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The Secret

This is a slow, methodical thriller that fans of the series will enjoy. The authors do a good job of creating characters that work for the story.

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Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night

The Christmas details are light, memorably centering on Catchpool decorating multiple trees while simultaneously interviewing suspects, but the case is heavy and offers much to consider. Fans will devour this novel, but it is also a nice place to jump into Hannah’s series.

Guilt Strikes at Granger’s Store

The Samuel Craddock series may be the best regional crime series around today. This installment is no exception.

The Passover Protocols

A good story that is very timely, given the current political situation.

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Antiques Foe

For die-hard fans of the series.

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Murders of a Feather

This follow-up to Last but Not Leashed is for those who enjoy small-town mysteries and engaging animal characters.

Cold Turkey

Fans of the series will enjoy the camaraderie and supportiveness between Tish and recurring characters, as well as the delicious menu cooked up for the upcoming holiday and Tish’s new café.

The Darkness Surrounds Us

Lukasik blends all the elements needed for a dark suspense novel: a forbidding mansion, ghostly presences, secret passages, a hostile housekeeper, a temperamental employer, and residents unwilling to talk to outsiders. For fans of Rebecca, The Woman in White, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

Murder Off Stage

The fifth “Roaring Twenties Mystery,” following Murder in Disguise, is an enjoyable treat with appearances by Pickford, Fairbanks, and Queen Marie of Romania, as well as the Astaires. For fans of earlier books in the series or of Katharine Schellman’s “Nightingale” mysteries, also set in 1920s NYC.

In the Dark I See You

Through shifting timelines and alternating points of view, Narayanan takes readers on a perplexing yet compelling journey. The destination is worth it in the end.

Death in the Dark Woods

Fans of A Death in Door County, the first book in the series, will be pleased with the reappearance of Chief of Police Jon Flanders. Purchase where Ryan’s other books circulate or where there’s interest in cryptids or monster lit.

Christmas Presents

The latest psychological suspense by the author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six emphasizes survivor’s guilt and the inability to move on in this compelling story.

The Dance of the Dolls

Based on the real ballet scene in prewar London, this immersive tale will be a delight for historical-fiction fans who like a touch of suspense.

Second Term

Journalist and correspondent Adams knows the inner workings of DC and vividly portrays the Capitol’s underside. He writes Cora as a dystopic, flawed hero who is larger than life in this near-future narrative that’s frighteningly like the present.

The Intern

This page-turner from the author of It’s Always the Husband delivers a suspenseful narrative with empathetic characters, while also raising timely, provocative questions about corruption within the justice system. Perfect for fans of legal thrillers.

Cheap Trills

The sequel to Fogged Off is a humorous mystery that emphasizes Bali’s beauty and the human threats to its flora and fauna. Imagine Stephanie Plum as a travel agent. Readers seeking more Indonesian crime fiction should try Jakarta-based Booker nominee Eka Kurniawan.

Past Lying

With an intricate plot, authentic dialogue, rich details, and masterly McDermid twists and turns, this book will delight Pirie fans, existing and new.

Payback in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

Anyone who enjoys a solid police procedural will appreciate the 57th “In Death” title (after Encore in Death), but Robb’s fans will especially relish the return of Dallas’s found family of cops, her team, and of course, her husband Roarke.

Murder in Drury Lane

Combining elements of an Agatha Christie–style whodunit with the vivid portrayal of a more encompassing view of Regency-era England, the second Lady Worthing mystery (following Murder in Westminster) does not disappoint.

Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen

An atmospheric Hollywood whodunit for fans of Kate Alcott and Marie Benedict. Purchase where historical mysteries are popular.

Murder by Degrees

On the surface, this debut by Mukerji, herself a medical doctor, appears to be a mystery about the death of a working-class servant, but it’s much more, as it examines women’s rights, social conditions, and medicine in Philadelphia just a decade after the Civil War. Fans of Maddie Day’s “Quaker Midwife” series will appreciate this detailed historical mystery.

Sugar Plum Poisoned

Readers of cozy mysteries, fans of McKinlay, and anyone looking for a fun Christmas-themed novel will enjoy.

Distant Sons

This disturbing but ultimately redeeming story may remind detective-fiction aficionados of Thomas H. Cook’s Mortal Memory. Like Cook, Johnston writes with care for what words mean and how they hit. An exceptional novel.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night

Insightful and frequently funny analysis of family dynamics wrapped up in a cleverly crafted cozy crime novel.

The Dog Across the Lake

Fans of the series will enjoy this latest, as will those who enjoy pet-centered mysteries. Newcomers will find the family tree in the front of the book handy to keep the relationships among the two- and four-legged characters straight.

Viviana Valentine and the Ticking Clock

Readers will have no problem jumping right into this hardboiled tale.

The Secret Hours

This novel, filled with acid wit, political pokes, and a veritable basketful of “Slough House” Easter eggs, will thrill longtime Herron fans and delight newcomers and aficionados of cracking-good spy fiction.

