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Lacking in clarity and plot, this is a disappointing sequel.

The Lost Coast

The Kellermans excel at creating menacing environments and truly creepy characters, spinning a tale that will keep readers turning pages all night.

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A Cold, Cold World

The weather conditions are an essential component in this sequel to All We Buried. Readers who appreciate the strong woman police chief in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder books or the vivid landscapes of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire mysteries will appreciate Taylor’s riveting crime novel.

A Very Woodsy Murder

Byron (“Cajun Country” mysteries), an award-winning novelist and sitcom writer, has written a model cozy with delightful, slightly inept sleuths, quirky characters, and an entertaining mystery.

Fatal Intrusion

Deaver’s (“Lincoln Rhyme” series) interest in social media and Maldonado’s (“Nina Guerrera” series) law enforcement background blend well in this fast-paced crime novel. For readers who enjoy serial killer chase stories.

Ashes Never Lie

The sequel to Malibu Burning unites Goldberg’s Ronin and Pavone police team (last seen in 2024’s Dream Town) with his arson investigators Sharpe and Walker in a clever, complicated story. With its witty banter and well-developed characters, Goldberg’s latest procedural is tailor-made for readers who enjoy shrewd investigators in fast-paced dramas.

After Oz

Far more than Wizard of Oz fan fiction, this novel by McAlpine (Holmes Entangled) is an exploration of the hypocritical treatment of outsiders and nonconformers. Told from alternating perspectives, the narration weaves together the firsthand account of Dr. Wilford with the collective interpretation of the townspeople. A fast and engaging story for readers familiar with The Wizard of Oz .

I Dreamed of Falling

The devastating crime novel will appeal to readers who appreciate tragic family stories and fans of Julia Keller’s Bell Elkins books.

The Many Lies of Veronica Hawkins

The setting, characters, and structure of the novel are compelling, and, as the title suggests, there are secrets and lies aplenty. For fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins.

The Murder of Mr. Ma

A fast-paced, vibrantly narrated novel, offering a cracking-good mystery and a thought-provoking glimpse into the challenges experienced by Chinese immigrants in 1920s London.

The Sequel

The narrative starts slowly but by the end, it steams along. This book will fly off the shelves.

The Gardener’s Plot

Cozy readers who garden will enjoy this descriptive debut mystery, winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition.

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The Whitewashed Tombs

Quartey’s author’s note discusses the current anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation in Ghana and its effect on him as a queer author. Recommended for readers who enjoy international fiction and detective fiction.

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Death Scene

The killer will be obvious to cozy readers, but fans of the series will once again enjoy the characters and Salem setting in the sequel to Now You See It.

I Need You To Read This

The second novel by the author of The Golden Spoon, with its newspaper columns and letters, will satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense and vulnerable heroines.

The Night of Baba Yaga

A mashup of crime thriller and queer romance, this fascinating fairy tale retelling has a decidedly un-fairytale-like ending but showcases the power of two very different women who risk everything to be free.


For fans of books by both Tony and Anne Hillerman, along with others that embody the spirit and landscape of the Southwest.

It’s Elementary

Filled with snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud scenes, quirky characters, a solid mystery, and a dash of romance, here’s hoping there’ll be more stories about Mavis.

Anna O

A promising debut with a compelling central mystery that will keep readers guessing.

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What You Leave Behind

With deep characterizations, local lore, and a sympathetic heroine, this is another feather in Morris’s cap.

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Death at a Scottish Christmas

The investigation is slow-paced in the sequel to Death at a Scottish Wedding, but the various holiday celebrations and Em’s new friends make up for the flat ending. For fans of Carlene O’Connor’s County Kerry mysteries.

Like Mother, like Daughter

Bestselling McCreight (Friends Like These) expertly orchestrates mother-daughter dynamics to build additional layers of tension onto a fast-paced and twisted plotline. Pair with Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.


Debut author Wood has expertly mixed romance with mystery in a novel that leaves more questions than answers. This fast-paced thriller will work well for book clubs and fans of the unreliable narrator trope.

A Scandal in Mayfair

The strong characters will appeal to readers of the Bridgerton romances, as well as those who appreciate Georgette Heyer’s stories.

A Talent for Murder

Fans will devour this third book in the Lily Kintner/Henry Kimball series (after The Kind Worth Saving). Swanson delivers a tense psychological thriller teeming with deliciously complex characters, unsettling plot twists, and several harrowing scenes that will move readers to the edge of their seat. This bird’s-eye view into the mind of a killer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

A Killer Clue

The sequel to A Cryptic Clue, with its red herrings, missing books, and charming detecting duo, is a traditional cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of Kate Carlisle and Jenn McKinlay.


For readers who enjoy chilling mysteries and thrillers. Fans of strong character-building will delight in watching Maggie and Jackson’s partnership bring out their individual strengths. A somewhat open ending suggests that more installments are planned.

It Had To Be You

Think Hitchcock’s films or Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley books, but with sex and violence unflinchingly detailed on the page.

Hope To Die

Inspired by a real-life crime in Australia, the sixth DI Fawley novel (following The Whole Truth) is an intricate, carefully plotted police procedural comparable to the best of Ann Cleeves’s Vera novels or Louise Penny’s mysteries. The mixed media used in the book adds to its appeal.

Talking to Strangers

This latest from best-selling Barton (Local Gone Missing) is a twisty and highly satisfying nail-biter that will have her fans and new readers burning the midnight oil.

The Dark Wives

The conclusion to this novel feels abrupt, but fans of Cleeve’s complex, character-driven Vera series will be pleased with this latest installment, the sequel to The Rising Tide.

Now You Owe Me

Well-crafted characters will draw in readers, and an intricately woven plot will keep them in their seats. Recommended for fans of Tana French, Gillian Flynn, and Karin Slaughter.

Gathering Mist

The sequel to Standing Dead sends Mattie and Robo to a difficult search environment. The story of the search, and the setting, are beautifully developed in a mystery that builds in intensity and suspense. Readers who enjoy Sara Driscoll’s “FBI K-9” books will appreciate the emphasis on search-and-rescue dogs in Mizushima’s series.

Furever After

Although the 16th in Kelly’s “Magical Cats Mystery” series (after Paws To Remember) is, like the others, a cozy mystery, it’s also a story of chosen family. Fans of the series and romantic cozies will enjoy the wedding and “happily ever after” premise.

The Summer of Love and Death

McCreary’s entertaining police procedural stands apart with its rich characterization and exploration of life’s complexities beyond the central crime. This is a series to watch and to suggest to fans of Ellen Hart’s Jane Lawless novels.

The Lace Widow

A layered and satisfying historical mystery.

The Wharton Plot

Listeners will be captivated by the elegant setting and the inclusion of real details and people from Edith Wharton’s life. A winning historical mystery.

The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

Miller’s debut is a delightful adventure mystery for lovers of expert, emotionally layered protagonists with a bit of humor, from Allison Montclair’s Sparks and Bainbridge to Elizabeth Peters’s Vicky Bliss.

The Good, the Bad, and the Aunties

Recommended for all libraries. Sutanto’s third and final installment in the “Aunties” series will surely fill listeners with joy whether they’re fans of the series or just getting started.

Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink

Semi-autobiographical elements offering insight into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cocreator Eastman prove fascinating enough to just barely make up for the insertion of a relatively cliché thriller subplot.

Village in the Dark

Riveting crime fiction, full of twists, turns, and hidden dangers, is enhanced by the remote Alaskan setting. A surprise ending will leave listeners anxiously awaiting the next installment in this compelling series.

Three-Inch Teeth

Newbies and series fans will be on the edge of their seats.

Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice

Revisiting Finlay, as performed by Dawe, is an iconic experience.

The Hunter

French’s slow-burn mystery about small-town insularity, loyalty, and vengeance captivates. French’s many fans will have this on their lists, but it’s a great fit for fans of Gillian Flynn and Jane Harper, too.

Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal

A fun and vibrant mystery, perfect for enjoying at the beach or on vacation.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

A unique Christie classic is given its due thanks to the engaging talents of veteran radio actor Jones. Broadly recommended and a must-listen for fans of Christie, detective fiction, English manor house mysteries, and Jones’s earlier audio work.

A Pie To Die For

A delicious magical cozy to entice listeners new to the subgenre.

Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge

Highly recommended historical suspense featuring an irresistible heroine.

Murder at an Irish Chipper

A deliciously slippery mystery that blends classic genre tropes with modern investigative tools.

Almost Surely Dead

A suspenseful psychological thriller, steeped in Pakistani folklore.

Where They Lie

This debut covers a time period and place not often seen in mysteries and will attract interest.

I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died

This mystery featuring Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott as characters delivers an intriguing plot while delving into the social mores and prejudices of 1850s New England high society.

Listen for the Lie

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking intricate, intense psychological suspense about missing memories and murder. Recommended for fans of Lisa Jewell, Emily Schultz, and Ashley Flowers.


Recommended for fans of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and those relishing a visit to the world of prehistoric animals.

The Princess of Las Vegas

While the mystery is somewhat underdeveloped, excellent characterizations and skillful narration will satisfy Bohjalian’s many fans.

Nothing Without Me

This psychological thriller will keep fans invested to the end. A great next listen for fans of Riley Sager and Lisa Jewell.

