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The Paris Mystery

This atmospheric historical mystery by the author of The Jade Lily reveals a Paris on the verge of war, in all its captivating beauty and excess. Suggest for fans of Cara Black or Betty Webb’s Lost in Paris.

All That Glitters Isn’t Old

Whitney may be the amateur sleuth, but Goldy certainly calls the shots in this third book of the series (following Something Fishy This Way Comes). Perfect for cozy fans who enjoy a solid narrative, adventure, and a dash of romance.

The Body in the Back Garden

Luke is an exasperating amateur sleuth, but readers who crave LGBTQIA+ cozies may enjoy his escapades.

The Murder Wheel

Fans of Golden Age locked-room mysteries will appreciate the homage in Mead’s sequel to Death and the Conjuror.

The Isolated Séance

The author of the Crispin Guest mysteries writes about Victorian street life and desperation in a pastiche relieved by humor. Suggest Vicki Delany’s “Gemma Doyle” series as a read-alike.

Zero Days

From its resourceful, resilient protagonist to its seamlessly constructed, au courant plot, everything about Ware’s newest novel is guaranteed to keep her fans up way past their bedtimes.

The Last Dance

Exuberant, apposite, and very amusing, Miller’s wit and his observations about modern life and policing will delight new fans.

A Fatal Affair

A thriller with surprises aplenty and a breezy pace that includes well-written characters and the singular challenge of looking for truth “in a sea of professional liars and seducers,” this novel is sure to have wide appeal.

You Can Trust Me

Readers who enjoy an on-the-run thriller such as Adrian McKinty’s The Island or Wanda M. Morris’s Anywhere You Run, mixed with a dash of seduction, suspense, and twists, will enjoy this compelling tale.

Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble

This Golden Girls–style cozy mystery has plenty of humor and style. Readers should expect a slow burn, since the narrative action fails to ignite until midway through the story. Perfect for cozy aficionados looking for a new series and some laughs.

Speak of the Devil

This captivating debut literary thriller entwines the searing stories of several women who suffered at the hands of the same man. This cautionary tale satisfies in its culmination of long-overdue justice for spurned women.

She Started It

Gilbert’s debut thriller is an intensely compelling and clever tale of revenge. Readers who enjoy multiple perspectives unveiling the storyline, as in the works of Liane Moriarty, will relish this.

Honey Drop Dead

The many descriptions of tea and tea foods make this book a tasty treat, although some readers may be disappointed by the way the ending wraps up. Fans of the series will be pleased to see many of their favorite characters return, but they may find the crimes to be more violent than in previous books.

What the Neighbors Saw

This title will still find favor with dedicated domestic suspense fans but is an optional purchase for most libraries.

Death Stalks Door County

This haunting mystery, deeply rooted in the wilderness of Door County, will appeal to fans of Nevada Barr, Margaret Mizushima, and William Kent Krueger.

The Writing Retreat

Despite the abundance of well-worn tropes, this solid thriller should appeal to fans of Ruth Ware and J.P. Delaney.

Murder in Postscript

Fans of Bridgerton, fiction set in Victorian England, and the foibles of the English gentry will enjoy. Listeners will eagerly await more mysteries featuring Countess Amelia Amesbury and her handsome co-detective, Simon Bainbridge.

Play the Fool

Sieh’s entertaining performance ensures that listeners will be delighted by this audiobook production. Add to collections where mystery novels are popular.

A Half-Baked Murder

This cozy mystery with a modern twist offers informative details about cooking with cannabis and includes several recipes too. A winner for fans of Maddie Day, Ellie Alexander, and Mia P. Manansala.

Against the Currant

This first in a duology will appeal to fans of Vivien Chen’s Death by Dumpling, Mia P. Manansala’s Arsenic and Adobo, and Misha Popp’s Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies.

The Motion Picture Teller

Will appeal to listeners seeking an offbeat, optimistic mystery with stress-free suspense. Recommended for fans of Andrew Shaffer, Christopher Moore, and Alexander McCall Smith.

Murder at the Majestic Hotel

Although it may be best appreciated by fans of the series, the intricate plot and entertaining characters make this a recommended listen for all. Share with those who like Claudia Gray, Jessica Fellowes, and Rhys Bowen.

Cold People

An excellent addition to any thriller or science-fiction audio collection. Fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Kassandra Montag’s After the Flood will find much to love.

