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THE A LIST

THE A LIST Ali Reynolds, Book 14

by J.A. Jance | Read by Karen Ziemba

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Karen Ziemba once again portrays Ali Reynolds, cybersecurity investigator, as she is drawn into a case that began with her last broadcast as a TV reporter years earlier. Ziemba effectively ages the characters as the story moves from past to present. The plot revolves around an unscrupulous fertility doctor who deceives his patients by using own sperm for artificial... Read More

THE AMERICAN AGENT

THE AMERICAN AGENT Maisie Dobbs, Book 15

by Jacqueline Winspear | Read by Orlagh Cassidy

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This delightful audiobook, the fifteenth in the series, takes place in London of 1940. Catherine Saxon is a well-connected young American broadcast reporter hoping to become one of "Edward R. Murrow's Boys," making the Blitz real for the audience back home. When Saxon is killed, and not by a bomb, Maisie Dobbs must sort through a snarl of possible motives, including American... Read More

THE AU PAIR

THE AU PAIR

by Emma Rous | Read by Elizabeth Sastre, Nicola Barber

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elizabeth Sastre and Nicola Barber adeptly share the narration of a thrilling story of family scandal. Sastre gives voice to the suspicious Seraphine Mayes, a contemporary young woman who has begun to wonder about the true nature of her parentage. Sastre delivers the character's fearful observations in a tone of youthful suspicion and anxiety. Barber voices Laura, a young au... Read More

BLOOD ECHO

BLOOD ECHO The Burning Girl, Book 2

by Christopher Rice | Read by Lauren Ezzo

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lauren Ezzo fluctuates between gentle storytelling and suspenseful dialogue in this audiobook thriller. Charlotte Rowe was raised by the killers who murdered her mother. Book 2 of her story features her latest hunt for predators. Backed by a drug that gives her super strength and healing abilities, Charlotte unknowingly partners with the same pharmaceutical company... Read More

BLOOD OATH

BLOOD OATH

by Linda Fairstein | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Golden Voice narrator Barbara Rosenblat once again portrays the indomitable Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper in the 20th audiobook in the series. Rosenblat masterfully conveys Alex's independent, fighting spirit as she returns from a leave to deal with a "#me too" situation involving a prominent figure. Using her considerable acting talents to differentiate the many... Read More

THE BORDER

THE BORDER The Cartel Trilogy: Book 3

by Don Winslow | Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ray Porter depicts Art Keller's turmoil with tenderness and compassion as the DEA agent turned director exposes the corruption associated with America's addiction to illegal drugs.The final installment of this sprawling trilogy about America's drug war in Mexico and Central America moves to the marbled corridors of Washington DC, ending in blood, death, and,... Read More

THE BOY

THE BOY

by Tami Hoag | Read by Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This chilling audiobook grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. The story introduces Genevieve Gauthier, a young mother desperate for help. Her young son, KJ, has been murdered, and the evidence suggesting who did it just doesn't add up. Detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard must unravel the mystery of his death and everything that follows--drugs, schoolyard... Read More

BROKEN PLACES

BROKEN PLACES Chicago Mysteries, Book 1

by Tracy Clark | Read by Shari Peele

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Former detective Cass Raines's persistence and wittiness make this audiobook a great experience from start to finish. What's more, narrator Shari Peele gives an excellent reading. At its core, Tracy Clark's mystery focuses on Raines's search for the murderer of Father Ray, whom she called Pop, who was found dead along with a gang member with no apparent connection to the... Read More

THE BURGLAR

THE BURGLAR

by Thomas Perry | Read by Christina Delaine

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Delaine effectively captures the strength, confidence, and smarts of Elle Stowell, the burglar at the center of Perry's latest audiobook. In the course of her well-planned burglary of a wealthy Los Angeles home, Elle comes upon a brutal murder scene and suddenly finds herself the target of a militaristic security force. She decides that she has to solve the... Read More

CEMETERY ROAD

CEMETERY ROAD

Earphones Award Winner

by Greg Iles | Read by Scott Brick

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Those who listen to this marvelous audiobook discover quickly that Bienville is not a sleepy Mississippi town. Rather, Scott Brick's masterful narration highlights every nuance of Greg Iles's captivating novel about Marshall McEwan, a Bienville native who left the town and became an award-winning journalist. When McEwan returns to care for his ailing father, he renews... Read More

THE CLINCHER

THE CLINCHER Horseshoer, Book 1

by Lisa Preston | Read by Megan Tusing

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Megan Tusing portrays the sassy and often abrasive Rainy Dale, a young upstart horseshoer in a Central Oregon town. Tusing employs a Texas twang, which initially seems overdone but turns out to be a good match for the colorful phrases and dropped consonants of Rainy's dialogue. When one of Rainy's clients turns up dead and she becomes a suspect, she pokes around town... Read More

CONNECTIONS IN DEATH

CONNECTIONS IN DEATH In Death, Book 48

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Susan Ericksen rises admirably to the challenge of helping to distinguish the many different characters in this mystery. Set in a bleak mid-21st-century New York City, the story draws listeners into a gritty investigation as homicide cop Eve Dallas and her team set out to uncover the truth about an apparent drug overdose. In particular, Ericksen's narration draws on... Read More

COURT OF LIES

COURT OF LIES

by Gerry Spence | Read by Adam Grupper

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The famed trial lawyer's first novel, about a life-and-death courtroom fight in 1950s Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is narrated with excellent pacing by Adam Grupper. The court battle revolves around Judge John Murray and his nemesis, Prosecutor Haskins Sewell. Murray and his wife have no children of their own but have "adopted" Lillian Adams, a talented artist with anger issues.... Read More

THE CROOKED STREET

THE CROOKED STREET Frost Easton, Book 3

by Brian Freeman | Read by Joe Barrett

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Joe Barrett portrays San Francisco detective Frost Easton in a good-guy voice. It's the kind of voice you trust and want to spend time with. Frost is in search of the killer of a one-time friend who dies in his arms, whispering the name Lombard. Soon, Frost ventures into a cesspool of wealthy and sinister characters who leave him and listeners in a fog about whom to... Read More

CROSS HER HEART

CROSS HER HEART

by Sarah Pinborough | Read by Antonia Beamish

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish provides the three main characters of this mystery with unique personas. Her skill helps listeners absorb a complex story that focuses on the intersection of past and present. At its core, this is a psychological thriller set in England and told from the perspectives of a single mom, Lisa; her daughter, Ava; and Lisa's best friend, Marilyn. As secrets... Read More

DARK WATER RISING

DARK WATER RISING

by Sharon Sala | Read by Nan McNamara

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The narration flows quickly as Nan McNamara portrays divorced couple Sam and Haley, who reunite during a hurricane and also end up dealing with escaped convicts and hidden loot. Dallas private investigator Sam Quaid and his former wife, the love of his life, do a pretty good job of rescuing themselves. Haley, a gun-toting realtor in Houston, is given a vibrant yet velvety low... Read More

DEADBOMB BINGO RAY

DEADBOMB BINGO RAY Deadbomb Bingo Ray, Book 1

by Jeff Johnson | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Johnny Heller cops a delightful and sidesplitting "wise guy" attitude as the infamous Philadelphia fixer Deadbomb Bingo Ray. Our hero enlists colorful allies and dodges low-level felons bent on getting revenge after he burns a crooked businessman who cheated a group of senior citizens. Heller shines as the bodies fall and as hired guns try to kill Ray and his... Read More

A DEADLY DIVIDE

A DEADLY DIVIDE Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak, Book 5

by Ausma Zehanat Khan | Read by Peter Ganim

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Ganim dramatizes the ethnic and religious tensions at the heart of this crime novel set in Quebec. In a baritone voice, he recounts the danger and dilemmas facing the police after an attack at a local mosque. He portrays both male and female characters equally well as the story moves between detectives Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak. Ganim credibly delivers the... Read More

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE MALTED MILKSHAKE

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE MALTED MILKSHAKE Death by Chocolate, Book 2

by Sarah Graves | Read by Susan Boyce

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In fighting to save their bakery in Eastport, Maine, two women get wrapped up in a murder mystery--which leads to plenty of drama in this audiobook. When Toby Moran, a notorious womanizer, is murdered by a poisoned milkshake from The Chocolate Moose, best friends Jake and Ellie become alarmed. Further, they learn that the bride whose catering order they are counting on to save... Read More

DEATH IN PROVENCE

DEATH IN PROVENCE Penelope Kite, Book 1

by Serena Kent | Read by Antonia Beamish

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Antonia Beamish's delightful performance highlights the fun of this new mystery series set in a small French town. Middle-aged, newly divorced Penny buys a country house in Provence, looking forward to a relaxing retirement from the forensics lab of the British Home Office. When a body is discovered floating in her pool, the police say it was an accidental drowning,... Read More

DON'T EAT ME

DON'T EAT ME Doctor Siri Paiboun, Book 13

by Colin Cotterill | Read by Clive Chafer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Clive Chafer delivers his usual excellent performance in the thirteenth installment of Cotterill's addictive detective series featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun. It's a subtle, amusing, unhurried performance of a subtle, amusing, unhurried series set in Communist Laos in the 1970s and '80s. This one starts with Dr. Siri and a friend rowing across the Mekong River with a contraband... Read More

A GENTLEWOMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER

A GENTLEWOMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Victoria Hamilton | Read by Heather Wilds

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Heather Wilds delivers an intense narration that never slows down. Emmeline St. Germaine, in the guise of the "Avengeress," sneaks through nighttime London of 1810 to rescue a 13-year-old scullery maid from being raped at knifepoint by her master, Sir Henry Claybourne. The next morning Emmeline awakens to the news that Sir Henry has been murdered--with the Avengeress as the... Read More

THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD

THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD Flavia de Luce, Book 10

by Alan Bradley | Read by Jayne Entwistle

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jayne Entwistle seamlessly reprises the voices of the beloved characters from the Flavia de Luce mystery series. In this installment, the townspeople of Bishop's Lacey attend the wedding of Flavia's sister, Ophelia. Entwistle is bright voiced as Flavia, especially in the face of a jolly good mystery--the appearance of a human finger in the wedding cake! Quiet,... Read More

THE GOOD LIE

THE GOOD LIE

by Tom Rosenstiel | Read by David Colacci

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

More than anyone, it's up to narrator David Colacci--not the protagonists--to keep the many characters in this political thriller straight for listeners. As the characters come and go, subterfuge is taking place at the highest levels in Washington. Colacci does a decent job as political fixers Peter Rena and Randi Brooks are charged with getting to the bottom of a deadly... Read More

A GUIDE FOR MURDERED CHILDREN

A GUIDE FOR MURDERED CHILDREN

by Sarah Sparrow | Read by Keith Szarabajka

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Keith Szarabajka adds a fatherly tone to his gravelly voice as he narrates this wonderfully bizarre police procedural. Fresh out of rehab, detective Willow Wylde works cold cases near Detroit, where he finds himself investigating a support group whose members are possessed by the spirits of slain children. While the hard-boiled writing style and disturbing title are jarring,... Read More

THE GUILTY ONES

THE GUILTY ONES Jackman & Evans, Book 4

by Joy Ellis | Read by Richard Armitage

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Richard Armitage offers an emotionally nuanced and atmospheric narration of the fourth book in the Jackman & Evans detective series, set in England's fen country. The plot hits close to home when Jackman's sister-in-law tries to protect her family from a killer by committing suicide. Soon there are two more suicides, and Jackman, Evans, and the team are chasing a sadistic... Read More

THE HANGMAN'S SECRET

THE HANGMAN'S SECRET

by Laura Joh Rowland | Read by Alex Tregear

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Victorian London is the setting as listeners join newspaper photographer Sarah Bain and her two sidekicks as they set out on a race against the police to solve the mystery of a murder disguised as suicide. The strong narration by Alex Tregear helps to create the atmosphere of the murkier side of London and its secrets. Her clear portrayals of all the characters from the upper... Read More

THE HUNTING PARTY

THE HUNTING PARTY

by Lucy Foley | Read by Gary Furlong, Elle Newlands, Morag Sims, Imogen Church, Moira Quirk

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Five talented narrators deliver a shivery story in the style of an Agatha Christie mystery. One by one, the 13 people who are trapped by snow in an isolated lodge in the Scottish Highlands are found dead. Since this is a psychological thriller, most of the trapped guests and staff have ample opportunity to reveal their feelings about the past and present. Each chapter is... Read More

