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ABSENCE OF ALICE

ABSENCE OF ALICE

by Sherry Harris | Read by Hillary Huber

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As this audiobook opens, Sarah Winston is busy with her garage sale business when an unidentified phone caller announces that her landlady, Stella, has been kidnapped. To locate her, Sarah must follow a series of strange directions. And she must not, under any condition, say anything to law enforcement. Narrator Hillary Huber helps listeners connect with this threat, which is... Read More

ABSENCE OF MERCY

ABSENCE OF MERCY A Lightner and Law Mystery

by S.M. Goodwin | Read by Rupert Degas

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This exciting audiobook, set in 1850s New York, follows Lord Jasper Lightner, Crimean War hero and distinguished London Metropolitan Police detective, as he is sent to the U.S. to help form a trained detective force. The moment he arrives in New York City, Jasper is thrust into the middle of violent street thugs and police corruption as he encounters the murdered body of... Read More

THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION

THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION The Andromeda Strain, Book 2

by Michael Crichton, Daniel H. Wilson | Read by Julia Whelan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This frightening audiobook sequel, capably voiced by narrator Julia Whelan, proves that you can kill neither the Andromeda Strain nor the creative genius of the late Michael Crichton. Fifty years after the original, this new techno-thriller, cowritten by Daniel H. Wilson (ROBOPOCALYPSE), brings back a whole new, diverse cast of characters to exterminate that pesky... Read More

THE ANGEL'S MARK

THE ANGEL'S MARK The Jackdaw Mysteries, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by S.W. Perry | Read by Kris Dyer

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kris Dyer's skilled delivery makes Elizabethan London--the privileged few, vast destitute, and Catholic heretics--come alive in a fact-based story. Listeners will meet Nicholas Shelby, a grieving physician who has taken to drink after the death of his wife and baby. After encountering a poor, crippled child who appears to have been murdered, Dyer's unwavering and... Read More

ANYWHERE BUT HERE

ANYWHERE BUT HERE

by Edward J. McFadden III | Read by Jack de Golia

Padwolf Publishing Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jack de Golia provides just the right tone of incredulity in this sparkling audiobook. Will and his wife, Beth, are gobsmacked when their son, Will, and their dog, Indy, run into a rip in space-time that pops up in their yard. Suburban dad Will bravely charges after them into the rift, where he encounters casualty cops and zombies and traipses through a cosmic... Read More

THE ART FIASCO

THE ART FIASCO Poppy Denby Investigates, Book 5

by Fiona Veitch Smith | Read by Helen Keeley

W F Howes | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook opens in 1924 as Poppy Denby goes to Northumberland for her father's 60th birthday. She soon ends up serving as press agent for the famous painter Agnes Robson as reporters dig into Agnes's past. When Agnes is murdered while attending an exhibit of her paintings, Poppy quickly gets involved in the hunt for the killer. Narrator Helen Keeley returns for her fourth... Read More

THE ART OF VIOLENCE

THE ART OF VIOLENCE Lydia Chin/Bill Smith, Book 13

by S.J. Rozan | Read by Erica Sullivan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Erica Sullivan has the benefit of Rozan's well-written plot. In the 13th installment in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, Smith takes center stage, with his partner in a supporting role. Sullivan successfully conveys the personalities of the female characters and effectively uses pace and tone to amp up the drama. However, she is less effective in credibly voicing male... Read More

BACK BAY BLUES

BACK BAY BLUES Andy Roark, Book 2

by Peter Colt | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With vivid descriptions; sharp, authentic dialogue; and a compelling plot, this audio mystery, set in Boston in 1985, is worth the listen. Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright pulls listeners in with his portrayal of former Army Special Forces soldier Andy Roark. Now an investigator, he's trying to figure out what comes next in his life. Sellon-Wright portrays him as smart, dedicated,... Read More

BEYOND THE VEIL

BEYOND THE VEIL Vanished Series, Book 2

by B.B. Griffith | Read by Ryan Jordan McCarthy, Stina Nielsen, Paul L. Coffey, Kirsten Leigh

Griffith Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stina Nielsen, Ryan Jordan McCarthy, Paul L. Coffey, and Kirsten Leigh narrate the next installment in the Vanished series. With its power over death, the bell cannot fall into the wrong hands--but its whereabouts are unknown. Many are searching for it, including members of a mystical society. Once found, they must fight to keep it--and the world--safe from destruction. The... Read More

THE BIRDS THAT STAY

THE BIRDS THAT STAY Russell and Leduc, Book 1

by Ann Lambert | Read by Ann Lambert

Second Story | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Ann Lambert flawlessly presents her genre-defying novel--which is part mystery, part family saga, and part romance. Everyone, including Marie Russell, is shocked when an elderly, reclusive neighbor is found dead in her yard near Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. Listeners will join kind, overworked Romeo Leduc when he realizes clues and motives are in short supply. Lambert... Read More

BLINK OF AN EYE

BLINK OF AN EYE

by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rogers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is just the type of tense, fast-paced story that listeners expect from the Kendra Michaels series. Once again, Elisabeth Rodgers masterfully portrays Kendra, an FBI consultant, and Jessie Mercado, her close friend and security advisor. Rodgers also ably voices the male characters, including Kendra's love interest, DOJ Special Agent Adam Lynch, who seems to show up at just... Read More

