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ALL THAT'S BRIGHT AND GONE

ALL THAT'S BRIGHT AND GONE

by Eliza Nellums | Read by Jesse Vilinsky

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imaginative and suspenseful, this audiobook does not disappoint. Narrator Jesse Vilinsky perfectly voices 6-year-old Aoife's innocence and resolve. As the story opens, Aoife's mother has been hospitalized for a mental health crisis, and Aoife believes that the only way she can get her mom back home is to figure out why her older brother, Theo, is gone. Armed with sheer... Read More

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 16

Earphones Award Winner

by Louise Penny | Read by Robert Bathurst

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Bathurst is just about perfect delivering the 16th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel. The Gamaches have left Three Pines, Québec, for Paris for the birth of their newest grandchild. Gamache spends time with his godfather, billionaire Stephen Horowitz, and with his estranged son, Daniel, a Paris banker. When Horowitz is nearly killed in a deliberate hit-and-run,... Read More

AND THE KILLER IS

AND THE KILLER IS Savannah Reid, Book 25

by G.A. McKevett | Read by Dina Pearlman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dina Pearlman is on top of her game as she narrates the twenty-fifth investigation featuring P.I. Savannah Reid, her Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency agents, and her husband, Dirk. The story involves the death of 90-year-old former movie star Lucinda Faraday. Searching for clues, Savannah and Dirk wade into Lucinda's mansion, which is full of hoarded items and garbage.... Read More

ANYTHING FOR YOU

ANYTHING FOR YOU Valerie Hart, Book 3

by Saul Black | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Not an audiobook for the faint of heart, this taut detective thriller is replete with explicit sexual dialogue. To her credit, narrator Christina Delaine does not flinch from the frequent descriptions of the sexual adventures of Valerie Hart, a police detective who is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a prosecutor. Delaine masterfully delivers the charged dialogue,... Read More

BEFORE FAMILIAR WOODS

BEFORE FAMILIAR WOODS

by Ian Pisarcik | Read by Susan C. Hunter, Neil Hellegers, Michael Crouch

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is a violence-laced, drug-themed tragedy ably performed by a trio of narrators. It has been three years since two teenage boys were found dead and bloody in the woods under circumstances that the residents of their small town in Vermont are not likely to forget. Ruth Fenn still struggles to understand what happened to her son, Mathew, and his friend, William.... Read More

BEHIND THE FRAME

BEHIND THE FRAME A Shepherd Sisters Mystery

by Tracy Gardner | Read by Karissa Vacker

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As this audiobook opens, Savanna Shepherd, a former art appraiser who is now an elementary school art teacher, has just led her town in winning the bid to host the prestigious Art in the Park competition. Someone, however, seems determined to prevent it from being a success. Then Savanna finds the city council member who is working on the festival stabbed to death. As she... Read More

BLACKTOP WASTELAND

BLACKTOP WASTELAND

Earphones Award Winner

by S.A. Cosby | Read by Adam Lazarre-White

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Adam Lazarre-White's voice exudes confidence and depth; his performance is an example of how the best audiobooks deliver pure storytelling. Crosby's story, set in rural Virginia, is gripping. Beauregard is a family man, a husband and father. Running a car repair garage, he's facing financial deadlines as his business loses customers to a competitor. He's also an expert... Read More

CHAOS

CHAOS

Earphones Award Winner

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers's faultless accents and inflections make each of the characters in this audiobook fully believable. Johansen's new mystery introduces CIA agent Alisa Flynn. The story starts when a school of teen girls in Africa is kidnapped by terrorists seeking ransoms. Flynn's ward, Sasha, is among them. Rodgers's voice fills with venom as she delivers the... Read More

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45

by Lisa Unger | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Vivienne Leheny's narration captures not only each character's outward persona, but also her true self in this captivating thriller. Seatmates Selena and Martha swap confessions during a stalled train ride. Selena fears her husband is sleeping with the nanny. Martha is having an affair with her boss. When the nanny disappears, Selena remembers that encounter, which leads to a... Read More

THE DARKEST EVENING

THE DARKEST EVENING Vera Stanhope, Book 9

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Janine Birkett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janine Birkett returns to narrate the ninth book in Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series, made popular by the TV series. Birkett rises to the task of voicing men and women, seniors and teenagers, imperious aristocrats and farmworkers. The whodunit, set in winter in the atmospheric Northumberland countryside, forces Vera to confront the pain and pleasures of family. Listeners will... Read More

