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THE BLACK HAND

THE BLACK HAND Barker & Llewelyn, Book 5

by Will Thomas | Read by Antony Ferguson

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The notorious Black Hand, an early version of Sicilian organized crime, is spreading throughout the wharves and warehouses of 1880s London, and the authorities can do nothing. But fear not. Scottish-born ace enquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his Welsh assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, are on the case. With a good mix of English reserve and theatrical bravado, narrator Antony Ferguson... Read More

BLAME

BLAME

by Jeff Abbott | Read by Bailey Carr, Lauren Fortgang, Vanessa Johansson, Greg Tremblay

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This unconventional thriller features four different characters who are portrayed by Bailey Carr, Lauren Fortgang, Vanessa Johansson, and Greg Tremblay. Teenager Jane Norton is still suffering from amnesia from a car accident two years ago. Faced with questions about what happened and the mystery of an anonymous note from someone who appears to hold the answers, she strives to... Read More

BLIND SIGHT

BLIND SIGHT Kathy Mallory, Book 12

by Carol O'Connell | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

O'Connell sets up a compelling storyline, and narrator Barbara Rosenblat draws listeners in, keeping them hooked from her very first words. NYPD Special Crimes Unit detective Kathy Mallory, a no-nonsense woman who appears cold and occasionally twisted, investigates the kidnapping of a nun and a 12-year-old blind boy. Before the kidnappings, four bodies were dropped on the... Read More

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD

BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD

Earphones Award Winner

by Attica Locke | Read by JD Jackson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Homing in on the intensity of Attica Locke's plot, JD Jackson delivers a narration full of soul and heartache. Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, feels sorrow for both his race and his home state. He's dedicated to helping both yet unable to do much for either. Jackson's sensitivity to Mathews's conflicting emotions offers listeners a painfully intimate glimpse of the... Read More

A CASUALTY OF WAR

A CASUALTY OF WAR Bess Crawford, Book 9

by Charles Todd | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosalyn Landor carries this installment of the Nurse Bess Crawford series. When Sister Crawford nurses Captain Alan Travis, he tells her a disturbing story of having been shot by a member of his own unit. Landor deftly re-creates Travis's horrific story and the warm yet tough personality of Crawford. After the Armistice, Landor's tone becomes more deliberative as... Read More

THE CHALK PIT

THE CHALK PIT Ruth Galloway, Book 9

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Jane McDowell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jane McDowell portrays the relationships that continue to evolve among the recurring characters of this mystery series, which takes place in Norwich, England. The main character, Ruth Galloway, is a crime-solving archaeologist, professor, and single mother. McDowell sets a good pace as she finds wonderful voices for the characters, including Jo, the new female chief... Read More

CHARLATANS

CHARLATANS

by Robin Cook | Read by George Guidall

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This latest Robin Cook thriller about medicine and fraud is nicely performed, as usual, by George Guidall. The plot is slow to develop, and the two protagonists, physicians at a top-flight teaching hospital, are just not very believable. However, the story's shortcomings do not throw Guidall off. If any of the characters in this audiobook resemble three-dimensional living... Read More

THE CHILD FINDER

THE CHILD FINDER

by Rene Denfeld | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Naomi is a private investigator with a passion for finding missing children. In her current case she sets out to find Madison Culver, "The Snow Child," who disappeared three years earlier while her family was picking out a Christmas tree. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan uses a fittingly solemn tone for a bleak and disturbing story. When Denfeld's story changes its point of view,... Read More

A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA

A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA Lady Sherlock, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Sherry Thomas | Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The second in the Lady Sherlock series is a delight, especially as performed by the extraordinary Kate Reading. A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN introduced Charlotte Holmes, an unusual young woman who created the fictional Sherlock Holmes so she could use her detecting skills in a male-dominated society. Clients who come to Sherlock must go through his sister--because he's gravely ill.... Read More

CREDENCE

CREDENCE

by Martin Link | Read by Chris MacDonnell

MR MH LINK | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Chris MacDonnell presents the essence of a modern-day spy who is committed to learning who tried to kill him and his family while also working out how to get to his daughter's recital on time. Link's audiobook has the feel of a classic spy thriller but exists in the here and now. British spy Lucas Norton and his family are reeling from a sniper attack. While nobody is... Read More

CRIME SCENE

CRIME SCENE

by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman | Read by Dennis Boutsikaris

