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AFTERLAND

AFTERLAND

by Lauren Beukes | Read by Bianca Amato

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Bianca Amato's performance captures the tension that permeates this near-future story of plague and pursuit. Cole and her 12-year-old son, Miles, are on the run, trying to get from the U.S. to South Africa, their home. Miles is disguised as a girl. He survived a male-killing plague that struck the world a few years earlier and is now quite a valuable commodity. Cole's... Read More

ALL WE BURIED

ALL WE BURIED

by Elena Taylor | Read by Teri Schnaubelt

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Teri Schnaubelt initially uses a warm yet terse tone for the dialogue of Interim Sheriff Bet Rivers of Collier, Washington. Bet's first homicide investigation as the top cop revolves around a body found floating in a glacial lake in the Cascade Mountains. The scratchy male voices Schnaubelt adopts reflect the outdoor lifestyles of the deputies, townsmen, and Bet's late... 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

BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER

BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER Harry McCoy, Book 3

by Alan Parks | Read by Andrew Mcintosh

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Andrew Mcintosh's narration suits the mood of this detective novel, set in Glasgow in 1973. A Scottish rock star is found dead in his motel room at the same time that a 15-year-old girl is reported missing. Are the events connected and can down-and-out police detective Harry McCoy put the pieces together? Be warned, this is not an easy listen. Mcintosh speaks with a thick... Read More

THE BODY DOUBLE

THE BODY DOUBLE

Earphones Award Winner

by Emily Beyda | Read by Emily Rankin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emily Rankin's performance highlights what happens when the ideal narrator delivers a story that is perfect for audio. Beyda's debut novel is the first-person account of an unidentified woman plucked from anonymity to become the body double of a celebrity who has left the public eye to conquer her personal troubles. As Rosanna Feld's body double, the woman is secretly molded... Read More

THE BODY IN THE GARDEN

THE BODY IN THE GARDEN

by Katharine Schellman | Read by Henrietta Meir

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a clipped British accent, Henrietta Meir performs this complex mystery set in Regency London. Newly widowed Lily Adler's aristocratic tones reflect her keen observational skills as she and her husband's friend, Navy captain Jack Hartley, along with West Indies heiress Miss Ofelia Oswald, investigate a death in the garden. While Meir adopts a commanding accent for Hartley,... Read More

THE BONE JAR

THE BONE JAR Detective Lew Kirby, Book 1

by S W Kane | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This murder mystery benefits from narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies's excellent timing. When the body of an elderly woman is found in a former asylum, Detective Lew Kirby tries to solve the crime, only to discover another body nearby, as well as secrets from his own past. While investigating, Kirby meets the aptly named Connie Darke, whose sister also died at the asylum. As they... Read More

BONNIE

BONNIE

by Christina Schwartz | Read by Candace Thaxton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Candace Thaxton's lively narration brings listeners to 1930s Texas for the start of the legend of Bonnie and Clyde. As the story opens, Bonnie Parker meets, and quickly falls in love with, Clyde Barrow. As events unfold from Bonnie's perspective, listeners will see how her intelligence and supportive family background do not stop her from choosing a life of crime with the... Read More

BOOKED FOR DEATH

BOOKED FOR DEATH Book Lover's B&B Mystery, Book 1

by Victoria Gilbert | Read by Suzie Althens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As this audiobook opens, Charlotte Reed has recently inherited Chapters, a B&B dedicated to literature, from her enigmatic great-aunt, Isabella. As a week dedicated to the theme of mystery author Josephine Tey takes place, Charlotte discovers that one of her guests has alienated everyone at Chapters. Thus, when he is stabbed, listeners have a wealth of characters to suspect. As... Read More

BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH

BOTCHED BUTTERSCOTCH Amish Candy Shop, Book 2.5

by Amanda Flower | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebecca Mitchell effectively brings to life the Amish community of Harvest, Ohio, where Bailey King works at her Amish grandparents' candy shop. When Bailey provides the desserts for a Mother's Day luncheon fundraiser, she gets involved in another mystery when someone steals the donations. In voicing Bailey's first-person narration, Mitchell makes listeners think they... Read More

BROKEN

BROKEN

by Don Winslow | Read by Kaleo Griffith, Ray Porter

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Kaleo Griffith and Ray Porter perfectly match the noir tone and rhythms of low-life characters who come into the world the same but leave broken. They're hardened men and women who navigate various criminal worlds--usually unsuccessfully. In these six novellas, jewel thieves tell themselves all they need is one more score. Relentless cops chase high-end thieves who... Read More

THE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER

THE BURGLAR IN SHORT ORDER

by Lawrence Block | Read by Richard Ferrone

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Throughout nine novels, narrator Richard Ferrone's resonant voice and erudite delivery have reflected the character of burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, a witty, ethical thief. Now, Ferrone is back to do the honors narrating this compilation of stories, almost all of which have appeared in print or audio. (Some entries are chapters pulled from Rhodenbarr novels.) The collection... Read More

THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE

THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE

by Elsa Hart | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Barrie Kreinik's skill with accents and dialects comes in handy in her narration of this historical mystery, which takes place in London at the turn of the eighteenth century. Hart provides a window onto a time when wealthy men wore wigs and pursued a passion for collecting oddities from across the globe. Into this very traditional world appear two very nontraditional... Read More

CAMINO WINDS

CAMINO WINDS Camino, Book 2

by John Grisham | Read by Michael Beck

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners may be disappointed if they're expecting this audiobook to be a tense legal drama. This second book in Grisham's Camino Island series features bookstore owner and rare book dealer Bruce Cable and his author friends unraveling a murder mystery. However, we hear about most of the action secondhand. While narrator Michael Beck is well suited to portray Bruce and the... Read More

THE CARETAKERS

THE CARETAKERS

by Eliza Maxwell | Read by Janet Metzger, Erin Mallon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Janet Metzger and Erin Mallon team up to tell the suspenseful story of two sisters whose lives unravel over a long held family secret. Tessa Shepard believes she was responsible for almost getting her sister, Margot, killed decades ago. As a documentary filmmaker, she has tried to assuage her guilt by clearing a man falsely imprisoned for murder; however, it now... Read More

THE CLUTTER CORPSE

THE CLUTTER CORPSE

by Simon Brett | Read by Simon Brett

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A new series by author/narrator Simon Brett is cause for rejoicing. Ellen Curtis is a declutterer who works with hoarders and those who need a nudge at organization. Brett's portrayal of low-key Ellen is supportive and tactful when she needs to persuade her clients to let go of possessions. Listeners will be intrigued by elderly Queenie, who has 11 cats, and Ashleigh, who loves... Read More

CURIOUS TOYS

CURIOUS TOYS

by Elizabeth Hand | Read by Carol Monda

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners are taken back to 1915, to a poor neighborhood in Chicago. Through the sympathetic, versatile narration of Carol Monda we hear the voices of its multiethnic residents, and we feel the fragility of their lives. This is a historical thriller with multiple murders, violated girls, chases, and political skulduggery. Monda gives each character-- whether victim or... Read More

DARLING ROSE GOLD

DARLING ROSE GOLD

by Stephanie Wrobel | Read by Megan Dodds, Jill Winternitz

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Repellent characters can make for an enticing story, as is shown in this well-performed audiobook. Patty Watts went to prison for five years for her long-standing abuse of her daughter, Rose Gold, who was 18 when her mother was convicted. After her release, Patty, oddly enough, moves in with her daughter--who either very much forgives her mom or very much does not. Narrator... 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

A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP

A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP Ice Cream Shop, Book 1

by Abby Collette | Read by Chandra Skyye

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chandra Skyye brings both female and male characters alive in a pitch-perfect narration that creates larger-than-life characters. When Win returns from New York to Chagrin Falls in order to reopen her family's ice cream shop, a murder takes place, resulting in the police looking at members of her family as suspects. So Win and her best friend, Maisie, set out to do their own... Read More

THE DILEMMA

THE DILEMMA

by B.A. Paris | Read by Elizabeth Eyre, Peter Noble

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Be prepared to stay awake listening to this heartbreaking, suspenseful audiobook. When is it okay to keep secrets? How do we protect those we love from news that will change their lives forever? The story is told in the first person from the alternating perspectives of husband and wife Adam and Livia, voiced by Peter Noble and Elizabeth Eyre. Their narration perfectly matches... 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

FAKE TRUTH

FAKE TRUTH Ian Ludlow, Book 3

by Lee Goldberg | Read by Adam Verner

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Goldberg's latest Ian Ludlow thriller is entertaining and relevant. Narrator Adam Verner expertly voices an assortment of colorful characters--Russian mobsters, Mexican drug lords, spies, a conservative talk show host, and more. Verner particularly shines as Ludlow. A full-time writer, part-time spy, Ludlow is funny, sarcastic, and determined. As he attempts to come up with a... Read More

THE FALCON ALWAYS WINGS TWICE

THE FALCON ALWAYS WINGS TWICE Meg Langslow, Book 27

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listening to Bernadette Dunne perform the Meg Langslow audiobooks gives listeners a sense of coming home to a beloved family. In this installment, Meg and her family hold a Renaissance Faire at her grandmother's craft center. Dunne builds up listeners' ill will toward a particularly vicious performer, bringing it to a climax when he carries out his most dramatic and malicious... Read More

FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE

FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE Felicity Carrol, Book 2

by Patricia Marcantonio | Read by Lillian Rachel

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

British-born narrator Lillian Rachel deftly moves between the posh accent of London's Detective Felicity Carrol and the accents of the American Old West in this new audiobook inspired by one of the most infamous unsolved crimes of all time. When Detective Carrol's good friend becomes ill after dedicating his life to finding Jack the Ripper, Felicity follows the trail to Montana... Read More

GHOSTS OF HARVARD

GHOSTS OF HARVARD

by Francesca Serritella | Read by Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is not what it seems, and its unpredictable twists make Francesca Serritella's mystery worth listening to. The story focuses on Cady Archer, a Harvard freshman dealing with the emotional baggage of her brother's suicide who begins to hear multiple voices--not just any voices, but voices whose existence is tied to her new school. Listeners will appreciate Karissa... Read More

THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS

THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS

by Megan Miranda | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebekkah Ross handles Megan Miranda's latest mystery with maximum intensity. Swept away while sleepwalking during a storm, 6-year-old Arden goes missing for three days. Upon her return, she becomes a reluctant celebrity, receiving letters from well-wishers and a flurry of attention from the media, along with an assortment of gawkers, stalkers, and creeps. Eventually,... Read More

THE GOLDEN CAGE

THE GOLDEN CAGE

by Camilla Läckberg, Neil Smith [Trans.] | Read by Ann Richardson

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will appreciate the value of a skilled narrator through the slow opening half of this ultimately satisfying domestic thriller, the latest from the bestselling Swedish crime novelist. Faye has sacrificed her own career dreams to support Jack's business, and now that he's rich and successful and she's put on a few pounds, he's ready to dump her. For much of the novel... Read More

GONE WITH THE WHISKER

GONE WITH THE WHISKER Bookmobile Cat, Book 8

by Laurie Cass | Read by Erin Bennett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a clear, smooth voice, narrator Erin Bennett takes listeners on another adventure with Minnie Hamilton--a bookmobile librarian in the tourist town of Chilson, Michigan. When Minnie's teenage niece, Kate, comes to stay for the summer, she stumbles, quite literally, across a dead body. Before long, Minnie and her feisty feline, Eddie, resolve to get to the bottom of another... Read More

A GOOD MARRIAGE

A GOOD MARRIAGE

by Kimberly McCreight | Read by Sarah Zimmerman, Karissa Vacker, George Newbern

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sarah Zimmerman, Karissa Vacker, and George Newbern combine forces to narrate a thriller that asks what makes a good marriage. The trio delivers the story's three timelines seamlessly, making it more accessible for listeners. Zach is in Rikers for assaulting a police officer after finding his wife, Amanda, dead at the bottom of their stairs. He persuades his friend Lizzie, a... Read More

THE GOODBYE MAN

THE GOODBYE MAN A Colter Shaw Novel, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffery Deaver | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kaleo Griffith returns to narrate the second audiobook in Deaver's Colter Shaw series. Griffith's regular-guy voice is a great match for this Jack Reacher-like protagonist. Shaw is a super-skilled investigator (a reward-seeking missing person finder) with a highly developed sense of justice. His wilderness survival skills and risk-assessment philosophy equip him to outmaneuver... Read More

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

by Kate White | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, listeners join finance journalist Ally Linden as she arrives at her Manhattan office, surprising herself and her former boss because she has not worked there for five years. It quickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong and that Ally has lost part of her memory and is experiencing a dissociative fugue state. Narrator Cynthia Farrell helps build the... 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

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

THE HOLLOW ONES

THE HOLLOW ONES

by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan | Read by Brittany Pressley