DEAD SILENCE

DEAD SILENCE

by Robin Caroll | Read by Pamela Klein

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

How far would you go to protect your child? How does faith impact our response to tragedy? These are the central questions in this suspenseful thriller. Narrated by Pamela Klein, the story addresses politics, media, religion, and family. Klein shines as Elise Carmichael, a widow and court sign language interpreter who encounters a possible death threat against her... Read More

DEAD-END DETECTIVE

DEAD-END DETECTIVE

by Amanda Flower | Read by Laura Faye Smith

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Faye Smith portrays Darby Piper, who is alarmed to learn that her partner in Two Girls Detective Agency, Samantha Porter, plans to dissolve the business. But before Samantha can act, she is murdered in a car crash, and Darby becomes the chief suspect. When Darby discovers that Samantha has left her entire estate to her nephew, Tate, Darby finds herself teaming... Read More

A DECEPTION AT THORNECREST

A DECEPTION AT THORNECREST Amory Ames Mysteries, Book 7

by Ashley Weaver | Read by Allison Larkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Alison Larkin maintains the listener's interest in this audiobook set in 1930s England. As Amory Ames enters her final month of pregnancy, she and her husband, Milo, are surprised to learn that he has a half-brother, Darian. The pair soon discover that Darian is a womanizer and a scoundrel. Then, when he is arrested for murdering the former paramour of his newest conquest, the... Read More

A DESPERATE PLACE

A DESPERATE PLACE

by Jennifer Greer | Read by Kirsten Potter

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kirsten Potter's performance of Greer's engaging mystery featuring two strong women will keep listeners glued to their earbuds. Journalist Whit McKenna and Medical Examiner Katie Riggs are best friends. When the body of actress Niki Francis is discovered, both women become involved in the investigation. When two additional, seemingly unrelated, deaths occur, the chase is on to... Read More

DOGGONE DEAD

DOGGONE DEAD 2 Sisters Pet Valet, Book 1

by Dane McCaslin | Read by Kitty Hendrix

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kitty Hendrix narrates this debut audiobook. On Gwen Franklin's first day of retirement from teaching, she and her over-the-top BFF, Nora Goldstein, start a pet business and then find Nora's neighbor dead in her kitchen. The plot moves steadily, while the narration is leisurely but deliberate. Little attention is devoted to solving the mystery at hand, and the main characters... Read More

DON'T EVER FORGET

DON'T EVER FORGET Adler and Dwyer, Book 1

by Matthew Farrell | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Cynthia Farrell has her work cut out for her with the number of characters that drive this complex plot. While Farrell masterfully performs male and female characters, her choice of a deeper voice for Investigator Susan Adler makes it challenging to differentiate her from the male characters. The story is about the mysterious disappearance of an Alzheimer's sufferer... Read More

DON'T FORGET ME

DON'T FORGET ME Levi Kant, Book 1

by B.C. Schiller, Annette Charpentier [Trans.] | Read by Nicola Barber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nicola Barber's narration will make listeners feel like they're bicycling around Vienna throughout the seasons. After five years, psychiatrist Olivia Hofmann is still reeling from the disappearance of her husband and young daughter. Also five years earlier, teenager Lisa Manz mysteriously vanished. Hofmann continues to see patients and to seek justice for Lisa, whose uncaring... Read More

DRAGONFIRE

DRAGONFIRE Alex Hawke, Book 11

by Ted Bell | Read by Simon Vance

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mix James Bond-like characters, witty dialogue, a lot of action, historical fiction, and light humor, and you get this riveting listen. It features two time lines--WWII and the present day--connected by its characters' lineage. The story comes alive, thanks to Simon Vance's energetic narration. As WWII heats up, Chinese ambassador Tiger Tang strikes up a friendship with... Read More

THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE

THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE

by Alex Pavesi | Read by Emilia Fox

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Emilia Fox performs this audiobook, which consists of short mysteries interwoven within a larger story. Julia, a young book editor, meets with Grant, a reclusive author, to bring a collection of his stories back to print. As they read the pieces, one by one, they discuss the elements that make up a good mystery. Fox narrates at a measured pace with a pleasing level of... Read More

A FATAL FABERGE

A FATAL FABERGE Antiques & Collectibles, Book 8

by Ellery Adams, Parker Riggs | Read by Andi Arndt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sweet-voiced narrator Andi Arndt takes on this cozy mystery featuring murder, beautiful Vermont scenery, and lots of suspects. In her eighth adventure, Molly Appleby, a reporter for COLLECTOR'S WEEKLY, investigates the murder of rare book dealer Curtis Cobb during a party at the antique-filled Gordon manor house. While Arndt ably drops her voice to differentiate the male... Read More

A FATAL FICTION

A FATAL FICTION Deadly Edits, Book 3

by Kaitlyn Dunnett | Read by Margaret Strom

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Margaret Strom uses solid expression to keep listeners fascinated by this fun audiobook. Editor Mikki Lincoln is at the gas station in her hometown of Lenape Hollow when developer and con artist Greg Onslow yells at her for editing the tell-all memoir of octogenarian Sunny Feldman. Accused by Onslow of sabotaging his new development with her editing of Sunny's book,... Read More

THE FINDERS

THE FINDERS Mace Reid K9, Book 1

by Jeffrey B. Burton | Read by Matt Godfrey

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This twisty and fast-paced mystery is narrated by Matt Godfrey, whose well-paced narration keeps the plot moving. Mace Reid is a dog trainer specializing in training cadaver dogs to assist the police. Listeners join him as the latest addition to his canine household turns out to have special skills. An incident at the dog's first assignment kicks off a series of events in which... Read More

THE GEOMETRY OF HOLDING HANDS

THE GEOMETRY OF HOLDING HANDS Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 13

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Davina Porter

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hearing celebrated narrator Davina Porter narrate this gentle, thoughtful novel is like being invited to tea by some truly likable Scottish friends. The listener will hear charming chitchat, erudite discussions of situational ethics, and a generous concern for those in need of help. All the characters have evocative Scottish accents that seem authentic and are pleasantly... Read More

GHOST UPS HER GAME

GHOST UPS HER GAME Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Book 9

by Carolyn Hart | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ann Marie Lee returns to narrate the ninth book in Carolyn Hart's delightfully quirky Bailey Ruth Raeburn series. Ghostly detective Bailey Ruth, from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, is back, once again intent on righting wrongs and helping those in need. Bailey Ruth revisits her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, where she finds Professor Iris Gallagher, knife in hand,... Read More

GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL

GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Aimee Molloy | Read by Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland, Joel Froomkin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Think of a mash-up of GONE GIRL and MISERY. Listeners may suspect this mystery has an unreliable narrator due to the mismatch between the voice introducing the story and their assumptions about who is speaking. Revealing more would spoil the experience. Hang in there for this wild ride of a psychological thriller with expertly crafted twists and turns. Narrators Val Toomey,... Read More

THE GRIM READER

THE GRIM READER Bibliophile Mysteries, Book 14

by Kate Carlisle | Read by Susie Berneis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susie Berneis chronicles the fourteenth mystery in the Bibliophile Mysteries series, featuring Brooklyn, a rare book expert and amateur sleuth. Brooklyn, as depicted by Berneis, is self-assured, smart, and devoted to her family. She has come to a seemingly idyllic town in Sonoma County's wine country to help her mother organize a book fair. Since this is a murder... Read More

THE GROVE OF THE CAESARS

THE GROVE OF THE CAESARS Flavia Albia, Book 8

by Lindsey Davis | Read by Jane Collingwood

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jane Collingwood's lovely alto voice is a perfect instrument for the charming and drily witty Flavia Albia, who can't seem to stay home and behave herself when there is a murderer to bring to justice. Normally she wouldn't go near the Grove of the Caesars, since prostitutes have been disappearing there for years. But when a highborn lady is murdered in the grove, the victim's... Read More

HALF MOON BAY

HALF MOON BAY Clay Edison, Book 3

by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris has a gift for dramatizing conversations, a skill that goes beyond creating character voices. In this audiobook, he uses this talent to drive the complicated plot. The third in the Clay Edison series overlays two mysteries. One concerns the search for a tech entrepreneur's missing sibling; the other deals with a child's remains discovered during the... Read More

THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

by Robert Masello | Read by Steve West

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Steve West superbly delivers Masello's latest historical imaginings. Here he takes on an alternate WWI in which H.G. Wells is sent to the trenches to research the validity of an alleged miracle. Wells is overwhelmed by the horrors surrounding him both above ground--mustard gas, phosgene, operations performed without anesthesia--and underground--where deserters (ghouls)... Read More

HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME

HAVING WONDERFUL CRIME John J. Malone, Book 7

by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Johnny Heller breathes life into this aging mystery--it's been almost eight decades since the novel's debut--and the result is like a fine art restoration. The audiobook involves a surreal crime (a bride is missing, and a beheaded woman is found in her bridal suite), plenty of snappy dialogue (most of it dispensed by lawyer John J. Malone), and an unguessable ending.... Read More

HE STARTED IT

HE STARTED IT

by Samantha Downing | Read by Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Karissa Vacker narrates a wickedly fun thriller about three estranged siblings who re-create a cross-country road trip they took with their grandfather 20 years earlier. Not only are Beth, Eddie, and Portia Morgan forced to drive across the U.S. together, but their grandfather's will has a specific itinerary they must follow or they risk losing their inheritance. The presence... Read More

HID FROM OUR EYES

HID FROM OUR EYES Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne, Book 9

by Julia Spencer-Fleming | Read by Suzanne Toren

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Suzanne Toren returns to narrate the long-awaited ninth installment in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. Toren masterfully voices three stories of murder spanning more than 50 years and having overlapping characters. Listeners will need to pay attention to the announcement of the time period that begins each chapter. Toren differentiates the many characters through... Read More

HIDE AWAY

HIDE AWAY Rachel Marin, Book 1

by Jason Pinter | Read by Angela Dawe

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Angela Dawe delivers the portraits of multiple characters throughout this mystery in an edge-of-your-seat style. Listeners will believe this is a full-cast narration. This audiobook is the first in a series and follows a brave mom turned vigilante. A survivor of a horrific crime, Rachel Marin moves her children for a new start. But it isn't long before she becomes... Read More

HIS & HERS

HIS & HERS

by Alice Feeney | Read by Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine give an arresting performance of this dark psychological thriller. Many stories have multiple perspectives, but how do we know who is telling the truth? This multilayered work is told from three perspectives--his, hers, and the killer's. "His" is Detective Jack Harper's point of view, voiced by Armitage. "Hers" is newsreader Anna Andrews's,... Read More

IMPERFECT WOMEN

IMPERFECT WOMEN

by Araminta Hall | Read by Helen Keeley

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Helen Keeley brings her talent and narration experience to a story of three women. Nancy has been murdered, and her best friends, Eleanor and Mary, are in shock. Eleanor was aware that Nancy had been having an affair, but with limited details she is unable to guide the police to a possible suspect. Mary feels lost, and, what's more, her husband seems to be passing away right... Read More

JUST MAKE BELIEVE

JUST MAKE BELIEVE

by Maggie Robinson | Read by Gemma Dawson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gemma Dawson delivers this audiobook in a smooth, gentle voice that belies its paranormal element. When Lady Adelaide attends a house party, she is distressed to see the ghost of Rupert, her late husband. Rupert appears only when a murder is about to occur, so Addy expresses no surprise when her hostess is poisoned. As more bodies appear, Addy involves Scotland Yard's... Read More

THE LANTERN MEN

THE LANTERN MEN Ruth Galloway, Book 12

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Jane McDowell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The twelfth installment of Elly Griffiths's character-driven Ruth Galloway series features Jane McDowell once again reprising her role as narrator. As Doctor Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, establishes a new life at Cambridge, the complications of her personal life in Norfolk, England, remain close. DCI Harry Nelson and Ruth reunite when convicted murderer Ivor March... Read More

LAST BREATH

LAST BREATH Cavendish & Walker Novel, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Rigby | Read by Clare Corbett

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Clare Corbett flawlessly creates the accents and setting of Lenchester, England, while introducing Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker and her polar opposite, psychologist Georgina Cavendish. Listeners will be intrigued by Corbett's portrayal of Walker, who is compassionate and skilled at questioning both timid witnesses and hardened suspects. The experienced... Read More

THE LESS DEAD

THE LESS DEAD

by Denise Mina | Read by Katie Leung

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Katie Leung's Scottish burr adds atmosphere to this harrowing Tartan Noir. Driven by her pregnancy and the recent loss of her adoptive mother, Dr. Margo Dunlop searches for her birth mother. Instead she finds an aunt who drags her into the cold case of her mother's murder during a Glasgow crime wave. Leung's subdued delivery of the present-tense writing is mesmerizing.... Read More

LITTLE BOOKSHOP OF MURDER

LITTLE BOOKSHOP OF MURDER Beach Reads, Book 1

by Maggie Blackburn | Read by Christa Lewis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Shakespearean scholar Summer Merriweather has returned to her childhood home on Brigid's Island in North Carolina upon the sudden death of her mother in this cozy mystery. Narrator Christa Lewis matches the pace of this audiobook--laid-back and slow much of the time but energetic as the pace builds. When Summer finds a death threat addressed to her mother that orders her to... Read More

LOVE & OTHER CRIMES

LOVE & OTHER CRIMES Stories

by Sara Paretsky | Read by Susan Ericksen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susan Ericksen teams up again with author Sara Paretsky to provide listeners with a special treat: 14 short stories themed on love in a variety of machinations. Seven of the stories feature Paretsky's famous private detective, V.I. Warshawski. Ericksen succeeds in capturing the mini-worlds of the stories, which are populated by both familiar and new characters of... Read More

MEET YOUR MAKER

MEET YOUR MAKER The Delta Devlin Novels, Book 2

by Matthew Mather | Read by January LaVoy

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This chilling science-based mystery is beautifully performed by one of AUDIOFILE's newest Golden Voices, January LaVoy. LaVoy expertly delivers this convoluted, artfully constructed plot, which includes a body squashed into a ventilation duct in a Kiev hotel, several assassination attempts, and 3D printers that can kill. Delta Devlin's father is the unintended victim of a... Read More

MORE BETTER DEALS

MORE BETTER DEALS

by Joe R. Lansdale | Read by Brad Sanders

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Brad Sanders's bass pitch and intimate storytelling skills make him an excellent choice to read this noirish story of crime and punishment. Narrating in the first person, Sanders portrays Ed Edwards, an African-American used-car salesman who passes for white. Edwards, seduced by a femme fatale, plans a get-rich-quick scheme for acquiring a drive-in movie theater and a pet... Read More

MR CAMPION'S FAREWELL

MR CAMPION'S FAREWELL

by Mike Ripley | Read by David Thorpe

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Thorpe splendidly narrates this mystery, the last in Margery Allingham's classic series, splendidly completed by Mike Ripley from a fragment left by the author. It stays true to the author's wit and its protagonist Albert Campion's likable, very British character. It's 1969 in Lindsay Carfax, England, when Campion combines a visit to his niece with looking into some... Read More

MR. TIMOTHY

MR. TIMOTHY

by Louis Bayard | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Royal Shakespeare Company performer Matthew Lloyd Davies doesn't just narrate this new audiobook--he turns his entire performance into a one-man show. Tiny Tim is no longer so tiny. With the loss of his father, Bob Cratchett, the adult Timothy has lost his pious nature and turned to living in brothels and checking the pockets of the dead for money. When he discovers the bodies... Read More

MURDER AT ST. POLYCARP

MURDER AT ST. POLYCARP St. Polycarp School, Book 1

by Marianna Heusler | Read by Dee Hill

Hilliard & Harris | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dee Hill exuberantly presents the pupils, principal, and lovably eccentric teachers of St. Polycarp Elementary School. Listeners will be pleased--then surprised--to visit the school and learn about stolen cookie money, two murder victims, and a killer on the loose. It's difficult to select a favorite character from the lineup, which includes long-suffering Father... Read More

MURDER IN CHIANTI

MURDER IN CHIANTI

by Camilla Trinchieri | Read by Angelo Di Loreto

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Pour yourself a glass of Chianti Classico and listen to the clear, steady voice of Angelo Di Loreto as he delivers this mystery. The story, set in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany, involves murder, meals, and a secret mistress. Di Loreto brings to life the colorful citizenry of Gravigna, giving them accents that are suggestive of Italian speech patterns but not overdone. The... Read More

MURDER IN THE EAST END

MURDER IN THE EAST END

by Jennifer Ashley | Read by Anne-Marie Piazza

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Anne-Marie Piazza makes listeners connect uniquely with each character in this Victorian-era mystery. Cook Kat Holloway learns that children have been mysteriously disappearing from London's Foundling Hospital. When a nurse from the hospital also disappears, Kat and her eclectic group of friends--ranging from her kitchen maid to a mathematical genius and the daughter... Read More

MURDER ON COLD STREET

MURDER ON COLD STREET Lady Sherlock, Book 5

by Sherry Thomas | Read by Kate Reading

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nefarious deeds are afoot in the latest Lady Charlotte Holmes mystery, beautifully narrated by Kate Reading. In this case, Inspector Treadles has been caught holding a revolver in a room with two men who were shot dead. Both men worked for the company recently inherited by Treadles's wife. Surely, Lady Charlotte's collaborator isn't guilty of murder? Reading is in fine voice,... Read More

NAPOLEON'S ROSEBUD

NAPOLEON'S ROSEBUD

by Humphry Knipe | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Haaren Enterprises | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mary Jane Wells uses a cheery voice to perform this story of Napoleon's exile (1815-1821) on the British island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Napoleon convinces the naïve 19-year-old Charlotte Knipe, nicknamed "Rosebud," to help him send secret messages to his supporters, including Lord Byron, and escape the isle. Wells uses a broad range of accents,... Read More

NEVER ASK ME

NEVER ASK ME

by Jeff Abbott | Read by Peter Giles, Will Collyer, Tracey Leigh, Erin Bennett, Christine Lakin, Tessa Netting, Rena-Marie Villano

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Beginning with the discovery of a neighbor's body on a park bench in the Austin suburb of Lakehaven, this audiobook devolves into a labyrinth of suspects, plots, and motives that become more outlandish with every new twist. And, as each chapter is told by a different character who is portrayed by a different narrator, there's a lot to juggle. So young Julia narrates her... Read More

