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AFTER DARK

AFTER DARK Griffin Powell, Book 1

by Beverly Barton | Read by Eileen Stevens

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Eileen Stevens smoothly keeps pace with this romantic suspense. She gives Johnny Mack Cahill a deep Southern drawl and lets it rumble out slowly. Lane Noble Graham's voice is a husky purr. The two meet once again over a murder, which the local grand dame wants to pin on Lane. The situation involves old hurts, a divided town, and more murders. When young Will enters the... Read More

AFTER SHE'S GONE

AFTER SHE'S GONE

by Camilla Grebe | Read by Paul Fox, Fiona Hardingham, Katharine McEwan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This gripping Scandinavian noir makes the most of the audio format, alternating between the voices of young Jake, who has blundered into a serial murder case but can't help the authorities without revealing his own painful secret, and Detective Malin, recalled to her hometown to provide local knowledge for the investigation. Fiona Hardingham makes Malin so sympathetic and... Read More

ALL THE DEVILS

ALL THE DEVILS

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Barry Eisler delivers again as both author and narrator in the third Livia Lone thriller. Eisler's portrayal of Livia is compelling--gritty but feminine, ruthless but driven by a sense of justice. Livia's investigation of a vanished teenage girl in Seattle soon includes other disappearances when she discovers common signatures of rape and torture. She joins efforts with... Read More

ALMOST MIDNIGHT

ALMOST MIDNIGHT Mike Bowditch Series, Book 10

by Paul Doiron | Read by Henry Leyva

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Leyva inhabits Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. One of Mike's oldest friends, Billy Cronk, is incarcerated for murder in the Maine State Prison, put there by Mike's testimony. The nonstop action begins when Mike receives two calls for help--one from Billy, who wants Mike to investigate a prison guard, and one from a veterinarian, who tells him that Shadow, a... Read More

AUNTIE POLDI AND THE VINEYARDS OF ETNA

AUNTIE POLDI AND THE VINEYARDS OF ETNA Auntie Poldi Mysteries, Book 2

by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn [Trans.] | Read by Matt Addis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners eavesdrop on Auntie Poldi as she recounts to her nephew her remarkable experiences with two murders and the Mafia in her adopted home of Sicily. Narrator Matt Addis shifts smoothly between the story narrated by Poldi and that offered by her nephew--giving a start of surprise to listeners each time the nephew interjects. With whimsical character traits, Poldi proves... Read More

BARE-NAKED LOLA

BARE-NAKED LOLA Lola Cruz, Book 3

by Melissa Bourbon | Read by Marisa Blake

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Marisa Blake dives into the third Lola Cruz mystery, giving it a fast-paced and vibrant narration. It's a lot for listeners new to the series to take in, but they're rewarded with a rich listening experience as P.I. Lola navigates the lifestyle of a courtside dancer in an undercover assignment that requires her to wear skimpy clothing that pushes her boundaries. The case leads... Read More

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE

A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE Harper McClain, Book 2

by Christi Daugherty | Read by Sophie Amoss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sophie Amoss introduces crime reporter Harper McClain, who is hardworking, passionate, and complex. While she has her own complicated relationship with the police and unsolved tragedies from her past, Harper is always committed to telling the whole story, regardless of who is involved. When a beautiful, young law student is murdered in downtown Savannah, the city wants... Read More

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM

by Peter Swanson | Read by Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sophie Amoss and Graham Halstead team up to narrate this twisty thriller about Hen, a bipolar artist who's convinced she's solved a cold case murder. Because of her illness, however, neither the police nor her husband completely believes her--especially when she accuses her neighbor, a well-respected high school teacher. Amoss, who performs the majority of the audiobook, is... Read More

THE BIG KAHUNA

THE BIG KAHUNA Fox and O'Hare, Book 6

by Janet Evanovich, Peter Evanovich | Read by Scott Brick

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join the unlikely combination of FBI agent Kate O'Hare and con man Nicholas Fox as they solve the case of a missing Silicon Valley billionaire. Narrator Scott Brick is the perfect match to this fast-paced and funny mystery. His characterizations of the key characters are subtle and spot-on, allowing the witty banter and jokes to unfold without sounding forced. He... Read More

BIG SKY

BIG SKY Jackson Brodie, Book 5

by Kate Atkinson | Read by Jason Isaacs

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join P.I. Jackson Brodie as what should be a simple investigation grows into something much more sinister. Narrator Jason Isaacs (who starred in the "Case Histories" TV series) is the perfect match for this multifaceted story. His confident and polished delivery allows both the wit in the writing and the tension of the plot to come together. His accents sound... Read More

BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE Doug Brock, Book 3

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The latest mystery from author David Rosenfelt is a wonderful weave of twists and unpredictability, ably narrated by Fred Berman, whose joy at narration is evident from the beginning. The procedural features New Jersey State Trooper Doug Brock, who is suffering from amnesia after having been shot in the line of duty. Brock must solve a murder while retracing his investigation... Read More

