Readers across the Fraser Valley love digging into a good mystery.
According to data compiled by the Fraser Valley Regional Library, this year’s top 10 books is dominated with whodunit murder mysteries and thrillers. Topping the list of most popular books of 2022 is “The Maid” the debut novel of Toronto-based author Nita Prose, which was checked out of the library system in both digital and physical formats 1,889 times.
The book is described as “Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit.” A movie adaptation is in the works featuring actor Florence Pugh (“Don’t Worry Darling”, “Black Widow”, “Midsommar”) .
“This (murder mysteries) trend seems to reverse course from the early-pandemic popularity of non-fiction memoirs and issue-based titles,” said manager of collections, access and digital services Dean Kelly. “This year’s top titles reflect the immense popularity of genre fiction and a desire for escapism in difficult times.”
Rounding out the top three are Lucy Foley’s thriller “The Paris Apartment” and Katie Quinn’s historic novel “The Diamond Eye.” Only one non-fiction book made the top 10 – Brené Brown’s “Atlas of the Heart” at no. 9.
This list is based on total library checkouts of all formats – physical copies, ebooks and downloadable audio books – of adult books added to the FVRL collection this year.
The full top 10 list is as follows:
1. The Maid by Nita Prose
2. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
3. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
4. Something to Hide by Elizabeth George
5. Sparring Partners by John Grisham
6. Verity by Colleen Hoover
7. Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson
8. Dream Town by David Baldacci
9. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
10. Invisible by Danielle Steel
The FVRL serves 15 communities across the Fraser Valley, including Agassiz, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope.