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ALL THE TEARS IN CHINA

ALL THE TEARS IN CHINA Rowland Sinclair, Book 9

Earphones Award Winner

by Sulari Gentill | Read by Rupert Degas

W.F. Howes | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rupert Degas channels the characters in this historical mystery series featuring Australian Roland Sinclair, an artist and gentleman who has a penchant for scandal. Roland and his three co-patriot sidekicks find themselves in 1935 Shanghai, where trouble abounds. Crime, gambling, drugs, and international politics are wrapped into this clever mystery. Degas creates fully formed... Read More

AUGUSTA HAWKE

AUGUSTA HAWKE Augusta Hawke, Book 1

by G.M. Malliet | Read by Erin Dion

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Erin Dion narrates a mystery featuring crime writer Augusta Hawke, who sets out to investigate what happened to two of her neighbors in Washington, DC, who disappeared, leaving their baby behind. To solve the mystery, Augusta calls on her friends, as well as her knowledge of detection, which she has gleaned through writing her novels. Dion is the perfect narrator for this... Read More

AUNT DIMITY AND THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE

AUNT DIMITY AND THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE Aunt Dimity, Book 25

by Nancy Atherton | Read by Christina Moore

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Moore transports listeners to the Cotswolds in south-central England. American expat Lori and her friends and neighbors seek to uncover the story behind a resident who has recently moved to their village. Moore's talent for accents and characterizations shines in this cozy as she seamlessly moves between Lori's American accent and a variety of English... Read More

BAD ACTORS

BAD ACTORS Slough House, Book 8

by Mick Herron | Read by Gerard Doyle

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Gerard Doyle narrates another installment in the Slough House series as the group of screw-up spies attempt to prevent a scandal from casting the entire intelligence community in a negative light. The disappearance of a think-tank specialist with a track record of accurately predicting policy outcomes has MI5 racing to find her. Moscow and London intelligence are thrown into... Read More

THE BANGALORE DETECTIVES CLUB

THE BANGALORE DETECTIVES CLUB

Earphones Award Winner

by Harini Nagendra | Read by Soneela Nankani

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With an engaging South Indian accent and lively characterizations, Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani paints a vibrant listening experience in this first title in a planned historical mystery series by a Bangalore professor. Set in 1920s colonial Bangalore, the story centers on new bride Kaveri and her husband, Rumi, a doctor, who attend an Anglo-Indian banquet where a... Read More

BEST CASES OF THE CONTINENTAL OP

BEST CASES OF THE CONTINENTAL OP

by Dashiell Hammett | Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Alison Belle Bews

Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dashiell Hammett is among a handful of authors who are synonymous with private detectives. In the foreword of this audiobook, narrator Alison Belle Bews deftly details his place among the genre's pioneer writers. Eight classic cases follow, featuring Golden Voice narrator Stefan Rudnicki, the ideal choice to deliver Hammett's gruff, nameless PI from the Continental Detective... Read More

BETRAYING THE CROWN

BETRAYING THE CROWN Guy Harford, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by TP Fielden | Read by Joel Froomkin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will relish Joel Froomkin's exemplary narration of this exciting WWII mystery featuring the British Royal Court. The story begins when Lord Blackwater, a courtier, is found dead. Since Blackwater had many secrets, the Crown assigns advisor Guy Harford to investigate his death. Aiding Guy is his girlfriend, Rodie, a burglar turned civil servant, whose lower-class... Read More

THE BIG DARK SKY

THE BIG DARK SKY

by Dean Koontz | Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Iraqi-Canadian actor Fajer Al-Kaisi narrates this twisted horror story set under Montana's big, dark sky. Joanna Chase is no stranger to tragedy, but when she starts receiving odd phone calls asking her to return to her childhood home in Montana, she feels she has no choice but to go back to the place she thought she'd left behind forever. A frightening man with dark dreams and... Read More

BLACK DOG

BLACK DOG Stone Barrington, Book 62

by Stuart Woods | Read by Tony Roberts

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of fun mysteries voiced by world-class talent will love the latest Stone Barrington installment. The interesting family members who are the main characters include an ungrateful stepson who may or may not inherit a lot of money and an attractive stepmom whose life may or may not be endangered by the stepson. Roberts is the perfect narrator to embody attorney Barrington's... Read More

A BOTANIST'S GUIDE TO PARTIES AND POISONS

A BOTANIST'S GUIDE TO PARTIES AND POISONS

by Kate Khavari | Read by Jodie Harris

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kate Khavari takes listeners to London 1923. Jodie Harris's comfortable pacing and British accent bring a strong sense of time, place, and character to this new series. Botanist Saffron Everleigh has an eager tone as she embarks on her new job at University College. When the wife of a professor is poisoned at a party and Saffron's mentor is arrested for the crime, she must use... Read More

