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The Diva Delivers on a Promise

With recipes, ghost kitchens, and family secrets, the follow-up to The Diva Says Cheesecake! will entertain fans of this long-running cozy mystery series.

The Bride Wore White

An action-packed mystery, suspenseful from page one, with intensity and plot twists that don’t let up. The follow-up to When She Dreams is a compelling romantic mystery with psychic connections and sparkling dialogue.

Strange Sally Diamond

How Peter and Sally interconnect is one of the disturbing twists in this deeply unsettling psychological novel. While it’s not a thriller, those who like thrillers and true-crime readers would enjoy this book.

The St. Ambrose School for Girls

Mental health, friendship, loyalty, jealousy, corruption, and love all have a place in this highly recommended novel that takes readers on a roller-coaster of events and emotions that the characters experience.

The Late Mrs. Willoughby

Gray continues her homage to Jane Austen with this sequel that wonderfully reimagines the lives of Austen’s characters yet stays faithful to the spirit of the classic works. Readers should be aware there are spoilers from the first novel woven into this story. It’s fun to anticipate the other Austen characters the young sleuths might encounter in future novels.

Blow Up

Recommended for fans of Crosby and of novelists who specialize in intricate plots and amateur detectives.

The Tip Line

There are echoes of Patricia Highsmith and Margaret Millar, but this debut takes too long to get there and is not so much about detection as about obsession.

An Honest Man

Fans of Lee and Lincoln Child and of Koryta’s previous works will enjoy his new offering.

I Didn’t Do It

Readers might find the five narrating voices to be too many and the overall premise to be manipulative, but it could be fun for those interested in stories of backstabbing and suspicion. Suggest for fans of Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library.

We Love To Entertain

Intricately plotted, entertaining, and full of red herrings, Strohmeyer’s latest (after Do I Know You??) is a fun romp of a thriller that will keep readers guessing until the last page. For fans of Lisa Jewell and Clare Mackintosh.

A Man of Lies

While the book perfectly captures the near fatalistic tone of noir crime fiction at its best, Crane also gives world-weary readers a small measure of hope for the future with his pointed and poignant insights into life and love.

Malibu Burning

The author of the Eve Ronin mysteries returns with a fast-paced, over-the-top caper that entertains while keeping readers guessing.

Where They Lie

The plot takes many twists and turns and keeps readers guessing until the surprising end. For fans of Harlan Coben, Riley Sager, and Linwood Barclay.

Cold Fire

The fight scenes are exceptional in this action-packed chase thriller that will have broad appeal.

The Devil’s Playground

A large cast of characters and extensive use of red herrings make this a complex and atmospheric novel, perfect for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Between Two Strangers

White (The Second Husband) relies too much on coincidence and uncertainty in this psychological suspense novel that is low in tension. Several characters are primed to be more threatening, but little develops, leaving the plot curiously flat. For readers who like a puzzle with a twist.

A Stolen Child

The follow-up to The Drowning Sea takes the series in a new direction; it’s a step-by-step riveting police procedural filled with red herrings.

Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective

Not since Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files has there been such a delightful literary marriage of endearingly quirky characters and deliciously dry wit. Fans of Francine Prose’s The Maid or Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells mysteries will equally embrace the arrival of Charlotte and her cohorts on the detecting scene.

Girls and Their Horses

This recommended, well-written suspense poses questions about the cost of parents living vicariously through their children.

The Quiet Tenant

A brutal, sad, heartbreaking story focused on resilience and survival. Recommended for fans of true crime stories, Gillian Flynn, or Jessica Knoll.

A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder

The Agatha Award–winning author of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder is adept at misdirection. Witty British conversation and social history as viewed by an American will continue to appeal to fans of Victorian mysteries.

Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge

Fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series will appreciate the latest addition to the ranks of older sleuths, by the best-selling author of the “Chet and Bernie” mysteries.

The Traitor Beside Her

World War II and espionage novels are popular, and the author of the Faye Longchamp mysteries brings both together in a story of young women undercover on the home front. Suggest for Joyce St. Anthony fans.

The Last Drop of Hemlock

The sequel to The Last Call at the Nightingale is a riveting historical mystery set in New York City’s demimonde.

Picture in the Sand

A different kind of epic than The Ten Commandments, this novel focuses on Ali showing his love for and belief in his grandson by giving him not a tablet of principles but a story of human triumph that goes beyond Hollywood artifice.

Fake Money, Blue Smoke

Haven is a writer to watch. Share this highly recommended audio with fans of Steve Hamilton, Thomas Perry, and Brad Taylor.

The Boys from Biloxi

Fans of Grisham will enjoy this compelling mystery that delves into Biloxi’s gritty side and ends with a poignant twist.

A Quiet Retreat

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an intricate, eerie suspense novel teeming with tension and twists. Recommended for fans of Marin Montgomery, Mary Kubica, and Rachel Hawkins.

Night Fever

Another masterwork from a collaborative team that seems increasingly incapable of producing anything less.


A fast-paced crime thriller sure to garner an enthusiastic response from fans of the genre.

Mister Mammoth

Kindt (Mind MGMT: Bootleg) and illustrator Pendanx (A Fake Story) present an engrossing existential noir with a finale as shocking as it is genuinely affecting.

Ukulele of Death

With an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and mystery elements, Copperman’s latest (after And Justice for Mall) features an intriguing and likable pair of detectives whose complementary skills help them survive and thrive and maybe even find their family.

Eat, Drink and Drop Dead

The first in a new cozy series by the author of the “Nick and Nora” mysteries is the typical one with an amateur sleuth as a suspect, a hot cop, and recipes. It’s sure to satisfy fans of Lucy Burdette’s “Key West Food Critic” mysteries.

Just the Nicest Couple

In Kubica’s (Local Woman Missing) twisted tale of deception and falsehoods, readers will relish the shock factor in an ending they didn’t see coming.

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The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn

Logan’s debut novel will appeal to listeners who enjoy detailed settings and character growth, but those seeking strong mystery or suspense may want to look elsewhere.

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You Shouldn’t Have Come Here

For diehard fans of Rose’s (One of Us Is Dead) novels and fans of romantic thrillers with not so many thrills.

Night Flight to Paris

Black always delivers a great story featuring strong women. Buckle up and start turning the pages.

Murder Under a Red Moon: A 1920s Bangalore Mystery

Offering this one to fans of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a no-brainer, but cozy mystery readers will also find much to love in the adventures of the indomitable detective.

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The Twyford Code

Puzzle fans will undoubtedly enjoy Hallett’s bighearted thriller. While listeners’ opportunity to solve the code is somewhat lost in the audio version, Judd’s exhilarating performance more than makes up for it.

The Wrong Good Deed

A huge swing and a miss. Libraries and readers should skip this one.

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies

Fans of Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels will savor this mystery from “Dark Days Club” series author Goodman. Well-developed characters, a touch of romance, and cases involving social issues of the period enhance the experience.

What Have We Done

This is perfect for fans of suspenseful thrillers such as those by Riley Sager.

Code of the Hills

The writing in the follow-up to Shifty’s Boys is as beautifully descriptive of the scenes in Detroit as in the Kentucky hills. Offutt’s Mick Hardin novels are powerful books that feature characters with questionable ethics.

Dark Angel

While the Russia/Ukraine hacking scheme already seems historical, the second Letty Davenport thriller (after The Investigator) will satisfy Sandford’s numerous readers, with its high-octane action and gallows humor.

The Ghost Goes to the Dogs

The ninth “Haunted Bookshop” mystery (following The Ghost and the Stolen Tears) is a little scattershot in the solution, but it will appeal to Jack’s fans.

Hard Rain

The slow-paced, atmospheric sequel to the Tony Hillerman Award–winning Pay Dirt Road will appeal to fans of Marcie R. Rendon’s Sinister Graves, in which another young female PI searches for answers after a flood.


Give this one to suspense readers eager for a different kind of thriller, as well as fans of survival fiction.

Vivianna Valentine Goes Up the River

Some questions are never fully answered in Edwards’s sequel to Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man. Sexist male attitudes toward working women are on full display in this 1950s period piece, which might only appeal to fans of the earlier book.

Murder Visits a French Village

The quirky village residents make this an appealing series debut. Characters from Shea’s “French Village Murder” series also appear in this book, but that does not detract from the storyline. Recommended for those who enjoyed the author’s previous series and for fans of M.L. Longworth, Martin Walker, and Serena Kent.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Stolen Necklace

A streetwise Italian Miss Marple is a shrewd amateur sleuth in this atmospheric series installment (following Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride) that leaves a hint of more Nonna Maria mysteries to come.

The Last Songbird

This debut mystery has a good storyline with adequate characters. However, a plot digression and Adam’s amateurish song lyrics sprinkled throughout mar its even flow. Still, worth the read.

The Body in the Web

The 26th Faith Fairchild mystery (after The Body in the Wake) is fresh and remarkable in its ability to bring back memories of the day-to-day aspects of living through COVID. The reader and the victim are both trapped in a web in this skillful combination of mystery and pandemic story.

The End of the Road

The viewpoints of Pryor, J.P., and Penny are featured, but it’s single-minded Penny who stands out. The author of the Andy Hayes mysteries separates his gritty rural noir from other thrillers by featuring a woman who isn’t a cop or detective as she tracks the villain in this violent novel.

The Last Remains

As Griffiths teases on her Twitter feed, this is the last Ruth Galloway book “for now.” The novel has a nostalgic feel, and readers will feel satisfied with how things are wrapped up.

The Chateau

While the plot in this novel from Goldis (When We Were Young) is unique, it is slow-paced and filled with clichés and unlikable characters. Avid mystery and suspense readers will be able to predict the ending, but some readers will enjoy the twists and turns.

Fourth Wing

A good selection for fans of Naomi Novik’s “Scholomance” series; will fly off the shelves.

A Crown of Ivy and Glass

Best-selling YA author Legrand’s (Lightbringer) first novel for adults is full of high stakes for her characters and detailed fantasy worldbuilding with interesting mythology for readers. It will appeal to older teens and adults.

The Archive Undying

Will appeal to readers who like their giant robots paired with explorations of emotional intimacy and moving forward after trauma. A good purchase for large SFF collections.

Spring’s Arcana

There’s much to savor here for readers looking for a deeper dive into the same legends as those in The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, but in a more contemporary setting. Also a good choice for readers seeking stories imbued with the sensibilities of urban fantasy, like The Book of Night by Holly Black.


Will keep audiences enthralled to the end. Highly recommended for readers of alternate history, those who enjoy re-examinations of classics, and fans of Cogman’s “Invisible Library” series.

The Widowmaker

This first installment in Morrissey’s (Hello, Transcriber) “Black Harbor” series should appeal to listeners who enjoy intriguing murder mysteries, complex characters, and gripping, twisty plots.

Waste of a Life

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an offbeat amateur detective story full of wit and whimsy. Recommended for fans of Denise Swanson, Jenn McKinlay, and M.C. Beaton.

The Break

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking psychological suspense rife with tension and twists, and a turbulent tale of motherhood, memory loss, and murder. Recommended for fans of Gilly Macmillan, B.A. Paris, and Tarryn Fisher.

Death in Heels

Wonderfully flawed and relatable Fi will charm cozy mystery fans. Listeners will be eager for the next installment in this sparkling series.

No Strangers Here

Murder-mystery fans should enjoy the many twists and turns in O’Connor’s (“Home to Ireland” and “Irish Village” series) latest.

Just Thieves

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a neo-noir crime fiction full of desperation and double crossing. Recommended for fans of Don Winslow, S.A. Cosby, and Craig Henderson.

A Trace of Poison

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a cozy, clever historical mystery with a lively and likable leading lady. Recommended for fans of Rhys Bowen and Nicola Upson.

City Under One Roof

Recommended to fans of Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and Tana French, this audiobook should be purchased for public libraries with an avid mystery fan base.

The Secret of the Lost Pearls: A Riveting Regency Historical Mystery

Fans of period mysteries will be clamoring for the next installment in this promising series. Share with listeners who enjoy Jane Austen, Liz Carlyle, and Dianne Freeman.

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine

Fans of Stephanie Plum and patrons who want a laugh-out-loud listen will be enchanted.

Age of Vice

It helps that Kapoor’s novel, the first in a trilogy, is beyond outstanding with its tale of greed, violence, and discontent. Adding Athavale’s narration to this book is like hitting the jackpot. An essential purchase for all libraries.

The Blue Bar

Libraries with diverse mystery collections will appreciate this Mumbai police procedural, where despite widespread corruption, there is at least one good detective above reproach.

The Last Invitation

Kane’s fans as well as those seeking a thriller filled with empowered women will enjoy. This twisted, gripping listen will have listeners guessing until the end.

The Photo Thief

This atmospheric audio will appeal to listeners seeking a macabre mix of suspense and the supernatural. Recommended for fans of Mary Kubica, Riley Sager, and Jennifer Fawcett.

The Dollmaker

This mystery is en pointe; a riveting story that will keep listeners glued to their earbuds.

Real Bad Things

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an intense, intricate suspense built on oppressive mistrust and misguided obligation. Recommended for fans of Lisa Jewell, Katie Sise, and Janelle Brown.

The Deal Goes Down

Readers may come for the crime but stay for the humor. Beinhart’s fans should enjoy this recommended listen.

The Last Party

Mystery fans will adore Mackintosh’s wonderfully quirky characters in this white-knuckle thriller; expect many holds on the next series installment, with hopes it will be narrated by Davies.


Filled with twists and an ever-changing roster of suspects, this is a fast-paced and gripping story. Recommend to fans of Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter, and Joe Ide, but suggest the print book over the audio.

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Fans of detective and mystery novels, as well as newcomers to the genre, should find this audio an excellent diversion.

All Dressed Up

A delightful romp of a mystery, à la Knives Out. Mystery and relationship fans who played Clue as children will be entranced.

Welcome to the Game

This action-packed crime story should appeal to fans of Steve Hamilton’s The Second Life of Nick Mason or Ronald Colby’s Night Driver.

Before You Knew My Name

This sensitively narrated story, which examines universal questions about death and what comes after, is not to be missed.

The Family Game

While many thrillers introduce themes of marrying into families with deeply held secrets, Steadman’s gripping tale will keep listeners guessing. Share with fans of Riley Sager, Ruth Ware, and Lucy Foley.

Blackwater Falls

Pasha’s thoughtful and fluent narration adds depth to Khan’s complex and troubling mystery. Recommended for mystery fans looking for a strong police drama that delves into contemporary social issues.

A World of Curiosities

Devotees of the series will enjoy this gripping entry, and the new Amazon Prime series, Three Pines, should attract even more readers to Penny’s already-large fan base.


Her Sister’s Death

A disturbing but neatly plotted mystery that would be a welcome addition to any public library collection.

The Enigma of Room 622

With nods to classic mysteries as well as cutting-edge financial, legal, and police procedural elements, this brilliantly narrated metafictional thriller should please nearly all mystery fans.

River Woman, River Demon

Interwoven with magic of both Mexican and Indigenous origins, this haunting tale will sweep up listeners. Recommended for fans of Rudy Ruiz and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Hidden in Snow

A perfect recommendation for readers of Scandi noir. Share with fans of Karin Fossum and Sara Blaedel.

What Meets the Eye

Fans of Sue Grafton will find this a treat.

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Everybody Knows

Hard-bitten, up-to-the-minute dialogue, lovingly written neighborhood-by-neighborhood ride-alongs, and a perfect dose of paranoia and despair fill the pages of this latest from TV producer and writer (Hightown; Gotham) Harper. If readers like James Ellroy, Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, and really crackin’ neo-noirs, Harper’s latest novel (after The King of California) will delight and amaze them..

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Lying Beside You

Written to Robotham’s usual high standard, this terrific read will delight fans of his work.

The Dig

Burt’s (My Father Married Your Mother) humdrum mystery never builds up enough steam to keep readers involved.

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