This tightly plotted story takes Quebec’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache to new heights. Penny’s best ever.

2 of 8

A DEATH IN SUMMER By Benjamin Black, Henry Holt This Dublin-based novel (by John Banville writing as Black) is a master class on how to construct a mystery and create characters.

3 of 8

TURN OF MIND By Alice LaPlante, Bond Street A top surgeon, victim of dementia, may be a murderer. A marvellous debut.

4 of 8

AN UNCERTAIN PLACE By Fred Vargas, Vintage Commissaire Adamsberg goes to London and back in this brilliantly constructed mystery. The best Vargas.

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 8

THE TROUBLED MAN By Henning Mankell, Knopf Canada The final novel in the great Kurt Wallander series is unforgettable.

6 of 8

THE OCTOBER KILLINGS By Wessel Ebersohn, Minotaur Psychiatrist Yudel Gordon returns after 20 years. A terrific novel of the new South Africa.

7 of 8

THE AFFAIR By Lee Child, Delacorte The backstory from Jack Reacher’s days in the U.S. Army’s military police, and the very best Reacher novel.

8 of 8

FIELD GREY By Philip Kerr, Quercus Bernie Gunther fills in the gaps in his Berlin life. A superb historical novel, with edge.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct