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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

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

BEIJING PAYBACK

BEIJING PAYBACK

by Daniel Nieh | Read by Ewan Chung

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is a listen for anyone who likes a great crime novel performed by a truly talented narrator, Ewan Chung. A Chinese-American college student's immigrant father, a restaurateur, is found murdered. Soon, his son discovers his father's life was about more than restaurants--he was involved in a crime syndicate in China. Anyone who listens to this audiobook will not be surprised... Read More

A BETTER MAN

A BETTER MAN Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 15

Earphones Award Winner

by Louise Penny | Read by Robert Bathurst

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Bathurst's intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny's subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines. A woman is missing, her father is frantic, and her abusive husband is the prime suspect. Raging spring flooding threatens the village, and, on his first day back to work after his suspension... Read More

BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT

BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT

by Malin Persson Giolito, Rachel Willson-Broyles [Trans.] | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld breathes life into the conflicted soul of defense attorney Sophia Weber as she takes on the case of Dr. Stig Ahlin, who has been convicted and imprisoned for the murder of a 15-year-old girl. Maarleveld carefully reveals Weber's thought processes. Should she let Ahlin serve his time or accept his claim of innocence and try to get him off? The more she... 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 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

THE BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL

THE BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 12

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Ian MacKenzie's performance of this Bruno Chief of Police mystery is strangely inert, as if he doesn't understand that lovers of fiction hope to experience the characters as believable fellow humans, not just to receive information. Outstanding as usual, though, is Walker's knowledge of the art world, the people and customs of the Perigord, and the extremely complex... Read More

THE BODY LIES

THE BODY LIES

by Jo Baker | Read by Imogen Church, Deborah McBride, Sam Woolf, Simon Ludders, Julie Maisey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church leads a cast of five gifted narrators in this gripping psychological thriller in which an unnamed Englishwoman--a professor of creative writing--confronts the inner workings of the mind of a male student. The student, Nicholas, archly portrayed by Sam Woolf, reveals bit by bit through his sexually violent stories that he carries a horrible secret from his past.... 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

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

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

CRACKERJACK

CRACKERJACK

by Peter Church | Read by Peter Noble

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Nobel's pace and cadence complement well-developed characters and an unexpected, engaging story that pulls listeners into the intriguing world of cybercrime. In Cape Town, South Africa, Daniel Le Fleur has just managed to avoid prison time for computer hacking and is trying to keep a low profile when he's approached by Carla Vitale, a young engineer who is... 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

DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK

DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK Writer's Apprentice, Book 4

by Julia Buckley | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ann Marie Lee portrays Lena London, apprentice writer to the famous novelist Camilla Graham. The story takes listeners through Lena's personal nightmare as she and Camilla investigate a murder and get attacked themselves, landing Lena in the hospital. Lee aptly illuminates the drama experienced by Lena as her pain medicine gives her hallucinations and paranoia. Lee's... 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

DEEP PAST

DEEP PAST

by Eugene Linden | Read by Gabra Zackman

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

For those anticipating the next JURASSIC PARK-like sci-fi--everyone, right?--look no further than Gabra Zackman's fine performance of Eugene Linden's anthropological adventure, set in remote Kazakhstan. This is science writer Linden's first foray into fiction, and he plunges in with a dramatic plot, academic and corporate skullduggery, a touch of romance, and a fascinating... 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 ESCAPE ROOM

THE ESCAPE ROOM

by Megan Goldin | Read by Ramon De Ocampo, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two storylines unfold in alternate chapters in this twisty psychological thriller on audio. The first features Sara Hall and is convincingly narrated by January LaVoy. An ambitious finance graduate, Sara gets the job of her dreams at an investment bank and seems at first to be doing well. The second storyline, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo, with LaVoy handling some of the voices,... 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

GONE TOO LONG

GONE TOO LONG

by Lori Roy | Read by Catherine Taber, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Chris Gebauer

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Part history lesson and part twisted family drama, this audiobook gets in your head and remains there. Narrating from three perspectives spanning three time periods, narrators Catherine Taber, Dorothy Blue, and Chris Gebauer introduce Imogene, Beth, and Tilly. Young Beth witnesses a shocking crime and then is abducted. Imogene, daughter of a KKK leader, has tried her whole life... 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