BLOOD GROVE

BLOOD GROVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Walter Mosley | Read by Michael Boatman

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Michael Boatman returns to narrate the 15th audiobook in Mosley's Easy Rawlins series. Boatman masterfully voices the numerous characters from various races and backgrounds, male and female, young and old. Rawlins reluctantly takes on the case of a disturbed white Vietnam veteran who is convinced he stabbed a Black man. Rawlins's persistence to uncover the truth leads him to... Read More

BODHI CROCODILE

BODHI CROCODILE

Earphones Award Winner

by Bradley Carter | Read by Troy Duran

Bradley Carter | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Troy Duran commendably narrates a story that is gritty and brutal but also tender and heartwarming. Listeners meet Freddy Gordon, who invites a childlike, mute man who sits outside his restaurant to come in. As the man eats, Gordon notices his fascination with an arcade game machine prize, which he wins, earning the nickname "Crocodile." Duran sensitively portrays an array of... Read More

THE BOOK OF LAMPS AND BANNERS

THE BOOK OF LAMPS AND BANNERS Cass Neary, Book 4

by Elizabeth Hand | Read by Carol Monda

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Series narrator Carol Monda's gravelly voice draws out every mile Cass Neary has traveled over the course of the author's thrillers. In this newest installment, Cass, a photographer, finds herself down and out in London, minus her camera. A chance meeting with an old acquaintance presents an opportunity to make quick cash by selling a rare ancient book. Monda delivers clear... Read More

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A CRIME?

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A CRIME? John Pickett, Book 10

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Joel L. Froomkin

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author creates an even more engaging protagonist, portrayed by Joel Froomkin, in this somewhat sad installment in her John Pickett series. The reformed Pickett, once a pickpocket in Regency London, now wants to change jobs because being a Bow Street Runner endangers his wife, Julia. Then, Runner Maxwell sees a boy who strongly resembles Pickett with two older men who murder... Read More

THE BURYING GROUND

THE BURYING GROUND

by David Mark | Read by Charlie Norfolk, Clare Kissane

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock, who finds herself living in a remote part of England as she grieves the death of her son. There she forms an unlikely friendship with Felicity, a young, local woman. After they witness a lightning strike that reveals a dead body, they seek to investigate, at which point the story's time frame splits between 1967 and 2010.... Read More

BUTTERFLY HOUSE

BUTTERFLY HOUSE

by Katrine Engberg | Read by Graeme Malcolm

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Graeme Malcolm brings an English accent and a fine performance to this Danish mystery. People are dying, drained of their blood through tiny cuts. The victims' other commonality is Butterfly House, a facility for teens with mental health issues. Detective Jeppe Kørner is assigned to the case; his partner, Anette Werner, is at home with a new baby and is thoroughly bored.... Read More

THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL

THE CABIN ON SOUDER HILL

by Lonnie Busch | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Lonnie Busch and narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen deliver a cryptic thriller featuring Michelle and Cliff Stage, who buy a secluded cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, only to get caught in a mysterious time warp. Mollo-Christensen strongly expresses Michelle's confusion when she realizes her husband has vanished one night while searching for an inexplicable light... Read More

A CHILD LOST

A CHILD LOST Henrietta and Inspector Howard, Book 5

by Michelle Cox | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Michelle Cox | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jayne Entwistle's sweet, flexible voice transforms as needed from bubbly, young American or gruff, old American to self-effacing German and passing Brit in this fifth outing for amateur sleuth Henrietta and her police inspector husband, Clive Howard, in 1930s Chicago. In the midst of investigating a thieving spiritualist, Clive and Henrietta agree to help Gunther, a... Read More

DAYLIGHT

DAYLIGHT Atlee Pine Series, Book 3

by David Baldacci | Read by Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer shine in the latest thriller in the Atlee Pine series, which brings together two of David Baldacci's well-known characters, FBI agent Pine and military investigator John Puller. Pressley portrays Pine as passionate, dedicated, and intelligent. Brewer's Puller is sharp, committed, and driven. Both narrators also capture a large cast of... Read More

DEADLY CROSS

DEADLY CROSS Alex Cross, Book 28

by James Patterson | Read by Brad Sanders

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Patterson continues his series featuring detective Alex Cross, who is once again on the trail of a killer. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that one of the victims is the vice president's ex-wife. Brad Sanders's narration does a decent job capturing the steady, calm voice of Cross, and he shines with his shifts to other characters. He delivers smooth transitions that range... Read More

DEAR CHILD

DEAR CHILD

by Romy Hausmann | Read by Simon Slater, Jane Collingwood, Nicky Diss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Abduction and captivity are explored in this engrossing thriller, which begins with an escape. Lena has been missing for 14 years when a woman fitting her description emerges from the woods claiming to be she--but is not. The malnourished 13-year-old with her, who calls her Mama, is not her child. Jane Collingwood voices the woman, conjuring her terror at being locked in the... Read More