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A skillfully guided otherworldly audio excursion is presented by narrator Brittany Pressley, whose character portrayals lend realism to the storytelling. Odessa is an FBI agent who is thrust into an alternate reality she has never even considered possible when she is partnered with the mysterious Blackwood. He, on the other hand, is all too familiar with the activities of the... Read More

THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

THE HOTEL NEVERSINK

by Adam O'Fallon Price | Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Steven Jay Cohen brings a note of eeriness and elegy to his narration of Price's Edgar Award-winning novel. This story traces the fall of the Sikorskys, Jewish-Polish immigrants who achieved the American dream with their purchase and renovation of the Hotel Neversink. Cohen channels the novel's melancholy tone, describing the family's damaged reputation when a young boy... Read More

HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN

HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN

by Matthew Quirk | Read by Will Damron

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Will Damron performs Quirk's latest political thriller in a smoky voice and no-nonsense tone. Former Secret Service agent turned security consultant Nick Averose is framed for the murder of former CIA director Malcolm Widener. Rather than run and hide, Averose heads toward danger, searching for the real murderer while unraveling political reasons for the assassination. Damron's... Read More

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS Atticus Priest, Book 1

by Mark Dawson | Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The talented and prolific Simon Vance brings his exceptional abilities to his performance of this audiobook, the first in a new series. Vance's characters are distinct, and his pacing enjoyable. His English accent is ever so appropriate for this story of family tension and murder set in Salisbury, England. Detective Chief Inspector Mackenzie Jones is called out on Christmas Eve... Read More

INTO THE FIRE

INTO THE FIRE

by Manda Scott | Read by Philip Stevens, Emma Gregory

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Philip Stevens and Emma Gregory recount the story of Joan of Arc in the 1430s, along with a contemporary mystery also set in Orleans, France. Stevens portrays Joan with a believable mixture of innocence, piety, and determination suggestive of a seasoned general. Gregory portrays police capitain Inez Picault as resourceful, fast talking, and tough. Listeners witness... Read More

JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY

JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY Jane Darrowfield, Book 1

by Barbara Ross | Read by Traci Odom

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Bored after her retirement, Jane Darrowfield gets paid to become a busybody in this audiobook. The manager of Walden Spring retirement home asks Jane to move in and locate the source of conflict in the community. Narrator Traci Odom makes residents sound realistic, especially during the food fight. When the leader of one of the cliques is murdered, Jane finds her job to be much... Read More

KILLER CHARDONNAY

KILLER CHARDONNAY

by Kate Lansing | Read by Brooke Hoover

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This first entry in a new cozy mystery series is performed by Brooke Hoover. Parker Valentine doesn't grow her own grapes; instead, she's a winemaker who buys her fruit from California vineyards. After years of work, she's sure she's thought of everything to make the opening of her Boulder, Colorado, tasting room a success. What she hasn't counted on is the death of a famous... Read More

A KILLER'S WIFE

A KILLER'S WIFE Desert Plains, Book 1

by Victor Methos | Read by Brittany Pressley

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Brittany Pressley portrays Jessica Yardley, who, 14 years ago, while pregnant, discovered that her husband was a serial killer. Pressley conveys high emotion in her voice, tone, and tempo as she voices Jessica, who is now a federal prosecutor raising a teenage daughter. Jessica is drawn into investigating a series of brutal murders in what appear to be copycat versions... Read More

A LITTER OF BONES

A LITTER OF BONES DCI Logan, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by JD Kirk | Read by Angus King

Zertex Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Angus King introduces Detective Chief Inspector Jack Logan, who is sent to the Scottish Highlands to investigate a child abduction similar to one he solved earlier. Logan is confident and tough but also vulnerable; his transition from Glasgow to the countryside is amusing. Listeners will meet his engaging and conscientious team and feel themselves to be in the middle... 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

LOCKDOWN

LOCKDOWN

by Peter May | Read by Peter Forbes

Quercus Editions Limited | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This prescient thriller was written in 2005 but turned down by publishers, who thought the story about a global pandemic that forces London into quarantine was "ludicrous." The Scottish author's frequent collaborator, Peter Forbes, narrates this chilling story with an edginess that perfectly mirrors the action. Centered on D.I. Jack MacNeil's efforts to track down the murderer... Read More

