Beltie Mystery Prize 2020

By McIntyre's Books

By McIntyre's Books

All the finalists from Pete Mock's Beltie Mystery Prize! Pete reads 100+ mysteries each year and then chooses the best of the best.

The Darwin Affair

Tim Mason

$27.95 $25.16

For all you science phobic readers out there, don’t let the title deter you. This is a Victorian era pot boiler par excellence that you can’t put done. Someone is killing off prominent supporters of Charles Darwin and his new theory of evolution to stop its malignant spread. It’s up to Charles Field, a Shakespeare spouting police inspector, to protect those targeted – including Prince Albert who doesn’t always take kindly to the inspector’s presence. Giddy good fun!

The Hidden Things

Jamie Mason

$16.99 $15.63

A sneaky good look at the dirty underworld of art where money, and only money, talks and the consequences of that greed. It starts with a video going viral of a teenager fighting off an assailant in the foyer of her house. In the corner is a quick peek of a painting on the wall, a long-missing painting that only a few recognize… and it only gets better from there.

Dry County

Jake Hinkson

$25.95 $23.36

This is a dark and moody meditation on politics and power in small town America. Richard Weatherford is a well-respected preacher with secrets he never thought would get out. Now he and his wife have to determine how far they will go protect their family and most of all, Richard’s reputation.

The Substitution Order

Martin Clark

$27.95 $25.16

Sometimes in life you can only take so much before it’s time to punch back. Such is the case with Kevin Moore, newly disbarred lawyer, who is being pushed into an insurance scam he wants no part of. What to do? Why, turn the scheme around, finagle a few things, use all the friends he has, and leave us, the reader, smiling at the end. A smart, savvy, story written by an ex-judge who knows what he’s writing about.

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself

William Boyle

$15.95 $14.67

This has it all. Great characters- two ex-porn star best friends, a feisty 14-year old, and a psycho with a sledge hammer, to name only a few, dialogue that tickles the ear, and a place so vivid, you’ll think you’re reading in 3-D. Then there’s the plot revolving around $500,000 in a briefcase followed by a frisky octogenarian looking for his ’62 stolen Impala plus lots, lots, more. Yowza! PETE

99 Ways to Die

Ed Lin

$15.95 $14.67

Set in Taiwan and Taipai’s Shilin Night Market this is a gastronomic wet dream as well as an riveting, fun, mystery revolving around culinary experimentation and high-tech blackmail. It’s an energetic quick read that was entertaining as all-get-out from beginning to end. Get some take-out before you begin or you’ll be sorry.

The Devil Aspect

Craig Russell

$16.95 $15.59

Czechoslovakia 1935, a Jack the Ripper copycat, a psychologist disciple of Jung, and a secluded sanatorium for the criminally insane are the main ingredients in this compulsively readable story that ends in a twist that would make Linda Blair (The Exorcist) proud.