DEPARTURE

DEPARTURE Seth Walker, Book 3

by Joseph Reid | Read by JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The race to locate an electrical engineer who mysteriously disappears at San Francisco Airport is the focus of this entertaining audiobook. But it is narrator JD Jackson's fast-paced narration that makes the latest Seth Walker mystery so enjoyable. Author Joseph Reid has written two stories, one about Walker's search, in his current job as an air marshal, for the missing man,... Read More

THE DEVIL AND THE DARK WATER

THE DEVIL AND THE DARK WATER

by Stuart Turton | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Bloomsbury Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Julian Rhind-Tutt's melodious British accent cloaks this enigmatic tale with bone-chilling terror as the Devil, known as "Old Tom," stalks the United East India Company's galleon SAARDAM on its eight-month voyage from Indonesia to Amsterdam in 1634. Samuel Pipps, detective, is being transported to Amsterdam, to be tried. Also aboard are Pipps's assistant/bodyguard, Arent Hayes,... Read More

THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM

THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM A Dewey Decimal, Book 1

by Nathan Larson | Read by JD Jackson

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

JD Jackson's gruff and gritty "beer-for-breakfast" voice is perfect for book-loving "Dewey Decimal," who lives in a world a bit too close to our current situation for comfort. He does what he must to survive in a world ravaged by a virus that has killed millions, a collapsed economy, and terrorism. He does what he must, and if that means being the amoral hired muscle of an... Read More

THE DIRTY SOUTH

THE DIRTY SOUTH Charlie Parker, Book 18

Earphones Award Winner

by John Connolly | Read by Jeff Harding

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mix an excellent story with great characters, and then add audiobook narrator Jeff Harding, who provides a pitch-perfect narration, and it is easy to see why the latest Charlie Parker mystery is so entertaining. Set during the Clinton administration, Connolly's latest thriller focuses on rural Arkansas, where young women are being brutally murdered. A former New York detective,... Read More

A DISCERNING EYE

A DISCERNING EYE

by Carol Orange | Read by Campbell Scott, Kathleen McElfresh

Cavan Bridge Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen McElfresh begins this fast-paced thriller in Boston, where art dealer Portia Malatesta is determined to solve the recent art heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. McElfresh provides understated voices for an array of characters, ranging from Portia's family to the Mafia underworld. When Portia develops a theory of criminal profiling based on the... Read More

THE DOGS OF WINTER

THE DOGS OF WINTER Russell and Leduc, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Lambert | Read by Ann Lambert

Second Story | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author/narrator Ann Lambert's sequel to THE BIRDS THAT STAY grabs attention from its beginning, when the first blizzard flakes are falling on Montreal, to its chilling conclusion. DI Romeo Leduc and Professor Marie Russell search for the person who murdered several homeless people. When a murdered girl's body is found with a photo in her pocket bearing Leduc's phone number,... Read More

DRIFT

DRIFT Rachel Hatch, Book 1

by L.T. Ryan, Brian Shea | Read by Marnye Young

Liquid Mind Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two accomplished crime novel authors and one talented narrator collaborate to produce an arresting listening experience introducing ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch. Rachel returns to her Colorado hometown to look into the bizarre circumstances of her sister's death. Rachel is one tough heroine, and narrator Marnye Young gives her a resolute voice that is, at the same... Read More

EDDIE'S BOY

EDDIE'S BOY Butcher's Boy, Book 4

by Thomas Perry | Read by Michael Kramer

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Michael Kramer returns to narrate the fourth audiobook in the Butcher's Boy series. Michael Schaefer, a retired hit man, has been enjoying the good life in England with his aristocratic wife. But one Mafia boss, who has a long memory and a particular grudge against him, seeks revenge. Kramer's voicing of Schaefer is easy to listen to and conveys the personality of this smart,... Read More

THE ELECTION HEIST

THE ELECTION HEIST

by Kenneth R. Timmerman | Read by John Pruden

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Pruden shines in this political thriller. The story centers on a Maryland Congressional election between incumbent Democrat Hugh McKenzie and Republican newcomer Nelson Aguilar, a Hispanic media mogul. With ripped-from-the-headlines subplots and cringe-worthy partisan tactics, the story features an inside look at the highs and lows of political campaigns including... Read More

EVERY KIND OF WICKED

EVERY KIND OF WICKED Gardiner and Renner, Book 6

by Lisa Black | Read by Kirsten Potter

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With a voice like a film noir femme fatale, narrator Kirsten Potter takes listeners through the frequent twists and turns of forensic expert Maggie Gardiner's latest murder case. Her investigative partner, Jack, is also a serial killer who views it as his mission to bring justice to those who have escaped it through other means. Now Maggie has to solve a case to protect Jack... Read More

EVERY WAKING HOUR

EVERY WAKING HOUR Ellery Hathaway, Book 4

by Joanna Shaffhausen | Read by Seth Podowitz, Danielle Gensler

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is the fourth police procedural in the Ellery Hathaway series. Ellery, who as a youth was the victim of a sadistic madman, is now a police officer in Boston and a fierce champion of crime victims. Danielle Gensler portrays Ellery as strong yet vulnerable, her voice both resolute and compassionate. Ellery is the lead detective in the case of a missing preteen who... Read More