LONG RANGE

LONG RANGE Joe Pickett, Book 20

by C.J. Box | Read by David Chandler

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Joe Pickett fans will be delighted that David Chandler is returning to narrate the newest installment in the series. Chandler portrays Pickett without embellishment; the Wyoming game warden is a straight shooter (literally and figuratively), loyal to his friends and family, and committed to upholding justice. At 50, Pickett is capable of handling almost everything and surprised... Read More

MARSHMALLOW MALICE

MARSHMALLOW MALICE Amish Candy Shop, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Amanda Flower | Read by Rebecca Mitchell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this delightful audiobook, Juliet and Reverend Brooks's wedding day has arrived, and it seems that anything that can go wrong does so. The next morning candymaker Bailey King goes to inspect the church and finds the murdered body of a woman who tried to crash the wedding. The murder leads to Bailey's most dangerous investigation yet. Rebecca Mitchell, narrating in the voice... Read More

MASQUERADE FOR MURDER

MASQUERADE FOR MURDER Mike Hammer, Book 26

by Micky Spillane, Max Allan Collins | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mickey Spillane mysteries are classics, and this audiobook--written by Collins, who has taken over the character--is as entertaining as any. Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's gruff voice provides an ideal complement to the latest novel featuring Mike Hammer, a PI whose techniques and style break the mold. Hammer is hired by the father of Wall Street financier Vincent Colby, who is... 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

MRS. MOHR GOES MISSING

MRS. MOHR GOES MISSING

by Maryla Szymczkowa, Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Trans.] | Read by Moira Quirk

HMH Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audio whodunit stands out because it is beguilingly set in fin-de-siècle Cracow. Featuring a self-important amateur snoop addicted to reading cozy mysteries, it should be stylish period fun, like Benson's Mapp v. Lucia stories. Unfortunately, given the shrill bossy voice Moira Quirk gives our social-climbing housewife sleuth, Zofia Turbotynska, she comes across as... Read More

MURDER AT THE PLAYHOUSE

MURDER AT THE PLAYHOUSE

by Helena Dixon | Read by Alex Tregear

Hachette UK - Bookouture | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Amateur sleuth Kitty Underhay gets involved in another case in this audiobook set in 1934. This time, her friend Matthew Bryant is arrested for murder. Someone strangled aspiring actress Pearl Bright with Matt's bootlace. Once Matt is released from jail, Kitty must find the real killer to save Matt's reputation and career. As narrator Alex Tregear makes this audiobook come... Read More

MURDER ON PLEASANT AVENUE

MURDER ON PLEASANT AVENUE

by Victoria Thompson | Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Suzanne Toren's star-quality performance makes the 23rd episode in Victoria Thompson's Edgar and Agatha Award-nominated Gaslight mysteries delightful listening. When a woman who works at the Daughters of Hope Mission settlement house in East Harlem disappears, P.I. Frank Malloy; his sleuthing partner, Gino Donatelli; and his wife, Sarah, are drawn into the... Read More

MUZZLED

MUZZLED Andy Carpenter Series, Book 21

Earphones Award Winner

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Grover Gardner returns to breathe life into listeners' favorite dog-loving lawyer as Andy Carpenter defends a man declared dead in a boat explosion. Gardner makes listeners root for Andy as he becomes embroiled in the case when the supposedly dead man retrieves his beloved companion from Andy's dog-rescue charity. After the police charge the man with murdering his... Read More

NO BAD DEED

NO BAD DEED

by Heather Chavez | Read by Megan Tusing

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

If you're a fan of twists and turns, whodunits, and why'd-they-do-its, this is a must-listen. Narrator Megan Tusing does a great job capturing this engaging mystery. The story centers on a veterinarian who's a loving mom, devoted wife, and doer of good deeds. That last part is what gets her into trouble. Has her past finally caught up with her? Is it true that no good deed goes... Read More

THE OLD RELIGION

THE OLD RELIGION Tom Killgannon, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Martyn Waites | Read by Martyn Waites

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Martyn Waites deftly switches from pen to mic for his exciting, sometimes terrifying, mystery set in rural Cornwall. Secretive Tom Killgannon--ex-military, ex-police, and now in the Witness Protection Program--is living in St. Petroc, where he works in a pub. Listeners will be shocked when he finds frightened 17-year-old Lila in his remote home. Waites perfectly creates... 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

THE ORDER

THE ORDER

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Silva | Read by George Guidall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall brings back the key characters in Silva's Gabriel Allon series. Through a mystery reminiscent of THE DA VINCI CODE, listeners are taken into the world of Catholicism and its historic relation to Jews. Through tone and accent, Guidall differentiates the many characters--some regulars, some new, some good, some quite devious--all of whom move the story... Read More

THE OTHER MRS.