JUDGMENT

JUDGMENT

by Joseph Finder | Read by January LaVoy

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator January LaVoy demonstrates her masterful talents in portraying a confident female judge, her sullen teenage son, the criminals who pursue her, and many additional supporting characters. LaVoy is so effective at character differentiation that listeners may think there two narrators--male and female. The plot revolves around Juliana Brody, a well-regarded, righteous... Read More

THE KILLER COLLECTIVE

THE KILLER COLLECTIVE

Earphones Award Winner

by Barry Eisler | Read by Barry Eisler

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

He's done it again--narrator Barry Eisler has reprised his impressive author/narrator double role for a superbly delivered audiobook. This thriller continues with the professional killers from the preceding books, but even listeners new to the series will relish the personalities and plot twists. As the assassins form an unlikely team to eradicate a child pornography ring,... Read More

A KILLER IN WINTER

A KILLER IN WINTER Matthew Bartholomew, Book 9

Earphones Award Winner

by Susanna Gregory | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Thorpe's sterling delivery brings to life the rich descriptions of fourteenth-century Cambridge in this mystery. He expertly portrays physician Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael, an unlikely duo who investigate as the body count rises during a harsh winter. Frustration surfaces as each suspect is cleared. Listeners will be amused as Bartholomew encounters... Read More

KILLER THRILLER

KILLER THRILLER Ian Ludlow, Book 2

by Lee Goldberg | Read by Adam Verner

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Adam Verner narrates this thriller with emotions that fit its action and humor. Ian Ludlow and his sidekick, Margo French--who turns out to be much more than a sidekick--stumble onto a nefarious plot. Verner seems to be having fun using a variety of accents and voices for a myriad of characters: villains in China, not-so-bright actors, and a few politicians. He shapes a hit... Read More

A KNIFE IN THE FOG

A KNIFE IN THE FOG A Mystery Featuring Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle

Earphones Award Winner

by Bradley Harper | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Matthew Lloyd Davies provides an expert narration of Bradley Harper's first outing in an exciting new series. It's 1888. After A STUDY IN SCARLET, Arthur Conan Doyle swears off writing anymore crime stories. He is summoned to London by Prime Minister Gladstone to assist in solving the Whitechapel murders and finding Jack the Ripper. Doyle calls upon his mentor, forensic expert... Read More

THE KORTELISY ESCAPE

THE KORTELISY ESCAPE

by Leonard Rosen | Read by Richard Ferrone, Erin Spencer

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Erin Spencer and Richard Ferrone alternate the narration of this heartfelt thriller. Spencer voices Grace, a 14-year-old victim of the foster care system, and Ferrone portrays Nate, her grandfather, a 66-year-old convict with Parkinson's disease. When Nate, who's a magician, agrees to testify against his brother, the U.S. attorney involved allows him to reunite with... Read More

A LETHAL FROST

A LETHAL FROST

by Danny Miller | Read by Crawford Logan

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Crawford Logan skillfully transports listeners to 1980s England to join the eccentric, witty Detective Inspector Jack Frost as he takes on the police hierarchy of his town--and crime. This is a prequel to the series created by the late R.D. Wingfield. Logan's Frost is his usual rule-bending self as he investigates Denton's horse-racing world to find out who shot... Read More

THE LIAR'S ROOM

THE LIAR'S ROOM

by Simon Lelic | Read by Laura Aikman, Nancy Carroll

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This riveting thriller is narrated by Laura Aikman and Nancy Carroll. They convey the fast pace of this audiobook while creating distinct and appropriate identities for its characters. Parallel, and closely related, storylines involve a counseling appointment between Susanna and a teen boy who has a horrifying motive for his therapeutic session. Carroll crafts creative voices... Read More

THE LODGER

THE LODGER

by Marie Belloc Lowndes | Read by Anne Hancock

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Anne Hancock convincingly renders this Victorian horror story, which was written just 20 years after the Jack the Ripper murders. Mr. and Mrs. Bunting, retired domestic servants, hope to rent rooms in their modest home to make ends meet. Hancock skillfully captures their poverty and worries until a lodger, Mr. Sleuth, presents himself. Sleuth, who has a hissing,... Read More

THE LOST MAN

THE LOST MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Jane Harper | Read by Stephen Shanahan

