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THE ACCOMPLICE

THE ACCOMPLICE

Earphones Award Winner

by Joseph Kanon | Read by Jonathan Davis

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jonathan Davis gives an unparalleled performance of Joseph Kanon's exciting, thought-provoking, and highly satisfying novel set in 1962, after the capture and execution of Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi. Max Weill, an Auschwitz survivor and famed Nazi hunter, spots Otto Schramm in a Hamburg park. Schramm, a high-ranking Nazi and Mengele co-worker, was presumed dead. Aging... Read More

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD

by John le Carré | Read by John le Carré

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

John le Carré, as author and narrator of this stand-alone spy thriller, serves up a wholly engaging audio experience. Nat, a 47-year-old career agent recently returned to Britain from a long stint abroad, finds himself struggling with the possibility of his imminent redundancy. While the plot draws its tension from the unsettling alliances in our current political environment,... Read More

THE ART OF THEFT

THE ART OF THEFT Lady Sherlock, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Sherry Thomas | Read by Kate Reading

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kate Reading gives her usual wonderful interpretation of Charlotte "Sherlock" Holmes and those close to her, including her sister, Olivia; Lord Ingram; and Mrs. Watson. In Sherry Thomas's fourth Lady Sherlock mystery, the stakes are higher than ever. Holmes and Co. find themselves involved in blackmail and complex intrigues when the Maharani of Ajmer enlists them to... Read More

BELOW THE LINE

BELOW THE LINE Charlie Waldo, Book 2

by Howard Michael Gould | Read by John Michael Higgins

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Michael Higgins lightheartedly portrays the ecologically extreme Charlie Waldo. Gould's fast-paced sequel to LAST LOOKS is filled with quirky characters and oddballs, but none more quirky or odd than ex-cop Waldo, who lives a hermit-like existence, refusing to own more than 100 things or to own a vehicle because they pollute. Higgins is also wonderful as Lorena,... Read More

A BITTER FEAST

A BITTER FEAST Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James, Book 18

Earphones Award Winner

by Deborah Crombie | Read by Gerard Doyle

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Gerard Doyle is simply wonderful narrating Crombie's exciting 18th outing with the crime-solving couple Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Doyle animates each of Crombie's numerous characters with slight shifts in voice and tone. The Kincaid family is invited to a posh country estate in the Cotswolds. They're looking forward to a relaxing getaway from their stressful Scotland Yard... Read More

THE BITTERROOTS

THE BITTERROOTS The Highway Quartet, Book 5

by C.J. Box | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What happens when you combine an acclaimed C.J. Box novel with a terrific narration? A stellar audiobook like this one, narrated by Christina Delaine. Box is adept at creating memorable characters, and this audiobook is no exception. Delaine's deft ability to use subtle changes in tone and inflection give credibility to the story, which centers on former sheriff's investigator... Read More

BLOOD IN THE WATER

BLOOD IN THE WATER

by Jack Flynn | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dion Graham uses his full breadth of talent in delivering an action-packed thriller that weaves together several plotlines. Listeners are hooked from the start as a maniacal serial killer is being tracked down by Homeland Security agent Kit Steele. The story then shifts to Boston Harbor chief Cormack O'Connell and his battle to maintain control of the harbor and his... Read More

BLUE MOON

BLUE MOON Jack Reacher, Book 24

by Lee Child | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners soon learn that a simple act of kindness inadvertently places series hero Jack Reacher at the center of a war between the Albanian and Ukrainian mobs. Reacher's latest adventure begins innocently enough. He is on a Greyhound bus with no planned destination when he encounters an old man in need of help--Aaron Shevick. Narrator Scott Brick presents Reacher as strong and... Read More

THE BUTTERFLY GIRL

THE BUTTERFLY GIRL Naomi Cottle, Book 2

by Rene Denfeld | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Alyssa Bresnahan narrates the second story of Naomi, an investigator who specializes in finding missing children. Naomi has an almost blind determination to locate her own missing sister, and Bresnahan infuses her character with the desperate tenacity that engulfs her life and threatens her marriage. Naomi befriends a homeless street kid, a girl named Celia, who imagines that... Read More

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

by Hallie Ephron | Read by Amy McFadden

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amy McFadden dives into the evolving drama in this clever thriller featuring a professional organizer and her garage saleloving husband. Emily and her partner, Becca, are capitalizing on the Marie Kondo trend by helping people declutter their homes. The women have the details of their business down to a science--until one busy day they gain two new clients, and Emily... Read More

THE CHESTNUT MAN

THE CHESTNUT MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Søren Sveistrup, Caroline Waight [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This superlatively good audio thriller, a first novel by the accomplished screenwriter Søren Sveistrup, is made almost unbearably vivid by narrator Peter Noble. The story hits all the usual gory marks of the genre but is also something more, psychologically richer, better written, and surprisingly moving. A chestnut man is a doll made in autumn by Danish schoolchildren, used... Read More

CITY OF WINDOWS

CITY OF WINDOWS

by Robert Pobi | Read by Stephen Graybill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stephen Graybill narrates this tense thriller in a steady tone that keeps the listener engaged throughout each of its chilling assassinations. In this first novel in Pobi's American crime series, we are introduced to former FBI agent Dr. Lucas Page, a brilliant analyst whose strength is connecting the dots. While his mind is computer sharp, his body is an amalgam of prosthetic... Read More

CLEAR MY NAME

CLEAR MY NAME

Earphones Award Winner

by Paula Daly | Read by Colleen Prendergast

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Colleen Prendergast's strong, nuanced voice takes listeners to a village by the sea in northwest England. There, Tess, an investigator for Innocence UK, is gathering evidence to exonerate a woman imprisoned for stabbing her husband's mistress to death. Tess has her own secrets, which come to light as witnesses are interviewed about the murder case. This feminist thriller... Read More

CODENAME VILLANELLE

CODENAME VILLANELLE Killing Eve, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Luke Jennings | Read by Laura Kirman

Recorded Books/ Clipper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Kirman deserves the lion's share of credit for making this captivating audiobook so irresistible. Her sultry Russian accent conjures an image of the gorgeous assassin Villanelle, an emotionless killing machine who learns how to become the object of desire to her targets. Even Villanelle's adversary, the talented British secret agent Eve Polastri, feels the pull... Read More

COLD STORAGE

COLD STORAGE

by David Koepp | Read by Rupert Friend

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

British actor Rupert Friend narrates this bio-thriller in an easy-to-listen-to American tone and accent. The debut novel from David Koepp, well known as the screenwriter of JURASSIC PARK and other megahits, delivers on cinematic tension, action, and well-placed humor. Think smart, unstoppable human-destroying fungi discovered in a remote area of Australia and then contained by... Read More

CRISIS IN THE COTSWOLDS

CRISIS IN THE COTSWOLDS Cotswold, Book 16

by Rebecca Tope | Read by Caroline Lennon

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

After a year of marriage to undertaker Drew Slocombe, Thea becomes embroiled in yet another mystery when her special-needs friend, Juliet Wilson, is discovered murdered just outside the cemetery. In Book 16 of this audiobook series, Thea investigates the murder, and Drew deals with trying to hold a funeral for a man whose son knows little about his parents. With the performance... Read More

A CRUEL DECEPTION

A CRUEL DECEPTION Bess Crawford, Book 11

by Charles Todd | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rosalyn Landor, who has performed the nurse Bess Crawford mystery series since its inception, can be trusted to deliver a thoroughly satisfying listen. Her rich and expressive voice has the range to create believable male and female characters, including Americans, and she colors personalities affectingly. This eleventh book, set during the post-WWI armistice talks, finds Bess... Read More

DACHSHUND THROUGH THE SNOW

DACHSHUND THROUGH THE SNOW Andy Carpenter Series, Book 20

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Grover Gardner delivers an exciting performance as the character of Andy Carpenter, an eccentric lawyer who hates to work but gets roped by his wife into defending a man accused of a fourteen-year-old murder. With effective pacing and a sense of energy sometimes held back deliberately and at other times released with gusto, Gardner makes the experience of listening to... Read More

A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT

A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT Amory Ames, Book 7

by Ashley Weaver | Read by Alison Larkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It's the 1930s. Listeners join Amory and Milo Ames on their trip to New York City for the wedding of Amory's childhood friend. When one of the groomsmen is murdered, the couple find themselves once again immersed in a mystery. This time they're taken into a world of bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters. Narrator Alison Larkin captures the atmosphere of this historical... Read More

A DANGEROUS MAN

A DANGEROUS MAN Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Book 18

by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Luke Daniels does a wonderful job of bringing the characters in this mystery alive. Strong and silent tough guy Joe Pike is not expecting to see a young woman being kidnapped and bundled into a car. His ex-cop, ex-Marine training kicks in as he rescues the woman, only to find this draws him and his partner, Elvis Cole, into a suspenseful investigation involving secrets... Read More

