Sunday, December 31, 2023

The fifty best mysteries of all time

Gabino Iglesias is the author of the Shirley Jackson and Bram Stoker award-winning novel, The Devil Takes you Home, as well as author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels Zero Saints and Coyote Songs. He is a writer, journalist, professor, and literary critic living in Austin, TX and a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Mystery Writers of America, and the National Book Critics Circle.

For Esquire Iglesias tagged the fifty best mysteries of all time. On the list at #16:
In the Woods, by Tana French

In the summer of 1984, three children went out to play in the woods near Dublin and never came back. Two of them vanished. The third was found with blood in his shoes and no recollection of what he went through. Years later, the third child is a detective with the Dublin murder squad; to solve a murder, he now has to return to the same woods where he once went missing. A mystery that juggles a creepy atmosphere with childhood trauma, In the Woods is a gripping novel that makes the “go back home” trope feel new and exciting.
Read about the other entries on the list.

In the Woods is among Kate Robards's five thrillers unfolding in wooded seclusion, Paula Hawkins's five novels with criminal acts at their heart, Alafair Burke's top ten books about amnesia, Caz Frear's five top open-ended novels, Gabriel Bergmoser's top ten horror novels, Kate White's favorite thrillers with a main character who can’t remember what matters most, Kathleen Donohoe's ten top titles about missing persons, Jessica Knoll's ten top thrillers, Tara Sonin's twenty-five unhappy books for Valentine’s Day, Krysten Ritter's six favorite mysteries, Megan Reynolds's top ten books you must read if you loved Gone Girl, Emma Straub's ten top books that mimic the feeling of a summer vacation, the Barnes & Noble Review's five top books from Ireland's newer voices, and Judy Berman's ten fantastic novels with disappointing endings.

The Page 69 Test: In the Woods.

--Marshal Zeringue