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Australian narrator Stephen Shanahan returns for another knockout performance. Jane Harper's latest audiobook isn't part of her Aaron Falk series, but it still features the unforgiving Australian Outback, a vexing mystery, and richly drawn characters. Shanahan's genuine accent is essential for the story's setting and ambiance. He also shows remarkable range in his portrayal of... Read More

THE MALTA EXCHANGE

THE MALTA EXCHANGE Cotton Malone, Book 14

by Steve Berry | Read by Scott Brick, Steve Berry

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick returns to portray Cotton Malone and a cast of many secondary characters in the fourteenth book in this series, which listeners can also appreciate as a stand-alone. The story's history, battles, conspiracy theories, and puzzle solving are reminiscent of THE DA VINCI CODE. What differentiates Berry's version is the way the island of Malta's intriguing... Read More

THE MOROCCAN GIRL

THE MOROCCAN GIRL

by Charles Cumming | Read by Charlie Anson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this vivid and clever new audiobook, Kit Carradine is a spy novelist who is asked by (he thinks) MI6 to do some real undercover work while at a writer's conference in Morocco. The plot is like the souk, full of unexpected alleys that leave you unsure where you are, with plenty of exotic sights and smells, trip wires, and betrayals. Almost no one besides Kit himself is who he... Read More

MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW

MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES' ROW

by Erin Lindsey | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Barrie Kreinik artfully portrays colorful people--locals and immigrants--who call New York City home in the nineteenth century. Rose Gallagher is housemaid to wealthy British Pinkerton detective Thomas Wiltshire, whose disappearance deeply concerns her. Listeners will be pleased to meet lovely Chinese Mei and Gallagher's mam (mother), who talks to the dead. Kreinik's... Read More

THE MURDER PIT

THE MURDER PIT An Arrowood Mystery, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Mick Finlay | Read by Malk Williams

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Malk Williams deftly narrates an engaging Victorian mystery featuring the poor man's Sherlock Holmes. William Arrowood despises Holmes, yet he serves a similar role in the poorer parts of London. His newest case is more violent and grittier than any Holmes ever tackled. Along with his trusted assistant, Arrowood descends into the darkness in hope of finding a missing bride.... Read More

NEVER TELL

NEVER TELL A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel, Book 10

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kirsten Potter successfully voices three very different female characters who alternate chapters as their stories unfold and intertwine. The tenth book in the Detective D.D. Warren series includes an abundance of secondary characters, some with heavy Boston accents, and listeners will appreciate Potter's talented delivery. Detective Warren investigates the murder of a... Read More

NIGHTTOWN

NIGHTTOWN Junior Bender, Book 7

by Timothy Hallinan | Read by Peter Berkrot

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Berkrot is the perfect match for this story. Against his better judgment, the professional thief Junior Bender undertakes a questionable assignment only to find that he was probably correct in his initial assumption that it was too good to be true. Berkrot allows the smart and funny writing to shine and doesn't force the humor. In particular, his narration of the... Read More

NOT OF THIS FOLD

NOT OF THIS FOLD Linda Walheim, Book 4

by Mette Ivie Harrison | Read by Kirsten Potter

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kirsten Potter shines in this cozy mystery set against the backdrop of the Mormon Church in Utah. Linda Wallheim is a bishop's wife who wrestles with her roles as a woman, wife, and mother. Gwen Ferris so embodies Linda's ongoing struggles with faith, doctrine, and justice that Linda sees her as the daughter she never had. Together, they become enmeshed in the... Read More

NOVEMBER ROAD

NOVEMBER ROAD

by Lou Berney | Read by Johnathan McClain

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Johnathan McClain's deep register makes this historical thriller into a compelling audio experience. In the days following the assassination of JFK, New Orleans mobster Carlos Marcello must make certain that no one finds out of his involvement. In doing so, he sets in motion a dangerous clash of disparate lives. Marcello sends Boone, a vicious hit man, to eliminate... Read More

AN ORDER FOR DEATH

AN ORDER FOR DEATH Matthew Bartholomew, Book 7

by Susanna Gregory | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe takes listeners to Cambridge in 1353 as competing orders of the Church are warring--quite literally--over the metaphysical constructs of realism versus nominalism. Thorpe credibly portrays doctor Matthew Bartholomew as he investigates a series of murders related to a philosophical conflict that even its staunchest defenders little understand. The listener... Read More