THE HOUSE ON TURNER LANE

THE HOUSE ON TURNER LANE

by James R. Nelson | Read by Jack de Golia

James Nelson | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jack de Golia creates a delicious atmosphere of dread in this audiobook. The story begins when Olivia Thompson reluctantly leaves her sick mother to go hiking with her boyfriend. They end up in a small Michigan town filled with colorful townsfolk and a creepy hotel with oddball proprietors. Listeners will appreciate the vivid descriptions of the landscape and feel a... 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

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

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

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

THE LAST ACT

THE LAST ACT The Last Act, Book 1

by Brad Parks | Read by Graham Halstead

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Graham Halstead is totally in his element portraying down-on-his-luck actor Tommy Jump, who is hired by the FBI to go undercover in a federal prison and get the goods on a banker who is serving time for money laundering for a drug cartel. Halstead presents the story conversationally, which is just the light touch the audiobook calls for. He is eminently likable as... 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 WIDOW

THE LAST WIDOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen Early returns to bring listeners another addition to Karin Slaughter's series featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent Will Trent and his colleague and lover, Dr. Sara Linton. The story kicks off with the abduction of an infectious disease specialist from the CDC; then Sara is kidnapped by a group of domestic terrorists. Slaughter takes an innovative... Read More

LAYOVER

LAYOVER

by David Bell | Read by Robbie Daymond

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robbie Daymond is well matched to 20-something Joshua Fields, who meets and shares a drink and a brief, passionate kiss with the beautiful, enigmatic Morgan on a layover in Atlanta. After they part, Joshua abandons what he feels is his vacuous life to pursue--or some might say stalk--Morgan. The listening experience becomes somewhat challenging when the point of view... 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

LOCK EVERY DOOR

LOCK EVERY DOOR

by Riley Sager | Read by Dylan Moore

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dylan Moore's emotional narration delivers taut Hitchcockian suspense. After losing her job, apartment, and unfaithful boyfriend all in one day, 20-something Jules finds a well-paid apartment-sitting position in the storied Bartholomew building in Manhattan. As the story slips between the present and scant days before, Moore expresses the raw exhaustion and horror of the... 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

MISSING DAUGHTER

MISSING DAUGHTER

by Rick Mofina | Read by Mark Owen

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mark Owen is required to be the voice of Everyman in this chilling audiobook, which tackles every parent's worst nightmare: the disappearance of a child. Ryan and Karen Lane discover their 12-year-old daughter, Maddie, missing from her bed one morning. Her bedroom window is open. The police consider everyone connected with the Lane family a suspect, starting with... Read More

THE MURDER LIST

THE MURDER LIST

by Hank Phillippi Ryan | Read by Angela Dawe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This courtroom drama and murder mystery will delight listeners who enjoy a well-constructed story presented by a skilled narrator. The story involves a vicious competition between an ambitious prosecutor and a defense attorney who is determined to win every trial. Narrator Angela Dawe gives Martha, the prosecutor, a distinctive raw, scratchy voice that communicates power 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 NEW GIRL

THE NEW GIRL Gabriel Allon, Book 19

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Silva | Read by George Guidall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall brings back the many characters we have come to know and appreciate in Silva's Gabriel Allon series. Once again, Silva leverages current headlines to engage listeners, this time taking them into the intrigues of the House of Saud and the political ramifications of shifting alliances within it. Gabriel Allon, now having two years under his belt as... 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 NIGHT WINDOW

THE NIGHT WINDOW Jane Hawk, Book 5

by Dean Koontz | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk as she fights to save her own life and that of her son as she battles to expose an organization plotting to use nanotechnology to enslave millions of people. Elisabeth Rodgers's narration is perfectly matched to this fast-paced thriller and its female protagonist. Rodgers gives a variety of accents to a wide cast of diverse characters,... 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

NOBODY'S ANGEL

NOBODY'S ANGEL Hard Case Crime, Book 65

by Jack Clark | Read by Peter Lerman

Jack Clark Ink | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this haunting audiobook, a noir gem, narrator Peter Lerman's gruff voice brings cab driver Eddie Miles to life. Eddie is a man who has been beaten down and who accepts the dangers of his job in the declining city of Chicago. Then he is pulled into two serial crimes. First, he rescues a young, mutilated prostitute, who calls him her angel. Soon after, his best friend is... 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

