Notable Crime Books of 2011 – NYTimes.com

Notable Crime Books of 2011 – NYTimes.com.

What people like to read is always a matter of personal taste, but taste becomes especially important in the mystery genre, which can range from the civilized cozy to the darkest noir. New York Times crime reviewer Marilyn Stasio acknowledges this and therefore separates her best books list into the following categories:

  • favorite book
  • favorite new sleuth
  • favorite debut novel/favorite action thriller
  • favorite cozy
  • favorite regional mystery
  • favorite suspense novel
  • favorite mystery with a social conscience
  • favorite noir
  • favorite supernatural mystery
  • favorite historical mystery
  • favorite performance by an old pro