NEXT TO LAST STAND

NEXT TO LAST STAND Walt Longmire, Book 16

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

George Guidall returns to portray Sheriff Walt Longmire and the rest of Johnson's characters, whom fans have come to love. Guidall's voice is perfectly matched to Longmire, who is called into a complicated situation involving paintings from the time of Custer, suspicious Russians, and an art heist. Guidall masterfully performs the featured characters of this audiobook, a group... Read More

ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR

ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR Roxane Weary, Book 4

by Kristen Lepionka | Read by Allyson Ryan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Allyson Ryan capably narrates this contemporary mystery set in Ohio. While jogging in the park, PI Roxanne Weary stumbles upon a murder staged to look like an accident. This is the fourth mystery featuring the hard-bitten, hard-drinking, hardworking sleuth, who is bisexual. Ryan captures both her bravado and her vulnerability as she discovers one clue after another. Secondary... Read More

ONE BY ONE

ONE BY ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church's extraordinary narration of Ruth Ware's newest suspense novel will keep listeners glued to their earbuds, unable to do anything else but listen wide-eyed and rapt. In an homage to Agatha Christie (AND THEN THERE WERE NONE), Ware has taken the premise of people trapped in an isolated house with an unidentified killer; cleverly adapted the who, where, and what to... Read More

ONE DOOR CLOSES

ONE DOOR CLOSES

by Jennifer Bacia | Read by Danielle Carter

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Soft-voiced Danielle Carter's Australian accent enhances this story set in Sidney and Melbourne. Marnie, Tina, and Lee meet at the beginning of their careers as young, ambitious businesswomen. Twenty-five years later, each faces changes in her personal and work lives. Carter's steady narration sets a leisurely pace as she portrays women who make their own success and fulfill... Read More

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

ONE FOR THE BOOKS Library Lover's Mysteries, Book 11

by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will share Lindsey and Sully's consternation as, a mere two weeks before their wedding, they learn they have accidentally invited the whole of Briar Creek to the ceremony instead of the 30 guests they'd planned. Narrator Allyson Ryan cultivates a strong sense of empathy among listeners as they quickly identify with Lindsey's anxiety over the details of her big day.... Read More

ONE LAST CHILD

ONE LAST CHILD Tallman's Valley Detectives, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Anni Taylor | Read by Caroline Lee

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Caroline Lee inhabits this mystery set in Katoomba, Australia. Teachers are setting up a picnic for 19 kindergarteners when five of them, including the granddaughter of homicide detective Kate Wakeland, mysteriously vanish. Lee's delivery of both the narrative and the dialogue is flawless--diverse emotions and local, Indian, and Chinese accents are spot-on. Listeners... Read More

ONE LAST LIE

ONE LAST LIE Mike Bowditch, Book 11

by Paul Doiron | Read by Henry Leyva

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Maine warden Mike Bowditch, the featured character in Doiron's series, tries to help the father figure in his life as he wends his way through the woods to find closure on an old case. There's no question that Henry Leyva's outstanding narration enhances this audiobook. The various nuanced accents he delivers--from New England to French--play a key role in the story. Leyva... Read More

OPPO

OPPO

by Tom Rosenstiel | Read by David Colacci

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Colacci narrates in an authoritative tone that gives gravitas to the compelling personal stories of the characters in this mystery. His narration is a perfect match for its engrossing and timely plot. Senator Wendy Upton, a well-respected centrist, has been approached by both parties about joining their ticket as the candidate for vice president. Shortly after, she... Read More

POSTMARK BERLIN

POSTMARK BERLIN

by Anne Emery | Read by Gerard Doyle

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gerard Doyle's warm Irish accent and deliberate pacing are well suited to this mystery about long-buried secrets. The 11th in the Arthur Ellis Award-winning series takes the protagonist, Irish-born Father Brennan Burke, from his Halifax, Nova Scotia, home to Berlin and back as he investigates the death of a parishioner. Murder or suicide, and what's the import of the... Read More

RED STATION

RED STATION Harry Tate, Book 1

by Adrian Magson | Read by John Telfer

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Originally published in 2010, this is the first of six books in the Harry Tate series. Narrator John Telfer captures the brooding quality of his protagonist, an MI5 operative who oversees a drug raid that goes horribly awry. Harry is shipped off to the little-known Red Station outpost on the Russian border to join a group who are troublemakers, according to their MI5 and MI6... Read More