CALIFORNIA FEVER

CALIFORNIA FEVER

by John J. Jacobson | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Although the plot of this audiobook is lighter than bubble wrap, narrator Grover Gardner does a great job extracting the humor from it. It's a tale of surfers who moonlight as hoteliers who accidentally solve a mystery. Gardner keeps the show rolling with a broad approach, using the drop-jawed uptalking SoCal-bro accent for the surfers ("Duuude"!) and a snooty British Received... Read More

THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE

THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE

by Mary Roberts Rinehart | Read by Aimee Lilly

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Because they have entered the public domain, many more vintage mysteries have been appearing in the audiobook format. There are numerous productions of this Mary Roberts Rinehart classic about a wealthy, urbane spinster who rents a remote country estate. Rinehart has been labeled the Agatha Christie of America, but her female detective is unlike Miss Marple. Patrician Rachel... Read More

COLD, COLD BONES

COLD, COLD BONES Temperance Brennan, Book 21

by Kathy Reichs | Read by Linda Emond

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Linda Emond is terrific in the latest Temperance Brennan audiobook, and the characters remain compelling. While some listeners may find the plot of this North Carolina-based mystery predictable, it is entertaining. Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, has a sense of humor, and Emond captures it nicely. She also is able to perform both parts of the conversations between... Read More

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE Anna and Fin, Book 2

by Denise Mina | Read by Rona Morison, Jonathan Keeble

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

While narrator Rona Morison masterfully portrays the numerous male and female characters, differentiating them with accents, pace, and pitch, the complexity of the plot makes this audiobook a challenging listen. Anna and Fin, mystery-solving podcasters, search for Lisa Lee, a young, troubled livestreamer who has disappeared. Past podcasts and those currently being recorded are... Read More

THE DARK FLOOD

THE DARK FLOOD Benny Griessel, Book 8

by Deon Meyer | Read by Saul Reichlin

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saul Reichlin stays calm, but listeners will get caught up in the chaos that starts and ends this audiobook. The mystery--concerning the connection between a missing computer hacker and a realtor's big deal--takes awhile to unfold, but that's to allow for character development. The South African accents are fully comprehensible as Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido, two... Read More

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE RED HOT POKER

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE RED HOT POKER The Darling Dahlias, Book 10

by Susan Wittig Albert | Read by Peggity Price

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Arson, gardens, and a long-anticipated visit by Huey P. Long are the themes of the Darling Dahlias' tenth adventure, performed by Peggity Price. In Darling, Alabama, the summer of 1935 is extra hot, and nine arson fires have taken place. There's plenty of mystery for the garden club ladies, police, arson experts, and fire department to investigate. Price's Southern accent... Read More

THE DEADLY HOUSES

THE DEADLY HOUSES Detective Maddie Ives, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Charlie Gallagher | Read by Antonia Beamish

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish's performance of the latest installment in the Detective Maddie Ives series is a tour de force. Gallagher's intense thriller revolves around convicted domestic abusers, motivated by revenge and rage, who terrorize those they think are responsible for breaking up their families and homes. Beamish's narration is nimble as she shifts from terrified to... Read More

DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA

DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA LA Night Market, Book 1

by Jennifer J. Chow | Read by Stephanie Sheh

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephanie Sheh brings her considerable talents to the first audiobook of this Los Angeles-based series featuring young, single Yale Yee. Sheh effectively differentiates the many male and female characters of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds. But sadly, while the voice Sheh uses for Yee matches the character, it has an irritating nasal quality. Practical,... Read More

DEATH IN A BLACKOUT

DEATH IN A BLACKOUT Billie Harkness, Book 1

by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Elizabeth Sastre

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The first in a WWII mystery series, narrated with energy by Elizabeth Sastre, features plucky British Women's Police Constable (WPC) Wilhelmina "Billie" Harkness. When a timely letter from a distant cousin, an effervescently voiced Lydia, arrives after a tragic accident, Billie seizes the opportunity for a fresh start in a new city. She soon joins the recently established WPC... Read More

DECEMBER '41

DECEMBER '41

by William Martin | Read by Robert Fass

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Fass narrates this historical thriller, which takes place in the opening month of WWII. A German agent in Los Angeles spearheads a plan to assassinate President Roosevelt when he lights the national Christmas tree. Martin Browning travels to Washington DC by car and train, hiding in plain sight in various disguises; each new persona is voiced with a slight difference by... Read More

DENIAL

DENIAL

by Jon Raymond | Read by George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In 2052, the world is no longer dependent on fossil fuel. World leaders are putting oil executives on trial for the damage they committed to the environment. Narrator George Newbern gives an unflappable performance as Jack Henry, an investigative reporter who finds an escaped executive hiding in plain sight in Mexico. When Jack befriends Robert Cave, listeners can hear the... Read More

