What makes a great mystery? Some would argue that it's the plot, but while that is important, character triumphs. It doesn't matter if characters are likable as long as they are interesting. Characters must engage the reader, force us to care about what is happening to them and how that story will be resolved.
Here are the best mysteries of 2014. Some novels have likable characters - others not so much - but each novel on this list has memorable characters who have stayed in this reader's mind long after the last page.