Ghost Island

Fans of Seeck’s series will be thrilled to dive back into Jessica Niemi’s heart-pumping world and pick up where book three left off. Great for those who enjoy a blend of supernatural and murder mysteries.

The Split

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an intricate suspense full of sordid family secrets. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Jamie Day, and Shari Lapena.

The Mystery Writer

Gentill’s (The Woman in the Library) latest should appeal to listeners who enjoy murder and mayhem, topped off with a good measure of conspiracy theorists and end-of-the-world preppers.

Murder in Masquerade

A fluffy tale, best for devoted historical mystery fans and those who enjoyed the first book in the “Lady of Letters” series.

Leave No Trace

While similar to the National Parks mysteries of Claire Kells and Nevada Barr, this is recommended for fans of conspiracy and political thrillers too.

Union Station

For listeners who enjoy intricate spy thrillers laced with social commentary.

Secrets of a Scottish Isle

Even audiences new to the series should enjoy this easy listen, enhanced with charming narration.

Nosy Neighbors

Fans of Sampson’s other works and those seeking a heartwarming and humorous mystery will be delighted. A perfect fit for those who enjoyed Laurien Berenson’s Peg and Rose Solve a Murder.

You’d Look Better as a Ghost

Though it’s not for the faint of heart, this chilling, grimly funny story of a most unusual serial killer will appeal to fans of TV’s Dexter and Killing Eve. Watch for Wallace’s sophomore novel, The Dead Friend Project, due soon.

The Last To Pie

Popp continues to delight with her latest entertaining and delicious cozy mystery. Series fans will be riveted as things become perilous for the book’s most unusual pie maker.

The Murder After the Night Before

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a satirical psychological suspense with a hot mess of a heroine. Recommended for fans of Alice Feeney, Freida McFadden, and Tarryn Fisher.

The Excitements

Fans of Sabine Durrant’s Sun Damage or Jacqueline Winspear’s The White Lady will be delighted by this laugh-out-loud heist novel proving that age is just a number.

A Better World

A horrifying and altogether satisfying thriller, sure to intrigue fans of Sunny Moraine’s Your Shadow Half Remains or Rumaan Alam’s Leave the World Behind.

The Therapy Room

An intriguing premise, but an inconsistent plot and lacking narration make this an optional purchase for most audio mystery collections.

Daughter of Mine

With top-notch psychological suspense and carefully attuned narration, this novel will please Miranda’s many fans. Recommended for fans of Nicci French’s Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter?? and Amy Engel’s The Roanoke Girls.

Keep Your Friends Close

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking twisting psychological suspense about wealth and deception. Recommended for fans of Laura Dave, Mary Kubica, and Lisa Jewell.

Murder Road

St. James’s paranormal thriller is as deliciously creepy as it is moving. Great for fans of Riley Sager and Karin Slaughter.


This confidently narrated, action-packed series continues to deliver; its fans will be pleased.

The Resort

Ochs’s twisty debut thriller will keep listeners guessing to the end.

How To Solve Your Own Murder

Longtime cozy mystery fans and those new to the genre will enjoy this new series, with delightful nods to Agatha Christie and Ruth Ware.

Darling Girls

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a riveting suspense teeming with twists, a bleak story of sisterhood, secrets, and survival. Recommended for fans of Lucinda Berry, Lisa Jewell, and Jamie Day.

A Daughter of Fair Verona

Graced with an unforgettable cast of characters that includes the delightfully indefatigable Rosie and written with a cheeky sense of wit and charm Shakespeare would be proud to claim, Dodd’s well-executed launch of her new series is absolutely brilliant.

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To Err Is Cumin

While money in a chair and a missing unknown woman are flimsy plot points, fans of the “Spice Shop” cozy mystery series will enjoy the return of favorite characters, and the spices, food, and flowers that are a treat for the senses.

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Finding Sophie

An electrifying triumph and a must-listen for Mahmood’s fans and for those encountering his work for the first time. Readers of twisty thrillers in the vein of Gillian Flynn and Tana French will be riveted.

The Final Act of Juliette Willoughby

Will appeal to those who enjoyed The Girls in Navy Blue by Alix Rickloff, which also uses alternating perspectives and dual timelines. Both novels deal with an apparent death and an investigation into the event.

A Lovely Lie

Hendricks (I Didn’t Do It) is definitely on the rise; hand this book to fans of Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter.

Agony Hill

The author of the Maggie D’arcy mysteries (A Stolen Child) launches a historical mystery series with a compassionate, vulnerable detective and a setting so vividly described it could be a character. Julia Spencer-Fleming fans will want to try this one.

An Intrigue of Witches

Those who enjoy a little history with their magic will find this novel difficult to put down; the plot flows seamlessly from beginning to end. Readers will look forward to the next “Secret Society Mystery.”

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