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dennis Boutsikaris is an excellent narrator for this mystery. Assistant Coroner Clay Edison believes that Walter Rennert died after falling down the steps. But Rennert's daughter, Tatiana, believes her father was murdered and convinces Edison to investigate further. When Edison looks deeper, he discovers that a colleague of Rennert's died in a similar way. The result is a... Read More

DEAD ON ARRIVAL

DEAD ON ARRIVAL

by Matt Richtel | Read by Jonathan Yen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook is not an easy listen. Jonathan Yen does a great job narrating, giving the characters distinct personalities and building tension with his voice alone. But the author's scattershot writing style will have some listeners checking to see if their player is on shuffle. There's a great story--getting to it is the problem. The hero is Dr. Lyle Martin, a genius in the... Read More

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ADLE BEDEAU

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ADLE BEDEAU A Historical Thriller

by Graeme Macrae Burnet | Read by David de Vries

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David de Vries narrates this historical thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a sullen waitress at breakneck speed. The result is a stream of narrative that can be difficult for the listener to process when listened to for long periods of time. His presentation is at odds with the slow pace of the plot, which centers on the investigation of Adèle Bedeau's... Read More

DON'T LET GO

DON'T LET GO

Earphones Award Winner

by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Steven Weber is an exceptional narrator. He adds tension, drama, and empathy to New Jersey detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas's search for the truth about his twin brother's death and the disappearance of his high school girlfriend. The engaging characters and the tight plot with its many twists will intrigue listeners as Weber and Coben make their way to a surprise, maybe even... Read More

END GAME

END GAME Will Robie, Book 5

by David Baldacci | Read by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the first chapter the body count shoots up to 17 and escalates exponentially from there. In the fifth in David Baldacci's Will Robie series, Will and fellow agent, sniper, and sometimes love interest Jessica Reel are sent to Colorado to investigate the disappearance of their mentor. Kyf Brewer expertly voices the male characters, while Orlagh Cassidy adeptly portrays the... Read More

ENEMY OF THE STATE

ENEMY OF THE STATE Mitch Rapp, Book 16

by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills | Read by Scott Brick

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Scott Brick picks up this series as flawlessly as Mills picks up the writing of it from the late, great Vince Flynn. Brick never allows the action to slow and commands a host of voices from all over the world--as usually becomes necessary when ace CIA operative Mitch Rapp is involved. In this episode, Rapp has "retired" from the CIA and gone underground on a special assignment... Read More

ENIGMA

ENIGMA FBI Thriller, Book 21

by Catherine Coulter | Read by Renée Raudman, MacLeod Andrews

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews bring this mystery to life. Pregnant Kara Moody is taken hostage by a crazed man. After she's rescued and the baby is born, the child is kidnapped. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock are on the case. Meanwhile, agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot are looking for an escaped criminal. Both narrators do an excellent job of voicing a diverse... Read More

EXPOSED

EXPOSED Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 5

by Lisa Scottoline | Read by Kate Burton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this nail-biting legal thriller, a seemingly simple case rapidly develops into something much more complex and dangerous for lawyers Bennie Rosato and Mary DiNunzio. With a plot featuring personal conflicts, corporate corruption, and ruthless villains, this audiobook is a fast-paced listen. Narrator Kate Burton rises to the challenge of voicing both the male and female... Read More

THE EYES OF BUDDHA

THE EYES OF BUDDHA Virgil Tibbs. Book 5

by John Ball | Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dion Graham continues to channel series detective Virgil Tibbs and a multiethnic cast of characters. This fifth in the series, first published in 1976, contains the requisite murder and sleuthing as well as depictions of ongoing technological, social, and political changes that have led the fictional Tibbs to become comfortable with identifying as "black" rather than... Read More

THE FALLEN

THE FALLEN Quinn Colson, Book 7

by Ace Atkins | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator MacLeod Andrews is a welcome addition to Ace Atkins's series featuring lawman Quinn Colson. Colson was previously voted out of his job as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, but now he's back in office aiming to take on a cunning team of bank robbers. Andrews's deliberate pacing is somewhat undercut by the too-quick transitions from one subplot to another, an... Read More

FEAR

FEAR

by Dirk Kurbjuweit, Imogen Taylor [Trans.] | Read by John Glouchevitch

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Glouchevitch affects the unsettling tone and careful pacing of this audiobook about a middle-class family that has a troubled, and troubling, resident living in their basement. Glouchevitch renders Randolph Tiefenthaler with a building sense of frustration and impotence as he is charged with the sexual abuse of his children. The accuser is Dieter Tiberius, the... Read More

FEAR IS THE RIDER

FEAR IS THE RIDER

by Kenneth Cook | Read by Humphrey Bower

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Talented narrator Humphrey Bower doesn't get an opportunity to showcase his versatility in this white-knuckle thriller--there are just two main characters and handful of incidentals--but he has ample opportunity to demonstrate his aptitude for pace and timing. In this short audiobook, there is almost no plot, just heart-pounding pursuit. John and Katie are being pursued by a... Read More

FLUDD

FLUDD

Earphones Award Winner

by Hilary Mantel | Read by Gordon Griffin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Gordon Griffin, an entire acting company in one person, makes an audio romp of this early novel by the irreverent and very funny Hilary Mantel. In the 1950s, in benighted Fetherhoughton, on the edge of the moors, a Catholic priest has lost his faith, a fact he conceals because the priesthood is the only job he knows. Enter the sympathetic and mysterious Fludd. Is he the new... Read More

THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE

THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE Millennium Series, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by David Lagercrantz | Read by Simon Vance

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

While the author of the blockbuster Millennium series has changed, Simon Vance has been the consistent narrator of the audiobooks. Vance created the voices and masterfully embodies the personalities of the indomitable computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, the journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and the other characters whom listeners have followed through the series. We now find Lisbeth... Read More

GOOD ME BAD ME

GOOD ME BAD ME

by Ali Land | Read by Imogen Church

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Milly is traumatized when she realizes her mother is a serial killer. After she turns her mother into the police, Milly is put into a foster home and has to testify against her mother in court. But Milly's has secrets that make her wonder if she'll become like her mother. Narrator Imogen Church is particularly haunting when she acts out Milly's internal dialogue. In a near... Read More

GUILT IN THE COTSWOLDS

GUILT IN THE COTSWOLDS

by Rebecca Tope | Read by Caroline Lennon

ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Caroline Lennon skillfully captures the endearing yet irritating Thea Osborne in her latest house-sitting adventure. When Thea's fiancé, undertaker Drew Slocombe, is approached by Rita Wiltshire to prearrange her green burial, he recommends Thea to inventory Mrs. Wiltshire's many possessions. Lennon's Slocombe sounds mild-mannered and deliberate while Mrs. Wiltshire is... Read More

HE SAID/ SHE SAID

HE SAID/ SHE SAID

by Erin Kelly | Read by Helen Johns, Jonathan Broadbent

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Having more than one narrator is crucial for Erin Kelly's intense psychological thriller. After viewing a total eclipse at Cornwall with her boyfriend, Kit, Laura witnesses a violent attack and calls the police. Ever since then, their lives have changed. Fifteen years later, Laura and Kit are married but living in fear of a past that continues to haunt them. The dual narrators,... Read More

HEARTMAN

HEARTMAN J. T. Ellington, Book 1

by M.P. Wright | Read by Ben Onwukwe

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ben Onwukwe's voice is strong and assured as he brings alive voices of the West Indies and the British West Country in this crime story set in 1960s Bristol. J.T. Ellington is a Barbadian policeman with a past, come to Britain for work and a new start. The welcome he receives is hostile, and when he's offered payment to track down a vulnerable young woman who's gone... Read More

THE LAKE AND THE LOST GIRL

THE LAKE AND THE LOST GIRL

by Jacquelyn Vincenta | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this debut novel narrated by Christina Moore, two wives, 30 years apart, experience different manifestations of spousal abuse. The central character, Lydia, is married to a self-absorbed English professor who has focused all his scholarly research on finding lost poems by a minor local poet. As the story progresses, he becomes frighteningly obsessed with what happened to the... Read More

A LEGACY OF SPIES

A LEGACY OF SPIES Smiley, Book 9

Earphones Award Winner

by John le Carré | Read by Tom Hollander

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The combined performances of author John le Carré and narrator Tom Hollander in this new George Smiley espionage novel are a tour de force to be savored and cherished. Our protagonist is Peter Guillam, who, 40 years on and under interrogation, must revisit the disastrous events of THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD. We're back in the morally ambiguous world of Cold War spy craft... Read More