THE REVELATORS

THE REVELATORS Quinn Colson, Book 10

by Ace Atkins | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sheriff Quinn Colson would like nothing more than to take down a notorious madam's operation blessed by the governor and his cronies. This Western crime novel--which encompasses issues relating to human trafficking, immigration, and exploitation--is a gripping listen. MacLeod Andrews's narration and author Ace Atkins's turns of phrase are outstanding. Colorful language abounds... Read More

A RING OF TRUTH

A RING OF TRUTH Henrietta and Inspector Howard, Book 2

by Michelle Cox | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Michelle Cox | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, Henrietta von Harmon, having just gotten engaged to Inspector Clive Howard, is shocked to discover that he comes from one of the richest, most connected families in 1936 Chicago. Narrator Jane Entwistle effectively portrays the internal conflict felt by Henrietta, who is from the slums, as she is overwhelmed by the Howards' opulence and standards of... Read More

THE ROOMMATE

THE ROOMMATE The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.7

by Dervia McTiernan | Read by Aoife McMahon

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audio novella is a prequel to McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series. Narrator Aiofe McMahon, with her command of Irish accents, masterfully delivers this gem of a mini-thriller. Young school teacher Niamh Turley's dramatic dark turn begins early one morning when she discovers that her missing roommate has been murdered. The story is told through Niamh's point of view, with... Read More

A ROYAL AFFAIR

A ROYAL AFFAIR Sparks & Bainbridge, Book 2

by Allison Montclair | Read by Sarah Nichols

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Through the sterling performance of Sarah Nichols, listeners will immerse themselves in both the seedy and the high-society worlds of 1946 London. Iris Sparks and Gwen Bainbridge, owners of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau, are hired for their most important job ever--vetting the potential bridegroom of Crown Princess Elizabeth. Someone has sent a letter to Elizabeth that could... Read More

THE SEARCHER

THE SEARCHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Tana French | Read by Roger Clark

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Roger Clark's American-Irish-British background makes him uniquely qualified to narrate Tana French's tense story of a Chicago cop who is trying to solve a mystery far outside his jurisdiction. Divorced and weary with police work, Cal wants nothing more than a quiet retirement in the Irish countryside, fishing and renovating an old cottage. But against his will, he's drawn into... Read More

THE SHADOWS

THE SHADOWS

by Alex North | Read by John Heffernan, Hannah Arterton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators John Heffernan and Hannah Arterton deliver this mystery with aplomb. After 25 years, Paul Adams, accused of murder as a teenager, returns to Gritton, an English industrial town. Time and viewpoints frequently shift in this mystery. Listeners accompany Adams as he reluctantly visits his mother in hospice. Heffernan portrays him as kind and feeling guilty for leaving... Read More

THE SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK

THE SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 13

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie returns to perform the 13th entry in this mystery series set in Dordogne, France. Bruno is more than the chief of police--he's a friend, a good neighbor, an animal lover, and a gourmet cook. In this outing, he investigates a shady retirement community, the possible murder of a local sheep farmer, and a questionable insurance company, all of which... Read More

THE SILENT WIFE

THE SILENT WIFE Will Trent, Book 10

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A series of horrific rapes has authorities mystified. Investigator Will Trent and Medical Examiner Sara Linton dig deep into the case, examining clues as well as their love life. Kathleen Early delivers the story, which is set in the South and jumps between two timeframes. She shines mostly with the accents of several secondary characters. A medical examiner is given a slow,... Read More

A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

by Ian Rankin | Read by James Macpherson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When retired police inspector John Rebus gets a phone call from his daughter, Samantha, to say her husband is missing, he makes the journey to the North Scottish coast to support her. Things quickly get complicated when Samantha becomes a suspect in the disappearance and another murder enquiry is being investigated by his old team in Edinburgh. James Macpherson is the perfect... Read More

SQUEEZE ME

SQUEEZE ME

Earphones Award Winner

by Carl Hiaasen | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Scott Brick narrates Carl Hiaasen's latest audiobook, a crime farce that takes sharp satirical aim at Donald Trump and other wealthy conservatives. Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, Palm Beach resident and member of an influential Trump-supporting cabal, goes missing at a swanky fundraiser. Soon after, professional wildlife wrangler Angie Armstrong is called to the scene to remove a... Read More

STILL KNIFE PAINTING

STILL KNIFE PAINTING Paint & Shine, Book 1

by Cheryl Hollon | Read by Courtney Patterson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When artist Miranda Trent inherits her Uncle Gene's homestead in the Appalachians in Eastern Kentucky, she sets up what she calls a cultural adventure tour. In portraying this region, narrator Courtney Patterson effectively utilizes local accents, making them distinct but easily understandable. At Miranda's Paint & Shine event, clients get a chance to paint Lover's Leap and... Read More

