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BEAU DEATH

BEAU DEATH

by Peter Lovesey | Read by Steven Crossley

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mystery Grand Master Peter Lovesey creates another spellbinding novel. Steven Crossley's performance of go-to detective, Peter Diamond, makes it clear why he's the go-to narrator. The demolition of a building in Bath, England, reveals a skeleton dressed in a bizarre costume. Speculation suggests that the skeleton may be a man known as Beau Nash, an eighteenth-century bon vivant... Read More

BEST DAY EVER

BEST DAY EVER

by Kaira Rouda | Read by Graham Halstead, Amy McFadden

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As the listener joins Paul Strom, the perfect husband is planning the best day ever for his wife, Mia. But it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. Paul's definition of best day ever has uneasy undertones that gnaw at the listener. Narrator Graham Halstead, performing Paul's point of view, combines the disturbing mix of dry wit and calculating intent that leads... Read More

THE BODY IN THE CASKET

THE BODY IN THE CASKET Faith Fairchild, Book 24

by Katherine Hall Page | Read by Tanya Eby

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook, about a party set in a remote country house, is #24 in the Faith Fairchild series. It's an atmospheric classic whodunit. Faith is both the event's caterer and sleuth, hired to forestall the host's murder. Despite a promising premise, Faith as chef is more satisfying than Faith as detective. While the mystery suffers from a weak plot and few charismatic... Read More

BONFIRE

BONFIRE

by Krysten Ritter | Read by Karissa Vacker

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Karissa Vacker captures the corruption and fear that squeeze the morality out of the town of Barrens, Indiana. When Abby Williams returns to her hometown to investigate Optimal Plastics, she's afflicted with bitter memories of the past. Upon catching sight of her first love, she's overwhelmed by passion, but almost immediately these feelings dissipate and are replaced... Read More

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT

CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT Pendergast, Book 17

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child | Read by René Auberjonois

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

René Auberjonois narrates the eagerly awaited seventeenth outing for Special Agent Pendergast with his usual quiet assurance. Auberjonois sounds as much a part of this series as Pendergast's old friend, Lieutenant D'Agosta, of the NYPD. Here, they're pitted against The Decapitator, a mystery assailant who is beheading some of New York's richest people, creating social panic.... Read More

CRIMSON LAKE

CRIMSON LAKE Crimson Lake, Book 1

by Candice Fox | Read by Euan Morton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fleeing allegations of having committed a horrible crime, former police detective Ted Conkaffey moves to isolated Crimson Lake in Queensland to start over. Narrator Euan Morton's gravelly voice and Australian accent embody Ted, who is consumed by anger and paranoia. When Ted arrives in the isolated town, he partners with PI Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer, to... Read More

DEATH BELOW STAIRS

DEATH BELOW STAIRS

Earphones Award Winner

by Jennifer Ashley | Read by Anne-Marie Piazza

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An excellent story combines with an excellent narration. Anne-Marie Piazza's proper English accent is perfect for this murder mystery set in Victorian London. Shortly after Kat Holloway is hired as a cook at a Mayfair mansion, her assistant is found bludgeoned to death in the larder. As the murder investigation unfolds into a scheme to assassinate the queen, Piazza perfectly... Read More

DEATH BY HIS GRACE

DEATH BY HIS GRACE Darko Dawson, Book 5

by Kwei Quartey | Read by Corey Allen

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A fine narrator of audiobooks mostly set in America, Corey Allen sounds stilted in this latest Inspector Dawson mystery, which takes place, as usual, in Ghana. The story, which is slow to start, involves the murder of a sympathetic new bride who has not been able to produce children. Was she killed by her hidebound husband? The mother-in-law who never liked her? By some form of... Read More

DEEP FREEZE

DEEP FREEZE Virgil Flowers, Book 10

by John Sandford | Read by Eric Conger

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Virgil Flowers goes to wintry Trippton, Minnesota, to investigate the death of the town's bank president, whose body was found in the icy river. Narrator Eric Conger reprises his portrayal of Flowers, who is somehow simultaneously irascible and mellow as he puzzles through the list of possible murderers. Conger's masculine voice is a satisfying choice for Flowers, especially... Read More

THE DEVOURING

THE DEVOURING A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery

by James R. Benn | Read by Peter Berkrot

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the twelfth installment of the series, Billy Boyle, the young Boston detective, teams up with Kaz, a Polish baron, to stop Nazis from accumulating, laundering, and hiding their ill-gotten gains in Swiss banks. They're joined by Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti (Romani) ethnic group, whose family was destroyed by the Nazis. Narrator Peter Berkrot delivers a credible Boyle,... Read More

DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA

DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Walter Mosley | Read by Dion Graham

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Think rich, dark, smooth red wine--each sip revealing different tones. That is Dion Graham's voice performing Mosley's P.I., Joe King Oliver. His voice projects the violence, fear, and frustration that Oliver, an honest cop, experienced 10 years ago, when he was thrown in jail on fabricated charges. Now as a P.I., he's given the opportunity to get to the truth behind that setup... Read More

THE ESCAPE ARTIST

THE ESCAPE ARTIST

by Brad Meltzer | Read by Scott Brick, January LaVoy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nola Brown is a really smart soldier who is badly damaged by childhood abuse. She's supposed to be dead, but mortician Jim "Zig" Zigarowski knew her briefly years ago and realizes the body he's working on isn't hers. Scott Brick gives an expressive performance that occasionally touches on the melodramatic. Co-narrator January LaVoy brings a nice balance with her cooler, tougher... Read More

THE ESSENCE OF MALICE

THE ESSENCE OF MALICE Amory Ames Mysteries, Book 4

by Ashley Weaver | Read by Alison Larkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alison Larkin deftly delivers the French, English, and Italian accents, speech patterns, and personalities in this elegant mystery. It's 1933 when Amory Ames and her husband, Milo, receive a desperate summons from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette. Larkin portrays Amory as sweet yet gutsy, Milo sounds worldly and cocky, and Madame Nanette sounds like the... Read More

THE FAMILY PLOT

THE FAMILY PLOT

Earphones Award Winner

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Joel Froomkin

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

There isn't an accent or a personality type--no matter how quirky--that Joel Froomkin doesn't nail in this third John Pickett mystery. Pickett is called to Scotland to investigate the mysterious return of the Kirkbrides' prodigal daughter. Froomkin turns up the heat when Pickett checks into a hotel and learns that Mrs. Pickett is in residence. Listeners will chuckle to learn... Read More

FORCE OF NATURE

FORCE OF NATURE

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Harper | Read by Stephen Shanahan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this second powerhouse audiobook from Harper, five women go on a corporate retreat, and only four return. The setting is the Australian Outback, not a location where most people would expect a corporate retreat to take place. Narrator Stephen Shanahan puts his clear Australian accent to good advantage as he portrays Aaron Falk, the lead investigator in the search for the... Read More

THE GIRL WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES

THE GIRL WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES Stewart Hoag, Book 9

by David Handler | Read by Sean Runnette

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sean Runnette narrates this humorous amateur detective mystery with the perfect tone of smooth sarcasm. Steward "Hoagy" Hoag, who earns his living as a celebrity ghostwriter, and his irresistible fish- eating basset hound, Lulu, are drawn into the intrigues of his ex-girlfriend's dysfunctional family. With Lulu's help, Hoagy solves a bunch of murders and the mystery at the... Read More

THE GRAVE'S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE

THE GRAVE'S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The estimable Jayne Entwistle minutely dampens our heroine's usual zest in the latest Flavia de Luce 1950s mystery since Flavia is recovering from the death of her beloved father. What better, then, than a drowned body to raise the spirits of our precocious 12-year-old scientist/sleuth? That's exactly what Flavia, her sisters, and their retainer, Dogger, discover whilst on a... Read More