LOCKDOWN

LOCKDOWN A Novel of Suspense

by Laurie R. King | Read by Pilar Witherspoon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Pilar Witherspoon's deliberate delivery matches the carefully laid out plot of this stand-alone thriller. The background stories of individual characters are woven into a minute-by-minute account of a California middle-school career day gone horribly wrong. Drawing on her good sense of timing, Witherspoon boosts the tension as the day's frustrations begin to wear down... Read More

THE LOCKSMITH'S DAUGHTER

THE LOCKSMITH'S DAUGHTER

by Karen Brooks | Read by Karen Brooks

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As the only daughter of London's master locksmith, there is no lock that Mallory Bright cannot master--a talent that has earned her a position with Queen Elizabeth's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham. But when Mallory learns Sir Francis's ruthless method of control, her loyalties begin to turn, putting her and all those she loves in mortal peril. Author/narrator Karen Brooks... Read More

THE MARRIAGE PACT

THE MARRIAGE PACT

Earphones Award Winner

by Michelle Richmond | Read by Tom Taylorson

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tom Taylorson narrates this thriller with precision, helping listeners to be pulled into the story. Alice, a lawyer, and Jake, a marriage counselor, sign on to The Pact, a secret society of couples who are committed to ensuring that their marriages are happy. When Alice and Jake inadvertently break the rules, the consequences are dire--more dire than they ever expected.... Read More

THE MIDNIGHT LINE

THE MIDNIGHT LINE A Jack Reacher Novel

by Lee Child | Read by Dick Hill

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Jack Reacher (the "Reacher Creatures") will find everything they've come to expect in the series: long bus trips to nowhere; detailed, well-choreographed fist fights, which Reacher always wins; and a never-ending pursuit of justice. Narrator Dick Hill's gruff, evenly paced voice has become the voice of Jack Reacher, even when Reacher says nothing. Reacher's... Read More

MIRROR, MIRROR

MIRROR, MIRROR Barbara Holloway, Book 14

by Kate Wilhelm | Read by Carrington MacDuffie

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Carrington MacDuffie sustains the emotional roller coaster ride in this mystery featuring defense attorney Barbara Holloway. MacDuffie is charged with delivering both male and female voices that run the emotional gamut from concern and horror to excitement and joy. She uses Wilhelm's keen character development to its full advantage to portray the many characters,... Read More

MOON OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN

MOON OVER THE MEDITERRANEAN

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Lilsa Ivary

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Liisa Ivary zestfully captures each nuance in a delightful story that mixes mystery, romance, and travel. In 1961, Alabaman Robin Fletcher accompanies her Aunt Maggie on a Mediterranean cruise. As the women become acquainted with their shipmates, romance strikes, along with skulduggery when Robin notices the odd behavior of some of the travelers. Ivary delivers diverse... Read More

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Earphones Award Winner

by Agatha Christie | Read by Kenneth Branagh

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kenneth Branagh offers a full-cast performance all by himself in this delicious production of a 1934 Christie classic that is often remembered only for its film adaptations. What a pleasure to encounter the author's original intent and be reminded of how cleverly she devised plots and characters. For those who need reminding, the plot involves a murder on a snowbound Orient... Read More

THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY: BBC RADIO CASEBOOK

THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY: BBC RADIO CASEBOOK Vol. 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Claire Benedict , Nadine Marshall, and a Full Cast

BBC Worldwide Ltd. | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

Opening with the joyous strains of Botswana children singing, this production never ceases to sound high-spirited and joyful. Voicing Detective Mma Precious Ramotswe's lilting rhythms and down-to-earth observations, British theater stalwart Claire Benedict leads the expert cast in performing these first eight episodes of BBC Radio's 2004-2005 audio-theater adaptations, written... Read More

THE NULL PROPHECY

THE NULL PROPHECY

by Michael Guillen | Read by A.T. Chandler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator A.T. Chandler manages to make the potential end of the world an energizing experience. Things don't look good for planet Earth when holes develop in the magnetosphere. That problem is coupled with massive, deadly solar flares that are barreling toward Earth. Charged with avoiding the oncoming catastrophe are maverick scientist Calder Sinclair and... Read More

ORIGIN

ORIGIN Robert Langdon, Book 5

by Dan Brown | Read by Paul Michael

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Paul Michael dazzles in this latest Dan Brown thriller featuring symbologist Robert Langdon. At the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, futurist Edmond Kirsch is assassinated in front of a live audience, including Langdon, before he can unveil two earth-shattering scientific revelations--the origin of life and the future of mankind. Langdon teams up with Ambra Vidal, the... Read More

OTHER COUNTRIES

OTHER COUNTRIES Gabriel Ash, Book 4

by Jo Bannister | Read by Jane Copland

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jane Copland convincingly captures Detective Constable Hazel Best, who is injured while protecting selfish celebrity Oliver Ford. Best and her friend, Gabriel Ash--wonderfully portrayed as a kind, unlikely hero--team up to determine whether the crime was terrorist related. Listeners will be chagrined when Best falls in love with Ford. Copland expertly re-creates myriad... Read More

A PERFECT SPY

A PERFECT SPY BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

Earphones Award Winner

by John le Carre | Read by Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson, Julian Rhind-Tutt

BBC Digital Audio | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

Taut, intricate, and urbane--this BBC/Scotland radio adaptation captures the sound and feel of the British-grey atmosphere and cold war imagery of John le Carré's 1986 masterwork. The story focuses on a spy who seems to be a friend and confidant to all who suddenly disappears. With a tone that moves between hope and a feeling of lost chances, British character actor Julian... Read More

PROOF OF LIFE

PROOF OF LIFE J. P. Beaumont, Book 23

by J.A. Jance | Read by Alan Sklar

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The 23rd book in the popular series finds J.P. Beaumont, now retired from the Seattle Police Department, latching on to the opportunity to investigate the death of his old nemesis, Maxwell Cole, who has been writing a book involving one of Beau's old cases. Narrator Alan Sklar's pace nicely matches that of the author--slow, patient, and deliberate. Sklar's low, resonant voice... Read More

THE PUNCH ESCROW

THE PUNCH ESCROW

by Tal M. Klein | Read by Matthew Mercer

Audible, Inc./ Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Matthew Mercer is perfectly cast as smart-ass Joel Byram. One can almost see Joel's facial expressions as he navigates a world in which he's been duplicated in a teleportation accident. This futuristic story is made Monty Python-like by Mercer's outstanding voicings. His version of the synthesized voice of the 171-year-old founder of a religious cult is beautifully... Read More

THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS

THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS Doctor Siri Paiboun, Book 12

by Colin Cotterill | Read by Clive Chafers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this twelfth mystery featuring Laotian Doctor Siri Paiboun, narrator Clive Chafers performs his usual magic. This time, "Doctor Sili" (because the "r" sounds like an "l") is team physician for Laos's motley, hastily assembled athletes in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. When one of the athletes secretly replaces another, Dr. Siri and his colleagues set out to avert murder, while... Read More

THE RIGHT SIDE

THE RIGHT SIDE

by Spencer Quinn | Read by Susan Bennett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susan Bennett gives a penetrating performance of veteran LeAnne Hogan's tumultuous physical and emotional journey. After LeAnne's final mission in Afghanistan ends in tragedy, resulting in the loss of her right eye and a disjointed memory, she struggles to piece together her new life. Bennett guides LeAnne through past and present experiences, reflecting her muddled... Read More

THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE

THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE

Earphones Award Winner

by T. Jefferson Parker | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

T. Jefferson Parker's latest novel is filled with well-defined characters, excellent dialogue, and a gripping story. Will Damron's narration makes it even better. At first, Damron's slow pace seems out of place, but it becomes clear quickly that his delivery enhances every aspect of the audiobook. The story focuses on P.I. Roland Ford's search for Clay Hickman, an escapee from... Read More

THE ROOSTER BAR

THE ROOSTER BAR

by John Grisham | Read by Ari Fliakos

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

John Grisham returns to his professional roots as an attorney for this drama of white-collar crime, which will remind listeners of his earlier bestseller THE FIRM. With quiet certitude, narrator Ari Fliakos captures the mounting despair of three contemporary law students at a subpar law school who suddenly realize that that their futures consist of debt and unemployment.... Read More