DARK SHADOWS

DARK SHADOWS Dark Shadows, Book 1

by Marilyn Ross | Read by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Oasis Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathryn Leigh Scott's deep, rich timbre and earnest tone evoke the ominous atmosphere of Ross's mystery. When Victoria Winters accepts a position as a governess at the remote Collinwood estate, she encounters troubled inhabitants, a history of suspicious accidents, and a family with much to hide. Skillful characterizations build the confusing world Victoria must... Read More

DEATH BESIDE THE SEASIDE

DEATH BESIDE THE SEASIDE Lady Hardcastle, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by T E Kinsey | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden handles the witty, rapid-fire wordplay of Kinsey's mystery. Lady Hardcastle and her lady's maid, Florence, take a holiday at the seaside, only to become embroiled in international intrigue. Knowelden keeps listeners laughing out loud and gives strong expression to the many foreign voices in the story. Knowelden especially shines as the voice of... Read More

THE DESERTER

THE DESERTER

by Nelson DeMille, Alex DeMille | Read by Scott Brick

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Go-to narrator Scott Brick delivers this first installment of a planned trilogy featuring Army CIS officer Scott Brodie and his partner, Maggie Taylor. The pair are in Venezuela looking for Delta Force deserter Kyle Mercer. Brick narrates in his usual breathless style, which is perfectly suited to this page-turning thriller, coauthored by father and son. The plot takes a while... Read More

DIARY OF A DEAD MAN ON LEAVE

DIARY OF A DEAD MAN ON LEAVE

by David Downing | Read by Paul Woodson, David de Vries

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Paul Woodson and David de Vries join together to create a suspenseful listening experience set against the backdrop of WWII. Woodson is the voice of Josef Hofmann, a clandestine Russian agent sent to keep the German communist party alive. De Vries is the much younger Walter Gersdorff, a man who remembers a strange house guest from his childhood. His voice is the frame... Read More

DROWNING WITH OTHERS

DROWNING WITH OTHERS

by Linda Keir | Read by Christopher Lane, Lauren Ezzo, Emily Sutton-Smith

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Christopher Lane and Emily Sutton-Smith must work two timelines in this audiobook. The body of a poetry teacher has been found 20 years after he disappeared from a prep school campus. Lane and Sutton-Smith portray Ian and Andi Copeland as teen sweethearts and wary adults. Lane portrays the adult Ian in a cavalier tone full of privilege, stopping just short of... Read More

EMPIRE OF LIES

EMPIRE OF LIES

by Raymond Khoury | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Raphael Corkhill's heart-thumping performance of Khoury's new time-travel thriller is just about perfect. This audiobook is that rare thing, a whiz-bang adventure with big ideas for our time, and it busts out of the gate with a doozy--the year is 1683, and the Ottomans are at the gates of Vienna. Then a couple of heavily loaded camels blow up (wait . . . what?), and the history... Read More

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER

by Kaira Rouda | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen McInerney is assigned the tricky task of voicing duplicity. She uses the honest and familiar tone of a best friend to voice Jane Harris, a stay-at-home mom who is grieving the accidental death of her teenage daughter Mary. But there is a darker Jane, who emerges in subtle tones punctuated by emotional outbursts. Teen characters figure heavily as Jane... Read More

FIRE STORM

FIRE STORM Kaely Quinn Profiler, Book 2

by Nancy Mehl | Read by Traci Odom

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Traci Odom's narration style is one of high-quality invisibility. Her performance is nicely paced, steady, and varied enough to let the listener know when different characters are speaking--but unobtrusive at the same time. Her technique is sort of like air--a crucial thing, but not something a person generally thinks about. In this story, FBI profiler Kaely Quinn heads home to... Read More

THE FRIEND

THE FRIEND Klara Walldeen, Book 3

by Joakim Zander | Read by Hillary Huber, Josh Bloomberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this chilling audiobook, one man's choices during a clandestine affair lead to danger for those trying to help him. Narrator Josh Bloomberg voices Jacob Seger, a fledgling Swedish diplomat assigned to war-torn Beirut. The tentative Jacob quickly finds himself in over his head in his relationship with the exotic Yassim, whom Jacob falls for despite her mysterious... Read More

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE Millennium Series, Book 6

by David Lagercrantz | Read by Simon Vance

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance delivers the sixth Lisbeth Salander story, which began with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Salander has disappeared, leaving journalist Mikael Blomkvist to track her down. He desperately needs her help with another far-reaching conspiracy. Vance's stellar narration imbues the story with an engaging cadence and precise vocal inflection. A staggering number... Read More