OUT OF SEASON

OUT OF SEASON Rocco Schiavone, Book 3

by Antonio Manzini | Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Navigating an array of accents and shifting emotional tension, Chris Andrew Ciulla delivers a solid narration of this taut mystery set in the Italian Alps. Chiara Berguet, the daughter of a local construction magnate, has been kidnapped. However, the crime is brought to light only through chance when a van with stolen plates is found in the trees along the highway. Beleaguered... Read More

THE OVERNIGHT KIDNAPPER

THE OVERNIGHT KIDNAPPER Inspector Montalbano, Book 23

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

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series will be happy that narrator Grover Gardner returns to guide them through the Sicilian policeman's latest investigation. Montalbano is tasked with the strange case of two women who were kidnapped but then quickly let go unharmed. Meanwhile, another abducted woman is found injured, and there's an arson, a possible Mafia hit, and a... Read More

PERIL BY POST

PERIL BY POST

Earphones Award Winner

by Sheri Cobb South | Read by Joel L. Froomkin

Sheri Cobb South | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners travel to Regency England in the company of Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his new wife, Julia, through the excellent narration of Joel Froomkin. Summoned to the countryside by an anonymous letter, the Picketts take the honeymoon they never had as cover for John's activities. Soon after their arrival, listeners experience Julia's horror as she witnesses a man... Read More

THE PRINCESS OF DENMARK

THE PRINCESS OF DENMARK Nicholas Bracewell, Book 16

by Edward Marston | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Thorpe's narration enlivens this sixteenth outing of Edward Marston's Elizabethan theater series. After a tragic fire nearly destroys their performance venue at the Queen's Head, company book-holder (prompter) Nicholas Bracewell and troupe sail to Denmark with their patron, Lord Westfield. Westfield has agreed to marry a Danish woman he has seen only in a painted... Read More

PURLS AND POISON

PURLS AND POISON Black Sheep Knitting, Book 10

by Anne Canadeo | Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan delivers an engaging mystery. When Suzanne Cavanaugh's hated business rival is murdered, she finds herself the main suspect. Though this protagonist is perhaps the least likable of the five friends known as the Black Sheep Knitters, around whom this series centers, Bresnahan quickly entices listeners to empathize with her distress. Using effective... Read More

THE RECKONING

THE RECKONING Children's House, Book 2

Earphones Award Winner

by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir | Read by Lucy Patterson

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With a remarkable ability to subtly distinguish myriad characters, Lucy Patterson masterfully narrates this thriller, the second featuring Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Ten years ago, a child wrote a series of initials on a letter for a school time capsule. Somehow, those letters are tied to a series of grisly murders. In a crisp British accent, Patterson... Read More

REDEMPTION

REDEMPTION Memory Man, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by David Baldacci | Read by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A star performance by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy should push this audiobook to the top of every thriller fan's must list. As a result of being hit on the head, Amos Decker, portrayed by Brewer, can remember everything that ever happened to him, complete with emotions. Brewer owns Decker's intensity. He gives the character great focus and a steely resolve to find out whether... Read More

THE RHYTHM SECTION

THE RHYTHM SECTION Stephanie Patrick, Book 1

by Mark Burnell | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The tension in Elizabeth Knowelden's voice is palpable as she narrates the story of Stephanie Patrick, a young woman seeking revenge after her family dies in a horrific airline bombing attack. Knowelden maintains an ominous tone with an intensity that does not let up as Stephanie evolves from a drug-addicted prostitute to a terrorist operative named Petra who is recruited by a... Read More

RULE OF LAW

RULE OF LAW Dismas Hardy, Book 18

by John Lescroart | Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The author of this audiobook is an old hand at the legal thriller who never fails to fascinate. Narrator Jacques Roy straightforwardly delivers the complicated story of attorney Dismas Hardy, keeping the characters and plot clear. This gets tough because of the number of characters and the twenty-five-year timeframe of the story--but that's where he shines. Hardy's secretary is... Read More

RUN AWAY

RUN AWAY

by Harlan Coben | Read by Steven Weber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Steven Weber is the perfect match for this thriller, which blends plot twists and suspense in equal portions. Simon and Ingrid Greene, a successful and apparently perfect couple, find their lives falling apart in the most dramatic of ways when their drug-addicted daughter disappears after dropping out of college. With seeming ease, Weber voices the cast of characters,... Read More

