The Best Books of 2016

Here is the complete list of the Best Books of 2016 as voted on by Suspense Magazine and fans.

The Crimson Scribe Award winner (given to only one author regardless of category):




“Death at the Day Lily Café” by Wendy Sand Eckel

“Crime and Poetry” by Amanda Flower

“Michelangelo’s Ghost” by Gigi Pandian

“The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick



“Murder in G Major” by Alexia Gordon

“Behind Closed Doors” by B.A Paris

“Blood on the Tracks” by Barbara Nickless

“IQ” by Joe Ide

“Summit Lake” by Charlie Donlea


Romantic Suspense

“Tripple Six” by Erica Spindler

“Shadow Rider” by Christine Feehan

“Into the Whirlwind” by Kat Martin

“The Obsession” by Nora Roberts



“A Time of Torment” by John Connolly

“Adam Frankenstein: A Collection of Short Stories” by Sheila English

“Hex” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“The Hatching” by Ezekiel Boone


Dark Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

“Night Shift” by Charlaine Harris

“Kill Switch” by Jonathan Maberry

“Feverborn” by Karen Marie Moning

“Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis” by Anne Rice



“The Seven Year Dress” by Paulette Mahurin

“A Wild Fright in Deadwood” by Ann Charles

“Thirty-Six and a Half Motives” by Denise Grover Swank

“The Saints of the Lost and Found” by T. M. Causey



“Ruler of the Night” by David Morrell

“This Was a Man” by Jeffrey Archer

“The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore

“The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King



“The Thrill List” by Catherine Lea and Others

“The Big Book of Jack the Ripper” Edited by Otto Penzler

“Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon” Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

“Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror” Edited by Ellen Datlow


True Crime

“Possessed” by Kathryn Casey

“Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit” by Robert. F. Kennedy

“A Mother’s Reckoning” by Sue Klebold

“A Killing in Amish Country” by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris



“Isabel Feeney: Star Reporter” by Beth Fantaskey

“Girl on the Brink” by Christina Hoag

“The May Queen Murders” by Sarah Jude

“Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo



“When Shadows Come” by Vincent Zandri

“Right to Kill” by Andrew Peterson

“Deep Six” by D.P. Lyle

“The Steel Kiss” by Jeffrey Deaver

“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware

“A Great Reckoning” by Louise Penny

“Backblast” by Mark Greaney

“Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch

“Strong Cold Dead” by Jon Land

“The Obsidian Chamber” by Preston and Child

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