- Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
- Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
- Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life by Howard W. French (Photographer)
- Venetian Curiosities by Donna Leon
- The Grand Tour: Around the World With the Queen of Mystery edited by Mathew Prichard
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 edited by Robert Crais and Otto Penzler
Tom Nolan recommends mystery books for the holiday season. His recommendations at wsj.com.