THE OTHER MRS.

by Mary Kubica | Read by Piper Goodeve, Jeremy Arthur

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, Sadie, Will, and their family relocate to an island in Maine. After the murder of one of their neighbors, their lives start to unravel. The story is told from the viewpoint of the key characters, including Mouse, an abused girl; Camille, Will's sassy lover; and Will and Sadie themselves, each revealing a different perspective. Narrator Piper Goodeve gives... Read More

THE OTHER PEOPLE

THE OTHER PEOPLE

by C.J. Tudor | Read by Richard Armitage, Ellie Kendrick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

If you are a stickler for thrillers that make strict sense and seem to follow laws of probability or possibility in the known world, this audiobook may not be for you. If you relish a rich stew of human evil with some supernatural gothic touches, marvelously performed, dig in here. Richard Armitage is the principal narrator, and all his impressive gifts for drama, accents, and... Read More

OUTSIDER

OUTSIDER Kate Burkholder Series, Book 12

by Linda Castillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen McInerney returns to Amish country to portray Chief of Police Kate Burkholder in this dive into the dark world of police corruption. In the 12th book in the series, Burkholder confronts her former best friend, Detective Gina Colorosa, who is discovered by an Amish farmer and his children nearly frozen to death after having been shot. Castillo opens a window... Read More

OVER YOUR SHOULDER

OVER YOUR SHOULDER

by C.J. Carver | Read by Daniel Weyman, Bea Holland

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Daniel Weyman and Bea Holland deftly narrate this complicated, sometimes far-fetched, mystery set in London and its suburbs. Nick Ashdown and his family were grief-stricken 12 years ago when Rob, his younger brother, was declared dead in a boating accident. Weyman's Nick is hesitant, compassionate, and charmingly self-deprecating. Listeners and the Ashdowns are astonished when... Read More

PAPER GIRLS

PAPER GIRLS DCI Kett, Book 1

by Alex Smith | Read by Tim Bruce

Zertex Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join DCI Robert Kett, who's heading to Norwich to start a new life with his three young daughters following his wife's disappearance. When a girl goes missing while delivering newspapers, Kett is unwillingly dragged into the investigation. Narrator Tim Bruce is a great match for this contemporary mystery, as he allows the humor in the young family's antics to shine... 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

PRETTY THINGS

PRETTY THINGS

Earphones Award Winner

by Janelle Brown | Read by Julia Whelan, Lauren Fortgang, Hillary Huber

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julia Whelan and Lauren Fortgang perform a near-perfect duet narrating this utterly absorbing psychological thriller. Whelan's Nina is a grifter. She is bright and shrewd and is ready to go straight, but she needs one big score to pay for cancer treatments for her charming con woman mother. Nina's mark is Vanessa, a socialite media influencer, apparently all entitlement and... Read More

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL

A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL Dave Robicheaux, Book 23

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Will Patton continues to prove himself the perfect narrator for the Dave Robicheaux series. This time the detective investigates the long-standing feud between two of Louisiana's oldest and bloodiest families and finds himself facing the threat of a chilling time-traveling assassin. The lizard-faced killer can induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a ghost ship that... Read More

THE RED, RED SNOW

THE RED, RED SNOW Anderson and Costello, Book 11

Earphones Award Winner

by Caro Ramsay | Read by James MacPherson

Black Thorn | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator James MacPherson faultlessly depicts Scottish cities, villages, residents, and tourists. During the Christmas season, a Glasgow father is stabbed with his family right beside him. Later, an elderly German couple is found murdered in a remote cottage. MacPherson captures the accents and personalities of the victims, making their deaths particularly painful. Listeners... 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 SAFE PLACE

THE SAFE PLACE

by Anna Downes | Read by Anna Downes

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. A captivating narration by author Anna Downes adds that extra spark to her neo-gothic novel. After losing her acting job, her agent, and her apartment, Emily gets a promising job as a housekeeper/girl Friday for her former boss, Scott, at his remote French estate, Querencia. After meeting Nina, his high-strung wife, and... Read More