THE FATAL FLYING AFFAIR

THE FATAL FLYING AFFAIR Lady Hardcastle, Book 7

Earphones Award Winner

by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook should have come with a warning: Listen at your own risk. If others try to pause it, you may snap their heads off in frustration. As Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid, Flo, return to spying for England in the summer of 1911, narrator Elizabeth Knowelden enhances the story full of witticisms and a clever plot by immersing listeners in the lives of these two... Read More

A FATAL LIE

A FATAL LIE

by Charles Todd | Read by Simon Vance

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance grabs listeners' attention and doesn't let go until the final credits of the 23rd Inspector Rutledge mystery by Charles Todd (a pseudonym for a terrific mother-and-son writing team). Rutledge is out of favor with his boss, again, and is sent to a remote Welsh village to investigate the death of an unidentified man who fell or was pushed into a river. As... Read More

THE FIRST TO LIE

THE FIRST TO LIE

by Hank Phillippi Ryan | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What do you do when those you should be able to trust betray you? Where is the line between vengeance and justice? What if you could become someone else to get revenge? Narrator Cassandra Campbell voices a wide range of characters exploring these questions including three protagonists: Ellie Berensen, Meg Weest, and Gabe Hoyt. Each is lying about who they are, and the ways the... Read More

FOOL ME TWICE

FOOL ME TWICE Riley Wolfe, Book 2

by Jeff Lindsay | Read by Braden Wright

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It's not uncommon for an audiobook to have a plot that challenges the listener's sense of realism but still succeeds because of the narrator's compelling performance. This entertaining work, ably narrated by Braden Wright, fits that description. Riley Wolfe, a world-class thief, must steal a fresco from the Vatican or face certain death. As the suspense builds, Wright's precise... Read More

GIRL A

GIRL A

by Abigail Dean | Read by Ell Potter

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lex was known as Girl A after her escape from her abusive parents. Listeners join Lex when, years later, her mother dies in prison. As the executor of her mother's will, Lex is forced to face her past once again. Ell Potter's strong yet subtle narration helps to build the tension in this story. The narrative shifts time frames, and Potter's characterization helps to distinguish... Read More

GOURD TO DEATH

GOURD TO DEATH Pie Town Mystery, Book 5

by Kirsten Weiss | Read by Renée Chambliss

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, Val Harris, owner of a bakery called Pie Town, is looking forward to her first pumpkin festival as a new resident of San Nicholas, California. She's particularly excited about her role as a judge for the pumpkin pie contest. Then Val and her crust specialist, Charlene, find the body of a woman who has been crushed by a 2,000-pound pumpkin. This causes the... Read More

A HANGING AT DAWN

A HANGING AT DAWN

by Charles Todd | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rosalyn Landor's narration helps build believable characters and an atmosphere full of tension. Listeners join troubled Simon Brandon, a recently enlisted, underage soldier in 1900. Despite the discovery of his secret, he is sent to India under the watchful eye of Colonel Crawford. There he grows increasingly close to the Colonel's family. Later, when he finds himself accused... Read More

THE HANGMAN'S COMPANION

THE HANGMAN'S COMPANION Jim McGill, Book 2

by Joseph Flynn | Read by Corey M. Snow

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

At the opening of this exciting audiobook full of global intrigue, Jim McGill, the "president's henchman," takes a case in Paris while his wife, a politician, is in London at a G8 meeting. A former police colleague has killed a man while trying to rescue a young woman the man was beating. There are just two problems: No one can find the woman, and the people of France want to... Read More

HOPE, FAITH, AND A CORPSE

HOPE, FAITH, AND A CORPSE

by Laura Jensen Walker | Read by Jennifer Jill Araya

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this cozy mystery listeners gain insight into the life of the first female Episcopal priest to serve in Apple Springs in Northern California. When Hope Taylor shows up for her first day on the job, she finds the murdered body of the meanest man in town and decides to channel her inner Trixie Belden to identify the killer. Jennifer Jill Araya helps listeners find Hope highly... Read More

HOUSE OF CORRECTION

HOUSE OF CORRECTION

by Nicci French | Read by Michelle Ford

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tabitha Hardy awakens in prison with a fuzzy memory of a dead man found on her property. She had good reason to kill him. But did she? Narrator Michelle Ford's strength lies in her use of varying tones to reflect Tabitha's emotions as she seeks to unravel the mystery. She's angry, stymied, and in over her head. The story takes off in court as Tabitha fights for her life. Myriad... Read More

HOW IT HAPPENED

HOW IT HAPPENED

by Michael Koryta | Read by Robert Petkoff, Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Robert Petkoff and Christine Lakin adopt hard New England accents as they perform this mystery set in Maine. Opening with Lakin's portrayal of Kimmy Crepeaux's terse confession to her role in the murder of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the story picks up speed as FBI agent Rob Barrett, portrayed by Petkoff, seeks out the real truth behind their deaths. Lakin softens... Read More