GRIST MILL ROAD

GRIST MILL ROAD

by Christopher J. Yates | Read by Dan Bittner, Will Damron, Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Four distinct voices tell the story of a disturbing incident and its far-reaching aftermath. In 1982, teenager Matthew brutally assaulted Hannah with a BB gun while Patrick, frozen by indecision, just watched. Fast forward to 2008--Hannah is married to Patrick, though she doesn't remember that he witnessed the shooting. Then Matthew reenters their lives, triggering yet another... Read More

HARDCORE TWENTY-FOUR

HARDCORE TWENTY-FOUR Stephanie Plum, Book 24

Earphones Award Winner

by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelei King

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Zombies? Really? Plum fans know that the series has not thrived on its plots, but on its funny, quirky characters, especially their dialogue. So the best way to experience Evanovich is by having narrator Lorelei King bring to life Stephanie, Lula, Morelli, Ranger, Diesel, Grandma Mazur, and all the other lovable and sometimes despicable secondary characters. King's skill in... Read More

HEATHER, THE TOTALITY

HEATHER, THE TOTALITY

by Matthew Weiner | Read by Matthew Weiner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author and narrator Matthew Weiner is the most obvious choice to bring this narrative experiment to life. His dry, urbane point of view was most evident in his TV creation, "Mad Men." Here he mines the same depths of malignant personalities in Mark and Karen Breakstone, a mismatched couple who produce the almost magical Heather. The existential threat to Heather is Bobby... Read More

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 18

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Lisette Lecat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lisette Lecat has narrated all the books in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective series, of which this is the 18th. Detection in Botswana, like daily life there, cannot be hurried. The series is characterized by quiet wisdom revealed through the investigation of quotidian mysteries with much consumption of redbush tea. Here, a woman has lost her job selling office furniture, dismissed... Read More

IN VINO VERITAS

IN VINO VERITAS Harry Vicary, Book 5

by Peter Turnbull | Read by Gordon Griffin

ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gordon Griffin is the best aspect of this overly long and overly graphic mystery. In a pub, a drunken Andy Cragg tells an undercover officer about a ten-year-old murder. The tip-off sets in motion an investigation by Harry Vicary and his Murder and Serious Crime Squad. The detailed police procedural includes kidnapping, money laundering, and murder. Griffin deftly... Read More

INSIDIOUS INTENT

INSIDIOUS INTENT Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, Book 10

by Val McDermid | Read by Saul Reichlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back! Narrator Saul Reichlin delivers the tenth title in Val McDermid's riveting crime series. His charming British accent and clarity ensure that all the suspense of this fast-paced mystery is easy to follow for both fans and newcomers alike. Reichlin, aided by McDermid's well-defined dialogue, relies on subtle accent shifts along with variations... Read More

KEEP HER SAFE

KEEP HER SAFE

by Sophie Hannah | Read by Fiona Hardingham, Caitlin Kelly, Nicole Poole

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hannah's mystery requires listeners to suspend disbelief as the story begins with seemingly disconnected threads. Ultimately, it's worth staying with it to learn how the parts come together. Three narrators deliver the audiobook, Fiona Hardingham, Caitlin Kelly, and Nicole Poole, effectively portraying a broad cast of characters. The story is told from multiple perspectives... Read More

THE KILLING ROOM

THE KILLING ROOM Balzano and Byrne, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Richard Montanari | Read by Scott Brick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick's sense of drama plays up the tension in parts of this dark thriller full of foreboding. Brick's narrations are always top-notch, and he shows off his considerable vocal talents here. He differentiates characters with small changes to his voice and is truly involved in the complex plot, which has a religious bent. Philadelphia detectives Kevin Byrne and his... Read More

KILLING SEASON

KILLING SEASON A Thriller

by Faye Kellerman | Read by Charlie Thurston

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will find Kellerman's latest thriller a departure from her Decker-Lazarus series. The story focuses on the murder of 17-year-old Ellen Vicksburg and her brother Ben's obsession with finding the killer. Narrator Charlie Thurston does an admirable job of bringing life to a wide range of characters, including Ben, his family and friends, the killer, and the detectives... Read More

LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS

LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS

by Joanna Davidson Politano | Read by Justine Eyre

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Justine Eyre is engaging in her portrayal of lovely Aurelie Harcourt, a young woman raised in a debtor's prison along with her father. Upon his mysterious death, she assumes his pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and goes to live with his indifferent and haughty family. There, she begins to solve the mystery of the long-ago disappearance of her mother and the possible murder... Read More

THE LIES WE TELL

THE LIES WE TELL

by Theresa Schwegel | Read by Hillary Huber

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Hillary Huber portrays Chicago cop Gina Simonetti in this work and home drama with a somber attitude that echoes her intense personality. Huber exudes empathy for Gina in scenes in which she must conceal a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis while searching for a perp who took her gun during a chase. Huber shines brightest in scenes in which she portrays the detective... Read More

LOOK FOR ME

LOOK FOR ME

Earphones Award Winner

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kirsten Potter narrates a dark plot involving the brutal murder of an entire family, except for the eldest daughter, Roxy. Fast-talking, snarky detective D.D. Warren is on the case, and survivor turned vigilante Flora Dane assists despite D.D.'s protests. As they investigate the underfunded foster care system, both caregivers and social workers, Potter increases her pacing and... Read More

LORD JAMES HARRINGTON AND THE WINTER MYSTERY

LORD JAMES HARRINGTON AND THE WINTER MYSTERY

Earphones Award Winner

by Lynn Florkiewicz | Read by David Thorpe

Magna Story Sound | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe flawlessly delivers this 1950s English country house mystery, the first in a series. Lord James Harrington and his American wife, Beth, graciously open their estate to villagers for many events. Thorpe gives each character distinction. Lord Harrington is down-to-earth, with friends from all classes. Beth's accent is believable, while the stammering vicar... Read More

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

by G.K. Chesterton | Read by Derek Perkins

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

G.K. Chesterton, creator of the Father Brown mysteries, essayist, and author of religious commentaries, wrote this mystery in 1922. It's a series of eight tangentially interconnected mysteries featuring Horne Fisher, a high-level bureaucrat who uses his inside knowledge and deductive reasoning to solve murders involving the political elite. Derek Perkins narrates these short... Read More

MIND GAME

MIND GAME Eve Duncan, Book 22

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners follow artist Jane Maguire as she awakens from vivid dreams of a young girl in trouble. After drawing the girl's likeness, Jane becomes driven to find her. Seth Caleb has wanted Jane for a long time, and when he realizes it's his sister she has tapped into, their journey begins. Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers gives the strong-will Jane a determined, sometimes even... Read More

THE MISSING GUESTS OF THE MAGIC GROVE HOTEL

THE MISSING GUESTS OF THE MAGIC GROVE HOTEL Ethical Chiang Mai Detective, Book 2

by David Casarett | Read by Jolene Kim

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jolene Kim gives a measured narration of this Thai-based mystery, the second in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective series by Casarett, an author who is a doctor when he's not writing. Kim's studied pace, with its noticeable pauses between sentences, may encourage some listeners to play the audiobook at a higher speed, yet it matches the unhurried atmosphere of the book. In it,... Read More

THE MITFORD MURDERS

THE MITFORD MURDERS

by Jessica Fellowes | Read by Rachel Atkins

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The pleasures of this English murder mystery, set in 1920, are many. Rachel Atkins's crisp performance is just right, moving the pace along without rushing and channeling everyone from nasal aristocrat to working-class copper. We follow Louisa Cannon, daughter of a washerwoman, who talks her way into a nurserymaid job with the Mitford family. The Mitfords were real people,... Read More

MUNICH

MUNICH

by Robert Harris | Read by David Rintoul

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Vocally dexterous narrator David Rintoul guides listeners through this spy thriller by the bestselling author of FATHERLAND with a sure hand. Harris uses fascinating background characters to pull back the curtain on negotiations that could bring peace to Europe and head off the advance of Adolf Hitler and WWII. Rintoul portrays protagonist Hugh Legat, a personal aide of Prime... Read More

MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN

MURDER IN SAINT-GERMAIN Aimee Leduc, Book 16

by Cara Black | Read by Carine Montbertrand

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is Number 16 in the popular audiobook series featuring the sassy Parisian private investigator Aimée Le Duc. Each mystery focuses on a different Paris neighborhood, charmingly described and richly detailed. Narrator Carine Montbertrand, who is partly French, is the perfect narrator. In this installment, the intrepid but highly stressed heroine uncovers war criminals, arms... Read More

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

by Agatha Christie | Read by Tom Conti, Jane Asher, Ruta Gedmintas, Walles Hamonde, Paterson Joseph, Rula Lenska, Art Malik, Eddie Marsan, Sophie Okonedo

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

With a perfect accent and professional ease, Tom Conti becomes one of the most-beloved detectives in fiction, Hercule Poirot. In this 1934 classic, Poirot is on the famed Orient Express when a passenger is murdered. Since the train is stranded on snowy tracks somewhere in Croatia, it stands to reason that the murderer is still be on the train. The entire cast has a wonderful... Read More

THE NIGHT TRADE

THE NIGHT TRADE Livia Lone, Book 2

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this follow-up to his electrifying series launch, Barry Eisler again pulls double duty as author and narrator. The story picks up shortly after the first audiobook, with Seattle detective and moonlighting vigilante Livia Lone diving deeper into a human trafficking conspiracy--the same one responsible for her own childhood abduction. In Thailand, Livia meets sniper-for-hire... Read More

THE NIGHT WOMEN

THE NIGHT WOMEN Louise Rick, Book 3

by Sara Blaedel | Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Blaedel's richly detailed novel, the third in her Louise Rick police procedural series to reach American audiences, offers both a captivating mystery and a unique look at Copenhagen's criminal underbelly. Narrator Christine Lakin's clear diction and brisk pace help the listener navigate the complex plot featuring sex trafficking and abandoned infants, which ultimately weaves... Read More

NINE LESSONS

NINE LESSONS Josephine Tey, Book 7

by Nicola Upson | Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Wanda McCaddon demonstrates her full range of accents-- from a Scottish brogue to Cantabrigian English and an American drawl. Set in 1937, the plot involves three storylines: a series of murders connected through the victims' 25-year-old association with the choir at King's College, a search for a rapist terrorizing Cambridge, and a personal story involving Detective... Read More

NOT SAFE AFTER DARK

NOT SAFE AFTER DARK And Other Stories

by Peter Robinson | Read by Simon Prebble, James Patrick Cronin, Faye Adele, James Langton

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This collection includes 20 fine short works of fiction by one talented author and four very good narrators. Three stories feature author Peter Robinson's series star, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. The other stories generally deal with crime and have a mixture of settings, motives, opportunities, and plot twists. This is an excellent audiobook. The narrators are... Read More

PICTURE MISS SEETON

PICTURE MISS SEETON

by Heron Carvic | Read by Phyllida Nash

Prelude Books Ltd | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Phyllida Nash exuberantly creates this first (of 22) Miss Seeton mystery. Miss Seeton sounds realistic when her internal singing of an aria--after seeing CARMEN--is interrupted by witnessing a man assault a woman. Listeners will be impressed when she strikes the man with her ever-present umbrella but then concerned when he follows her to a remote cottage she's... Read More

PULSE

PULSE

by Felix Francis | Read by Clare Corbett

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

While on duty as a physician in a British hospital emergency room, Dr. Chris Reynolds attempts to save a man, but he dies of mysterious causes, and no one knows who he is. Narrating from the first-person point of view, Claire Corbett becomes Chris, revealing her troubled thoughts as she investigates the death and as she struggles with depression and a fragile relationship with... Read More

THE QUANTUM SPY

THE QUANTUM SPY

by David Ignatius | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Ignatius's newest techno-thriller is ably served by Edoardo Ballerini's driven narration, which helps propel the story through its many twists and turns. Based on actual science, the plot involves secret efforts to create a functional quantum computer, and the resulting competition between American and Chinese spy agencies to steal each other's information and "turn" each... Read More