THE SCARRED WOMAN

THE SCARRED WOMAN Department Q, Book 7

by Jussi Adler-Olsen, William Frost [Trans.] | Read by Graeme Malcolm

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What's the connection between the elderly woman whose head was bashed in and the young woman who was rammed by a car? That's one of the questions in the latest of Jussi Adler-Olsen's excellent mysteries about Copenhagen's Department Q, which investigates cold cases. Graeme Malcolm's understated, almost gentle, narration is one of the many pleasures of this ungentle story as... Read More

THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS

THE SCIENTOLOGY MURDERS Detective Harry Doyle, Book 2

by William Heffernan | Read by John McLain

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

John McLain introduces listeners to Harry Doyle--known as the "Dead Detective" because he was once clinically dead and has the ability to hear the dead speak. Doyle and his partner investigate a killing in Florida. The case quickly leads to Scientology's upper echelon. McLain does a great job with the assorted characters, especially the killer, whom he gives a creepy, nervous,... Read More

THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE

THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE

by Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor [Trans.] | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This "Dan Brown style" thriller is delivered with a decided wink. On the straight merits of narration, the audio shines. A graduate student in semiology is commandeered by a police inspector to assist in an international investigation. A professor who may have discovered how to control others through language has been murdered. Narrator Bronson Pinchot revels in the novel's... Read More

SHADOW MAN

SHADOW MAN

by Alan Drew | Read by Will Damron

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Caught between his drive to catch a serial killer and his need to hide secrets from his past, Detective Ben Wade is a complicated man. Narrator Will Damron keeps listeners engaged as he paints a picture of the fear caused by the Shadow Man and a secondary investigation of a local swim coach. The story takes place in the late 1980s in Southern California, before DNA databases,... Read More

SHADY PLACE

SHADY PLACE

by David A. Byrne | Read by Nik Magill

W.I.N. Pictures, LLC | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Nik Magill expertly captures this heartbreaking yet truly funny mystery. Retired Philadelphia cop Jim Phillips, a widower, reluctantly moves into a 55+ community in Shady Place, Florida. Still grieving for his beloved wife, Phillips, especially as portrayed by Magill, is endearing and believable. A bit of a loner, he tries to ignore the never-ending flow of visitors.... Read More

SILENT RUNNING

SILENT RUNNING Art Marvik, Book 1

by Pauline Rowson | Read by Peter Noble

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Noble artfully creates the brotherhood between former Marine commando Art Marvik and Special Forces communicator Shaun Strathan, who lost a leg in Afghanistan. When Marvik's old girlfriend, Charlotte Churley, disappears after telling him an incredible story, he and Strathan swing into action. Since much of the activity is on the River Solent and the Isle of... Read More

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE Virgil Tibbs, Book 7

by John Ball | Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this final Virgil Tibbs mystery, narrator Dion Graham succeeds in conveying the detective's acquired steady and measured countenance, which has grown throughout the years and the seven books. Graham handles a bevy of accents that include Australian, Chinese, Indian, and those of other Asian Singaporeans, as well as a reprise of the African former first lady, Madame... Read More

SOME KIND OF HERO

SOME KIND OF HERO Reluctant Heroes, Book 2

by Suzanne Brockmann | Read by Bahni Turpin, Patrick Lawlor

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dual narrators Bahni Turpin and Patrick Lawlor start off with a bang as hero Peter Greene jumps into Shayla Whitman's vehicle, urging her to "follow that car!" Peter's daughter has run away, and he thinks she's in the car that he persuades Shayla to pursue. The narrators divide the story, with Lawlor handling the predominately male points of view and Turpin the female ones. The... Read More

SUBURRA

SUBURRA

by Carlo Bonini, Giancarlo de Cataldo, Antony Shugaar [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Edoardo Ballerini is akin to a narration magician. Few others could make this novel full of unlikable Mafioso--with vocabularies to rival those of middle school boys--an enjoyable listening experience, but he achieves this feat. The detestable thugs in this Italian crime story are somewhat caricatured--especially their misogyny and egocentrism--but they are disturbingly... Read More

TEN DEAD COMEDIANS

TEN DEAD COMEDIANS A Murder Mystery

by Fred Van Lente | Read by JD Jackson

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator JD Jackson pulls off an impressive feat. He not only portrays 10 distinct comedians--ranging from a Joan Rivers knockoff to an ersatz Larry the Cable Guy--he also performs each of their stand-up routines as well. Without resorting to stock characterizations, Jackson infuses all the comedians with sufficient humanity that the listener cares when each meets his or her... Read More