THEN SHE VANISHED

THEN SHE VANISHED Roland Ford, Book 4

by T. Jefferson Parker | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Will Damron lends his deep voice and impeccable pacing to this thriller involving racial and gender politics and the kidnapping of the wife of a California assemblyman. Roland Ford is assigned to find the woman by former Marine and rising politician Dalton Strait. Damron infuses his portrayal of Ford with an edge of skepticism after he delves into the candidate's... Read More

THICK AS THIEVES

THICK AS THIEVES

by Sandra Brown | Read by Kyf Brewer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kyf Brewer meets the challenge of voicing a full cast of characters over two time periods. Twenty years ago, three individuals, who were being manipulated by a bully, committed a robbery. By the end of that night, one of the thieves was dead, one was in jail, and one disappeared with a half-million dollars and was accused of murder. Now the younger daughter of the... Read More

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

by Richard Osman | Read by Leslie Manville

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Four residents of the Coopers Chase retirement village meet regularly in this audiobook to try to solve cold cases until a real murder happens at the village. The septuagenarians then pit their detecting skills against those of the police. Narrator Leslie Manville captures the humor that arises organically from the very real characters she voices, making this audiobook fun to... Read More

TREASURE

TREASURE Hush Collection #2

by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Read by Adepero Oduye

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Adepero Oduye narrates this short story about class divides in Nigeria and the perils of social media. Treasure is an aspiring Instagram influencer with a carefully crafted glamorous image she shares with her nearly 5,000 followers. An unnamed poor mechanic steals a smartphone and logs onto Instagram as @Sho4Sure. After a brief flirtation in Treasure's direct messages,... Read More

THE UNLOCKING SEASON

THE UNLOCKING SEASON Joanne Kilbourn, Book 19

by Gail Bowen | Read by Athena Karkanis

ECW Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners follow detective Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, whose life story is being made into a documentary. However, when the scriptwriter is found crazed with terror during a scouting trip and then dies, she realizes there is more than the production at risk. Narrator Athena Karkanis brings the story to life in a clear and concise way, giving just the right amount of personality to... Read More

UNTIL IT'S OVER

UNTIL IT'S OVER

by Nicci French | Read by Natalie Britton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Natalie Britton is so good the listeners will swear they're hearing a full-cast audio. Part 1 of Nicci French's latest chiller focuses on Astrid, a bicycle messenger who shares a house with six roommates. They know each other well--or so they think. Astrid is thrown from her bike when a neighbor opens her car door as Astrid is passing, causing a spectacular accident.... Read More

THE VACATION

THE VACATION

by T.M. Logan | Read by Laura Kirman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It's tough to imagine a better or more creative narration for this riveting story of four friends, spouses, and kids on vacation in France. Laura Kirman handles a dozen characters wonderfully. All the voices fit the varying personalities--from a stuffy counselor's disinterested tone to a girl's whining and a brooding teenage boy's clipped sentences. The characters are British... Read More

VANISHING FALLS

VANISHING FALLS

by Poppy Gee | Read by Caroline Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Atmospheric and engaging, this audio mystery features compelling family histories, small-town secrets, and a wide cast of interconnected characters. Narrator Caroline Lee's pacing adds to the multilayered story, set in Vanishing Falls, a small town in Tasmania. Lee particularly shines as Joelle Smithton, a young mother who is dismissed by many as simpleminded. But she is... Read More

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

by Alyssa Cole | Read by Susan Dalian, Jay Aaseng

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Susan Dalian's and Jay Aaseng's skilled vocal ranges complement witty prose and a plot that cleverly dramatizes racial injustices. Sydney creates a walking tour to retain her Brooklyn neighborhood's history during an unsettlingly fast gentrification. When new neighbor Theo joins the effort, and the pair uncover horrors that are more than historical, they're catapulted into a... Read More

WHEN THE DEAD COME CALLING

WHEN THE DEAD COME CALLING Burrowhead #1

by Helen Sedgwick | Read by Julie Maisey

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julie Maisey rises to the challenge of this brooding mystery set in Burrowhead, England. The story begins with someone or something having been left in a cave that also contains eerie drawings, messages, and ancient objects. As the story keeps it unclear who or what it is, Maisey keeps the menacing feeling growing. Then, psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is brutally... Read More

WHEN YOU SEE ME

WHEN YOU SEE ME A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel, Book 11

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners follow a newly formed task force that is sent to a small town in Georgia to investigate what is believed to be a serial killing. The team--consisting of Flora, a kidnap survivor; FBI agent Kimberly Quincy; and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren--soon find there's more to this town than meets the eye. Narrator Kirsten Potter rises to the challenge of bringing this diverse... Read More

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