RIGHTEOUS

RIGHTEOUS IQ, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Joe Ide | Read by Sullivan Jones

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This follow-up to Jones's award-winning title, IQ, once again features protagonist Isaiah Quintabe. This time, IQ may have taken on one too many thugs as he tries to solve his brother's murder and save the sister of the woman his brother loved. Narrator Sullivan Jones, reprising his role as IQ, consequently takes on every manner of thug himself: Mexican street gang members,... Read More

ROBICHEAUX

ROBICHEAUX Dave Robicheaux, Book 21

by James Lee Burke | Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tortured lawman Dave Robicheaux returns, once again voiced by narrator Will Patton. A complex protagonist like Robicheaux and a consummate actor like Patton are a recipe for success. Sure enough, Patton delivers. He extracts deep pathos from Robicheaux, who battles alcoholism and the specter of his own mortality while investigating crimes as a Louisiana sheriff's deputy. Adding... Read More

THE SEAGULL

THE SEAGULL Vera Stanhope, Book 8

Earphones Award Winner

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Janine Birkett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janine Birkett's marvelous narration enhances this riveting mystery, part of the Vera Stanhope series, set on the majestic northeast coast of England. Detective Inspector Stanhope is well rendered, as are the story's secondary characters. Descriptions of the locale are equally appealing. When Stanhope presents a talk at the local prison, she's waylaid by crooked ex-cop John... Read More

THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE

THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE Commissario Trotti, Book 6

by Timothy Williams | Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Set against a backdrop of contemporary Italy is a story of deceit and murder, love and friendship. Narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds does an excellent job of voicing the rich mix of characters. Retired Inspector Trotti finds himself investigating a murder and becoming a hit man's target himself. The story is liberally sprinkled with Italian references, which help create the... Read More

SLEEP NO MORE

SLEEP NO MORE Six Murderous Tales

by P. D. James, Peter Kemp [Foreword] | Read by Daniel Weyman

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Daniel Weyman is an excellent match for these six short stories written by the late grande dame of mystery, P.D. James, who is known for her ability to tap into the mind of a murderer. Weyman solidly connects the listener to the author's words and, at times, voices a remarkably convincing murderer. Weyman's British accents are easy to listen to, and he describes... Read More

SPLINTERED SILENCE

SPLINTERED SILENCE Bone Gap Travellers, Book 1

by Susan Furlong | Read by Amy Landon

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Set in an insular community of Irish Travellers in Tennessee, this mystery follows Brynn Callahan, a Traveller and veteran suffering from PTSD, and her service dog, Wilco. Narrator Amy Landon switches easily between Irish and Southern accents, even combining them when necessary, to create a strong sense of place. When the body of a redhead, decomposed beyond recognition, is... Read More

THE SPY'S DAUGHTER

THE SPY'S DAUGHTER Philip Mangan, Book 3

by Adam Brookes | Read by Colin Mace

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook comes together as a fine espionage thriller, but it takes a while to get there. The story switches between points of view, and it's not clear at first how they relate. They do come together, though, as Pearl Tao, a gifted college student, is stripped of her naïveté about her life and parents, and what they have planned for her future. Narrator Colin Mace does a... Read More

SUNDAY SILENCE

SUNDAY SILENCE

by Nicci French | Read by Beth Chalmers

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nicci French (actually a husband-and-wife team) brings listeners the seventh installment in the Frieda Klein series. Beth Chalmers has narrated from the first. Chalmers owns the voice of the controversial and keenly observant psychotherapist Frieda Klein. A nemesis whom the police believe to be dead--but Frieda knows is very much alive and continuing to stalk her... Read More

TWO GIRLS DOWN

TWO GIRLS DOWN

Earphones Award Winner

by Louisa Luna | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What's the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner? That's what narrator Tavia Gilbert delivers in this mystery, in which two girls disappear from a strip mall parking lot. The desperate search for them brings together Max Caplan, a former police detective, now a P.I, and prickly Alice Vega, a bounty hunter who has earned a reputation for finding missing children. They follow... Read More