A GOLDEN GRAVE

A GOLDEN GRAVE Rose Gallagher, Book 2

by Erin Lindsey | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The year is 1886, and narrator Barrie Kreinik breathes life into the Gilded Age in Manhattan. Agents Rose Gallagher and Thomas Wiltshire of the Pinkerton Special Branch, dedicated to investigations related to the paranormal, get a new case that involves finding a man who plans to use his supernatural powers to assassinate 28-year-old mayoral candidate Theodore Roosevelt.... Read More

GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL

GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL

by Michael Robotham | Read by Joe Jameson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The hero of Michael Robotham's new audiobook is psychologist Cyrus Haven, a spin-off character from Robotham's wonderful Joe O'Loughlin series. Narrator Joe Jameson dazzles, rendering regional accents, all ages and sexes, suave politicians, and emotionally chaotic children intensely real. While solving the murder of a teenage girl, Cyrus becomes involved with a wild child known... Read More

THE GUARDIANS

THE GUARDIANS

by John Grisham | Read by Michael Beck

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Michael Beck's Southern drawl lends authenticity to John Grisham's 40th audiobook, this one about a lawyer for a small law firm that works to free prisoners they believe to be wrongly convicted. Beck's earnestness elevates the story of world-weary attorney/minister Cullen Post as he fights like the devil to free Quincy Miller, a man framed for the murder of a sleazy... Read More

THE HANGED MAN AND THE FORTUNE TELLER

THE HANGED MAN AND THE FORTUNE TELLER

by Lucy Banks | Read by Andrew Wincott

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Andrew Wincott's refined British accent brings Dickensian atmosphere and substance to this romantic mystery. An unnamed ghost moves randomly through nearly 150 years of history with a spectral fortune-teller urging him on. Wincott gives the ghost a whispery rasp as he haunts a 2017 Internet café and a young family during the Blitz, among others. He searches for his... Read More

HEART OF BARKNESS

HEART OF BARKNESS Chet and Bernie Mysteries, Book 9

by Spencer Quinn | Read by Jim Frangione

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jim Frangione reprises the voice of Chet, the canine sidekick at the Little Detective Agency, in the newest Chet and Bernie whodunit. Frangione's narration is energetic and straightforward, plausibly recounting events from the dog's point of view without excessive cuteness. Bernie is convinced that Lotty Pilgrim, a washed-up country singer, did not wield the knife that... Read More

HERE TO STAY

HERE TO STAY

by Mark Edwards | Read by James Langton

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners unfamiliar with Mark Edwards's previous titles will have no reason to suspect Elliot's good fortune when a bee sting and Gemma's fast action with an EpiPen turn into a whirlwind romance and marriage. However, when her parents, James and Lizzie Robinson, and sister arrive for an extended visit, listeners soon learn that narrator James Langton has the opportunity to... Read More

I SPY

I SPY

by Claire Kendal | Read by Imogen Church

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will enjoy narrator Imogen Church's ability to develop multiple characters as the plot of Kendal's novel becomes increasingly complex. Holly's story is told in alternating timeframes that allow listeners to understand how she evolves from being a failed applicant to MI5 to a woman involved in an abusive relationship. The narration takes advantage of Church's ability... Read More

INSPECTION

INSPECTION

by Josh Malerman | Read by Michael Crouch, Brittany Pressley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Malerman's dystopian fairy tale will not disappoint those who loved his earlier work, BIRD BOX. The two protagonists, J and K, are voiced expertly by Michael Crouch and Brittany Pressley. J is one of the adolescent Alphabet Boys, boys brought up together without knowledge of the opposite sex; K is a Letter Girl and is equally ignorant of males. Crouch's cadence perfectly... Read More

THE KILLER IN THE CHOIR

THE KILLER IN THE CHOIR Fethering Village Mysteries, Book 19

by Simon Brett | Read by Simon Brett

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Brett narrates his own audiobook, a mystery full of family drama and old grudges. At the funeral of her father, Alice Mallett accuses her stepmother, Heather, of having murdered him. Despite having been so accused, Heather immediately throws herself into planning the ideal wedding for Alice. Wondering why Heather would want to help a woman who maligned her publicly,... Read More

LADY IN THE LAKE

LADY IN THE LAKE

by Laura Lippman | Read by Susan Bennett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will be blown away by narrator Susan Bennett as they are transported to 1960s Baltimore in this fresh mystery. Bennett expertly transitions between Madeline Schwartz, Cleo Sherwood, and a wide range of supporting characters. Maddie, a pampered former housewife, has left her husband to chase a life of meaning. She's working as a reporter when the body of Cleo, a young... Read More