Red Queen

Brick’s performance brings out the warmth, as well as the drama, in this witty thriller, the first in Gómez-Jurado’s trilogy featuring a Lisbeth Salander–like character paired with a wonderfully self-deprecating cop. Libraries should expect significant demand, especially with a TV series in the works.

A Good Day To Pie

Fans of the Great British Baking Show and other elimination-style culinary competitions will eat this up.

Stone Cold Fox

An absorbing novel with deliciously unexpected twists and turns. Share with fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

3 Days To Live

Share with Patterson’s many fans and patrons who enjoy thrilling mysteries chock-full of surprising twists and turns.

The Secrets of Hartwood Hall

Listeners will be enthralled by this historical gothic mystery in which all the characters are pitted against one another. Fans of Victorian novels will find much to love.

The Drift

Like all great apocalypse stories, Tudor’s novel is a blizzard of brutality and despair with just the tiniest flickers of hope. Recommended for fans of Kevin A. Muñoz’s The Post or Ruth Ware’s One By One.

Murder in Haxford

Harrison’s performance alone is enough to recommend this breezy village mystery to classic mystery fans, especially those who enjoy cozy, character-driven whodunits that don’t take themselves too seriously.

In Farm’s Way: An Organic Cozy Mystery

Will appeal to listeners seeking an amusing, atmospheric culinary mystery. Recommended for fans of Maddie Day, Sarah Graves, and Barbara Ross.

A Flaw in the Design

Oates’s psychological thriller entertains right up to the satisfying surprise ending. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager’s Survive the Night or Mary Kubica’s When the Lights Go Out.

Of Manners and Murder

It’s no mystery that this production will be an excellent addition to any library collection, leaving listeners eager for Violet’s next adventure.

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

Beyond an enjoyable mystery, this book succeeds in offering some laugh-out-loud moments, sweet displays of intergenerational friendship, and food descriptions that will leave listeners’ mouths watering. Fans of Sutanto’s previous light mysteries will enjoy this latest installment.

A Ghost of Caribou

While previous experience with the series would be helpful, newbies can safely pick up this high-octane environmental thriller, with its perfect pairing of protagonist and narrator. Expect demand for all the books in this genuinely informative conservation-themed series.

The Soulmate

Will appeal to listeners seeking scintillating suspense about loyalty, love, and lies. Recommended for fans of Nicola Moriarty, Jillian Medoff, and Joy Fielding.

The Furies

Harding’s excellent pacing combined with Connolly’s intriguing characters make for a captivating listen. Recommend to fans of Michael Koryta and Clive Barker.

The Family Bones

Some may guess the surprise ending, but even so, Marr’s (Strangers We Know) latest will keep listeners engrossed until the end. Highly recommended for fans of Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.

Regrets Only

Listeners will be captivated, guessing at one possible suspect and then another. A winner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Gillian Flynn.

Better the Blood

This planned series-starter excels in audio, as the emotive and authentically accented narrators create an unmatched sense of place and character.

How I’ll Kill You

A grim and gripping psychological thriller that will captivate listeners from the beginning. This would be a great addition to any suspense/horror collection and is a perfect recommendation for book groups.

Murder at an Irish Castle

Mystery readers will be delighted with Brannigan’s debut. Recommend to fans of Sheila Connolly.

48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister

Will appeal to listeners seeking a missing-person mystery wrapped in disconcerting domestic suspense, yielding more questions than answers; recommended for fans of Lisa Gardner, Faye Kellerman, and Kathy Reichs.

Lewis Sinclair and the Gentlemen Cowboys

Patrons looking for thrilling mysteries that include love, jealousy, and betrayal set against a music-festival backdrop will enjoy. Suggest to fans of Dolly Parton and James Patterson’s Run, Rose, Run and Peggy O’Neal Peden’s Your Killin’ Heart.

It Ends at Midnight

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a disturbing thriller with an intricate plot and an unreliable narrator. Recommended for fans of Gilly Macmillan, Mary Kubica, and Lisa Jewell.

The Golden Spoon

Enhanced by its grand setting, strong characters, and superb narration, this audio is a delight. With a Hulu limited series in the future, listeners won’t want to pass this dish over.

Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

Vance and Harris are a listener’s dream team. This rollicking mystery is a must-purchase for all libraries.

