I’m finding in these shitty reading times that mystery/thrillers have been the key to getting some reading spark back. I usually want to read them quickly and will finish in a few sittings, in order to race to the end and see whodunnit. I also enjoy these in audio format because I spend most of my audio-listening-time with true crime podcasts… and mystery-based audiobooks can be just as addicting! I thought I would highlight some upcoming mystery/thriller books I have on my TBR – both books that recently published and those that are coming soon.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley // February 2022
I’ve really enjoyed her previous two mystery novels and haev been anxiously awaiting her third! The MC travels to Paris to escape her life for a bit and live with her brother, who ends up being completely MIA when she arrives. Did one of his neighbors have something to do with his disappearance?
These Deadly Games by Diana Urban // February 2022
I’ve got this waiting on my Kindle and it’s taken a lot of effort to not read it ASAP! This one sounds intriguing overall but I’m mostly interested because of how much I enjoyed her debut mystery and its plot. The MC is forced to play a kidnapper’s game and she has to choose between hurting or killing her friends, or getting her sister killed.
Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano // February 2022
Genuinely depressed I have to wait until February for this because I absolutely loved the first book in this series. It made me nervous while also making me laugh – Finlay is such a fun character! I loved that the book had cozy mystery elements without being too cheesy.
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins // January 2022
I’ve enjoyed most of Rachel Hawkins’ books. Her first foray into the kind of gothic mystery/contemporary fiction genre was pretty successful for me last year. This one takes place on a deserted island and sounds pretty fascinating – I can’t imagine being stuck somewhere so beautiful and so creepy at the same time, with a bunch of strangers.
The Maid by Nita Prose // January 2022
I’m intrigued by the concept of people like maids or nannies witnessing crimes, or learning things about the wealthy people they’re supposed to work for. This sounds really interesting: the MC finds a rich guy dead in his bed and her unique (lack of) social skills seem to make her a target.
You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus // November 2021
Even if this wasn’t by Karen M. McManus, the concept of “Ferris Bueller’s Day off with murder” would have absolutely sucked me in. Three old friends who have grown apart get together for a senior skip day, witness a murder, and all have something to hide. I’m sure this one will be A+ like the rest of her books.
Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott // November 2021
I’ve loved Kate Brian/Kieran Scott since her days writing the Private series. I’ve read most of her books since and was REALLY excited to see that she was writing an adult mystery/thriller. It felt like a logical next step for her and I hope it’s as good as I think it’ll be.
The Last Guest by Tess Little // October 2021
I’m a sucker for Hollywood books and if you add in a murder mystery, I’m definitely there. This book is a debut, centered around a glamorous birthday dinner where the famous host ends up dead. Naturally, everyone is a suspect. I haven’t read a lot of locked room mysteries and this seems like a fun way to start.
Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross // October 2021
Like I said above, books involving nannies seeing things they aren’t supposed to see? Sign me up. This takes place in a fancy penthouse in NYC as well – I love reading books set there even if I don’t love visiting. I can just feel the vibes of the city on the pages. Definitely curious to see what happens in this one!
The Family Plot by Megan Collins // August 2021
I try to support Megan Collins’ books when they come out because she’s a local author for me. I’m always intrigued by the summaries but to be honest, they’ve lacked a little bit for me so far. This one continues to sound promising – the patriarch of a family dies and the rest of the family, who are a little obsessed with true crime, expose a lot of secrets in their remote island-bound house.