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THE ART OF MURDER

THE ART OF MURDER

by Rebecca Muddiman | Read by Humphrey Bower

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The listener will hang onto narrator Humphrey Bower's every word in this gripping psychological thriller, well suited to audio. Bower's Nick Kelly sounds like everybody's idea of a media-happy tough-guy NYPD detective as he investigates a string of murders. Serial killer Michael Fisher seeks fame as an artist by arranging his victims in gruesome versions of famous paintings,... Read More

BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH

BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH Agatha Raisin, Book 30

by M.C. Beaton | Read by Penelope Keith

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Penelope Keith returns to narrate Book 30 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Keith provides the perfect voice, tone, and tempo for the delightfully flawed Agatha Raisin, who solves crimes in the Cotswolds. This time Agatha's private detective agency is hired to investigate industrial espionage. Before long, she and her crew are involved in a murder supposedly committed by a... 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

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

A BOOK OF BONES

A BOOK OF BONES Charlie Parker, Book 17

by John Connolly | Read by Jeff Harding

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jeff Harding's hard-bitten rasp should suit Connelly's latest paranormal thriller featuring ex-cop Charlie Parker. However, the Texas twang he gives to Parker, who is from Maine, as well as other ill-considered character accents, and his squeaky portrayal of women, sometimes divert the listener's attention. The story involves Connelly's signature blend of supernatural horror... 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

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

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

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

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

DEAD IN DEVON

DEAD IN DEVON Juno Brown, Book 1

by Stephanie Austin | Read by Lisa Coleman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lisa Coleman shows listeners sinister elements in the world of antiques and collectibles in small-town England. Juno Browne is supporting herself as a dog walker and house cleaner when antique dealer Old Nick persuades her to partner with him in his business. Then Juno finds him murdered in the apartment above his shop. With careful pacing to keep the listener in... 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

ELEVATOR PITCH

ELEVATOR PITCH

Earphones Award Winner

by Linwood Barclay | Read by Johnathan McClain

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This suspense, narrated superbly by Johnathan McClain, shows how the best audiobooks grab the listener at the outset and maintain their attention to the end. Linwood Barclay's story begins when four people board a New York office building elevator, which ascends to the top floor and then suddenly plummets. What seems to be a random accident repeats the next day and the next,... Read More

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS

by Lisa Jewell | Read by Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, Dominic Thorburn

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland, and Dominic Thornburn shine in Jewell's latest dark, twisted story about history, family, and sacrifice. When Libby turns 25, she receives a long awaited letter notifying her about her biological parents and about the inheritance of an abandoned mansion in London. At the same time we meet Lucy, a young, homeless woman with two children who... 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

FUGITIVE FROM THE GRAVE

FUGITIVE FROM THE GRAVE Bow Street Rivals, Book 4

by Edward Marston | Read by Gordon Griffin

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gordon Griffin skillfully depicts the rivalry between the Bow Street Runners and twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen. Their cases involve egotistical actress Hannah Granville and a woman who is trying to learn the fate of her elderly father. The Runners are consistently bested by the brothers, a detail that Griffin cleverly plays up, particularly focusing on jocular... Read More

GALWAY GIRL

GALWAY GIRL Jack Taylor, Book 15

by Ken Bruen | Read by Gerry O'Brien

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gerry O'Brien returns to transport listeners to the bleak and brutal world of former Irish Guard and reluctant private investigator Jack Taylor. Taylor, barely hanging on from the murder of his daughter, is stalked by a psychotic young woman who is intent on destroying him. Like an Irish shawl, Bruen's intricate weaving of literary, musical, sports, and political... Read More

THE GIRL BEHIND THE RED ROPE

THE GIRL BEHIND THE RED ROPE

by Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker | Read by Sandy Rustin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sandy Rustin gives voice to the naïveté of a young woman living in a glorified cult. When Grace was a child, she and her family witnessed a horrifying vision of wicked creatures known as the Fury, who are shown to them by a supposed angel. Since then, the faithful have gathered in a hidden religious community deep in the woods, seeking safety behind a red rope that... Read More

THE GODMOTHER

THE GODMOTHER

by Hannelore Cayre, Stephanie Smee [Trans.] | Read by Julia Franklin

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

While working as an Arabic translator for the Paris police department, Patience Portefeux finds the solution to her own financial woes and a way to fund her mother's increasing care costs as she creates a double life for herself as an unlikely drug-gang boss. Narrator Julia Franklin does a wonderful job of bringing 53-year-old Patience and a wide selection of colorful... Read More

GRAY MATTER

GRAY MATTER Thomas Prescott Series, Book 2

by Nick Pirog | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Johnny Heller brings author Nick Pirog's well-defined characters to life. This audiobook focuses on Thomas Prescott, a depressed former police officer and FBI consultant. At the start of the story, he returns to his hometown of Seattle. While visiting his boyhood home, he discovers the governor of Washington floating on the shore--dead. Not surprisingly, he soon finds... 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