Murder Served Neat

Klump’s latest, aided by Lee’s engaging narration, makes for a captivating listen. Share with fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Ellie Alexander.

All That Is Mine I Carry with Me

The use of multiple narrators enhances Landay’s (Defending Jacob) latest and will have listeners fully invested in Jane’s story. A production well worth the listen.

Such Pretty Flowers

An intricate psychological thriller from a promising new voice. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Lucy Foley, and Darcey Bell.

Feel the Bern

A fun cozy mystery for those who stay up on politics and aren’t afraid to poke fun at serious subjects. Recommended for fans of J.J. Murphy’s Murder Your Darlings and the author’s “Obama Biden” mysteries.

The Fires

Björnsdóttir’s steamy thriller should appeal to readers of romantic suspense and cataclysmic fiction and to anyone interested in learning about the geology and history of Icelandic volcanoes. Share with fans of Ragnar Jónasson’s Outside or Harry Turtledove’s Supervolcano Explosion.

Woman of the Year

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking psychological suspense with a sympathetic but unreliable narrator facing guilt, gaslighting, and grief. Recommended for fans of Alice Feeney, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.

A Lime To Kill

Will appeal to listeners seeking a quirky, concise cozy mystery that is deliciously diverting. Recommended for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Ellie Alexander, and Diane Mott Davidson.

Sea Castle

Thriller fans will be intrigued by this unique police procedural. Share with fans of Lisa Gardner, Michael Connelly, and Karin Slaughter.


Readers of gripping and provocative futuristic novels should enjoy. Share with fans of Scott Britz-Cunningham’s Interface or Blake Crouch’s Upgrade.

A Fashionable Fatality

An inessential purchase, except where the previous audiobooks in the series have been popular.

Everybody Knows

Sure to be a hit with adrenaline and crime-fiction readers. Give to fans of Raymond Chandler and Jonathan Ames.

Liar, Dreamer, Thief

This fast-paced, surreal tale will hook listeners from the beginning. A perfect fit for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.

Crook o’ Lune: A Lancashire Mystery

Martin Edwards’s introduction to the novel and its context adds to the pleasure for those who want a slow-paced, old-fashioned mystery.

Between a Wok and a Dead Place

Budewitz’s follow-up to Peppermint Barked features recipes and a list of characters. The inclusion of Chinatown’s history, along with the stories of the culture and residents, adds a depth seldom found in cozy mysteries; see also Vivien Chien’s “Noodle Shop” mysteries.

A Shimmer of Red

Odessa’s psychic gifts (divining a person’s emotions by seeing colored glimmers around their head, and sensing and smelling things that others can’t) are a creative plot device. Her aunts add humor to the mystery, and it’s good to see characters from the previous novels return. Recommend to fans of paranormal cozies and culinary mysteries.

Where the Dead Sleep

Riveting and a real page-turner; fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett novels or Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” series will feel at home.

Harlem After Midnight

Recommended for fans of the series and those who enjoy whodunits.


A good beach or vacation read that will have readers rooting for another book in the “Black Box” series. Perfect for Jack Carr, Mark Greaney, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan fans.

Try Not To Breathe

Bell is truly at the top of his game with this psychological thriller. Fans of Lisa Gardner and Mary Kubica will want to add this to the top of their reading pile.

The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries

Penzler’s latest is remarkable in size and scope, but listeners may want to enjoy in print rather than audio.

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The Other Mistress

Williams has a winner on her hands. Recommended for fans of Alyssa Cole, Liv Constantine, and Megan Goldin.

The Puzzle Master

This page-turner incorporates motifs of religion, security, meaningfulness, and loss into a mystical narrative that traverses different centuries focused on the same puzzle quest. This is a literary Da Vinci Code–like title that readers of quest-based thrillers and mysteries alike will enjoy.

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Flesh and Blood

In this title recommended only for fans of the series, the past brutally crashes down on both officers.

The Nigerwife

British poet and playwright Walters, once a Nigerwife herself, paints a vivid picture of the financial and social constraints that European women face assimilating into Nigerian familial structure. Already optioned for HBO, this cultural critique couched in a mystery is a sure winner.

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Death Comes to Marlow

Thorogood gives the locked-room mystery a fun, modern twist that fleshes out the lives of its quirky protagonists; perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series.