THE USUAL SANTAS

THE USUAL SANTAS A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

by Helene Tursten, Mick Herron, Martin Limon, Timothy Hallinan, Ed Lin, Henry Chang, Agnete Friis, Cara Black, Stephanie Barron | Read by Jonathan Yen, John Keating, Barbara Caruso, Luis Moreno, Elizabeth Sastre, Carine Montbertrand, Ali Ahn, Brian Hutchison

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This intriguing audio collection of holiday stories is divided into three sections: "Joy to the World" includes stories with acts of kindness, "Silent Night" contains dark holiday noir tales, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" features suspenseful Christmas mysteries. Regardless of what listeners might be craving, they're sure to find it in this festive anthology. Even the... Read More

THE VANISHING SEASON

THE VANISHING SEASON

by Joanna Schaffhausen | Read by Lauren Fortgang

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lauren Fortgang narrates this suspenseful debut thriller. Ellery Hathaway, a small-town cop in Woodbury, Massachusetts, has a big secret. Unbeknownst to her community but revealed to listeners early on, Ellery, formerly Abigail, was kidnapped 14 years earlier by an infamous serial killer. FBI Agent Reed Markham cracked the case, and Ellery survived to start a new life. But now... Read More

THE WANTED

THE WANTED Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 17

by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Luke Daniels returns to give voice to the "World's Greatest Detective," Elvis Cole, and his hard-nosed partner, Joe Pike. Cole is hired by a concerned mother to find out where her troubled teenage son is getting large sums of money. The mother's fears of a drug connection seem insignificant, however, when Cole discovers the truth. While Daniels downplays Crais' humor more than... Read More

WARLOCK HOLMES 2

WARLOCK HOLMES 2 The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles

by G.S. Denning | Read by Scott McCormick and a Full Cast

GraphicAudio | Audio Program
Mystery & Suspense

A full GraphicAudio cast performs the intriguing investigations of Warlock Holmes, who is much less intelligent and astute than Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The tales, which all have a supernatural or magical spin, create a strange world. Watson, portrayed by Scott McCormick in a steady, deep voice, recounts these ingenious adventures based on Conan Doyle's magnum opus. Magical... Read More

THE WHISPERING ROOM

THE WHISPERING ROOM Jane Hawk, Book 2

by Dean Koontz | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elisabeth Rodgers returns to narrate the second book in Koontz's Jane Hawk series. Her tough, tense performance is essential to this audiobook's impact. Hawk is an FBI agent whose background gives her insight into the suicide of a teacher who died after committing mass murder. What seems like an inexplicable action is revealed to be a large-scale deployment of deadly... Read More

WHITE BODIES

WHITE BODIES

by Jane Robins | Read by Camilla Arfwedson

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Callie is concerned that her twin sister, Tilda, may be in an abusive relationship, and she aims to get to the bottom of it. Camilla Arfwedson's narration of this mystery is cordial and smooth. She has a refreshing English accent, and her tone is delicate without lacking character emphasis. Callie and Tilda are differentiated in a way that sounds genuine for each sister. A... Read More

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

Earphones Award Winner

by A.J. Finn | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Anna Fox is 38 and lives alone in uptown Manhattan. An agoraphobic who never leaves the house, she resorts to binge-watching noir movie classics, spying on neighbors, and drinking a lot of wine. Narrator Ann Marie Lee delivers the tightly wound heroine with precision, increasing her pace and raising her pitch when Anna believes she sees an act of violence in a neighbor's house.... Read More

ZERO SUM

ZERO SUM John Rain, Book 9

Earphones Award Winner

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Barry Eisler serves as his own narrator for his fascinating novel about a professional assassin who is called upon to stop another assassin from killing a friend. But the hero, John Rain, soon learns that his target, a Russian-Japanese psychopath named Victor, is the most evil and formidable opponent he has ever faced. Eisler performs the work perfectly, right down to... Read More

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