What are the best Southern mystery books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Dylan Hudson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school and failed to appreciate it. Years later, I gave it another go, and this time I finally got it. Yes, this is a story about racism, hatred, and the best of some people in the worst of times. However, it is also a story of adventure, small towns, and kids being kids. I am so glad I gave this a second read, it is now one of my favorites."
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    #2The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Pamela Ward
    Written on April 17, 2018
    " originally read the audio book edition of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and later read it on my Kindle for book club. The Help is most definitely on my short list for all time favorite books. I am not sure which was better the audio book or the Kindle read. This is the first novel by this author and I do not know how she will ever top herself. The book is about the relationship between White women living in the deep South in the early 1960's and their Negro domestic help. It shows a time, not all that long ago, when there was no such thing as political correctness, when Whites, especially in the South, had no problems showing their Negro help who was boss. At that time in Jackson, Mississippi, a Black woman was allowed in a White grocery store only if she was wearing her white maid's uniform. The grocery stores in the Negro section of town were not well lit, not too clean and not very well stocked. For a maid to speak out of turn was reason enough for immediate firing, if not putting herself and her family in physical danger. To characterize the racial condition of the American South in 1963 as American Apartheid, would not be an exaggeration. But, this is only the backdrop of the story. The real story is about the relationship that develops between one White woman, Skeeter and the Black maids, Abilene and Minny, she eventually writes a book about. Skeeter recently graduated from college with a degree in Journalism, which was all well and good, except all anyone, especially, in this case, Skeeter's mother, really expected from women who attended college in that time was to get their MRS.degree; anything less was all but useless. Skeeter, was an exception to the rule. She was determined to be a writer and unlike her close friends, with whom she played bridge on a weekly basis and was a member of the local women's organizations, Skeeter had a sense that all was not well regarding race relations in the South. "
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    #3Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a mystery novel written by John Berendt. This true crime non-fiction book is published in 1999 by Vintage. 

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    Jerry Miller
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Great series of books for those in to mystery."
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    #4In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux)

    In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux)

    In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead is the sixth novel in the Dave Robicheaux series by SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author James Lee Burke. Hunting a sadistic killer leads Robicheaux to dangerous waters.

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    Grace Jiang
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I loved this book. If you think the title is weird, just wait for the story. It's creative and engaging, novel and fascinating. The mood is eerie and really atmospheric. If you're looking for a good Southern gothic story, or just any mystery, this is a great choice. The end was shocking."
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    #5The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.

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    Brandon Daniels
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "a portrayal of love and life in the 1960's deep south"
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    #6Between Black and White

    Between Black and White

    Pulaski, Tennessee 1966. Bocephus Haynes watched how his father was brutally murdered by the KKK. Bocephus will spend his life searching for justice for his father, but when the men who the man believed was the leader of the ten KKK lynch against his father, Bocephus became the first suspect. 

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    Justin Kim
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Between Black and White is a new (2016) thriller that takes on the tumultuous period around the years of the civil rights movement in the south. I bought this for myself because I wanted to learn more about the lifestyle and culture down south during that time. I can't yet say it's the "best" as I haven't yet read it, but based on the blurb and reviews, I'm hopeful!"
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    #7Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Lauren Morrison
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Wonderful book! I couldn't stop reading it!"
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    #8The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux)

    The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux)

    The Neon Rain is a crime and mystery thriller and the first book in Dave Robicheaux series written by James Lee Burke. This fiction novel is first published in 1987. 

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    Michelle Newman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "James Lee Burke starts Neon Rain, the first of his Dave Robicheaux detective series in a prison, with Robicheaux hearing the confession of a convicted murderer awaiting execution. Burke's style transports the reader to that hot, grim cell, and all that follows in this gripping story of corruption and intrigue set in New Orleans that won't let go until the last page. This and subsequent novels in the series can be read as standalone novels if desired."
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    #9The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is a historical fiction about fraternal twins - one with the normal condition while the other has Down Syndrome. Know how the story will unfold the secrets of their birth and childhood.

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    Kenneth Tran
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A really great story and I enjoyed to read it. It did get wordy at times but other than that not too bad."
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    #10Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)

    Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)

    Brides of the Storm is a historical fiction novel written by Amanda Albright Still. This fictional romantic novel was published on May 5, 2013 by Gone Feral Publishing.

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    Mariana Corona
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is part of the series, Galveston Hurricane Mystery Series, but it is also a stand-alone mystery novel. A lovely romance that is sure to keep you hooked on these series. "

Summary

Best What are the best Southern mystery books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 36 Paid
2The HelpBooks 33 Paid
3Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilBooks 32 Paid
4In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux)Books 30 Paid
5The Secret Life of BeesBooks 29 Paid
6Between Black and WhiteBooks 27 Paid
7Gone with the Wind Books 26 Paid
8The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux)Books 24 Paid
9The Memory Keeper's DaughterBooks 13 Paid
10Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)Books 11 Paid
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