THE THIRD NERO

THE THIRD NERO Flavia Albia, Book 5

by Lindsey Davis | Read by Lucy Brown

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Versatile narrator Lucy Brown plunges listeners into the intrigue of the Roman Empire under Domitian. Brown delivers this complex mystery in a multitude of voices, each one distinct. Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, has taken her father's place as spy and intelligencer. She must uncover the identity of the third Nero, an imposter who threatens... Read More

THE TUNNELS

THE TUNNELS A Harbor Secret, Book 1

by Kristie Dickinson | Read by Jack de Golia

Kristie Dickinson | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jack de Golia's narrating style, like the plot of this mystery, is split between that of gritty detective stories of the 1930s and more lighthearted stories about small-town life. He makes seamless transitions between the mystery surrounding an old speakeasy run by the Purple Gang in Michigan during prohibition and the efforts of its new owner, Kylie, to restore the place and... Read More

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH Harry Bosch, Book 22

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Connelly | Read by Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Titus Welliver portrays Detective Harry Bosch in the latest installment of this longstanding series. Bosch says there are two kinds of truth in the world: that which we all can agree on, which is immutable, and that which comes from the mouths of politicians, lawyers, and their clients, which is malleable. Bosch takes on two cases, a cold-case murder he thought he'd... Read More

THE UNDESIRED

THE UNDESIRED

by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir | Read by Nick Underwood, Karen Cass

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As narrators, both Karen Cass and Nick Underwood spin a suspenseful, slow-burning tale of hidden secrets and the supernatural. In 1974, Aldís Agnarsdóttir, a cleaner in a home for delinquent boys in rural Iceland, becomes infatuated with Einar, a boy with terrible secrets. When Einer and another boy vanish, it is Aldis who pays the price. Decades later, Odinn, a grieving single... Read More

USE OF FORCE

USE OF FORCE Scot Harvath, Book 16

by Brad Thor | Read by Armand Schultz

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When the CIA learns of a terrorist plot to bomb the most important religious sites in Europe, it turns to counterterrorism expert Scot Harvath to thwart the plans by any means necessary. That means lots of shooting. Narrator Armand Schultz gives life to the tough-as-nails former SEAL and his team of equally hard-nosed warriors as they push their way through Europe and the... Read More

THE WAGES OF SIN

THE WAGES OF SIN Sarah Gilchrist, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Kaite Welsh | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mary Jane Wells is just about perfect in this mystery set in Victorian-era Scotland. Former London debutante Sarah Gilchrist was raped, confined to a sanatorium for "promiscuity," and banished in disgrace. Upon moving to Edinburgh and attending medical school, Sarah endures the jibes of the male-dominated faculty and student body. She helps out at a clinic catering to... Read More

WATCH ME DISAPPEAR

WATCH ME DISAPPEAR

by Janelle Brown | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Kaleo Griffith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's skill at conveying a range of emotions takes the spotlight in this audiobook about how a father and daughter cope with the disappearance of their dynamic wife/mother. As Jonathan and Olive prepare for the hearing to declare Billie legally dead because a body has never been found, they begin to sort through her belongings and are surprised to discover... Read More

THE WESTERN STAR

THE WESTERN STAR Walt Longmire, Book 13

Earphones Award Winner

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall continues his stellar delivery of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. This installment involves shifts in time between Longmire's current concern, an old nemesis who about to be paroled, and his early years as a sheriff when he returned from the War in Vietnam. Guidall expertly carries listeners back and forth between 1972 and the present day,... Read More

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

THE WIFE BETWEEN US

by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen | Read by Julia Whelan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julia Whelan voices damaged people whose lives tangle together in a web that leaves the listener often doubting the veracity of the main character. Said listener needs to be prepared to set aside assumptions and attend carefully in order to follow the twists and turns, and to be patient as the authors slowly unfold backstories and truths that bring us to the present.... Read More

WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR

Earphones Award Winner

by Robert K. Tanenbaum | Read by Peter Berkrot

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Berkrot handles this timely, well-written police procedural and courtroom thriller about racism amid police departments and the world at large. Butch Karp is the district attorney of New York City and an easy character to like. Listeners will appreciate Berkrot's deft use of pacing and accents to bring out the characters' personalities and emotions. He is... Read More

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