Once again, Hirahara illuminates the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II by embodying them in the lives of the Ito family. The author weaves a compelling tale, which is all the more poignant as it reminds readers of the shameful treatment of Japanese Americans, along with the racial prejudice still at work. A must-read.

The Lie Maker

This is Barclay’s (Take Your Breath Away) 26th crime novel: he’s a pro. Some may find it overly convoluted but will still root for Jack to prevail. For mystery lovers.

Dead of Winter

Coates’s (The Twisted Dead) latest is a compelling page-turner for readers of horror and thriller fiction, in the vein of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. The writing is magnetic and descriptive in a way that will have readers shivering from both the cold and outright fear.

Crook Manifesto

This isn’t the rollicking caper its predecessor was, but it’s still a worthy addition to one of the most distinguished oeuvres in modern fiction.

A Disappearance in Fiji

The Punjabi Sikh Akal Singh and the mystery of colonial Fiji will appeal to fans of Abir Mukherjee’s mysteries set in India.

An Evil Heart

The follow-up to The Hidden One is a compelling, violent police procedural, alleviated by the love and tenderness surrounding the upcoming wedding. Those who watched Kate’s developing relationship will enjoy the storyline surrounding the wedding and the skill with which the author juggles crime and kindness.

Cleveland Noir

One of the best in a very good series, this title should fly off the shelves.

The Tumbling Girl

This atmospheric debut historical mystery captures the world of music halls and the danger to women in Victorian London. Will appeal to fans of Leonard Goldberg’s “Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” mysteries, Sherry Thomas’s “Lady Sherlock” books, or the show Miss Scarlet and the Duke.

A Cryptic Clue

Fans of Vicki Delany’s “Sherlock Holmes Bookshop” mysteries will appreciate this new amateur detective team.

The Bitter Past

This riveting debut has traces of Craig Johnson’s novels, with the personal nuclear fallout in Betty Webb’s Desert Wind.

A Likeable Woman

Cobb’s story is told from Kira’s and Sadie’s alternating points of view, allowing the author to delve into the secrets and seething tensions that exist in small towns. Though the suspense is a slow build, the final twist is nicely done.

The Centre

The questions raised by this heady story and its abrupt ending are perfect for book club discussions.

Murder Off the Books

Fans of quirky casts and funny cozies will enjoy Berry’s third “By the Book” mystery (after On Spine of Death), with its eccentric characters and outrageous scenes.

Thicker Than Water

A page-turner told from alternating points of view, this thriller from Collins (The Family Plot) will especially appeal to those who enjoy exploring complicated female friendships.

The Dissident

A refreshing and literary take on the genre that appeals to the intellect as well as the pulse.

Hiss Me Deadly

It’s been two years since What the Cat Dragged In, the last “Cat in the Stacks” mystery. Fans of Charlie and his Maine Coon cat will be delighted to welcome them back in a cozy that combines murder, stories of Charlie’s family, and hints of his upcoming marriage.

Gallows Dome

This no-holds-barred noir from a writer to watch will grab readers’ attention, and regardless of the graphically described violence, it’s fun. Knight isn’t Elmore Leonard, but they come out of the same stew pot.

All the Sinners Bleed

Cosby, the multi-award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears, has a unique, powerful voice for social justice and racism. His compelling writing will have readers rooting for his latest unforgettable, flawed hero.

The Murder of Madison Garcia

This twisty mystery will keep listeners guessing. Perfect for fans of Hannah Morrissey’s “Black Harbor” series.

A Sinister Revenge

Raybourn has infused this mystery with wit, humor, and a core of genuine emotion that should make this novel popular, especially where historical mysteries circulate well. Highly recommended for all collections.

Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421

The world of airline thrillers belongs to Newman in this follow-up to Falling, which is even better. The story has the beats for the perfect summer action film, let alone a beach read. Expect Newman to be drowning in sales and accolades.

Where Are the Children Now?

This tantalizing follow-up to Clark’s 1975 winner seamlessly continues with her style and voice, including Easter eggs from the original. Burke captivates readers with compelling twists and multiple bombshells in a reverent bow to the Queen of Suspense.

Beware the Woman

In this Rosemary’s Baby–esque tale, Abbott (The Turnout) creates a summer psychological thriller that tempts the onset of goosebumps, with the devil hiding behind a handsome face or two.

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