LAND OF WOLVES

LAND OF WOLVES Walt Longmire, Book 15

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

George Guidall's semi-rough, laid-back voice is a great fit for Walt Longmire, the tough, honest, sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. There is humor tucked in the corners of Guidall's voice, as there is in Longmire's recounting of his adventures, even when the situations he faces are extremely dangerous. In this story, a wolf may be guilty of killing sheep, and a dead Chilean... Read More

THE LOOT

THE LOOT

by Craig Schaefer | Read by Susannah Jones

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Susannah Jones is so earnest narrating this audiobook that listeners will grip their armchairs (or steering wheels) until their muscles ache. Sgt. Charlie McCabe returns home from Army duty in Afghanistan, where she disarmed explosives. She finds that her gambling father is being threatened by loan sharks and her new job as a bodyguard is as dangerous as the one she just left.... Read More

LOVE AND DEATH AMONG THE CHEETAHS

LOVE AND DEATH AMONG THE CHEETAHS Royal Spyness, Book 13

by Rhys Bowen | Read by Jasmine Blackborow

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jasmine Blackborow takes on the challenge of voicing many characters--some historic, others fictional--from across the British Empire, including the Duke of Windsor and his mistress, Wallis Simpson. In the 13th book in The Royal Spyness series, Lady Georgiana is surprised by her groom with a honeymoon trip to Kenya, where she finds the British aristocrats engaging in... Read More

THE LYING ROOM

THE LYING ROOM

by Nicci French | Read by Jan Cramer

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An intriguing woman, a secret affair, a dead lover, and a cover-up--the perfect recipe for a psychological suspense. Narrator Jan Cramer portrays Neve Connolly, wife, mother, adulterer. Neve is summoned by text to her lover's flat, where she finds him dead. Attempting to hide the affair, she cleans up the crime scene, kicking off the story. Listeners will feel like they are in... Read More

A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT

A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT Atlee Pine, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by David Baldacci | Read by Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

From the beginning, narrators Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer are in full control of this audiobook with their talent and skill. Pressley portrays Atlee Pine, a troubled FBI agent whose idyllic childhood was interrupted by the kidnapping of her twin sister, Mercy. At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose with a bizarre modus operandi. Pressley and Kyf Brewer expertly... Read More

THE MOON-SPINNERS

THE MOON-SPINNERS

by Mary Stewart | Read by Daphne Kouma

Hodder & Stoughton | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Some listeners may remember this new audio production of Stewart's classic romantic suspense as a 1964 Disney movie. Nicola Ferris takes a holiday in a solitary region of Crete, only to be thrown into a mystery. While exploring the hills above the village, she comes upon a young Englishman who has been shot, and she can't help but get involved. Narrator Daphne Kouma breathes... Read More

MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK: THE EMPTY BIRDCAGE

MYCROFT AND SHERLOCK: THE EMPTY BIRDCAGE Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock, Book 3

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse | Read by Damian Lynch

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When you hear Damian Lynch narrate this third crime novel in the Mycroft and Sherlock series, you would think that a new, original manuscript had been unearthed. The story has a captivating plot, exotic trained animals, male bonding, and deduction through observation--all of which are the components of a Conan Doyle story. Lynch portrays a young Sherlock who is naïve, smart,... Read More

THE NIGHT FIRE

THE NIGHT FIRE Harry Bosch, Book 22, Renée Ballard, Book 3

by Michael Connelly | Read by Titus Welliver, Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Titus Welliver and Christine Lakin return to perform Connelly's newest offering in the Bosch/Ballard series. Connelly has solved the problem of the aging-out of his determined retired detective Harry Bosch. By pairing him with Renée Ballard, a young, relentless detective, we have the old guard complemented by the new and receptive mentee. They work day and night... Read More

NOW YOU SEE ME

NOW YOU SEE ME

by Chris McGeorge | Read by David Thorpe

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Six went in, only one, Matthew, came out of the Standedge Canal Tunnel. So begins the mysterious story of the missing, narrated quite emotionally by David Thorpe. Matthew calls author Robert Ferringham, whose wife, Sam, was last seen in Huddersfield near Standedge. The secrets Matthew reveals plunge Robert into a headlong search for the truth as he follows a host of vague clues... Read More

THE NOWHERE CHILD

THE NOWHERE CHILD

by Christian White | Read by Katherine Littrell

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Katherine Littrell lends her talent to the heart-pounding story of a young woman caught in a strange tale of religious cults, stolen children, and snake handling. Kim Leamy lives a fairly quiet life, avoiding her neighbors and teaching photography at a school in Melbourne, Australia. When she encounters a man from Kentucky with DNA evidence that he may be her brother,... Read More

