It’s been said many times that there are only about five different plots, and they all revolve around power, greed, revenge, sex and love. But it is what the authors do with those plots and the characters that makes the difference. A plot — no matter how involving — will not work if the characters are not believable.
Here are my picks for the best in mystery fiction of 2016. The connecting tissue in each mystery is the superb characters that stay with the reader long after the novel has been read. -- Oline Cogdill