THE BLACK ASCOT

THE BLACK ASCOT Inspector Ian Rutledge , Book 21

by Charles Todd | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Prebble's deep knowledge of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series, which he has long narrated, serves listeners well in this 19th addition to the canon. In it, Rutledge is asked to find out more when the prime suspect in an old murder case reportedly resurfaces. Soon Rutledge is caught up in a confounding case that's complicated by every interviewee's habit of lying... Read More

BLACK MOUNTAIN

BLACK MOUNTAIN

by Laird Barron | Read by William DeMeritt

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simple murders are rarely simple--as private investigator Isaiah Coledrige discovers in this nonstop audiobook thriller, memorably performed by William DeMeritt. Hired by a Mob boss to investigate the brutal murder of petty criminal, Coledrige is drawn into a labyrinthine matter involving an additional murder. As the list of suspects and witnesses grows, Coledrige finds himself... Read More

BLOOD ORANGE

BLOOD ORANGE

by Harriet Tyce | Read by Julie Teal

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julie Teal delivers Tyce's debut thriller with precise depictions and authentic expression. She smoothly takes on the role of Alison, a solicitor, whose life becomes chaotic as she deals with her marriage, an affair, and her first murder case. Teal communicates Alison's thoughts and emotions with credibility and finesse. Her husband and lover are polar opposites of... Read More

BLUFF

BLUFF

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock | Read by Lisa Flanagan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a unique, fast-paced thriller full of intrigue and unexpected humor. Narrator Lisa Flanagan creates a remarkable portrayal of its protagonist. Listeners will be drawn in by Maud Warner, a 50-something New York socialite on a mission. She is out for revenge against those she believes destroyed her family and stole her inheritance. As Flanagan depicts a large... Read More

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY

THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE DAY Lady Hardcastle, Book 5

by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The Lady Hardcastle Edwardian-period mysteries are lots of fun, especially for avid anglophiles and especially on audio. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden portrays the aristocratic detective and her trusty maid, Flo. With the help of an eclectic group of Lady Hardcastle's friends, they work to solve a fatal case of arson and save the life of a suffragette who is falsely accused of... Read More

CARELESS LOVE

CARELESS LOVE DCI Banks, Book 25

Earphones Award Winner

by Peter Robinson | Read by Simon Prebble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Prebble delivers this smartly written puzzle with just the right pensive attitude for the veteran detective DCI Banks and those in his orbit. Banks and his team have two murders to investigate. One looks like a suicide, but isn't. The other looks like an accident, but is it? A young woman's body is found in an abandoned car, and, while it looks like suicide, it's... Read More

CARI MORA

CARI MORA

by Thomas Harris | Read by Thomas Harris

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and RED DRAGON lends insight and a gentle delivery to his new story of unbound greed and warped obsession. The gambit involving a psychopathic killer and a young woman in search of 25 million dollars in cartel gold that lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront is both entertaining and engaging. Harris uses his soft and... Read More

THE CHAIN

THE CHAIN

by Adrian McKinty | Read by January LaVoy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

January LaVoy's performance of this thriller is as good as they get--focused, intense, smart, and skillful with the appropriate accents. Whether that will save the experience for you will depend on your tolerance for plotting that shades past thriller into gothic territory, so violent and improbable are the premise and execution. The setup: A psychopath mastermind has devised a... Read More

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER Hannah Swensen, Book 24

by Joanne Fluke | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook begins on an exciting note as baker Hannah Swenson informs all in her church that her wedding was invalid. Hannah has just learned that Ross, her groom, was already married and has returned to his wife. However, despite narrator Suzanne Toren's valiant efforts to keep the momentum going when the audiobook offers recipes at the end of almost every chapter, the... Read More

CLEANING THE GOLD

CLEANING THE GOLD

by Karin Slaughter, Lee Child | Read by Eric Jason Martin, Jeff Harding

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Eric Jason Martin and Jeff Harding take on iconic investigators Will Trent (Slaughter) and Jack Reacher (Child) in this fun gift to fans. Trent goes undercover, literally cleaning the gold at Fort Knox, to nab a suspect in a 22-year-old cold case. The suspect is Jack Reacher. Listeners will enjoy hearing the two characters size each other up. They share many traits,... Read More

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN

by David R. Dow | Read by Henry Levya

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Levya and author David R. Dow combine to deliver an emotional wallop with this first-person mystery focused on retribution. Levya convincingly inhabits the mind of Rafael, an Everyman who is thrust onto a Texas death row only to be spit out six years later. Dow's knowledge of Texas's death penalty system and its inhabitants is mind-blowing--a lawyer, he has... Read More

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

by Denise Mina | Read by Cathleen McCarron

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mina's latest thriller is a spellbinding listen featuring a superbly talented narrator. Cathleen McCarron expertly portrays numerous characters spanning several ages, accents, genders, and emotions. She particularly shines as protagonist Anna McDonald. Anna lives a simple life as a wife and mother. She fills her days with books and podcasts, losing herself in stories. However,... Read More

COUNTERFEIT

COUNTERFEIT

by Guillermo Valcárcel, Kit Maude [Trans.] | Read by Thom Rivera

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Thom Rivera plays up the danger running through this thriller. His tense tone keeps listeners in suspense as antique expert Jota accepts a commission to find a rare clock. Listeners who love a complicated plot that is constantly raising the stakes will hang on Rivera's every word as Jota and Laura, the daughter of his former partner, who joins him on the hunt, are... Read More

A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION

A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION Veronica Speedwell, Book 4

by Deanna Raybourn | Read by Angele Masters

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners travel with Veronica Speedwell and her professional partner, Stoker, to an island off Cornwall with Stoker's older brother, Lord Templeton-Vane. There they become intrigued by the mystery of a bride who disappeared after her wedding three years earlier. Narrator Angele Masters plays up the sexual and familial tension among the three as Stoker and his brother compete... Read More

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF

THE DEADLY KISS-OFF Glen and Stan, Book 2

by Paul Di Filippo | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook sequel to the enjoyable BIG GET-EVEN, antiheroes Glen and Stan concoct another scheme to get rich. Clearly, they have not learned their lesson about the consequences of dealing with mobsters. Narrator Keith Szarabajka has a way with dialogue that draws listeners into the story, making them worry about the main characters, even if they have slipped closer to... Read More

DEEP CUT

DEEP CUT Caribbean Dive Adventures, Book 2

by Nick Sullivan | Read by Nick Sullivan

Wild Yonder Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The first voice listeners hear is a British-accented mumble from Emily, who's bantering with Boone, her mate in love and diving. They are just two of the distinctive voices Nick Sullivan creates as narrator. He handles accents and character work smoothly, making the people in his story set on the Dutch island of Saba as interesting as the adventure. His triumph is the voice he... Read More

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES

THE DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES Detective Varg, Book 1

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Rintoul uses his considerable acting talents to deliver this "Scandi blanc" parody of Scandi noir (also known as Nordic noir). Author Alexander McCall Smith introduces us to Swedish detective Ulf Varg and his colleagues in the Department of Sensitive Crimes through three cases in which no one gets killed or even seriously maimed. Rintoul effectively... Read More

THE DEVIL ASPECT

THE DEVIL ASPECT

by Craig Russell | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julian Rhind-Tutt narrates this horrific story of serial killers who are inhabited by the devil. It's 1935 in German-occupied Prague. Jungian psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek is working at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where he is interviewing six serial killers. At the same time, police investigator Lukas Smolak seeks the serial killer dubbed Leather... Read More

DEVIL'S FJORD

DEVIL'S FJORD

by David Hewson | Read by Saul Reichlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a perfect example of the popular Nordic noir genre. Listeners will be transported to a small fishing village ominously named the Devil's Fjord on a remote island in the Faroe Islands. It's a place, as one resident describes it, where you don't belong unless you can kill. Narrator Saul Reichlin, who is English (as is the author), tells this gritty story in a... Read More

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALISTAIR AINSWORTH

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALISTAIR AINSWORTH The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by Leonard Goldberg | Read by Steve West

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a remarkable performance, Steve West becomes Dr. John Watson, Jr., husband of Joanna Blalock, daughter of Sherlock Holmes. West also gives dozens of other characters honest and convincing personalities. In this third adventure John, Joanna, and Dr. Watson, Sr., are called upon to find Alistair Ainsworth, a missing cryptographer who has access to secret government... Read More

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE Hap Collins/Leonard Pine, Book 12

by Joe R. Lansdale | Read by Christopher Ryan Grant

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The Texas-based setting of this audiobook makes everything about it just a bit different, from its twangy style to its unusual, but engaging, Southern charm. Narrator Christopher Ryan Grant recognizes the need to include a downhome accent and wit in every scene, ensuring that Joe Lansdale's relatively short audiobook is enjoyable listening. The investigative duo of Hap and... Read More

FATALITY IN F

FATALITY IN F Gethsemane Brown, Book 4

by Alexa Gordon | Read by Helen Duff

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A small village in Ireland, classical music, and a garden show may appear harmless; however, listeners will find the body count soon starts to rise in this audiobook. Helen Duff narrates with confidence and brings to life the wide cast of larger-than-life characters, including Gethsemane Brown, an African-American classical musician, and Eamon, a friendly ghost. Duff's talent... Read More

THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT

by Kris Frieswick | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Carrington MacDuffie's narration of this audiobook is first-class. Carys, a rare-book authenticator, seeks to uncover clues hidden in the ancient journal of a monk that may lead to the location of King Arthur's grave. Add to this an appearance by said monk, and listeners know they are joining a fast-paced adventure. MacDuffie's pacing allows the interweaving plots to unfold... Read More

THE GIRL AT THE BORDER

THE GIRL AT THE BORDER

by Leslie Archer | Read by Brittany Pressley

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Brittany Pressley delivers this oddly tangled story of archaeology, mystery, and hidden identities. Archaeologist Richard Mathis, who specializes in Etruscan culture, is portrayed in a smoky voice. His young assistant, Angela Chase, helps Richard unearth an Etruscan settlement on Crete. The pair stumble into an unanticipated affair. Pressley adopts a variety of husky... Read More

GIRL MOST LIKELY

GIRL MOST LIKELY Krista Larson, Book 1

by Max Allan Collins | Read by Dan John Miller

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook offers a chilling reminder that high school reunions can fill attendees with anxiety as they ponder how life has treated their friends--and their enemies. Dan John Miller's narration captures the many emotions that arise before and during such an event. He realistically channels envy, then transitions smoothly to enmity, which is revealed with the the murder of... Read More

THE HALLOWS

THE HALLOWS

by Victor Methos | Read by Alexander Cendese

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alexander Cendese is a great match for smart, arrogant Miami defense attorney Tatum Graham. Disillusioned by his success at getting a guilty client off, Graham returns to his hometown in Utah and becomes a prosecutor. When a teenage girl in the Hallows, an isolated park area, is murdered, Cendese's tone and tempo are in sync with the investigation that follows. He does... Read More

HEARTS OF THE MISSING

HEARTS OF THE MISSING

Earphones Award Winner

by Carol Potenza | Read by Laura Jennings

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Jennings believably delivers the intonations of a number of Native American characters in this mystery. What appears to be a straightforward missing persons case involving members of a local Pueblo tribe takes on a supernatural twist when police sergeant Nicky Matthews has a vision of an old woman who may or may not be the Wind Mother, or "kachina." Jennings... Read More

HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

HER DAUGHTER'S MOTHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniela Petrova | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Carlotta Brentan, Dan Bittner, Lisa Flanagan [Prologue]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

After a series of unsuccessful in vitro fertilization attempts, Lana and Tyler decide to use an egg donor. Petrova's completely original mystery gets amazing performances from Tavia Gilbert as Lana, Dan Bittner as Tyler, and Carlotta Brentan as Katya, the egg donor. The couple select an anonymous donor from numerous profiles and photographs. However, Tyler leaves Lana just... Read More

HER FATHER'S SECRET

HER FATHER'S SECRET The Family Secrets, Book 2

by Sara Blaedel | Read by Molly Parker Myers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Molly Parker Myers returns to narrate the second book in the Ilke Jensen trilogy. Myers effectively portrays the Danish protagonist with a slight foreign accent to distinguish her from her Midwest family, friends, and enemies. However, the many personalities in this audiobook, who might seem interesting in a Nordic noir (like Blaedel's Louise Rick series), seem flat in the... Read More

HUNTING GAME

HUNTING GAME DI Embla Nystrom, Book 1

by Helene Tursten, Paul Norlen [Trans.] | Read by Stina Nielsen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stina Nielsen's narration reflects the fierce character of Inspector Embla Nyström, who can't catch a break even during a family hunting holiday. The intimacy of friends and family is broken when a stranger joins them and two guests suddenly disappear. Nielsen is precise, measured, and flexible as she capably portrays male and female characters in scenes of considerable... Read More

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE

by Alice Feeney | Read by Stephanie Racine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephanie Racine masterfully keeps the listener's attention even as this story gets stranger and more uncomfortable with every second. When actress Aimee Sinclair's husband goes missing, she is sure a past stalker is responsible. But she can't prove it to the London police. Racine skillfully moves between a posh English accent and the Irish accent of a scared child as... Read More

IF SHE WAKES

IF SHE WAKES

by Michael Koryta | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

There's something creepy about the voice that narrator Robert Petkoff has chosen for Dax, this thriller's young villain. Sounding a little like Tony Perkins in PSYCHO, Dax, a contract killer, radiates a sociopathic nonchalance that--thanks to Petkoff's articulation--is almost likable. If only he weren't trying to kill the novel's protagonists, Abby, a disgraced stunt driver... Read More

I'LL NEVER TELL

I'LL NEVER TELL

by Catherine McKenzie | Read by Julia Whelan, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Whitney Dykhouse

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three talented narrators team up to bring the dysfunctional MacAllister family to life. The MacAllister siblings are back at the summer camp owned by their late parents for the reading of their will. While there, the siblings are forced to do a little sleuthing into the murder of a camp counselor who worked at the camp 20 years earlier. Amazingly, through tone, breathing, and... Read More

IN DEEP WATER

IN DEEP WATER Cat Connolly, Book 2

by Sam Blake | Read by Aoife McMahon

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join Detective Cat Connolly as she investigates the disappearance of her best friend in contemporary Dublin. Narrator Aoife McMahon's soft Irish accent combined with the story's grittiness and sense of urgency adds to the tension in this police procedural and complements the toughness of its lead character. McMahon's timing is a perfect match for the twisting plot,... Read More

INHERITANCE TRACKS

INHERITANCE TRACKS Sloan and Crosby, Book 25

by Catherine Aird | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of this popular series will be happy that narrator Derek Perkins was tapped to perform the latest installment. The mystery begins as five strangers arrive at a small-town law office and learn they are to split a sizable inheritance from a distant relative--as soon as the sixth beneficiary can be located. After one of the group dies under questionable circumstances,... Read More

THE INVITED

THE INVITED

by Jennifer McMahon | Read by Justine Eyre, Amanda Carlin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amanda Carlin is perfect in her very minor role in this frustrating audiobook, expressive and with the subtlest hint of a Vermont accent. Justine Eyre, who performs the lion's share of the story, has a lovely voice and is quite good at dialogue, but she has performance tics that muddy the author's intention and weary the listener. Still, this story of the afterlife of... Read More

KNIFE

KNIFE

by Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith [Trans.] | Read by John Lee

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners would do well to have heard some of the previous audiobooks before embarking on this particularly intricate one, the twelfth in the Harry Hole series. John Lee--who's narrated most of the titles--does a fine job of conveying the brooding quality of this Norwegian thriller, which opens with Hole waking up from a drunken night covered in blood. He's had many setbacks in... Read More

LAST NIGHT

LAST NIGHT The Searchers, Book 2

by Karen Ellis | Read by Graham Halstead

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The events of one night forever change the lives of a young man and woman and others in this gripping audiobook about the power of a single bad choice. Graham Halstead's biting performance is brimming with understated intensity. He gives voice to a black teenager who runs afoul of the law, a spoiled young woman, a gay police detective, and an autistic investigator and proves up... Read More

THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU

THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU

by Liv Constantine | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Using a wide range of voices, narrator Julia Whelan navigates the riveting turns in this thriller. It's challenging enough for Dr. Kate English to grieve for her murdered mother. Then she starts receiving notes filled with twisted threats and begins emotionally unraveling. Whelan keeps to a straight tone for the narrative, saving her theatrical voices for the dialogue. Kate and... Read More

THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST

THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST

by Diane Les Becquets | Read by Emily Rankin, Robert Fass, Rebecca Lowman, Alex McKenna, Monika Felice Smith, Erin Spencer, Diane Les Becquets [Note}

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Most of this twisty psychological thriller is performed by Emily Rankin, whose careful pacing amps up the creep factor. Marian loves her job: training dogs to help with wildlife research under the tutelage of her new boyfriend, Tate. After he dies in an accident, Marian discovers that Tate harbored secrets, but surely he wasn't involved with a series of unsolved murders. Hoping... Read More

A LETHAL LEGACY New York Confidential, Book 4

by Heather Graham | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Bodies are piling up on Douglas Island, off of New York City, as narrator Saskia Maarleveld's soft tones and engaging voice draw the listener into this intricately plotted mystery. The story involves treasure and the possible hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant. Special Agent Craig Frasier, along with his girlfriend, psychologist Kieran Finnegan, must solve the mystery and... Read More

LIVES LAID AWAY

LIVES LAID AWAY August Snow, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen Mack Jones | Read by Luis Moreno

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Luis Moreno masterfully narrates Detroit ex-cop August Snow's second mystery adventure. Snow goes on the offensive when his community, Mexicantown, falls prey to an insidious human trafficking system with roots in immigration enforcement. As the vulnerable are trapped by circumstances, Snow puts his life on the line to rescue them. Moreno's narration blends with the detailed... Read More

METROPOLIS

METROPOLIS

by Philip Kerr | Read by John Lee

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Lee presents the iconic Bernie Gunther in a compelling origin story. At the beginning of his tenure on the Murder Commission, Gunther is focused on pursuing a serial killer who is targeting disabled war veterans. To uncover the killer, Gunther agrees to follow his boss's revolutionary idea of going undercover. Lee imbues the entire production with gravitas and... Read More

MISS JULIA TAKES THE WHEEL

MISS JULIA TAKES THE WHEEL Miss Julia, Book 21

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann B. Ross | Read by Cynthia Darlow

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Cynthia Darlow does the real driving as she portrays Julia Murdoch in another wacky adventure with the folks in Abbotsville, North Carolina. As Lloyd, who has his learner's permit, drives Miss Julia and her friends all over the county, they keep running suspiciously into one or the other of the new folks in town, Dr. Crawford and his wife. Darlow expertly navigates... Read More

MY DETECTIVE

MY DETECTIVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffrey Fleishman | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Richard Ferrone

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Emily Woo Zeller and Richard Ferrone alternate chapters, engrossing the listener in this intelligent thriller about a series of murders in Los Angeles. Zeller's appealing voice captures the emotionally fragile mind of Dylan Cross, a tall, beautiful architect--who is the murderer. As Dylan, Zeller masterfully walks the line between sanity and insanity, self-control and... Read More

MY LOVELY WIFE

MY LOVELY WIFE

by Samantha Downing | Read by David Pittu

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Pittu's smooth, soft delivery is the perfect contrast to the unnamed protagonist in this domestic thriller about a happily married couple whose hobby is killing innocent women. The story is told mostly through the voice of the husband, who describes his relationship with his wife and problems with his kids, as well as details of the couple's secret life and... Read More

NACHO UNLEASHED

NACHO UNLEASHED Key West Capers, Book 14

by Laurence Shames | Read by Jem Matzan

Laurence Shames | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jem Matzan exuberantly presents Key West's ex-Mafioso, Bert the Shirt, and his trusty chihuahua, Nacho. (They wear matching flashy outfits.) Lively descriptions of the locale, residents, food, and drink, along with diverse accents, add to the fun. When newcomer Rita Janneau lands a job serving at Wrecker's Rum, locals are concerned about the bar's legitimacy. Bert uses... Read More

A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY

A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY

by M.T. Edvardsson, Rachel Willson-Broyles {Trans.] | Read by Emily Watson, Georgia McGuire, Richard Armitage

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It is only fitting that a story about a family told in three parts should involve more than one narrator. Emily Watson, Georgia McGuire, and Richard Armitage complement each other's depictions of a dysfunctional household that is hiding secrets. Adam, a pastor, and Ulrika, a criminal defense lawyer, are stunned to hear that their teen daughter, Stella, has been arrested and... Read More

THE NEVER GAME

THE NEVER GAME Colter Shaw, Book 1

by Jeffery Deaver | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Colter Shaw, the protagonist of Jeffery Deaver's latest audiobook, who claims to be psychic, devotes his life to solving crimes and locating missing persons with the goal of receiving the monetary rewards being offered. Narrator Kaleo Griffith's understated performance allows listeners to parse each character's personality while avoiding the incredulity that could result from... Read More

THE NIGHT VISITORS

THE NIGHT VISITORS

by Carol Goodman | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jane Oppenheimer's narration of this contemporary paranormal mystery will keep you listening all night. After reaching out to a women's support sanctuary, Alice, who is running from an abusive relationship, and Oren, a 10-year-old boy, arrive in Delhi, New York, hoping for a safe haven. Mattie, a member of the sanctuary group, meets their bus in the midst of a snowstorm. Oren... Read More

THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY: BBC RADIO CASEBOOK, VOL. 4

THE NO.1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY: BBC RADIO CASEBOOK, VOL. 4

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Nadine Marshall, Claire Benedict and a Full Cast

BBC Digital Audio | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

Previous excursions into the world of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency through these BBC dramatizations have been a pleasure. This latest collection, "Radio Casebook, Volume IV," is no exception. Since it was adapted by the author, one can be assured that the most salient bits of the original stories--both plot and character--are preserved. Narrators Claire Benedict and... Read More

NOTHING TO HIDE

NOTHING TO HIDE Lucy Kincaid, Book 15

by Allison Brennan | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ann Marie Lee does an excellent job of emphasizing the tension between FBI agent Lucy Kincaid and an old-school police officer who distrusts the FBI. As Kincaid applies her keen psychological skills to the case featured in this police procedural, Lee emphasizes the two investigators' different approaches. She also rises to the challenge of creating strong personalities... Read More

THE PANDORA ROOM

THE PANDORA ROOM

by Christopher Golden | Read by Amber Benson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Amber Benson offers a solid narration of this audiobook--a blend of archaeology, action, and horror. Ben Walker works for the National Science Foundation, investigating the world's strangest phenomena for their potential for weaponization by the U.S. Walker is summoned to an archaeological dig, where Sophie Durand and her team appear to have found Pandora's box. When a... Read More

THE PARIS DIVERSION

THE PARIS DIVERSION

Earphones Award Winner

by Chris Pavone | Read by Mozhan Marnò

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mozhan Marnò's performance of the latest installment in Chris Pavone's Kate Moore series is perfection. Her voice is beautiful, her French pronunciation expert, her foreigners speaking French with bad accents ditto. Pavone has a lot of backstory to fill in, which makes for a discursive setup, but Marnò creates tension and pace with attention to expression, personality, and... Read More

THE PERFECT LIAR

THE PERFECT LIAR

by Thomas Christopher Greene | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tavia Gilbert expertly creates an atmosphere of suspense as she delivers a story of the complicated entanglement of two people who have plenty of dark secrets between them. Susannah is a young widow who is happily remarried to Max, a darling of the New York art scene. When they begin a new life together on a teaching fellowship in Vermont, everything seems perfect... Read More

RECURSION

RECURSION

by Blake Crouch | Read by Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Because scientist Helena Smith and detective Barry Sutton relive certain events in their lives repeatedly but slightly differently, narrators Abby Craden and Jon Lindstrom get to create "alternative takes" of their performances in this audiobook. Happily for listeners, both the characters and the narrators' performances grow more nuanced with repetition. Helena's mother has... Read More

THE RIVIERA AFFAIR

THE RIVIERA AFFAIR Yellow Cottage, Book 4

by J. New | Read by Jilly Bond

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sink down into a chintz armchair, sip your tea, and listen to narrator Jilly Bond entertain you with a classic British "cosy" mystery. The plot bounces along, and the sun-drenched seashore setting is well described. The intrepid, matronly protagonists are stock characters you will recognize and adore. This story is number four in the Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Bond... Read More

THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE

THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE Perveen Mistry, Book 2

by Sujata Massey | Read by Sneha Mathan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sneha Mathan makes the fictional state of Satapur in 1920s India seem real through her portrayal of lawyer-turned-detective Perveen Mistry. Mathan's narration is quick, light, and easy on the ear, helping us make sense of the palace intrigue that soon entangles Perveen. Listeners travel with her to the conservative Satapur area where she tries to make sense of a massive feud in... Read More

THE SCHOLAR

THE SCHOLAR Cormac Reilly, Book 2

by Dervla McTiernan | Read by Aoife McMahon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The ruthless world of academic scholarship rears its head in this gripping audiobook, narrated in an intense but gentle tone by Aoife McMahon. The story focuses on Detective Inspector Cormac Reilly, whose girlfriend, Dr. Emma Sweeney, discovers the body of a hit-and-run victim whose identification says she is the heir to Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company.... Read More

THE SENTENCE IS DEATH

THE SENTENCE IS DEATH Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Rory Kinnear

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rory Kinnear returns to narrate the meta-detective series by Anthony Horowitz, which also features the author as one of the characters. To start, Horowitz is roped into writing another book about consulting detective Daniel Hawthorne. Kinnear's take on this Holmes-and- Watson relationship is spot-on. As Horowitz, Kinnear's tone reflects exasperation. As Hawthorne, he sounds... Read More

A SHOT IN THE DARK

A SHOT IN THE DARK

by Lynne Truss | Read by Matt Green

Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Matt Green enters riotously into this madcap mystery by Lynne Truss, author of the famously funny guide to punctuation EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES. Full of slyness, slapstick, and utter English silliness, Truss's confection features bumbling Inspector Steine, well-meaning Sergeant Brunswick, and a constable who's been fired from previous postings for being too smart. Also, a... Read More

SOMEONE KNOWS

SOMEONE KNOWS

by Lisa Scottoline | Read by Ari Fliakos, Brittany Pressley

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Troubled teens, disturbed adults, and a twenty-year-old secret--all come full circle when Allie Garvey returns to her hometown for a high school friend's funeral. Narrator Brittany Pressley portrays Allie and the chapters from the points of view of the female characters. Pressley renders Allie's clinically depressed mom with a sometimes frenetic monotone, and Allie's queen bee... Read More

THE STONE CIRCLE

THE STONE CIRCLE

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Jane McDowell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jane McDowell returns to perform the 11th audiobook in the Ruth Galloway series. McDowell effectively differentiates its many characters, male and female, with diverse accents and a varied tone and pace. Her engaging voice charms listeners as the crime-solving archaeologist investigates bones found at a stone circle dig site. The plot also draws Galloway into solving... Read More

STONE MOTHERS

STONE MOTHERS

by Erin Kelly | Read by Fenella Fudge, Jane McDowell, Polly Edsell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The focus of this slow-burn audio suspense is an insane asylum that existed at a time when women were sometimes unfairly committed--often by their husbands. Narrators Fenella Fudge and Jane McDowell effectively portray two women whose buried secrets, tied to the institution, may be revealed--with potentially life-threatening results. Polly Edsell narrates the novel's... Read More

THE STRANGER DIARIES

THE STRANGER DIARIES

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Andrew Wincott, Esther Wane, Sarah Feathers, Anjana Vasan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Four narrators are featured as murder comes to a British seaside town in this contemporary gothic tale. Clare, portrayed by Esther Wane in a confessional tone, discovers a chilling note scrawled in her diary following the death of her friend and teaching colleague. Anjana Vasan portrays Harbinder, a lesbian Sikh detective who is skeptical of Clare. Moments of cheek aside,... Read More

SUCH A PERFECT WIFE

SUCH A PERFECT WIFE

by Kate White | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Cynthia Farrell's straightforward narration, especially her calm, confident tone, assures listeners that no matter what struggles present themselves, Bailey Weggins will prevail. This crime series introduces the crime beat reporter and occasional sleuth. Farrell portrays her as pragmatic, analytical, determined, and, most importantly, likable. The story begins with the murder... Read More

THE TALE TELLER

THE TALE TELLER Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito, Book 5

by Anne Hillerman | Read by Christina Delaine

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Delaine expertly weaves the web of Anne Hillerman's latest mystery, which continues Hillerman's father's popular detective series featuring Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito. Delaine is required to to pronounce Navajo words and to distinguish a variety of voices; she capably portrays male, female, young, and old and also skillfully depicts Leaphorn's struggles to... Read More

TEN SWEDES MUST DIE

TEN SWEDES MUST DIE Max Anger, Book 2

by Martin Osterdahl, Peter Sean Woltemade [Trans.] | Read by James Patrick Cronin

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

James Patrick Cronin is an excellent choice to narrate this thriller focused on veteran Max Anger, a hardened former special-ops soldier who is trying to move on with his life. As the war-weary man is thrust into a hunt for a serial killer, Cronin gets the tone exactly right. His terse, gravelly style fits the villain's increasing brutality. We listen breathlessly, hoping that... Read More

TERNS OF ENDEARMENT

TERNS OF ENDEARMENT

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Bernadette Dunne expertly establishes a personal connection between listeners and the passengers on a cruise ship that breaks down in the Caribbean. Meg Langslow and her family are well defined, as are the rest of the travelers, in particular the boorish "Three Stooges" and four women who are on a writer's retreat. When passenger Desiree St. Christophe, a notorious... Read More

THEY ALL FALL DOWN

THEY ALL FALL DOWN

by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Janina Edwards

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Janina Edwards gets the listener's heart thudding with her dramatic performance of an Agatha Christie-like thriller. Single-mother Miriam Macy attempts to leave behind a wealth of troubles--emotional and legal--to participate in a reality TV competition set in Mexico on a luxury estate with no connection to the outside world. But what is supposed to be a friendly... Read More

THIN AIR

THIN AIR Jessica Shaw, Book 1

by Lisa Gray | Read by Amy Landon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An end-to-end thriller, this audiobook takes listeners on an unusual journey that finds private investigator Jessica Shaw searching for clues to her own disappearance and to her mother's murder a quarter of a century earlier. Narrator Amy Landon provides each character with a distinct tone that allows debut author Lisa Gray's dialogue to captivate listeners. This technique is... Read More

THIS STORM

THIS STORM

Earphones Award Winner

by James Ellroy | Read by Craig Wasson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Craig Wasson mans the mic like a jazz poet in this second installment in James Ellroy's L.A. WWII trilogy. Wasson channels Ellroy's poetic ramblings into an audio cadence that sizzles with the slang and accents of wartime Los Angeles: A plastic surgeon is a "snout doctor"; a hot couple is "madly enjoined"; and a flashy home is "turned out and si bon." The plot involves... Read More

THE UNQUIET HEART

THE UNQUIET HEART Sarah Gilchrist, Book 2

by Kaite Welsh | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The second in a series of historical mysteries, expertly narrated by Mary Jane Wells, returns the listener to Sarah Gilchrist's Edinburgh. Having no intention to marry her fiancé, Miles, Sarah continues her quest to become a doctor. However, when unexpected deaths occur in Miles's family home, Sarah uses her detective skills to help solve the case. Wells gives a wonderful... Read More

VESSEL

VESSEL

by Lisa A. Nichols | Read by Lisa Flanagan, George Newbern

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lisa Flanagan and George Newbern's dual narration underwhelms listeners in this sci-fi thriller. After a disastrous six-year space mission, Catherine Wells makes it back to Earth as the sole survivor onboard Sagittarius I. Without a single recollection of her nearly decade-long space expedition, Catherine doesn't know what has become of her crew. Meanwhile, Sagittarius II... Read More

WATCH OVER ME

WATCH OVER ME

by Claire Corbett | Read by Edwina Wren

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Edwina Wren turns in an admirable performance of Clare Corbett's original imagining of what happens after a war in a postapocalyptic, contemporary society. In a first-person telling, 19-year-old Sylvie explains that her home in Port Angelsund is currently occupied by a fascist army called Garrison for its strategic access to valuable sources of natural energy. Wren handles... Read More

WHAT FALLS BETWEEN THE CRACKS

WHAT FALLS BETWEEN THE CRACKS Porter and Styles, Book 1

by Robert Scragg | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe excels with a fast-paced mystery that moves from 1983 to current times. When an apartment cleaner finds a severed hand in a freezer, Detective Inspector Jake Porter and Detective Sergeant Nick Styles tackle a thirty-year-old murder. Thorpe commendably presents the fine text, realistic dialogue, and much needed humor. Listeners join the investigators as... Read More

WHITE LIES

WHITE LIES

by Lucy Dawson | Read by Rachel Atkins

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rachel Atkins uses a no-nonsense style when delivering this mystery, rarely relaxing her tense grip on the story. When GP Alexandra Inglis is accused of sexual misconduct by 17-year-old Jonathan Day, she knows her patient is in trouble. As the drama unfolds, misspoken truths and a tangle of distorted truths become part of the story. Told from multiple perspectives,... Read More

WITCH SUMMER NIGHT'S CREAM

WITCH SUMMER NIGHT'S CREAM Bewitched by Chocolate, Book 3

by H.Y. Hanna | Read by Pearl Hewitt

H.Y. Hanna | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Pearl Hewitt deftly introduces Tillyhinge, an English village, and all that goes on there during the summer solstice. "Bewitched by Chocolate," a store owned by the Widow Mags, sells chocolates that seem magical and addictive, which makes the suspicious townsfolk avoid her wares. Tension escalates when a rare recipe is stolen and a bully is murdered, with suspicion... Read More

WOLF PACK

WOLF PACK Joe Pickett, Book 19

by C.J. Box | Read by David Chandler

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Joe Pickett--game warden, conscientious dad, and general defender of justice in tiny Saddlestring, Wyoming--returns through the steady voice of David Chandler. Chandler's workmanlike, subtly embellished narration is suitable for Pickett's unflappable persistence as he investigates a mysterious drone that is chasing herds of elk and deer until they drop dead of exhaustion.... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK

THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 2

by Jennifer Kincheloe | Read by Moira Quirk

Jennifer R. Kincheloe, Ltd | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Moira Quirk takes listeners on a tour of L.A.'s Chinatown, home of police matron Anna Blanc, in 1908. Anna is either spunky and courageous--or merely annoying and reckless--depending on your point of view. Quirk gives Anna a high-pitched voice and the petulant tone of spoiled child. Nonetheless, Quirk's narration guides listeners through a racially charged environment... Read More

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