OUTFOX

OUTFOX

by Sandra Brown | Read by Victor Slezak

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Victor Slezak maneuvers listeners through the cat-and-mouse game being played by FBI agent Drex Easton and the serial killer who murdered his mother. When Drex was a child, his mother went missing without a trace. Now an adult, he's devoted all of his resources to finding her killer and finally catching him when the rest of the Bureau can't. Easton's surprising romance... Read More

THE PAWFUL TRUTH

THE PAWFUL TRUTH Cat in the Stacks, Book 11

by Miranda James | Read by Erin Bennett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Erin Bennett energetically depicts Athena, Mississippi, a small town filled with endearing and eccentric residents, including librarian Charlie Harris. It's also a place with murders aplenty. Harris decides to indulge his interest in medieval history by auditing a class taught by the charismatic and handsome Carey Warriner. While at school, Harris overhears a heated... Read More

PEACH CLOBBERED

PEACH CLOBBERED A Georgia B&B Mystery

by Anna Gerard | Read by Jane Oppenheimer

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jane Oppenheimer captures Nina's alarm when a man in a penguin suit shows up at her door insisting that the house she just bought to serve as a B&B really belongs to him. That's what his late aunt promised, Harry claims. Shortly afterwards, Nina finds a man in a penguin costume, stabbed and dying--but it's not her would-be evictor. Instead it's the most hated man in... Read More

QUANTUM

QUANTUM Captain Chase, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Patricia Cornwell | Read by January LaVoy

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Thriller fans are in for a treat as narrator January LaVoy performs Patricia Cornwell's latest. It's the first adventure of Captain Calli Chase, a NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator who must puzzle through the clues that point to her missing identical sister, Carme. LaVoy delivers this heart-pounding story using a combination of emotionally even tones,... Read More

THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER

THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER

Earphones Award Winner

by T.J. Martinson | Read by L.J. Ganser

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tension and suspense are maintained on high with L.J. Ganser's narration of this Chicago mystery, the author's debut. Hostages have been taken to try to force the police to come clean about the death of the Kingfisher, a superhero or vigilante, depending on your point of view, 30 years after the police claim he was murdered. From the start, Ganser sets a strong pace in a style... Read More

THE SECOND SLEEP

THE SECOND SLEEP

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert Harris | Read by Roy McMillan

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Best known for his animated narration of DON QUIXOTE and other essential classics, Roy McMillan is one of our most versatile and accomplished voices, equally effective narrating a popular thriller. The author of FATHERLAND always keeps listeners on their toes, and here a pastiche of elements--a dystopian world, a possible murder mystery, the high action of a thriller--results... Read More

THE SECRETS WE KEPT

THE SECRETS WE KEPT

Earphones Award Winner

by Lara Prescott | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Mozhan Marno, Carlotta Brentan, Saskia Maarleveld, Jonathan Davis, David Pittu, James Fouhey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This ensemble performance of Laura Prescott's novel, told from multiple points of view, reimagines from a female perspective one of the great Cold War coups--the smuggling into the West and publication in 1958 of Boris Pasternak's DR. ZHIVAGO. In Washington, the narrators include "The Typists" at CIA headquarters, a young Russian-speaking agent, and a glamorous senior agent... Read More

SHAMED

SHAMED Kate Burkholder, Book 11

by Linda Castillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kathleen McInerney's narration takes listeners into the simple and plain world of the Amish. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is in a race against time to find an abducted child and stop a series of brutal murders within the community. As a former community member, Kate has knowledge and experience that helps her untangle the events that have led to the murders, which are... Read More

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ava Collette runs from a secret in her past to a Maine summer home, where she discovers her new town is not as idyllic as it seems. Hillary Huber does a fine job with the narration, changing the pacing of voices to create the characters around Ava. Huber doesn't camp up a New England accent, which would have been so tempting and easy. Instead she offers subtle touches for the... Read More

THE SIBERIAN DILEMMA

THE SIBERIAN DILEMMA Arkady Renko Series, Book 9

by Martin Cruz Smith | Read by Jeremy Bobb

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The longstanding Arkady Renko series has had its share of heavyweight narrators, and Jeremy Bobb, who debuts with the ninth installment, is among the best. He comes prepared, having narrated the Red Sparrow trilogy, and he provides the necessary modulation and tempo associated with Russian language speakers. More importantly, he conveys the pessimistic Russian subtext that... Read More