SCRUBLANDS

SCRUBLANDS

by Chris Hammer | Read by Rupert Degas

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rupert Degas exhibits mastery as he delivers this gripping debut novel. In a gritty, nuanced tone, he captures the toughness and complexity of the denizens of Riversend, a drought-ridden Outback town pulled from obscurity by a brutal mass murder. From the outset, Degas's convincing Aussie accent and Hammer's rich descriptions draw the listener into a story that starts... Read More

THE SHAKER MURDERS

THE SHAKER MURDERS Will Rees, Book 6

by Eleanor Kuhns | Read by Susie Berneis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Susie Berneis narrates this mystery involving a community of Shakers in 1790s Maine. After having sent his pregnant wife, Lydia, and their six adopted children to a Shaker community for refuge, Will Rees now hurries to their sides. Once there, he is faced with a death he views as suspicious and Shakers who view him as an unwelcome outsider. When he discovers another body, also... Read More

SHE LIES IN WAIT

SHE LIES IN WAIT

by Gytha Lodge | Read by John Hoskins, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Joe Coen, Gytha Lodge

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An ensemble of four narrators brings this gripping tale to life. The disappearance of Aurora while on a camping trip with her sister and friends remains a mystery until a body is found 30 years later. The story is told through flashbacks of the events leading to the disappearance and through the investigation following the discovery of the body. Narrator John Hoskins portrays... Read More

A SPY IN EXILE

A SPY IN EXILE

by Jonathan de Shalit | Read by Gabra Zackman

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gabra Zackman takes on the challenge of voicing the many characters from diverse backgrounds who form a team of rookie Israeli secret agents. While Zackman succeeds in differentiating male and female, young and old, her slow pace seems mismatched to the narrative. Jonathan de Shalit, a pseudonym for a former Israeli intelligence agent, has written a multifaceted plot... Read More

STALKER

STALKER Joona Linna, Book 5

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

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saul Reichlin continues his narration of Kepler's Joona Linna series, set in Sweden. Detective Margot Silverman and her colleagues in the Swedish National Crime Unit track down a serial killer who posts voyeuristic videos of his victims. Silverman is joined by Detective Joona Linna and psychiatrist-hypnotist Erik Maria Bark as they search for the sadistic killer by hypnotizing... Read More

THE SUSPECT

THE SUSPECT

Earphones Award Winner

by Fiona Barton | Read by Susan Duerden, Fiona Hardingham, Nicholas Guy Smith, Katharine McEwan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

An ensemble cast narrates a splashy front-page story about British teens dying in Bangkok. Clichéd roles come alive, each with its own narrator. Susan Duerden is the reporter; her BBC tone is broken up by adept accents for Thai and Dutch characters and the spiraling despair of a woman turned from an observer to a player. Fiona Hardingham gives the mother of a girl found dead in... Read More

'TIL DEATH: THE MAN WHO BALKED

'TIL DEATH: THE MAN WHO BALKED Rockwell Return, Book 3

by Jason Anspach | Read by Johnny Heller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Johnny Heller brings his usual high-quality narration to this light mystery set in the 1950s. In this third audiobook in Anspach's series involving private investigator Sam Rockwell, Heller shapes the characters with intonation and emotion. Sam is hired to determine who is sending death threats to a local ballplayer. Heller keeps the characters straight, offering a slightly... Read More

THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN

THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN

by Cara Robertson | Read by Amanda Carlin

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Many audiobook listeners may know the haunting children's rhyme about accused murderer Lizzie Borden, but many may not know the intimate details of her sensationalized criminal trial. After being accused of the ax murder of her father and stepmother, Borden was subjected to defamation in Boston papers and criticized by the media. Narrator Amanda Carlin's sober tone captures the... Read More

TRUTH AND LIES

TRUTH AND LIES DI Amy Winter, Book 1

by Caroline Mitchell | Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What a pleasure it is to listen to narrator Elizabeth Knowelden as she navigates this story of matriarchal terror. Her diction, tone, and use of accents are all top tier. Best of all is her ability to inhabit the characters, whether it's troubled DI Amy Winter or her birth mother, Lillian, a manipulative incarcerated serial killer. Knowelden's narration is so convincing that... Read More

UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN

UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN Guido Brunetti, Book 28

by Donna Leon | Read by David Colacci

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Colacci's rambling pace is just right for the 28th mystery featuring the ever-philosophical Commissario Guido Brunetti. This time the Venetian police detective reluctantly agrees to investigate an old family friend, the wealthy and gay Gonzalo, who is about to adopt a much younger man as his heir. When Gonzalo dies and his close female friend is then murdered,... Read More

UNTOUCHABLE

UNTOUCHABLE Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, Book 3

by Jayne Ann Krentz | Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb portrays Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist, and Jack Lancaster, an investigator of cold cases who is her client. Jack is hunting the man who murdered his mother, and Winter assists him in his quest. Cobb brings the story to life as Jack and Winter grow closer romantically during the investigation. Cobb gives Winter's voice a steady, even rhythm... Read More

THE VANISHING MAN

THE VANISHING MAN Charles Lenox Series, Book 0.5

by Charles Finch | Read by James Langton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

James Langton offers a splendid narration of this second prequel to the Charles Lenox series. Part of a proposed trilogy, this middle story is set in 1853. Charles Finch's Victorian detective, Lenox, is called upon to find out who stole a painting of the Duke of Dorset's great-grandfather. Untroubled by the loss of the ancestral portrait, the Duke owns the only existing... Read More

WATCHERS

WATCHERS

by Dean Koontz | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Edoardo Ballerini does a top-notch job of narrating this story. Listeners join Travis Cornell, who is hiking while trying to make sense of his life. When he chances upon an apparently stray golden retriever, things will never be the same. Ballerini creates a balance of warmth and suspense that reflects the heartwarming, yet at times frightening, aspects of the plot. He helps to... Read More

WATCHING YOU

WATCHING YOU

by Lisa Jewell | Read by Gabrielle Glaister

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

British narrator Gabrielle Glaister unravels Lisa Jewell's latest murder mystery with emotional authenticity and true English intonation. Headmaster Tom Fitzwilliam is admired by many in the English town of Melville Heights, including neighbor Joey Mullen, who develops a fixation on the married father. However, Jenna Tripp, one of Tom's students, doesn't think Tom is as perfect... Read More

THE WEDDING GUEST

THE WEDDING GUEST An Alex Delaware Novel

by Jonathan Kellerman | Read by John Rubinstein

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator John Rubinstein draws listeners into this Alex Delaware mystery as layer upon layer of complications falls away. A beautiful unidentified young woman dressed in red is found dead in an upstairs bathroom at a wedding reception. Listeners hear the distressed bride and groom lamenting their choice of an unconventional theme and location for their wedding, which caused... Read More

WIDOWS-IN-LAW

WIDOWS-IN-LAW

by Michele W. Miller | Read by Nancy Wu

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Audiobook lovers will be drawn to Miller's latest mystery because of its catchy title; its seasoned narrator, Nancy Wu; and an engaging premise. An ex-wife, the current wife, and her daughter join together to uncover malfeasance and murder. In a story of guns, gangsters, ruthless lawyers, and money laundering, the three women become caught up in violence. Wu narrates in a cool... Read More

WRITTEN OFF

WRITTEN OFF Forensic Handwriting, Book 7

by Sheila Lowe | Read by Anna Crowe

Suspense Publishing | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Anne Crowe's appealing voice captures California graphologist Claudia Rose, who travels to Maine to find a manuscript about female serial killers after professor and author Madeleine Maynard is murdered. As Rose searches for the document, she encounters "Maynard's Maniacs," a group of grad students selected by the professor, who are outstandingly portrayed. Crowe... Read More

WRONG TURN

WRONG TURN An Anthology

by Tanya Eby [Ed.], Bernard Schaffer | Read by Vikas Adam, Andi Arndt, Peter Berkrot, Tim Campbell, Bailey Carr and a Full Cast

Blunder Woman Productions | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners are in for an experience of 22 "amuse-oreille" (small sound bites of delight to amuse the ear) in this anthology, which pairs award-winning narrators with varying stories on the theme of taking a wrong turn--sometimes literal, other times metaphorical. A standout is Jim Shaffer's "All That The Case Is," in which narrator Peter Berkrot brings to life a small town of... Read More

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