Mysteries and thrillers to keep you guessing

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I read some good mysteries and thrillers this year, some debuts and others by established authors. Great for seasoned readers of this genre and everyone in between! Take a look:


Back of Beyond by C. J. Box

Tense murder mystery set in Yellowstone National Park, with a suspended investigator on the heels of a wildnerness adventure tour, sure his son is in danger.


Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A conflicted Texas Ranger is in hot water with the force for helping out a family friend facing murder charges. Forced to turn in his badge, he goes rogue with a new investigation.


A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

Entertaining historical mystery, set in England during World War I. The first book of the Bess Crawford Mysteries, introducing Bess as a highly skilled young nurse aboard the doomed HMHS Britannic.


The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

When Vincent deVries of Stanhope & Sons summons his Wall Street investment banker team to a compulsory meeting, the last thing they expect is to be trapped in an elevator, meant to be the setting for an escape room activity.


Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Fictionalized account of the 1876 murder of Jenny Bonnet, an enigmatic free spirit in San Francisco, who dressed like a man and earned a living catching frogs for restaurants.


The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope has another crime to solve when her neighbor, Joanna Tobin, goes missing and an influential professor is murdered. Could Joanna, who is off her meds, be responsible for the professor’s death?


Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Debut novel and a mystery/courtroom drama in which a young mother stands trial for the murder of her 8-year-old autistic son.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson does something strange after she kills her husband. She stops talking. The only clue to explain her actions is a self-portrait, painted a few days after the murder.


Those People by Louise Candlish

On the problem of despicable neighbors, here’s a new book about a couple that moves into an idyllic and award-winning neighborhood in South London and drives the families to desperation.


What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman

It’s 1975 when two sisters disappear from a busy mall outside Baltimore, Maryland. They separate at the mall and never come home. Thirty years later, a mysterious woman returns and claims to be one of the missing girls.


Did you read any good mysteries or thrillers this year?

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15 thoughts on “Mysteries and thrillers to keep you guessing

  1. I don’t read a huge amount of thrillers and murder mystery books, Barbara. I have read a few good ones this year though, Vanished by Mark Bierman, Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney and Murder on the Danube by Jennifer S. Alderson.

  2. I’m not a huge reader of mysteries and thrillers, but I do enjoy them occasionally. 🙂 Bluebird, Bluebird is one that keeps popping up on my recommendation lists, so I’ll keep it in mind for next time I’m in the mood. And I know my book club is planning to read The Silent Patient in the coming year, so I’m glad to see it on your list!

    1. I think I prefer thrillers over mysteries, but since I’ve been running the mystery book club at work, I’ve started to enjoy the mysteries too. I’d recommend Bluebird, Bluebird because there’s a lot more to it than a mystery. Another good one is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (I think). That was more like literature. And I really liked The Silent Patient. I’ll be interested to know what your book club thinks. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Jeff – our reading genres don’t always overlap, but I always enjoy seeing what you’ve been reading! I read all these mysteries for my library job, but I’ve come to enjoy them. Happy New Year and thanks for the visit!

    1. I haven’t read those. I run the mystery book club at my library job so that’s why I’ve read so many. I will say, there are many that cross over into literary fiction and those are my favorites. Thanks for the visit, Jan and Happy New Year!

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