INTO THIN EIRE

INTO THIN EIRE John Pickett, Book 9

Earphones Award Winner

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Joel L. Froomkin

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The ninth case for Bow Street Runner John Pickett is wonderfully performed by longtime series narrator Joel Froomkin. Pickett is summoned to the West Country with instructions to locate the summoner. Still overwhelmed by guilt over having accidentally killed a woman, Pickett eagerly accepts the new case, although he hates to leave his new wife, Julia, who is expecting their... Read More

INVISIBLE GIRL

INVISIBLE GIRL

by Lisa Jewell | Read by Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly, Connor Swindells

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It can be difficult for a slow-burn whodunit to gain steam, especially when the story is told from multiple perspectives. Happily, narrators Donna Banya, Katherine Kelly, and Connor Swindells manage to keep listeners engrossed when a British teen suddenly goes missing after stalking her sketchy former child psychologist. The narrators' skill with U.K. regional accents makes it... Read More

KEY LIME CRIME

KEY LIME CRIME

by Lucy Burdette | Read by Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Jennings creates authentic-sounding voices for the characters in this 10th audiobook in the Key West Food Critic series. First, Hayley Snow's mother-in-law, Helen Bransford, comes to visit her and Nathan, Hayley's new husband, a police detective. When the women discover the strangled body of a pastry chef dressed up as a drunk Santa, Hayley is dragged into yet... Read More

THE KINGDOM

THE KINGDOM

by Jo Nesbo, Robert Ferguson [Trans.] | Read by Euan Morton

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is an audiobook that grabs the listener's interest at the start--and keeps getting better. Narrated ably by Euan Morton, it's a mystery focusing on brothers Carl and Roy, who share lifelong secrets and whose lives continue to intertwine in often dark, depraved, and unnerving ways. At the outset, Carl returns to the Norwegian town they grew up in with a wife and a... Read More

THE LAST AGENT

THE LAST AGENT Charles Jenkins, Book 2

by Robert Dugoni | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this second audiobook in a series, Charles Jenkins returns to Russia to bring back an imprisoned woman from a past mission. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini is a master at voices. For Jenkins, he creates a slightly easygoing manner, and for his CIA contact, a youngish-sounding voice. For the Russians, he uses a pitch range: rising for a scared but strong woman, dropping a bit for... Read More

LAST DANCE

LAST DANCE Sam Carver, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffrey Fleishman | Read by Richard Ferrone

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The gruff and gravelly voice of Richard Ferrone matches the hard-boiled and unflinching homicide detective Sam Carver perfectly. Fleishman's second in what one hopes is a long series continues with a dead Russian ballerina and enough smog, blood, lust, and contemporary political intrigue to harken back to Chandler and Hammett. Ferrone's performance of Carver growls with the... Read More

THE LAST EXIT

THE LAST EXIT

by Michael Kaufman | Read by JD Jackson, Emily Woo Zeller

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this sci-fi mystery set in a richly imagined near future, listeners are introduced to Washington, DC, detective Jen Lu and Chandler, a piece of AI technology implanted in Jen's brain. Jen and Chandler work on cases concerning parents who, at age 65, can opt for euthanasia in exchange for their children receiving a treatment that slows aging and immunizes them against deadly... Read More

LAZARUS

LAZARUS

by Lars Kepler, Neil Smith [Trans.] | Read by Saul Reichlin

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saul Reichlin returns to narrate the seventh book in the Joona Linna series by the Swedish writing couple known as Lars Kepler. Reichlin meets the challenge of voicing numerous characters, including a 12-year-old girl and a number of psychopaths, male and female. Warning to listeners: The plot moves from one scene of depraved, graphic violence to another. An old enemy of... Read More

LETHAL DEFENSE

LETHAL DEFENSE Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller, Book 1

by Michael Stagg | Read by George Newbern

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Enjoyable from the start, this fast-paced, tightly written legal thriller is narrated well by George Newbern. When attorney Nate Shepherd is drafted into defending a man who committed a brutal murder to save a friend, he is confronted with a client who demands exoneration. Like most legal thrillers, the book has multiple twists and turns, including the obligatory skeletons in... Read More

LITTLE CRUELTIES

LITTLE CRUELTIES

by Liz Nugent | Read by Sam O'Mahony, Stephen Hogan, Paul Hickey, Dermot Crowley, Mary-Lou McCarthy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nugent once again provides a dark, dramatic story--this one enhanced by an ensemble of highly skilled narrators. The Drumm brothers, William, Brian and Luke, from a working-class family in Dublin, share the little cruelties that add up to shatter their lives. The novel begins ominously at a funeral of one of the brothers, without a clue as to which one. Each brother is... Read More

THE LITTLE SLEEP

THE LITTLE SLEEP Mark Genevich Series, Book 1

by Paul Tremblay | Read by Pete Simonelli

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With perfectly executed sardonic wit, narrator Pete Simonelli inhabits world-weary Mark Genevich, a South Boston private eye whose nightmarish new case may be the end of him. Genevich suffers from a severe form of narcolepsy that results in hallucinations and seizures. Simonelli communicates Genevich's panicked confusion when he wakes from a dream to discover that a new case... Read More