My Favorite Scar

This literary thriller with The Last of Us dynamics will please readers who like thrills with substance.

To Sketch a Killer

A fair start to a series, but readers may hope for a more complex mystery in following books.

Up on the Woof Top

Fans of the series will enjoy this latest case of Chet and Bernie’s. Quinn continues to perfectly capture the inner voice of the canine detective, and the Christmas setting provides many opportunities for seasonal wordplay.

The Last Devil To Die

Osman follows The Bullet That Missed with a bittersweet mystery about the problems facing many older people: dementia, computer fraud, death. Humor does, however, alleviate the poignancy in this strongest, most emotional book in the best-selling series.

Dangerous Women

Politics and climate issues are entangled in a complex case that still has moments of humor. Ethel’s adventures will appeal to fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series and Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age.

Deep Freeze

A fast-paced thriller for mystery and techno-thriller readers, Grumley’s novel draws on speculative technology to forecast the dark side of scientific advancement and medical ethics.

Traitors Gate

The sixth William Warwick novel (after Next in Line) pits master criminal Miles Faulkner against the Warwick family in a riveting cat-and-mouse game. Best for fans of the series, although the book can be read as a stand-alone heist novel.

Zero Days

Ware’s latest fast-paced thriller, enhanced by Church’s outstanding narration, does not disappoint. Fans and newcomers alike will enjoy Ware’s signature twists and turns and will root for Jack as she fights to survive.

The Only One Left

Sager delivers another haunting, twist-filled novel. Perfect for current fans and those just discovering Sager.

The Late Mrs. Willoughby

Listeners who enjoyed the Audie Award–nominated first book in Gray’s series will be charmed by Fulford-Brown’s delightful performance of this second whodunit.

Death of a Bookseller

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an unsettling, open-ended suspense novel about envy and obsession. A tense and terrifying tale of a true-crime craze gone too far, recommended for fans of A.J. Finn, Lisa Jewell, and Rachel Hawkins.

She Started It

Gilbert’s gripping thriller is a modern twist on Mean Girls and a contemporary adult version of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars. A sharply drawn, unputdownable listen.

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies

Though the cover appears sedate, there is never a dull moment in this hilarious, action-filled tale. Share with fans of Amy Stewart’s “Kopp Sisters” series.

Digging Up Daisy

Share with listeners who appreciate engaging characters and a lovely setting but don’t mind over-the-top sleuthing shenanigans.

The St. Ambrose School for Girls

Listeners will be grabbed by this twisty thriller from the outset. A gripping thriller for fans of Lisa Lutz’s The Swallows or Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game.

Wednesdays at One

A terrific novel, partly a psychological thriller but also a story of the mistakes people make and the possibilities for forgiveness and redemption.

Beware the Woman

A great fit for fans of psychological horror with social commentary, as it touches on autonomy and reproductive rights.

The Block Party

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking fast-paced suburban suspense that investigates the illusion of normalcy and security. Recommended for fans of Ashley Audrain, Shari Lapena, and Cate Ray.

Death Comes to Marlow

Will appeal to listeners seeking a clever cozy mystery full of quirky characters, cryptic crosswords, and compelling twists. Recommended for fans of Helene Tursten, Richard Osman, and Tamara Berry.

A Cruel Light

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking action-packed suspense with whispers of playful romance and the paranormal. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Maria Hummel, and Alice Feeney.

The Tip Line

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an unnerving psychological suspense about compulsion and corruption. Recommended for fans of Colleen Hoover, Katie Sise, and Kelly J. Ford.

Lost Coast Literary

Alexander’s latest reminds listeners that healing can sometimes involve pain; at the same time, it celebrates the joys of community, family, and everyday magic.

You Look Beautiful Tonight

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a mild thriller with a satisfying, though not shocking, twist. Recommended for fans of Kiersten Modglin and Rachel Hawkins.

The Nightingale Affair

An engrossing historical novel that takes listeners on a grisly journey from the Crimean Peninsula to the seedy recesses of underground London.

The Three Deaths of Willa Stannard

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking fast-paced, frightening suspense about sisterhood, suspicion, and sinister secrets. Recommended for fans of Lisa Jewell, Janelle Brown, and S.C. Richards.

Those Empty Eyes

An intricately plotted suspense novel for fans of Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, and Stacy Willingham.

Girls and Their Horses

Brazier’s (Good Rich People) latest is part thriller and part coming-of-age story, exposing how money can and cannot buy happiness.

Murder Grove

Share with listeners who enjoy twisty mysteries where nothing is as it seems. The frantic, terrifying ending leaves a mark.

Gone Tonight

Pekkanen’s (The Golden Couple, coauthored with Greer Hendricks) tangled web of lies and truth is a suspenseful, ever-surprising listen. Share with fans of Mary Kubica, Lisa Jewell, or Karin Slaughter.

Hot Pot Murder

A wonderful cozy, seasoned with delicious food descriptions and just the right amount of mystery. Recipes at the end of the novel offer listeners a chance to make the dishes Chow lovingly describes.

