Book writer Vick Mickunas shares 12 of the best crime, thriller and murder mystery novels of 2022.

“A Heart Full of Gravestones” by Ian Rankin. The Scottish crime master returns with one of the most shocking books in his legendary series featuring now-retired Police Inspector John Rebus. Could this be the final showdown between Rebus and his nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty?

“The Deal Goes Down” by Larry Beinhart. A retired private investigator is hired to kill an inconvenient husband. Why would he ever do such a thing? Maybe he wants to be wanted.

“Racing the Light” by Robert Crais. Another long-running series that gets better and better as time goes on. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are hired to locate a podcaster who has gone underground after he begins to uncover government corruption.

“Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” by James Lee Burke. An elderly novelist who recently lost his daughter meets white supremacists and devil worshipers in Montana. Burke, an aging novelist who grieved the death of his daughter, has written his most personal fiction ever.

“The Island” by Adrian McKinty. A Seattle family on vacation in Australia decides to visit a coastal island. Big mistake. The crazy family living there starts hunting the family. What an insanely gripping horror.

“The Hidden One” by Linda Castillo. Police Chief Kate Burkholder leaves her regular jurisdiction in Ohio’s Amish country to decipher the mystery of the skeletal remains of an Amish bishop recently found unearthed in Pennsylvania.

“Where’s Unknown” by Meredith Doench. Theodora Madsen is a homicide detective with the Dayton Police Department. When two teenage girls go missing, one in Dayton, the other near Cleveland, Theo thinks there might be a connection.

“Blue Book” by Tom Harley Campbell. Retired Dayton homicide detective John Burke comes out of retirement to solve an unsolved murder case. Was evidence of alien visitation hidden within WPAFB? Campbell will be signing copies of his books at Beavercreek this month.

How to go

What: Book autograph by Tom Harley Campbell

When: 14-16 Saturday 17 December

Where is it: Barnes & Noble at The Shoppes at Beavercreek, 2720 Towne Dr #200, Beavercreek

Further information: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2873

Vick Mickunas of Yellow Springs interviews the authors every Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 10:30 on WYSO-FM (91.3). For more information visit www.wyso.org/programs/book-nook. Contact him at [email protected].

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