GUILTY NOT GUILTY

GUILTY NOT GUILTY

by Felix Francis | Read by Martin Jarvis

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners who expect murders in horse barns or on racetracks will be disappointed with this new audio mystery by Felix Francis, son of the late Dick Francis, who was known for writing about the track. This psychological mystery, narrated by Martin Jarvis, spends more time in the courtroom than in the world of horses. Jarvis portrays Bill Russell as a good, sensitive man who... 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

HI FIVE

HI FIVE IQ, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by Joe Ide | Read by Zeno Robinson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Zeno Robinson narrates the fourth audiobook in the series featuring private investigator Isaiah Quintabe (IQ). IQ's latest case involves especially high stakes. For one, the powerful arms dealer Angus Byrne is forcing him to solve a shooting death and threatening to break the hands of IQ's girlfriend, a violinist, if he fails. Also, the main witness/suspect is Byrne's daughter,... Read More

HOW THE DEAD SPEAK

HOW THE DEAD SPEAK

by Val McDermid | Read by Saul Reichlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saul Reichlin returns to deliver the next phase in the challenging lives of the many characters in McDermid's Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Reichlin successfully differentiates men and women of differing ages and backgrounds. With Hill and Jordan sidelined, the rebuilt REMIT team is drawn into unraveling the mystery of the bones of 40 girls who are buried at the... Read More

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

by A.D. Miller | Read by Tim Campbell

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners who enjoy complex espionage stories like those of le Carré, will want to hear Tim Campbell narrate this taut political thriller. Former British diplomat Simon Davey's life was shattered during the protests in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2004. Campbell employs a clear, fast-paced delivery. He sounds American, but he creates other accents with ease. Notable... Read More

LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK

LADY ANNE AND THE HOWL IN THE DARK

by Victoria Hamilton | Read by Danielle Cohen

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In no-nonsense highborn tones, narrator Danielle Cohen uses her vocal skills to create a convincing self-assured aristocrat who meddles where she doesn't belong. In this gothic mystery set in Yorkshire, Lady Anne Addison is bound and determined to uncover the source of howls in the dark, for it can't possibly be a werewolf, as her friend Lydia fears. After she stumbles over the... 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 MADNESS OF SUNSHINE

A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE

by Nalini Singh | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld shines in this compelling, multilayered listen. The land and the sea of the New Zealand coast become an integral part of the story's beautiful descriptions, authentic narration, and well-developed characters. After her husband dies, Anahera Spenser-Ashby returns home to Golden Cove--a place she left eight years earlier, after her mother's death.... Read More

THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY

THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY

by Lynne Truss | Read by Matt Green

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Matt Green and author Lynne Truss shine in their second adventure together featuring Constable Twitten of the Brighton, England, constabulary, circa 1950. This time, we have a murder in a beach chair, a notorious con artist, good lovely ladies, nasty lovely ladies, a secret basement, and hideously bad wax effigies à la Madame Tussaud. That's just for starters. Green... 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 OTHER END OF THE LINE

THE OTHER END OF THE LINE Inspector Montalbano, Book 24

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

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Grover Gardner narrates this Sicilian police procedural with ease and familiarity. As Inspector Montalbano and his team juggle everyday policing tasks, they must deal with the additional challenge of providing support for migrants arriving at the port. The situation is compounded when the murder of a seamstress with whom Montalbano has a connection is discovered. Gardner... 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

THE PENMAKER'S WIFE

THE PENMAKER'S WIFE

by Steve Robinson | Read by Clare Corbett

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Spoiler alert: Angelica Chastain, heroine of THE PENMAKER'S WIFE, may be among the most diabolical, manipulative women in recent fiction. Narrator Clare Corbett delivers Angelica's convoluted story of love, murder, and betrayal with all the precise period diction of the 1880s in place. She inhabits several points of view, making each devastatingly real. It's hard to like a... Read More

THE PURSUIT OF WILLIAM ABBEY

THE PURSUIT OF WILLIAM ABBEY

by Claire North | Read by Peter Kenny

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Kenny shows his incredible range in this world-hopping tribute to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," in which the titular character is cursed by the shadow of a person whose life he did not save. To outrun the shadow, William Abbey travels the world, and this allows Kenny to use a myriad of accents, smoothly transitioning from one to the next. Because he is... 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 ROYAL BATHS MURDER

THE ROYAL BATHS MURDER A Yorkshire Murder, Book 4

Earphones Award Winner

by J.R. Ellis | Read by Michael Page

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Michael Page flawlessly presents this story, based on an actual mystery writers' convention. After Damian "Poison Pen" Penrose is found dead in the town of Harrogate's Victorian baths, the list of suspects is unending. Listeners will accompany witty, literate Detective Chief Inspector Oldroyd as he sifts through a mountain of clues--and tries online dating. Page's portrayals of... Read More