ODD PARTNERS

ODD PARTNERS An Anthology

by Anne Perry [Ed.] | Read by Simon Prebble, Ray Porter, Christopher Ryan Grant, MacLeod Andrews, Lorna Raver, Edoardo Ballerini, Amy Landon, Janina Edwards

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The theme of this anthology of short stories is unlikely pairs who solve a mystery together. With 10 narrators voicing stories from 19 mystery writers, the listener is in for a rich smorgasbord of audio experiences. The narrators have been carefully matched to their short stories and enhance the nuances of the plots. The production quality is top-notch, with smooth shifts... Read More

ONE GOOD DEED

ONE GOOD DEED

by David Baldacci | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this post-WWII crime noir, a stand-alone, narrator Edoardo Ballerini takes us into the life of recently released ex-convict Aloysius Archer. Listeners will find Archer, as performed by Ballerini, an appealing character. Archer moves to a fictional city in the Midwest, where he encounters, not just one, but two femme fatales, and a host of other good and bad folks. Ballerini... Read More

PAPER SON

PAPER SON Lydia Chin/Bill Smith, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by S.J. Rozan | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller masterfully voices New York Chinese and Mississippi Delta Chinese, as well as Southern black and Caucasian characters, in this long-awaited addition to the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series. At her mother's insistence, P.I. Chin and her partner travel to the Mississippi Delta to establish the innocence of a cousin who is accused of having murdered his... 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

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

A SHAMEFUL MURDER

A SHAMEFUL MURDER Reverend Mother Mystery Series, Book 1

by Cora Harrison | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosalyn Landor's warm and stately voice is colored with a lilting Irish accent for this first of the Reverend Mother mysteries, a new series by Cora Harrison, author of the popular Burren and Gaslight historical mysteries. Set in 1923 in Cork, Ireland, in the midst of the Civil War, the story begins on a chilly morning when Reverend Mother Aquinas discovers the body of... 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

SOHO ANGEL

SOHO ANGEL The Soho, Book 3

by Greg Keen | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance creates diverse characters who range from the toughest of London's underworld to a grieving mother. P.I. Kenny Gabriel stalks the seedy side of London as he investigates the disappearance of a rock star and his girlfriend 20 years earlier. Vance's portrayals of both male and female characters are strong, and his pacing helps build the tension as the plot... Read More

THE SPOTTED DOG

THE SPOTTED DOG Corinna Chapman, Book 7

by Kerry Greenwood | Read by Jennifer Vuletic

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Audio has to be the best way to read a Kerry Greenwood novel. The Australian accents are delicious, and a deft narrator sweeps you happily past any momentary questions about believability. Jennifer Vuletic is that utterly deft narrator, and Phrynne Fisher fans who have not yet discovered Corinna Chapman, the contemporary plus-size heroine who bakes for a living and solves... 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

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

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

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 MORTAL BOY

THIS MORTAL BOY

by Fiona Kidman | Read by Simon London

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With a New Zealand accent, impeccable pacing, and distinctive characterizations, narrator Simon London evokes New Zealand in the 1950s. This was a time when the Irish were regarded suspiciously, the death penalty as a deterrent was hotly debated, and a government report alleging wild teenage behavior ignited a moral panic. Fiona Kidman reimagines the story of Albert Black, an... 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 TURN OF THE KEY

THE TURN OF THE KEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church narrates Ruth Ware's unsettling update of Henry James's TURN OF THE SCREW. Nanny Rowan Caine arrives for her first day at what seems like a dream job to find that things are not as perfect as they first seemed. The house's "smart" system malfunctions in the middle of the night, and the children hate her for no apparent reason. Church ably handles the children's... 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

WE WERE KILLERS ONCE

WE WERE KILLERS ONCE Brigid Quinn, Book 4

by Becky Masterman | Read by Kate Harper

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kate Harper is the new voice of the Brigid Quinn mysteries. In this thriller, which can be listened to as a stand-alone, two storylines converge. The first involves the relationship between ex-FBI agent Brigid and her husband, a professor, and the second follows a drug dealer just released from prison. This is no ordinary ex-con, however; when Jerry was a teen, he... 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

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

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