LOLA ON FIRE

LOLA ON FIRE

by Rio Youers | Read by Jim Meskimen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As the sole narrator of this audiobook, Jim Meskimen's range dazzles, and his attention to detail makes this action-packed story full of twists heartfelt and memorable. To pay for his sister Molly's medication, Brody robs a store, and unbeknownst to him, he's been observed. The theft puts him in an impossible situation with the Mafia, prompting him and Molly to run. The... Read More

LONE JACK TRAIL

LONE JACK TRAIL

by Owen Laukkanen | Read by Kevin Stillwell, Courtney Paterson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of thrillers will appreciate the second audiobook in the Deception Cover series. This story centers on an unlikely couple--ex-con Mason Burke and former U.S. Marine, now sheriff's deputy, Jess Winslow-- along with their dog, who plays an important part in the story. Fortunately for narrators Kevin Stillwell and Courtney Paterson, they aren't asked to bark or growl.... Read More

THE LOST BOYS

THE LOST BOYS Decker / Lazarus, Book 26

by Faye Kellerman | Read by Mitch Greenberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mitchell Greenberg's performance as Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus is perfect--steady and calm, like the long-married duo themselves. Decker is looking for a missing man who is developmentally disabled. The search in the upstate New York community where Decker now plies his detective trade leads to the discovery of a corpse in the woods. It belongs to one of three men who... Read More

MISSING AND ENDANGERED

MISSING AND ENDANGERED Joanna Brady, Book 19

by J.A. Jance | Read by Hillary Huber

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hillary Huber returns to narrate the 19th addition to Jance's Sheriff Joanna Brady series. For fans, it will feel like a homecoming as Huber consistently performs all the familiar returning characters. In addition, she uses accents and pitch to differentiate the personalities specific to this story, including young children. The plot unfolds a couple of weeks before Christmas... Read More

MOSAIC

MOSAIC

by Caro Ramsay | Read by Helen McAlpine

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners accompany Megan Melvick as she returns to her family's estate in Scotland to be with her dying sister. Despite their privileged position, her family is wracked with tragedy, not the least of which is Megan's unexplained deafness, which she struggles to understand. The story is told from the viewpoints of Megan and her rebellious friend, Carla. Narrator Helen McAlpine... Read More

MR CADMUS

MR CADMUS

by Peter Ackroyd | Read by Jilly Bond

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Cousins Maud Finch and Millicent Swallow's quiet, routine retirement is disrupted when Theodore Cadmus, a mysterious foreigner, moves into their close-knit Devonshire village. Narrator Jilly Bond performs this audiobook, which moves from charming to dark to over the top as Theo's intentions and motivations for moving to England become clear. Bond nicely presents the humorous... Read More

MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY

MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Nev March | Read by Vikas Adam

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Using an Indian accent, Vikas Adam performs the role of Captain James Agnihotri, retired from the British army, as he tells of his experiences in 1892 Bombay. The captain follows the methods of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, as he investigates the deaths of two young women he suspects of having been murdered while also getting drawn into political and military issues of the day.... Read More

MURDER IS A MUST

MURDER IS A MUST First Edition Library, Book 2

by Marty Wingate | Read by Marisa Calin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As this audiobook opens, Hayley Burke is busy arranging an exhibition on Lady Fowling, the late benefactor who created the First Edition Library to honor classic literary detectives. When Hayley hires her former boss, Oona Atherton, to act as exhibition manager, everything goes well until someone pushes Oona down a spiral staircase in the same manner as the murder in Dorothy L.... Read More

NEVER FAR AWAY

NEVER FAR AWAY

by Michael Koryta | Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In another satisfying collaboration between the author and narrator Robert Petkoff, the listener hears the story of Nina, who once testified against her wealthy boss when his lethal crimes were revealed. Forced to leave her husband and young kids rather than endanger them, she changed her name to Leah, moved to Maine, and cut off all contact. Ten years later, when her husband... Read More

NIGHT IN TEHRAN

NIGHT IN TEHRAN

by Philip Kaplan | Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With this "fly-on-the-wall" fictionalized account of the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran, narrator Stefan Rudnicki wisely avoids melodramatics in favor of a crisp, intimate delivery. At times, he sounds like the authorized voice for confidential CIA communications, which may be the case, considering that the author spent 27 years in the Foreign Service. Rudnicki makes smart... Read More

THE NIGHTWORKERS

THE NIGHTWORKERS

by Brian Selfon | Read by Ella Turenne

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is enhanced greatly by its animated narration. Ella Turenne crafts voices for a makeshift family of money launderers. They all battle their own demons, and when a runner is killed and the tension in the plot increases, listeners can hear the amped up anxiety in the characters. Uncle Shecky has a thick, consistent Brooklyn accent, while his partner in crime has an... Read More

THE NINJA'S BLADE

THE NINJA'S BLADE The Lily Wong Series, Book 2

by Tori Eldridge | Read by Natalie Naudus

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Natalie Naudus is the spirited voice of Lily Wong, the Chinese-Norwegian heroine at the heart of this thriller, which takes listeners into the underworld of teenage sex trafficking. Naudus gives the story a strong narrative style that sweeps listeners along L.A.'s backstreets, where Lily lives as a ninja and an investigator. This mystery includes danger, black humor,... Read More

OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER

OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER

by Stephanie Graves | Read by Rachael Beresford

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rachael Beresford engagingly introduces the English village of Pipley in 1941. Residents --including the Bright family--want to do their part for the war, so they raise pigeons. Listeners meet daughter Olive, who is delighted when Captain Jameson Aldrich comes to evaluate their pigeons as possible messengers. Lively descriptions of the countryside and concerns about... Read More

ONE OF OUR OWN

ONE OF OUR OWN

by Jane Haddam | Read by David Colacci

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Colacci returns to perform the final Gregor Demarkian novel, completed before the author's death in 2019. This multilayered audiobook featuring a former FBI agent, his wife, and his neighbors, who live in a Philadelphia Armenian-American community, focuses on several sociocultural issues and a murder while bringing the series to a satisfying end. Colacci's deep... Read More

PEOPLE LIKE HER

PEOPLE LIKE HER

by Ellery Lloyd | Read by Nathalie Buscombe, Finlay Robertson, Anna Bentinck

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Nathalie Buscombe, Finlay Robertson, and Anna Bentinck team up to perform this thriller, which examines the dangers and ironies of becoming an influencer. Buscombe portrays Emmy, aka Mamabare, whose carefully calculated imperfect perfection has turned her Instagram account into a major money earner, allowing her to support her husband, Dan, portrayed by Robertson, a... Read More

PIECE OF MY HEART

PIECE OF MY HEART Under Suspicion, Book 6

by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke | Read by January LaVoy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The latest in the Under Suspicion series does not disappoint. Narrator January LaVoy shines with a pitch-perfect tone and appropriate pacing, as well as effective character distinctions. In particular, LaVoy infuses drive, compassion, and intelligence into protagonist Laurie Moran. Moran is finally taking a break from producing her successful Under Suspicion television series... Read More

POPPY REDFERN AND THE FATAL FLYERS

POPPY REDFERN AND THE FATAL FLYERS

by Tessa Arlen | Read by Madeleine Leslay

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners learn about propaganda and the women who ferried planes to bases during WWII as Poppy Redfern is recruited to write a filmscript about the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). As narrator Madeleine Leslay gives listeners a tour of the ATA and the English countryside, the locales and characters become real to listeners. Just as the film crew is wrapping up its promotional... Read More

A RESOLUTION AT MIDNIGHT

A RESOLUTION AT MIDNIGHT Lady Dunbridge, Book 3

by Shelley Noble | Read by Erin Bennett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Erin Bennett, the voice of first-person narrator Lady Philomena Dunbridge, gives listeners a new perspective on Phil's life as she approaches her first Christmas in the U.S. The year is 1907. Just before the holiday, Phil finds the body of newspaperman Tommy Green. He's been stabbed. Phil's mysterious benefactor, "Mr. X," enlists her to seek the truth about what happened and... Read More

SHIVER

SHIVER

by Allie Reynolds | Read by Olivia Vinall

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Olivia Vinall performs this locked-room mystery set in the French Alps. Ten years after a tragic competitive snowboarding season leaves one woman dead and another paralyzed, Milla attends a reunion with four estranged teammates at a remote chalet, hoping for closure. From the first minutes, Vinall sets a foreboding mood, drawing listeners into the cold, dangerous... Read More

THE SICILIAN METHOD

THE SICILIAN METHOD Inspector Montalbano, Book 26

by Andrea Camilieri, Stephen Sartarelli [Trans.] | Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Grover Gardener's accomplished narration brings alive the whole cast of characters in this long-standing audiobook series. As slightly world-weary Inspector Montalbano is faced with a new case, he also finds himself coming to terms with the fact that both he and his relationship with his long-distance girlfriend, Livia, are aging--and not necessarily aging well. Among the... Read More

THE SILVER SHOOTER

THE SILVER SHOOTER Rose Gallagher, Book 3

by Erin Lindsey | Read by Barrie Kreinik, Erin Lindsey

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Barrie Kreinik reunites with Pinkerton agents Rose Gallagher and Thomas Wilshire for a third adventure, this time in the late-nineteenth-century American West. At Theodore Roosevelt's behest, the pair investigate a series of murders and disappearances around his ranch in the Dakota Territory. Kreinik deftly characterizes the aspiring politician, conveying his robust... Read More

SIT, STAY, SLAY

SIT, STAY, SLAY Dog Club, Book 5

by V.M. Burns | Read by Madison Vaughn

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will be indignant as every member of Dixie's dog show class is disqualified by a vindictive judge. Indignation swells to anger when the judge deliberately steps on Dixie's champion poodle's foot. And when the judge is murdered, Dixie's friends are outraged when she becomes the prime suspect. As portrayed by narrator Madison Vaughn, Dixie's Type A personality radiates... Read More

SMOKE

SMOKE

by Joe Ide | Read by Zeno Robinson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The fifth in Ide's IQ series is packed with vivid characters and credibility-stretching subplots. Fortunately, narrator Zeno Robinson grounds this audiobook with his gift for dialogue and skill with action sequences. Robinson eases listeners inside Isaiah Quintabe's (IQ's) weary mind as he departs L.A. to look for peace and rejuvenation in Northern California. But, as expected,... Read More