THE SECOND BIGGEST NOTHING

THE SECOND BIGGEST NOTHING Dr. Siri Palboun, Book 14

by Colin Cotterill | Read by Clive Chafer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Clive Chafer's narration guarantees that listeners will be laughing out loud at Cotterill's fourteenth mystery featuring Siri Paiboun, Laos's national coroner. Siri finds a note attached to the stumpy tail of his dog, Ugly, threatening to destroy Siri and those he holds dearest. More threats follow, and people begin dying, forcing Siri to explore who in his past holds such... 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 SHAMELESS

THE SHAMELESS Quinn Colson, Book 9

by Ace Atkins | Read by MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Frankie Corzo, Erin Spencer, Romy Nordlinger, Joy Nash, Brittany Goodwin

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Southern charm highlights this audiobook, which will delight listeners who enjoy mysteries with personality. The audiobook is an ensemble performance, and the use of multiple narrators enhances the dialogue. Set in Tibbehah County, Mississippi, the story focuses on the 1997 death of Brandon Taylor and a new investigation into his case, which has been rejuvenated based on 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

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

SORRY FOR THE DEAD

SORRY FOR THE DEAD

by Nicola Upson | Read by Helen Lloyd

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is number eight in Nicola Upson's crime series, and narrator Helen Lloyd perfectly brings its setting and personalities into sharp focus. In the early part of the twentieth century, Josephine Tey was a popular crime writer. In Upson's series Josephine actually investigates crimes. Here, she is called to the horticultural school Moira House to help clarify the details of a... 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

STRANGERS AT THE GATE

STRANGERS AT THE GATE

by Catriona McPherson | Read by Lucy Paterson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lucy Paterson brings a top-level performance to this mystery featuring murder in a small Scottish burg. Finn, a church deacon, and her husband, Paddy, a lawyer, get great jobs in the town of Simmerton. Both have secrets to hide, so when they find the bloodied bodies of their benefactors shortly after dining with them, they decide to keep quiet. But murder has a way of... Read More

THE STRING

THE STRING Deadly Games, Book 1

by Caleb Breakey | Read by Jason Culp

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Take deep, calming breaths--sit back and let Jason Culp terrify you with his narration of this violent psychological thriller about a sociopath, called The Conductor, who controls a string of compromised followers who commit crimes. Culp gives this villain a truly creepy voice that is as memorable as it is horrible. The voices of the students who become caught up in the evil... 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

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

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

TRACE OF EVIL

TRACE OF EVIL Natalie Lockhart , Book 1

by Alice Blanchard | Read by Laura Nichols

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Part intense police procedural, part suspense, and part family drama, this audiobook keeps listeners guessing. Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, a sleepy town hiding dark secrets, where she is assigned the cold cases of nine missing women. Narrator Laura Nichol struggles at times to create distinctions between the characters, and much of 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

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

UNREASONABLE DOUBTS

UNREASONABLE DOUBTS

by Reyna Marder Gentin | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Reyna Marder Gentin | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Part legal suspense, part romance, this audiobook is a stellar debut. Narrator Tavia Gilbert introduces listeners to Liana Cohen, a New York City public defender who is struggling to find meaning and balance. Gilbert transitions seamlessly between the personal and professional challenges Liana faces--how to justify her lack of belief in her clients' innocence, whether to move... 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

WINTER GRAVE

WINTER GRAVE An Embla Nyström Investigation, Book 2

by Helene Tursten | Read by Stina Nielsen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Stina Nielsen is an experienced narrator who consistently excels at playing strong female characters. She does so again as she portrays Swedish detective Embla Nystrom, moving us from the post-traumatic stress of her previous case to the horrors of children going missing in her new one. Nielsen captures the persona of a professional woman beautifully; she sounds both strong and... Read More

THE WOLF WANTS IN

THE WOLF WANTS IN

by Laura McHugh | Read by Suzanne Elise Freeman, Tara Turnbull

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two excellent narrators flesh out this gritty mystery set amid the opioid epidemic in the American heartland. Sadie is a single mother whose brother has just died under mysterious circumstances. Suzanne Elise Freeman portrays Sadie, imbuing her with both intelligence and world-weariness. Henley is an 18-year-old girl who grew up in a large family on the wrong side of the... Read More

WORD TO THE WISE

WORD TO THE WISE Library Lover's Mysteries, Book 10

by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Allyson Ryan convincingly depicts Briar Creek, Connecticut-- a small seaside town--along with its inviting public library and feisty director, Lindsey Norris. As Lindsey plans her wedding to boat skipper Mike "Sully" Sullivan, she becomes the target of a library patron who is stalking her. Ryan realistically portrays Aaron Grady, a seemingly nice guy who's obsessed... Read More

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY

YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY

Earphones Award Winner

by Steph Cha | Read by Greta Jung, Glenn Davis

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The story may be fiction, but listeners will feel like they're hearing true crime--so captivating are the performances of narrators Greta Jung and Glenn Davis. The mystery involves Grace Park, a sheltered Korean pharmacist, and Shawn Matthews, who find themselves intertwined following a horrendous crime that rocks Los Angeles, where they both live. The result is a gripping... Read More

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