All the Sinners Bleed

A novel that reveals the tension of upholding one’s principles even in the face of malevolence and depravity. A can’t-miss audio.

Thicker Than Water

This character-driven psychological thriller is a welcome addition to any thriller or suspense collection. Pair with Alice Feeney’s Sometimes I Lie.

The Guilty One

Schweigart’s first foray into mystery and suspense is recommended for readers of Michael Connelly, David Baldacci’s “Memory Man” series, and T. Jefferson Parker.

Night Will Find You

This gripping, highly recommended psychological thriller will have listeners on the edge of their seat.

The Forgetting

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking domestic psychological suspense with disconcerting tension and disorienting twists. Recommended for fans of Gilly Macmillan, Lisa Jewell, and Mindy Carlson.

Out of the Ashes

This story is a treat for mystery fans, but the middling production makes this an optional audio purchase.

Malibu Burning

Perfect for audiences who enjoy a good action-adventure story and lovers of heist films like Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job. A nail-biting thriller that will have listeners on the edge of their seat.

Try Not To Breathe

This fast-paced thriller comes to a shocking conclusion and is a winning recommendation for Bell’s many fans.

Blind Spots

A police procedural with a dystopian twist, this fast-paced thriller will also appeal to those who enjoy adrenaline-fueled stories.

With a Kiss We Die

Podcast followers and mystery fans will wish they could tune in for another season of The Raines Report.

A Novel Disguise

The first book in debuter Larsen’s “Lady Librarian Mysteries” series blends cozy mystery with clean romance. Historical romance fans will be charmed by Miss Woodall, a strong, intelligent woman seeking a peaceful life without the threat of death or marriage looming over her.

Sisters of the Lost Nation

Straight-up supernatural horror fans may be disappointed that mystical elements take a backseat, but Medina’s real-world horrors are more frightening than anything from beyond the grave.

Cutting Teeth

A story of psychological suspense that explores the unspoken aspects of motherhood and the lengths to which parents will go to protect their children. Fans of Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth and Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires will enjoy this.

You Can Trust Me

A chilling production that will keep listeners riveted to the end. Share with fans of Rachel Koller Craft’s Stone Cold Fox or Eliza Jane Brazier’s Good Rich People.

Mastering the Art of French Murder

Highly recommended for fans of Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.

Where They Lie

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a character-driven domestic thriller about foster care, fame, and family secrets. Recommended for fans of A. J. Finn, Jennifer Herrera, and Ana Reyes.

Strange Sally Diamond

Listeners may be horrified to hear how the actions of one person set Sally’s story in motion, but they will likely enjoy seeing her grow to trust the world and, of course, herself. A captivating story of human resilience.

Everyone Here Is Lying

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking disturbing domestic suspense with tension and twists that are seemingly endless and utterly engrossing. Recommended for fans of Zoje Stage, Ashley Audrain, and Gillian Flynn.

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

The latest installment in Cosimano’s “Finlay Donovan” series (following Finlay Donovan Knocks ’Em Dead) will undoubtedly have listeners rolling with laughter. An excellent recommendation for anyone pining for the next Stephanie Plum novel.

Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421

A gripping thriller channeling the courage and determination of individuals facing their fears and confronting true terror.

Last Seen in Lapaz

Share with listeners looking for intricately plotted African crime fiction featuring well-developed, complex characters.

Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective

Siegel’s delightful and modern whodunit will appeal to fans of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files. Listeners will look forward to the next installment in this promising mystery series.

Mother Howl

Though this story doesn’t mention cypress trees or bayous, Lyle’s attempts to reconcile the blood in his veins with the content of his character bring to mind the best Southern gothic fiction.

The Horoscope Writer

Audiences will be rooting for Bobby as he desperately seeks the truth. With this unique mystery, Bishop offers a fun, if murderous way to explore fate, free will, divine intervention, and science.

The Dissident

Share with listeners seeking a stimulating, vividly drawn portrait of Cold War history. Perfect for fans of Yulia Yakovleva’s Punishment of a Hunter.

One Puzzling Afternoon

This beautifully written suspense novel, the U.S. debut from British middle-grade author Critchley, is heartbreaking as it depicts a woman sinking deeper into dementia.

A Botanist’s Guide to Flowers and Fatality

A winner for academic- and historical-mystery fans and lovers of floriography.


The Last Grudge

A gripping mystery, allowing listeners to glimpse the ruthlessness of those in power, along with appealing looks at Finnish life and clever comments on American culture and policing techniques.

All the Dark Places

A tension-filled, unsettling thriller for fans of Mary Kubica, Stacy Willingham, and Darby Kane.

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Sun Damage

With a con artist pretending to be someone else, this title has a similar feel to Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale. It’s also reminiscent of Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, in which a single decision can alter one’s life.

Halloween Cupcake Murder

The three cozy writers successfully exploit the deadly-cupcake theme in entertaining mysteries that will appeal to readers looking for a holiday treat.

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