DESPERATE UNDERTAKING

DESPERATE UNDERTAKING Flavia Albia, Book 10

by Lindsey Davis | Read by Jane Collingwood

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The clear, sometimes biting voice of narrator Jane Collingwood delivers the tenth installment of the Flavia Albia mystery series, set in Imperial Rome. Flavia, like her adopted father, Falco, is an informer (a private detective) who solves murders through intelligence, courage, sharp interviewing skills, and a determination to uncover the truth. Collingwood captures her wry... Read More

DIRT CREEK

DIRT CREEK

by Hayley Scrivenor | Read by Sophie Loughran

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The story of a missing girl in an Australian town is told through several perspectives. Sophie Loughran adeptly voices the characters, both children and adults. Loughran's Aussie accents create a sense of place without distracting listeners. She's especially strong at handling children's voices, in particular the convincingly childlike thoughts of a girl who doesn't understand... Read More

A DISH TO DIE FOR

A DISH TO DIE FOR Key West Food Critic, Book 12

by Lucy Burdette | Read by Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Laura Jennings's narration brings out the lush landscapes and the sumptuousness of old-time Florida in this cozy mystery set in Key West. When food critic Hayley Snow finds a corpse, she teams up with her husband, a police detective, to identify the murderer. Jennings's smooth tones add a sultry quality to the sharp-minded sleuth's first-person narration. Her diverse voices... Read More

THE DROWNING SEA

THE DROWNING SEA Maggie D'arcy Mysteries, Book 3

by Sarah Stewart Taylor | Read by Aoife McMahon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Irish narrator Aoife McMahon ensures that accents are authentic for this mystery set in Ireland. Her performance is top-notch, well paced, and features characters who are vocally well defined. Portraying Maggie D'arcy, McMahon's American accent also is very good. Maggie is a former homicide detective who is visiting Ireland with her unhappy teenage daughter, Lilly. Maggie... Read More

AN ENGLISH GARDEN MURDER

AN ENGLISH GARDEN MURDER Julia Bird, Book 1

by Katie Gayle | Read by Lucy Scott

Hachette UK - Bookouture | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lucy Scott's eclectic portrayal of the eccentric villagers of picturesque Berrywick is an enchanting introduction to this first in the Julia Bird mystery series. Things aren't coming up roses for Julia. Recently retired, the London transplant adapts to her new life in the charming Cotswold village. Her efforts to fit in by replacing her garden shed with a chicken coop and by... Read More

A FACE TO DIE FOR

A FACE TO DIE FOR Eve Duncan, Book 28

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This engaging audiobook focuses on archaeologist Riley Smith's efforts to find the tomb of Helen of Troy, who, according to Greek mythology, was the most beautiful woman in the world. The search to find the tomb and re-create Helen's face is filled with peril for Smith, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, and other members of the expedition. Listeners will appreciate narrator... Read More

THE FINALISTS

THE FINALISTS

by David Bell | Read by Sean Patrick Hopkins

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sean Patrick Hopkins employs a resolute approach and elicits nail-biting anxiety as this locked-room mystery unfolds during an evaluation for a college scholarship. Hopkins portrays the students, a school administrator, and a wealthy donor with definition and colorful, specific personas. The financial pressure the students and faculty are under is tremendous, with... Read More

GANGLAND

GANGLAND

Earphones Award Winner

by Chuck Hogan | Read by Justin Price

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Justin Price does an incredible job performing this grisly thriller featuring a real-life mob leader who is out for revenge against mobsters who invaded his home, ravaged it, and stole important papers. In a story in which no one is a hero, Price applies the slightest bit of sympathetic nuance to his portrayal of Nicky Passero, the hit man charged with catching the burglars... Read More

THE GHOSTS OF PARIS

THE GHOSTS OF PARIS Billie Walker, Book 2

by Tara Moss | Read by Corinne Davies

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Corinne Davies narrates this post-WWII thriller, which recounts the adventures of Billie Walker, an ex-journalist turned private investigator. Hired to find her new client's husband, Billie leaves Sydney, Australia, to follow his trail back to London and Paris. Davies captures Billie's believability and likability, particularly highlighting her feisty and determined... Read More

GIRL, FORGOTTEN

GIRL, FORGOTTEN

Earphones Award Winner

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen Early steps up to the challenge of voicing teenage boys and girls and then switching to an imperious female judge and a feisty female U.S. marshal. In this second book in the Andrea Oliver series, the plot moves back and forth from the troubled life of teenager Emily Vaughn in the 1980s to Oliver's first assignment as a U.S. marshal in the present day. Early's... Read More

THE GOLDENACRE

THE GOLDENACRE

by Philip Miller | Read by Robin Lange

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robin Lange brings a strong Scottish accent to this audiobook; it takes some getting used to but ultimately serves this story well. Thomas Tallis, a government official with a checkered past, has come from London to authenticate Charles Rennie Mackintosh's haunting painting titled "The Goldenacre," which was reputedly his last work. It is about to be donated to a... Read More

