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AND NOW SHE'S GONE

AND NOW SHE'S GONE

by Rachel Howzell Hall | Read by Je Nie Fleming

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Je Nie Fleming's soft voice is a good match for this mystery. Grayson Sykes is excited to get her first serious case as a private investigator at her friend's consulting firm. A hotshot doctor wants to find his missing ex-girlfriend, who took off suddenly, leaving no forwarding address and taking his dog with her. Fleming highlights Gray's frustrations at making rookie... Read More

AND THE KILLER IS

AND THE KILLER IS Savannah Reid, Book 25

by G.A. McKevett | Read by Dina Pearlman

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dina Pearlman is on top of her game as she narrates the twenty-fifth investigation featuring P.I. Savannah Reid, her Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency agents, and her husband, Dirk. The story involves the death of 90-year-old former movie star Lucinda Faraday. Searching for clues, Savannah and Dirk wade into Lucinda's mansion, which is full of hoarded items and garbage.... Read More

ANYTHING FOR YOU

ANYTHING FOR YOU Valerie Hart, Book 3

by Saul Black | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Not an audiobook for the faint of heart, this taut detective thriller is replete with explicit sexual dialogue. To her credit, narrator Christina Delaine does not flinch from the frequent descriptions of the sexual adventures of Valerie Hart, a police detective who is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a prosecutor. Delaine masterfully delivers the charged dialogue,... Read More

AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE

AUNTY LEE'S CHILLED REVENGE Singaporean Mystery Series, Book 3

by Ovidia Yu | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As performed by Emily Woo Zeller, this audiobook gives listeners a sensory experience as they smell the scents, taste the foods, and see the unique sights of Singapore. Aunty Lee, owner of one of the most beloved restaurants in the country and an animal lover, learns that someone has murdered Allison Fitzgerald. Five years earlier Allison became notorious for having killed a... Read More

BENEATH THE SURFACE

BENEATH THE SURFACE Sgt. Windflower, Book 3

by Mike Martin | Read by Francis G. Kearney

Mike Martin | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join Newfoundland policeman Sgt. Windflower as the death of a local girl leads to the discovery of a human trafficking ring in this otherwise idyllic locale. Narrator Francis Kearney is the perfect match for this mystery. His characterization of Windflower is spot-on; he creates a likable and believable character who is both gentle and honorable, a person who takes... Read More

BLACKTOP WASTELAND

BLACKTOP WASTELAND

Earphones Award Winner

by S.A. Cosby | Read by Adam Lazarre-White

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Adam Lazarre-White's voice exudes confidence and depth; his performance is an example of how the best audiobooks deliver pure storytelling. Cosby's story, set in rural Virginia, is gripping. Beauregard is a family man, a husband and father. Running a car repair garage, he's facing financial deadlines as his business loses customers to a competitor. He's also an expert... Read More

THE BODY FROM THE PAST

THE BODY FROM THE PAST Jazzi Zanders, Book 5

by Judi Lynn | Read by Devon Sorvari

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Exuding a strong sense of confidence, narrator Devon Sorvari makes listeners feel a part of the action in this audiobook. Jazzi Zanders gets involved in yet another murder when she, her husband, and her cousin purchase a house to flip. Jazzi soon discovers that a previous occupant, Jessica Hodgkill, died at her high school graduation party when she fell from a balcony. Through... Read More

CAT ME IF YOU CAN

CAT ME IF YOU CAN Cat in the Stacks, Book 13

by Miranda James | Read by Erin Bennett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Erin Bennett deftly moves this appealing series from Mississippi to Asheville, North Carolina, where librarian Charlie Harris, fiancée Helen Louise Brady, Diesel the cat, and the library book club retreat for a mystery week. Listeners will be as shocked as Charlie when he unlocks his door and finds a body in his room. It's entertaining to hear each club member share a... Read More

CHAOS

CHAOS

Earphones Award Winner

by Iris Johansen | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers's faultless accents and inflections make each of the characters in this audiobook fully believable. Johansen's new mystery introduces CIA agent Alisa Flynn. The story starts when a school of teen girls in Africa is kidnapped by terrorists seeking ransoms. Flynn's ward, Sasha, is among them. Rodgers's voice fills with venom as she delivers the... Read More