A SINNER'S PRAYER

A SINNER'S PRAYER J.T. Ellington, Book 4

by M.P. Wright | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ben Onwukwe's superb narration of the third J.T. Ellington audiobook brings the intense character back--more tormented and haunted than ever. In his efforts to lead a quiet life, J.T. is content to leave his P.I. work behind, but the work won't leave him alone. A bridegroom disappears on his wedding day, and, reluctantly, J.T. is enlisted to find him. Onwukwe portrays him with... Read More

SONGBIRD

SONGBIRD Kings Lake Investigation, Book 1

by Peter Grainger | Read by Gildart Jackson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An appealing protagonist and supporting cast [characters?], a strong plot, and Gildart Jackson's excellent English-accented performance enliven this audiobook. Young, smart Detective Sergeant Chris Waters has his first case as crime scene manager when the body of a murdered woman is found. The story follows the Norfolk-based police team as it follows leads to dead ends and new... Read More

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE MODERATE EXTREMISTS

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE MODERATE EXTREMISTS

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by David Rintoul

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Rintoul narrates this latest Alexander McCall Smith story, that features Detective Uif Varg, head of the Department of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden. Rintoul's Varg does not speak with any sort of Swedish accent, but rather in a mild, cultured English voice that communicates the wry humor, quick wit, and ethnic idiosyncrasies found in the dialogue. Varg must find out who... Read More

THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER

THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER

by Martin Clark | Read by David Aaron Baker

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Aaron Baker is spot-on as listeners are treated to a multilayered story and a colorful cast of characters in this legal thriller. Kevin Moore, a talented young lawyer, finds himself disbarred and separated from his wife after a summer of drugs and debauchery. As he works to rebuild his life, Kevin is approached by a mysterious stranger who wants him to join a... Read More

THE SUMMER OF ELLEN

THE SUMMER OF ELLEN

by Agnete Friis | Read by Victor Bevine

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Unless you're a Danish speaker, you will appreciate this powerful novel more if you listen to the audiobook. Narrator Victor Bevine offers an atmospheric mystery while displaying an impressive facility with Danish place and character names. Jacob, wallowing in self-pity and alcohol after his divorce, is called by his 90-year-old great-uncles to come to their rural farm. When he... Read More

THE TARGET LIST

THE TARGET LIST

by John Reizer | Read by Allen Grunerud

Dr. John Reizer | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Allen Grunerud ratchets up the tension in this sci-fi about Big Pharma profits and our reliance on prescription drugs. Dr. Clyde Daniel and his team invented WAND, a device that cures most serious illnesses. Grunerud's Daniel calmly explains the miraculous invention, but that calm is soon shattered when Daniel must defend himself against a brutal killer who is... Read More

THEME MUSIC

THEME MUSIC

by T. Marie Vandelly | Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen's grave, introspective tones are well suited to this grisly yet cerebral mystery. When Dixie Wheeler was a baby, her family was brutally murdered. Twenty-five years later, Dixie moves into her ancestral home, yearning to confront her past. Vandelly spares few details, and Mollo-Christensen vividly unfurls bloody scenes, disturbing visions, and... Read More

THIS SIDE OF NIGHT

THIS SIDE OF NIGHT

by J. Todd Scott | Read by T. Ryder Smith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook dramatizes the power of Mexican drug cartels. The author's background as a DEA agent is obvious in the novel, which also benefits from the direct and well-paced delivery of narrator T. Ryder Smith. The story focuses on a brutal assault on two busloads of young teachers who are training to work in remote areas of Mexico, but the motive for the attack is unclear.... Read More

THUNDER ON THE RIGHT

THUNDER ON THE RIGHT

by Mary Stewart | Read by Ellie Heydon

Hodder & Stoughton | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Put on your earbuds, pour a cup of tea, and travel back to the 1950s with this exciting, if dated, classic of romantic suspense. With her lovely English accent, narrator Ellie Heydon embodies the naïve Jennifer as she arrives at a remote convent high in the French Pyrenees to visit her cousin, Gillian. Finding that Gillian recently died without ever mentioning any relatives,... Read More

TIN BADGES

TIN BADGES

by Lorenzo Carcaterra | Read by Pete Simonelli

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It's not just the tin badges that shine in this pulse-pounding thriller, splendidly performed by Pete Simonelli. The audiobook is from the bestselling author of hits like A SAFE PLACE and SLEEPERS. Carcaterra unleashes ex-cop Tank Rizzo, who retired after a fatal shoot-out, and his motley crew of former cops and rough friends. Together, they aim to take down a ruthless drug... Read More

TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS

TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 20

Earphones Award Winner

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Lisette Lecat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