SNOWDRIFT

SNOWDRIFT Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom, Book 3

by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy [Trans.] | Read by Stina Nielsen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stina Nielsen introduces Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom, who is also a sharpshooter and boxer. Listeners join Nystrom and 9-year-old Elliot, the son of her ex, as they plan a hunting trip. Nystrom is called away when a body is found in a remote guesthouse. She is shocked to find that the dead man is gangster Milo Stavic, who kidnapped her best friend when they were... Read More

SPIN

SPIN Captain Chase, Book 2

by Patricia Cornwell | Read by January LaVoy

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator January LaVoy picks up where she left off--in the aftermath of a sabotaged NASA rocket launch at the Langley Research Center. Patricia Cornwell's second Captain Chase thriller begins as cybercrime investigator and Space Force pilot Calli Chase braves a snowstorm in search of answers. Tight action scenes are balanced with Calli's investigations into the possible... Read More

STILL DEAD

STILL DEAD Cherringham. A Cosy Crime Series - Mystery Shorts, Book 38

Earphones Award Winner

by Matthew Costello, Neil Richards | Read by Neil Dudgeon

Lubbe Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Neil Dudgeon impressively narrates this audio novella, which takes place in the fictional English village of Cherringham. Jack and Sarah are hired by the Cherringham Gin Company to investigate the possible murder of its head of botanicals, a move not without opposition. In his performance of each character, Dudgeon creates an individual personality, complete with regional... Read More

THE SUNDAY PIGEON MURDERS

THE SUNDAY PIGEON MURDERS Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak, Book 1

by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is lowbrow, high energy, and absurdly good fun. Johnny Heller narrates a 1940s-style mystery in a voice suggestive of tough guys in old detective movies. There are references to lugs, thugs, swell guys, and doll-faced dames. Protagonists Bingo and Handsome are scam artists out for a quick buck (or maybe a quarter million bucks), but they are kindhearted and two... Read More

THE SURVIVORS

THE SURVIVORS

by Jane Harper | Read by Stephen Shanahan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Stephen Shanahan once again transports listeners down under--this time to Tasmania. Kieran Elliot returns to his hometown to assist his parents' move from Evelyn Bay, due to his father's dementia. When the body of a young woman is found on the beach, Kieran is drawn back into memories of the terrible storm 12 years earlier that resulted in the drowning of his brother... Read More

SWEET HARMONY

SWEET HARMONY

by Claire North | Read by Lucy Rayner

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lucy Rayner clearly differentiates dialogue, narrative, and recorded voices in this novella, which explores technology, credit, and ambition in a future England. In Harmony's world, success and relationships depend on the enhancements (nanobots) a person buys; for example, a dental nano provides a perfect smile and fresh breath for only a few pounds a month. Rayner's... Read More

THE SYSTEM

THE SYSTEM

by Ryan Gattis | Read by Feodor Chin, Gary Galone, Ian Guerra, Lori Felipe-Barkin, Octavio Gomez, Tim Campbell, Timothy Pabon

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Set 18 months after the 1992 riots in the Lynwood section of L.A., this mystery follows two gang members, Wizard and Dreamer, as they're arrested and enter the legal system for crimes they may not have committed. Seven narrators convincingly portray a dozen characters-- from the young Hispanic prisoners and their families and friends to the world-weary prosecutors, parole... Read More

THREE FRENCH HENS

THREE FRENCH HENS Aloha Chicken, Book 7

by Josi Avari | Read by Angie Hickman

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Angie Hickman takes listeners to Maika'i, Hawaii. As Christmas approaches, Saffron is busy organizing a community Nativity party at her egg farm. She attends the world's most prestigious chicken show, where the owner of the front-runners, French hens, is murdered--bashed with the winner's trophy. With the chickens having gone missing and several competitors being... Read More

TROPIC OF STUPID

TROPIC OF STUPID Serge Storms, Book 24

by Tim Dorsey | Read by Oliver Wyman

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Oliver Wyman delivers a strong performance of this humorous audio mystery. Serial killer Serge Storms gets involved in tracing his own genealogy and drags his sidekick, Coleman, along as he visits newly discovered relatives. But his greatest excitement, which Wyman delivers with high energy, comes when his DNA indicates that one of his relatives is a mass murderer. As... Read More

THE WICKED HOUR

THE WICKED HOUR

by Alice Blanchard | Read by Sophie Amoss

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sophie Amoss offers her best take on the hard-boiled detective in this police procedural about a serial killer who is targeting young, female violinists. While the premise seems like an intriguing setup for an audiobook, Amoss has the deck stacked against her. For instance, she convincingly portrays an exhausted young detective who suffers from a combination of grief,... Read More

THE WINDSOR KNOT

THE WINDSOR KNOT

by SJ Bennett | Read by Jane Copeland

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Whimsical, imaginative, and fast paced, this audiobook, narrated by Jane Copeland, is a must-listen. In 2016, preparations are underway at Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth's ninetieth birthday. Well-researched and full of details that blend fact and fiction, this is a quirky, entertaining story. When one of the Queen's birthday guests is found dead, an investigation begins.... Read More

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