CHECKED OUT FOR MURDER

CHECKED OUT FOR MURDER Haunted Library, Book 4

by Allison Brook | Read by Mia Gaskin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, a psychic is killed 20 years after her father was murdered. Though librarian Carrie Singleton is determined not to get involved in any more murders, people keep asking for her help. The ghost librarian, Evelyn, gives Carrie insight into the town's past. In her first-person narration, Mia Gaskin gives a strong performance, clearly demonstrating Carrie's... Read More

CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER

CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER A Dickens of a Crime, Book 3

by Heather Redmond | Read by Tim Campbell

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In December 1835, Jacob Harley falls to his death from an upper-story window with chains around his neck. He lands right in front of journalist Charles Dickens and his fiancée, Kate Hogarth. Charles decides to investigate the case while he is dealing with the claim that he is the father of a 4-month-old illegitimate boy, a situation that has the potential to destroy both his... Read More

CLEAN HANDS

CLEAN HANDS

by Patrick Hoffman | Read by Christina Delaine

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Chistina Delaine rises to the challenge of portraying a cast of larger-than-life characters. Ex-CIA officer Valencia Walker is now a high-priced corporate fixer who has been called in to help a top New York law firm with damage control after a young associate loses his phone, which holds important corporate documents. The situation quickly goes from bad to worse as a... Read More

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45

by Lisa Unger | Read by Vivienne Leheny

Harlequin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Vivienne Leheny's narration captures not only each character's outward persona but also her true self in this captivating thriller. Seatmates Selena and Martha swap confessions during a stalled train ride. Selena fears her husband is sleeping with the nanny. Martha is having an affair with her boss. When the nanny disappears, Selena remembers that encounter, which leads to a... Read More

THE DARKEST EVENING

THE DARKEST EVENING Vera Stanhope, Book 9

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Janine Birkett

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Janine Birkett returns to narrate the ninth book in Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series, made popular by the TV series. Birkett rises to the task of voicing men and women, seniors and teenagers, imperious aristocrats and farmworkers. The whodunit, set in winter in the atmospheric Northumberland countryside, forces Vera to confront the pain and pleasures of family. Listeners will... Read More

DEAD-END DETECTIVE

DEAD-END DETECTIVE

by Amanda Flower | Read by Laura Faye Smith

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Laura Faye Smith portrays Darby Piper, who is alarmed to learn that her partner in Two Girls Detective Agency, Samantha Porter, plans to dissolve the business. But before Samantha can act, she is murdered in a car crash, and Darby becomes the chief suspect. When Darby discovers that Samantha has left her entire estate to her nephew, Tate, Darby finds herself teaming... Read More

DEADLOCK

DEADLOCK FBI Thriller, Book 24

by Catherine Coulter | Read by Tim Campbell, Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, FBI agents who are husband and wife, find themselves and their young son in danger. As this thriller weaves a number of subplots to great effect, narrators Tim Campbell and Hillary Huber relay the viewpoints of Savich and Sherlock, respectively. The use of two narrators adds definition to the storylines, which is helpful, particularly as they... Read More

DEATH AND THE BREWERY QUEEN

DEATH AND THE BREWERY QUEEN

by Frances Brody | Read by Anne Dover

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

As Anne Dover performs this audiobook set in 1930 in Leeds, she makes listeners feel a deep connection to the story and its characters. William Lofthouse asks Kate Singleton for help with his struggling business, Barleycorn Brewery. Soon, Kate and her partner, Jim Sykes, become involved in an investigation into sabotage at the brewery. Then, the hit-and-run killing of the... Read More

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Mistress of the Art of Death

Earphones Award Winner

by Samantha Norman, Ariana Franklin | Read by Kate Reading

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The final installment of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death series receives a posthumous tribute from her daughter, author Samantha Norman. Kate Reading, a familiar voice for the series, brings the medieval world to life once more with her inimitable talents for pacing and characterization. Adelia Aguilar, now a semiretired pathologist, and her independent-minded... Read More

DEATH ON THE GREEN

DEATH ON THE GREEN Dublin Driver, Book 2

by Catie Murphy | Read by Ruth Urquhart

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ruth Urquhart portrays Megan Malone, a retired American army medic who now drives a limousine in Ireland. While chauffeuring golfer Martin Walsh on the local green, she discovers a body in a water hazard. After pulling top golfer Lou Macdonald from the water, Megan becomes involved in trying to identify the murderer. Urquhart's delivery of Irish accents for the locals... Read More

DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY

DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY Hamptons Murder, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Carrie Doyle | Read by Emily Ellet