How lovely to spend time again with Mma Precious Ramotswe, of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Thanks to the quiet performance of Lisette Lecat, series fans reconnect with a bevy of fully formed Botswana residents--from self-important detective-assistant Grace Makutsi to Mma Ramotswe's gentle husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and part-time detective-assistant Charlie, who's... Read More

TO THE LIONS

TO THE LIONS

by Holly Watt | Read by Katharine McEwan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join Casey Benedict, an investigative journalist, as she risks all to break a story that will shock the world. The result is a thriller that reflects much about today's journalism in the UK, as well as raising some uncomfortable questions. Katharine McEwan is the perfect narrator for this story. Her portrayal of the lead characters is spot-on as they dramatize the... Read More

TRUTH BE TOLD

TRUTH BE TOLD

by Kathleen Barber | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rebekkah Ross keeps the listener's pulse racing with her multifaceted performance of a story that explores what happens when old wounds are ripped open again. When a popular podcast begins to reinvestigate the murder of a professor, his daughter, Josie Buhrman, discovers that running from a tragic past is pointless when everyone knows your story. It was Josie's... Read More

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE

by Sara Lövestam | Read by Neil Shah, Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Neil Shah and Laura Jennings deliver the story of an unusual private investigator, a young Iranian refugee who is living illegally in Stockholm. Kouplan is hired by Pernilla to find her 6-year-old daughter, who was kidnapped while they were walking in the rain on a crowded street. Pernilla and Kouplan, both living secret lives, help each other. Shah portrays Kouplan... Read More

TWISTED TWENTY-SIX

TWISTED TWENTY-SIX Stephanie Plum, Book 26

by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelei King

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lorelei King returns to bring us our favorite characters in the Stephanie Plum series. Grandma Mazur, the star of the twenty-sixth addition, is married and widowed all in the first paragraphs. The typical chaos ensues. Thanks to King's masterful performance, listeners know immediately who is talking. Fans will find all they have come to expect: Stephanie whining about her life... Read More

UNDER OCCUPATION

UNDER OCCUPATION

by Alan Furst | Read by Peter Noble

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Noble is known for the range and variety of his audiobook credits, and more importantly for his sensitivity to the unique mood and character of each work he undertakes. That skill is put to good use in historical novelist Alan Furst's latest WWII thriller, set in occupied Paris and other sites across Nazi-occupied Europe. The plot is episodic, a series of... Read More

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

by Justin Fulkerson | Read by Alexander James

Justin Fulkerson | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alexander James convincingly presents this odd and creepy short mystery. Eugene, an 82-year-old serial killer, is hitchhiking under a boiling Texas sun, searching for his fiftieth victim. James's raspy voice harshly recounts Eugene's plan to make sure everyone knows that he "helped" his victims escape difficult lives. Listeners will also learn that Eugene still laments... Read More

THE VANISHED BRIDE

THE VANISHED BRIDE Brontë Sisters, Book 1

by Bella Ellis | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elizabeth Knowelden gives listeners insight into the Brontë sisters as Charlotte, Emily, and Anne decide to become "detectors." When a local woman disappears, leaving her bedroom covered in blood, the trio find themselves the only ones who take serious notice. Knowelden effectively portrays each character in the audiobook, despite the lack of distinction among the three sisters... Read More

VENDETTA IN DEATH

VENDETTA IN DEATH In Death, Book 49

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrating the 49th book in this series, Susan Ericksen is abundantly familiar with its heroine and wide cast of characters. In the mid-21st century, a self-proclaimed Lady Justice seeks to right wrongs committed against women by murdering the perpetrators in the most brutal ways. Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the New York Police and Security Department (NYPSD) must discover who is... Read More

THE WAREHOUSE

THE WAREHOUSE

by Rob Hart | Read by Emily Woo Zeller, Jason Culp, Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A trio of talented narrators tackles a dystopian cyberthriller in which Cloud, a tech company akin to Amazon, has taken over the American marketplace. Paxton, a new employee whose business fell prey to Cloud, and Zinnia, a corporate infiltrator, take the lead as the darkness behind Cloud's glossy exterior comes to light. Emily Woo Zeller, Jason Culp, and Karissa Vacker... Read More

THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES

THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES

by Ruth Hogan | Read by Elaine Claxton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elaine Claxton narrates the hopeful story of Masha, a grieving mother starting to learn to live again with the help of some strange and wonderful people in her life. After losing her son 12 earlier, Masha spends her time at the local pool, practicing drowning and reading the history of mourning so that someday she can lead tours in a local cemetery. It will take a strange opera... Read More

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