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD

THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD Detective Sam Porter, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by J.D. Barker | Read by Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The conclusion to the 4MK trilogy is a riveting and creepy audiobook that is totally captivating. Narrators Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton reprise their roles to deliver memorable performances. The story focuses on Detective Sam Porter's efforts to catch crazy, calculating Anson Bishop, the prime suspect in a seemingly never-ending series of killings. But there is much... Read More

A STUDY IN MURDER

A STUDY IN MURDER A Victorian Book Club, Book 1

by Callie Hutton | Read by Rosie Akerman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosie Akerman's British upper-crust tones keep pace with this delightful cozy mystery set in late-nineteenth-century Bath, England. Lady Amy Lovell, having broken her engagement to Mr. Ronald St. Vincent just days before, finds his body skewered by a bloody knife in her library. Considered a prime suspect by the local detectives, Lady Amy investigates the murder, using... Read More

SURVIVAL CAN BE DEADLY

SURVIVAL CAN BE DEADLY

by Charlotte Stuart | Read by Nicky Zakocs

Amphorae Publishing Group | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nicky Zakocs delivers the story of Cameron, a single mother and newly minted detective. In this first-person novel, Cameron describes her dangerous escapades, which take place on an island off Washington's coast that was once occupied by a group of survivalists with dark secrets. Cameron, as brought to life by Zakocs, is both rational and brave. She speaks to listeners in a... Read More

TAKE IT BACK

TAKE IT BACK

by Kia Abdullah | Read by Tania Rodrigues, Sophie Bentinck, Sartaj Garewal

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three narrators give clashing perspectives in this look at a British community rocked by sexual violence. Zara Kaleel is the lawyer-turned-counselor at a sexual assault center where 16-year-old Jodie, who is white, shows up, accusing four Muslim boys of rape. In the largest part of the story, Tania Rodrigues gives Zara an elegant yet emotional voice, revealing a woman battling... Read More

THESE WOMEN

THESE WOMEN

by Ivy Pochoda | Read by Bahni Turpin, Frankie Corzo

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will be swept into this gritty literary thriller about a group of women who are victims of violence. Narrator Bahni Turpin kicks off the story in 1999 with her first-person portrayal of Feelia, a survivor of a serial killer who is attacking prostitutes in Southern Los Angeles. Turpin's performance makes Feelia come alive with attitude and frustration at not being... Read More

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

THREE HOURS IN PARIS

Earphones Award Winner

by Cara Black | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers rises to the challenge of performing with American, English, Scottish, French, and German accents. Cara Black gives listeners her first stand-alone novel, which takes place in a 36-hour period in 1940s Paris. The three hours in the title refer to a mysterious visit that Hitler made to Paris in June 1940. Kate Rees, a feisty American sharpshooter, is... Read More

UNTAMED SHORE

UNTAMED SHORE

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Read by Maria Liatis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Maria Liatis captures the youthful innocence and frustrations of a teenage girl trapped in a dying Baja town in this new audiobook. Viridiana is named after a movie star, but she finds herself condemned to spend time acting as a translator and tourist guide. When a writer, his wife, and her brother come to town, Viridiana ends up as both their translator and a pawn in... Read More

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY

VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY Vera Kelly, Book 2

by Rosalie Knecht | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers gives a low-voiced, pitch-perfect narration of this character-driven mystery set in the 1960s. Vera Kelly is going through a rough patch after losing her girlfriend and her job in the same week. She decides to open her own P.I. firm, and her first case involves the missing child of Dominican exiles. Vera's search leads her through the New York City foster care... Read More

WIFE STALKER

WIFE STALKER

by Liv Constantine | Read by Julia Whelan, Meghan Wolf

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two narrators voice strong-willed women facing off in this zippy thriller. Meghan Wolf sounds earnest and youthful as Piper Reynard, a woman running from her past by opening a wellness spa in Connecticut. She quickly finds love with Leo Drakos, much to the dismay of his wife, Joanna, who finds their family life suddenly ripped apart. Golden Voice narrator Julia Whelan gives... Read More

A WOMAN ALONE

A WOMAN ALONE

by Nina Laurin | Read by Chloe Cannon

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Chloe Cannon narrates this domestic thriller with impeccable pacing and a perfect mix of disbelief, fear, and desperation. After a violent encounter, Cecelia and Scott Holmes move into a Smart Tech home. The house keeps them safe in all manner of ways--from providing high-tech security to selecting educational programs for their 3-year-old daughter's tablet. Everything should... Read More

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