HACK

HACK Nick Byron Investigtion, Book 1

by Mark Pawlosky | Read by Andrew Tell

OrangeSky Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Mark Pawlosky's initial audiobook in a series is off to a good start, helped along, in part, by the narration of Andrew Tell. Reporter Nik Byron is balancing a lot--an ex-wife, a new relationship, a job he loves, a boss he hates. When a mysterious explosion claims several lives, Byron goes on the hunt to investigate. As a pair of stooges connected with the explosion take... Read More

HATCHET ISLAND

HATCHET ISLAND Mike Bowditch, Book 13

by Paul Doiron | Read by Henry Leyva

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This installment in the series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch follows his investigation into a grisly discovery and subsequent death. Bowditch and his girlfriend, Stacey Stevens, have to tread lightly between suspects and his colleagues. Henry Leyva's narration shapes the story wonderfully because he keeps his regional accents in line with the writer's intent. That... Read More

HE IS WATCHING YOU

HE IS WATCHING YOU Detective Maddie Ives, Book 1

by Charlie Gallagher | Read by Antonia Beamish

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish transports listeners to the south of England, where newly transferred Detective Maddie Ives investigates a missing person report that turns out to be so much more. As her investigation intersects that of DI Harry Blaker, it soon becomes apparent that there's a sadistic killer on the loose. Beamish's narration is spot-on as she portrays a believable and... Read More

THE HIDDEN ONE

THE HIDDEN ONE Kate Burkholder, Book 14

by Linda Castillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kathleen McInerney's ace performance in the latest Burkholder mystery makes a fine story even more enjoyable. McInerney's pacing and tone reflect the events in the audiobook, whether humorous or suspenseful. Her tone is one of common sense, which is a strong trait of Burkholder, who is police chief in Painters Mill, Ohio. In this 14th series entry, the fallen-away-Amish... Read More

HOLY CHOW

HOLY CHOW Andy Carpenter, Book 25

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Grover Gardner returns as reluctant defense attorney Andy Carpenter and his team, human and canine. The characters set out to prove the innocence of a man who is charged with the murder of his wealthy stepmother, who had adopted a dog from Andy's foundation. Gardner's narration is the perfect match for the trademark dry wit that Andy employs in and out of the... Read More

AN HONEST LIVING

AN HONEST LIVING

by Dwyer Murphy | Read by Ari Fliakos

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ari Fliakos is an ideal performer for this noir pastiche. He's mastered the world-weary Bogartian rhythm that Murphy's prose imitates, and he's good at shifting his timbre and accents for waitresses in bagel shops and all the other New York characters Murphy cooks up for atmosphere. You don't want to try to follow the plot too closely, nor is there extra credit for guessing... Read More

THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE

THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE

by Riley Sager | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Bernadette Dunne expertly renders the psychological suspense in this compelling domestic drama. Recently widowed actress Casey Fletcher spends her days at the family cabin on Lake Greene, alone with a steady rotation of alcohol, grief, and guilt. Dunne's portrayal of Casey sounds textured by substance abuse and the weighty expectations of others, along with a private... Read More

THE HUMANIST

THE HUMANIST Audio Drama

by WE Roberts | Read by John Chancer and a Full Cast

William Roberts | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

With its full-cast performance, this enjoyable audiobook brings to life the challenges nonconforming teenagers face when they espouse unpopular views. The novella focuses on reporter Arnold Rednapp, whose editor assigns him to investigate the supposed suicide of a young man whose atheistic beliefs have caused unease among the residents of his small town. Rednapp's questions... Read More

ICED

ICED Dick Francis Novels, Book 10

Earphones Award Winner

by Felix Francis | Read by Martin Jarvis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This entertaining audiobook, narrated masterfully by Golden Voice Martin Jarvis, is more than the story of a jockey racing a horse down the icy slope known as the Cresta Run. It's a novel about jockey Miles Pussett's struggles with depression, dependency, heartbreak, love, and the legacy of his father, a famed jockey who died in an accident while saving young Miles's life. In... Read More

THE INUGAMI CURSE

THE INUGAMI CURSE The Honjin Murders, Book 2

by Seishi Yokomizo | Read by Akira Matsumoto

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Akira Matsumoto provides rich characterizations of the broad cast of characters in this complex Japanese murder mystery. His engaging performance is welcome, as Yokomizo's crime drama includes a long list of names and settings that make this listening experience less than casual. Those new to the series will quickly identify Kosuke Kindaichi as an archetypal detective with the... Read More

THE IT GIRL

THE IT GIRL

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hannah and April--the "it girl" of the title--were roommates at Oxford. Then April was killed by a creepy porter. Or was she? Narrator Imogen Church adeptly conveys the characters involved--from reckless April to serious Hannah; April's lovers, Will and Ryan; and others. But halfway into the audiobook, it becomes apparent the story is not going to broaden beyond this single... Read More

JUST LIKE HOME

JUST LIKE HOME

by Sarah Gailey | Read by Xe Sands

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Creepy and atmospheric, Xe Sands's narration perfectly matches this ethereal yet harrowing story. Vera Crowder is told to come home to the house she grew up in by her dying mother, Daphne. They have a complicated, tense relationship tied to her father's crimes and the horrors hidden in that same house. Vera must overcome these unresolved issues and unexpected memories of her... Read More

THE KEY TO DECEIT

THE KEY TO DECEIT Electra McDonnell, Book 2

by Ashley Weaver | Read by Alison Larkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A spirited performance by Alison Larkin enlivens the second Electra McDonnell mystery. It's 1940 in London--before the Blitz. Locksmiths and jewel thieves Ellie and her Uncle Mick are coerced into working for Major Ramsey rather than going to prison. The body of a woman found in the Thames is wearing a cuff bracelet requiring unlocking. The Major calls upon Ellie and her... Read More

THE KINGDOMS OF SAVANNAH

THE KINGDOMS OF SAVANNAH

by George Dawes Green | Read by Ariel Blake, Jeanette Illidge, Karen Commins, Kathleen McInerney, Lee Osorio

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Ariel Blake, Karen Commins, Kathleen McInerney, Lee Osorio, and Melinda Sewak depict lush and humid Savannah, Georgia, from its homeless encampments to its turreted mansions, where beloved singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer once entertained. Reminiscent of MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, this mystery has colorful Southern characters and family mysteries best... Read More

LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTINGALE

LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTINGALE Jazz Age, Book 1

by Katharine Schellman | Read by Sara Young

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sara Young brings Schellman's new mystery series, set in the Roaring Twenties, to life with a smooth narration and unique voices for its diverse characters. Irish orphans Vivian and her sister, Flo, work as seamstresses by day. Looking for excitement, Vivian spends her nights dancing at a speakeasy called the Nightingale. Vivian's voice is self-assured and flirtatious. Timid... Read More

LAST TO VANISH

LAST TO VANISH

by Megan Miranda | Read by Alex Allwine

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chilly and atmospheric, this audiobook begins slowly, but the buildup is worth the wait. Abby Lovett has worked at The Passage Inn for 10 years, though she is still considered an outsider by the locals. The inn, located at Cutter's Pass on the Appalachian Trail, is connected to numerous cases of missing people, including Landon West, a reporter who was investigating the... Read More

THE LIES I TELL

THE LIES I TELL

by Julie Clark | Read by Anna Caputo, Amanda Dolan

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Amanda Dolan and Anna Caputo balance psychological suspense and nuanced character development as they portray social chameleon Meg Williams and intrepid reporter Kat Roberts. Each of the women seeks justice on her own terms. Dolan brings calm maturity and an undercurrent of steely resolve to Meg as she plays the long game while pursuing justice for the man who... Read More

THE LOCAL

THE LOCAL A Legal Thriller

by Joey Hartstone | Read by Robert Petkoff

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Killing the judge is a fantasy that some litigants may harbor, but when one unhappy party is charged with actually doing so, the fantasy turns into a nightmare--and also a fast-moving audiobook. Delivered ably by Robert Petkoff, the novel centers on a one-judge Texas federal court in which patent lawsuits thrive, often with the aid of local lawyer James Euchre, who can charm... Read More

LOCAL GONE MISSING

LOCAL GONE MISSING

by Fiona Barton | Read by Gabrielle Glaister, Jayne Entwistle, Nicholas Guy Smith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Jayne Entwistle, Gabrielle Glaister, and Nicholas Guy Smith portray characters in the town of Ebbing, where locals are at war with weekenders. An unpopular music festival causes chaos on its first night, with two teens overdosing and a local disappearing. As the story unfolds, the mystery deepens until connections, both old and new, surface. Entwistle voices Dee, a... Read More

LOOK CLOSER

LOOK CLOSER

by David Ellis | Read by Will Damron, Hillary Huber, Elizabeth Garrett, Steve West

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook, which switches its time period and point of view for nearly every one of its 105 chapters, might have presented challenges for the listener were it not for the excellent performances of the four narrators. Will Damron, Hillary Huber, Elizabeth Garrett, and Steve West deftly take on the characters, clearly differentiating them by carefully conveying the outward... Read More

METROPOLIS

METROPOLIS

by B.A. Shapiro | Read by Erin Spencer, Will Collyer, Ana Osorio, Hillary Huber, Mirron Willis, Sean Pratt

Workman Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Erin Spencer, Will Collyer, Ana Osorio, Hillary Huber, Mirron Willis, and Sean Pratt make up the full cast of this audiobook about the downfall of the American dream and how one location can mean so many different things to multiple people. Six different renters at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse find themselves being viewed as suspects when a body is found at the... Read More

MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW

MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW

by Katie Gutierrez | Read by Ines del Castillo, Yareli Arizmendi

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ines del Castillo and Yareli Arizmendi make an excellent team for this unique drama about two women whose worlds collide through a complicated murder. Dolores Rivera lives a double life as the wife of two men--until they find out about each other. Cassie Bowman is an author in search of an excellent story, and she finds it when one of Dolores's husbands murders the other. The... Read More

MORIARTY

MORIARTY The Devil's Game

by Charles Kindinger | Read by Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Phil LaMarr, Lindsay Whisler, Adam Godley and a full cast

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

Sherlock Holmes's greatest nemesis is reimagined as a misunderstood genius who claims he's been framed for murder. This 10-episode podcast series combines the intricate details of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's nineteenth-century originals with quick, tense dialogue and state-of-the-art sound effects. Portraying Professor James Moriarty and his sharp-tongued Scottish foil, Colonel... Read More

MURDER AT A SCOTTISH SOCIAL

MURDER AT A SCOTTISH SOCIAL Scottish Shire, Book 3

by Traci Hall | Read by Beverley A. Crick

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Beverley Crick's lilting Scottish accent takes listeners straight to the seaside town of Nairn, where Paislee runs a knitting shop, cares for her son and grandfather, hangs with some nasty women, and solves murders on the side. At a fundraiser for the local food bank, someone poisons the shortbread, with dire results. Crick's performance, especially her nuanced use of... Read More

MURDER OUT OF CHARACTER

MURDER OUT OF CHARACTER Peach Coast Library, Book 2

by Olivia Matthews | Read by Janina Edwards

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An interesting array of characters expertly voiced by Janina Edwards and a mysterious list of murder victims combine for a cozy adventure in the second installment of the Peach Coast Library mysteries. Marvella, who works for the local library, involves other library staff in the murder investigations, along with her friend, Spence. They all seek to find a connection among the... Read More

MURDER THROUGH THE ENGLISH POST

MURDER THROUGH THE ENGLISH POST Beryl and Edwina, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A phenomenal narration by the esteemed Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings all of the characters of this cozy mystery to life. Delivering seamless transitions between Beryl, the American adventuress, and Edwina, the prim and proper Brit, Rosenblat deftly navigates this story of poison-pen letters and preposterous rumor mongering. Convincing accents for all the... Read More

NARRATOR

NARRATOR

by Landon Beach | Read by Scott Brick

Landon Beach | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Beach has provided audiophiles with a tribute to narrators wrapped in a psychological suspense. It's all delivered with intensity by Scott Brick. Listeners will experience an intimate view of the mindset, challenges, and joys experienced by audiobook narrators. Brick's dramatic delivery draws listeners into the life of Shawn Frost, a successful playwright, who, having fallen on... Read More

THE NIGHT SHIFT

THE NIGHT SHIFT

by Alex Finlay | Read by Cady McClain, Brittany Pressley, Gary Tiedemann, Devon Hales

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Devon Hales, Cady McClain, Brittany Pressley, and Gary Tiedemann narrate Alex Finlay's thriller, which centers on a brutal murder that occurrs at the local Dairy Queen. Three high school girls are left for dead. One survives. The attack is reminiscent of a murder at a Blockbuster Video 15 years earlier. The use of four narrators works well due to each narrator's strong... Read More

NOBODY FROM SOMEWHERE

NOBODY FROM SOMEWHERE

by Dietrich Kalteis | Read by Ron Lea

ECW Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook features a pulpy bad-guys-versus-good-guys plot that pits characters with dovetailing stories against each other. Fitch is a widower with cancer, and Wren is a runaway from an abusive foster home. The two find themselves looking after each other. Meanwhile, two lunkheads decide to join forces with a woman to scam unsuspecting men. Ron Lea weaves everything... Read More

ONE OF US IS DEAD

ONE OF US IS DEAD

by Jeneva Rose | Read by Elizabeth Evans, Hillary Huber, Cassandra Campbell, Brittany Pressley, Andi Arndt

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A cast of five narrators brings to life a group of wealthy and self-absorbed housewives whose lives center around visits to the local beauty salon. When the divorce of the perceived leader of the group triggers her downfall, one of the other members, Olivia, employs a range of evil tactics in order to take her place. The use of multiple narrators to tell the story from... Read More

OVERBOARD

OVERBOARD V.I. Warshawski Novels, Book 22

by Sara Paretsky | Read by Susan Ericksen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The talented and emotive Susan Ericksen continues as narrator for Book 22 in the V.I. Warshawski detective series. Ericksen's familiarity with the indomitable investigator's inflections and emotions produces a thrilling realistic performance. Warshawski is drawn into a new investigation upon finding a burned girl hiding in the woods. When the teen disappears from the hospital,... Read More

THE PALLBEARERS CLUB

THE PALLBEARERS CLUB

Earphones Award Winner

by Paul Tremblay | Read by Graham Halstead, Xe Sands, Elizabeth Wiley

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This psychological thriller gives narrators Graham Halstead, Xe Sands, and Elizabeth Wiley the perfect opportunity to exercise their considerable dramatic skills. Halstead portrays Art Barbara, founder of the Pallbearers Club, in the voice of a 17-year-old. Art's sultry friend, Mercy, portrayed by Xe Sands, has a penchant for taking pictures of the dead in their caskets. These... Read More

PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN WOMAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Silva | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Edoardo Ballerini returns to perform the 22nd addition to the Gabriel Allon series. The retired legendary spymaster Allon is now living in Venice, enjoying family life. At the request of a friend, Allon investigates the mystery behind a supposed masterpiece and is drawn into the dark, lucrative side of the art world. Ballerini demonstrates his talent for accents as... Read More

QUICKSILVER

QUICKSILVER

by Dean Koontz | Read by Todd Haberkorn

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The title character, Quinn Quicksilver, recounts his journey from his upbringing at an orphanage to being on the run, a trek that takes on supernatural elements. Narrator Todd Haberkorn really gets into the characters, all of whom he gives drastically different voices that fit their personalities. It's as if he is a cast of multiple people. Quinn has a slightly nasal tone,... Read More

THE RISING TIDE

THE RISING TIDE Vera Stanhope, Book 10

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Janine Birkett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janine Birkett's captivating narration does full justice to Ann Cleeves's masterful storytelling in the latest installment of this mystery series. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team arrive at Northumberland's Holy Island in response to an apparent suicide. The victim is one of a group of aging schoolmates who have reunited every five years on the island for the past... Read More

ROTTEN TO THE CORE

ROTTEN TO THE CORE Lady Hardcastle, Book 8

by TE Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elizabeth Knowelden's versatile British accents enhance this charming cozy set in the sultry summer of 1911 in the quaint English town of Littleton Cotterell. When the Apple Cider Warden of the ancient Weryers society is stabbed to death, Police Inspector Oliver Sunderland of Gloucestershire enlists the assistance of the aristocratic-sounding amateur sleuth Lady Edith... Read More

THE SCARLET CROSS

THE SCARLET CROSS

by Lyn McFarlane | Read by Caroline Lee

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The marvelous narrator Caroline Lee is hilariously inaccurate with North American accents, which detracts not one whit from the pleasures of this complex but absorbing medical thriller since it is not a novel of place and could be happening anywhere from Canada to Australia. St. Jude's is a respected Catholic hospital in a diocese burdened by debt (think sex abuse suits). Its... Read More

THE SELF-MADE WIDOW

THE SELF-MADE WIDOW

by Fabian Nicieza | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emily Woo Zeller's lovely voice and her dramatic and comic acting skills are well deployed in this entertaining tale of murder in suburbia. Andie Stern, who really should have pursued her career as an FBI profiler instead of having five children much too young, suspects that the frighteningly capable Molly Goode, doyenne of Andie's own cohort of yoga moms, has engineered her... Read More

SHUTTER

SHUTTER

by Ramona Emerson | Read by Charley Flyte

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Oglala Lakota/Mohawk actor Charley Flyte performs this supernatural mystery novel with the perfect balance of intrigue and suspense. Rita Todacheene is one of the best forensic photographers in the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico. But she has a secret: She can see ghosts, an ability that helps her gain unique insights into her cases. Flyte's narration captures... Read More

THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME

THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME

by Lars Mytting, Paul Russel Garrett [Trans.] | Read by Robin Laing

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robin Laing's performance of this audiobook--a novel by the author of the well-known NORWEGIAN WOOD--is thoughtful and meticulous. Part family saga, part mystery, the story spans Norway, France, and the Shetland Islands as Edvard learns the details surrounding his unusual early history. Laing has a pleasing voice, which he alters effectively to suit each speaker, sometimes to... Read More

STAY AWAKE

STAY AWAKE

by Megan Goldin | Read by Imogen Church, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A slow start turns into a complex psychological thriller. Imogen Church and January LaVoy captivate the listener as they weave a tense narrative told by multiple characters speaking in multiple timeframes. Church and LaVoy bring an authentic and distinct voice to each character as the chapters unfold. Using an American accent for the character of Liv Reese, who loses her memory... Read More

STRICTLY MURDER

STRICTLY MURDER Whitstable Pearl, Book 8

by Julie Wassmer | Read by Jennifer Kirby

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jennifer Kirby transports listeners to Whitstable in southeastern England to join Pearl, restaurateur and part-time detective. Currently, she is balancing her investigation into the disappearance of a local councilor's wife's underwear with help from police officer Mike McGuire. He is also investigating a gruesome murder at the local dance school. Kirby uses her... Read More

SUSPECT

SUSPECT Kindle County, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by Scott Turow | Read by Helen Laser

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Helen Laser's unpretentious girl-next-door voice captures the edgy personality of P.I. Clarice "Pinky" Granum in Turow's 12th book in his Kindle County series. In a twist on the #MeToo theme, Chief of Police Lucia Gomez is accused of soliciting sex from male officers in exchange for promotions. Gomez hires attorney Rik Dudek, who relies on his tenacious investigator, Pinky. She... Read More

THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER

THE SWEET REMNANTS OF SUMMER Isabel Dalhousie, Book 14

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Davina Porter

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Davina Porter makes her fourteenth appearance as everyone's favorite moral philosopher, Isabel Dalhousie. Ignoring husband Jamie's cautions about getting involved in more than she can handle, Isabel agrees to serve on the advisory committee of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. She is also called upon to help a friend whose husband and son are at odds. Ignoring... Read More

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Linwood Barclay | Read by Joe Knezevich, George Newbern, Hillary Huber, Pete Simonelli, Michael Crouch, Lauren Fortgang, Jim Meskimen, Karissa Vacker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Linwood Barclay's suspenseful story of a missing woman who resurfaces after six years is brought to life by Joe Knezevich and a full cast. The performers give each character a unique voice, yet all the characters share notes of confusion and anguish. Is Andrew Mason a murderer--or a grieving husband? Appropriately, Knezevich gives few hints about what is going on in his mind.... Read More

TO KILL A TROUBADOUR

TO KILL A TROUBADOUR Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 15

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chief of Police Bruno, of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France, is brought alive by the stylish narration of Robert Ian Mackenzie. Bruno faces a number of challenges, including terrorists in his region, a tense political situation between France and Spain, and the potential return of the abusive ex-husband of his close friend. Mackenzie's familiarity and fondness for the... Read More

THE TUESDAY NIGHT SURVIVORS' CLUB

THE TUESDAY NIGHT SURVIVORS' CLUB Tuesday Night Survivor's Club, Book 1

by Lynn Cahoon | Read by C.S.E. Cooney

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a unique twist on cozy mysteries, narrator C.S.E. Cooney portrays Rarity Cole, a cancer survivor who moves to Sedona to open a bookstore. And when a member of her cancer survivors' book club disappears, the other ladies are determined to solve the case. Cooney performs with a wide range of variations, giving each character detailed vocal qualities--an accent, a change of... Read More

VERA KELLY: LOST AND FOUND

VERA KELLY: LOST AND FOUND Vera Kelly, Book 3

by Rosalie Knecht | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers is a talented narrator who is highly suited to portraying the strong and resourceful private detective and lesbian Vera Kelly. In this third novel of the series featuring this outspoken but tenderhearted heroine, listeners follow Vera and her female lover, Max, to California, where Max confronts her wealthy family who have disowned her because of her sexual... Read More

THE VERIFIERS

THE VERIFIERS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Pek | Read by Eunice Wong

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Eunice Wong performs this rightly praised debut novel with appropriate intensity and delicate humor; she is perfectly matched to the dry wit of Pek's writing and her utterly charming heroine, Claudia Lin. Unbeknownst to her interfering family, Claudia has quit her boring finance gig and taken a position with a start-up investigating bad behavior in the online matchmaking... Read More

WE LIE HERE

WE LIE HERE

by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Alaska Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alaska Jackson takes listeners through this twisted thriller involving a TV writer who finds herself in the middle of a horrifying mystery. Yara Gibson is not thrilled to return to her hometown of Palmdale for her parents' anniversary party, but as a dutiful daughter, she feels she has to. When an estranged family friend tells Yara that she needs to tell her a shocking... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY

THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY

by Sulari Gentill | Read by Katherine Littrell

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Katherine Littrell delivers this twisty mystery set in and around the Boston Public Library. Australian writer Hannah is writing a mystery within a mystery featuring an author named Winifred and a trio of strangers who are all curious about a murder they hear take place in the library. Leo, a fan who corresponds with Hannah, provides details based on real murders to... Read More

WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME

WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME

by Gillian McAllister | Read by Lesley Sharp

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lesley Sharp superbly narrates a story that is as much about motherhood as it is a thrilling mystery. Jen witnesses her sweet 17-year-old son kill a man, and her cries of shock and horror as she attempts to save the stranger while pleading with police will resonate with listeners. When she awakens the next day and realizes it is yesterday again--before the killing--Jen is as... Read More

YOU CAN RUN

YOU CAN RUN Laurel Snow, Book 1

by Rebecca Zanetti | Read by Amy Landon

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Taut writing and Amy Landon's stellar narration create a cinematic listen for fans of serial murder mysteries. FBI Profiler Laurel Snow returns to her hometown in Washington state to investigate a cluster of bodies discovered in the wilderness. The many action scenes are adroitly voiced with high tension and quick pacing. Landon's emotional nuance as a performer is highlighted... Read More

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