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Emily Ellet's performance mingles mirth and mistrust in this lively murder mystery. Antonia Bingham, the new owner of an inn in the Hamptons, turns amateur sleuth to prevent herself becoming a murder victim. Ellet gives a perfect portrayal of Bingham's tumultuous emotions as the happy but overwhelmed owner of the Windmill Inn becomes fearful of those around her when she... Read More

A DECEPTION AT THORNECREST

A DECEPTION AT THORNECREST Amory Ames Mysteries, Book 7

by Ashley Weaver | Read by Allison Larkin

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Alison Larkin maintains the listener's interest in this audiobook set in 1930s England. As Amory Ames enters her final month of pregnancy, she and her husband, Milo, are surprised to learn that he has a half-brother, Darian. The pair soon discover that Darian is a womanizer and a scoundrel. Then, when he is arrested for murdering the former paramour of his newest conquest, the... Read More

THE DELIGHTFUL LIFE OF A SUICIDE PILOT

THE DELIGHTFUL LIFE OF A SUICIDE PILOT Doctor Siri Paiboun, Book 15

by Colin Cotterill | Read by Clive Chafer

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Clive Chafer"s performance skillfully captures this beautifully understated story, evoking Cotterhill's quietly debonair protagonist with warmth and restraint. Dr. Siri Palhoun, a retired doctor who is also a detective, and his lovely wife, Madame Daeng, are reading the mysterious diary of a WWII kamikaze pilot. Chafer's tender, humorous portrayals effectively draw attention to... Read More

A DESPERATE PLACE

A DESPERATE PLACE

by Jennifer Greer | Read by Kirsten Potter

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kirsten Potter's performance of Greer's engaging mystery featuring two strong women will keep listeners glued to their earbuds. Journalist Whit McKenna and Medical Examiner Katie Riggs are best friends. When the body of actress Niki Francis is discovered, both women become involved in the investigation. When two additional, seemingly unrelated, deaths occur, the chase is on to... Read More

DOGGONE DEAD

DOGGONE DEAD 2 Sisters Pet Valet, Book 1

by Dane McCaslin | Read by Kitty Hendrix

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kitty Hendrix narrates this debut audiobook. On Gwen Franklin's first day of retirement from teaching, she and her over-the-top BFF, Nora Goldstein, start a pet business and then find Nora's neighbor dead in her kitchen. The plot moves steadily, while the narration is leisurely but deliberate. Little attention is devoted to solving the mystery at hand, and the main characters... Read More

DON'T LOOK FOR ME

DON'T LOOK FOR ME

by Wendy Walker | Read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Therese Plummer does a fine job keeping this psychological suspense real. Molly Clarke, who is involved in a family tragedy, is in a lot of pain. As her husband and children pull away from her, Plummer captures Molly's self-doubt, hurt, and guilt. During a terrible storm, Molly leaves her car and walks away from it all. Or could her disappearance be foul play? Plummer... Read More

DRAGONFIRE

DRAGONFIRE Alex Hawke, Book 11

by Ted Bell | Read by Simon Vance

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Mix James Bond-like characters, witty dialogue, a lot of action, historical fiction, and light humor, and you get this riveting listen. It features two time lines--WWII and the present day--connected by its characters' lineage. The story comes alive, thanks to Simon Vance's energetic narration. As WWII heats up, Chinese ambassador Tiger Tang strikes up a friendship with... Read More

THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE

THE EIGHTH DETECTIVE

by Alex Pavesi | Read by Emilia Fox

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Emilia Fox performs this audiobook, which consists of short mysteries interwoven within a larger story. Julia, a young book editor, meets with Grant, a reclusive author, to bring a collection of his stories back to print. As they read the pieces, one by one, they discuss the elements that make up a good mystery. Fox narrates at a measured pace with a pleasing level of... Read More

FINAL CUT

FINAL CUT

by S J. Watson | Read by Billie Fulford Brown, Mary Jane Wells, Zehra Jane Naqvi, Matthew Waterson, Will M. Watt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join Alex, a documentary filmmaker, as she arrives in her hometown, a run-down northern England seaside resort, to collect stories of everyday people. As the plot unfolds, we find that nothing is as it seems, and Alex must fight for her future as well as discover a truth hidden in her past. Lead narrator Billie Fulford Brown brings the story alive. Her... Read More

THE FINDERS

THE FINDERS Mace Reid K9, Book 1

by Jeffrey B. Burton | Read by Matt Godfrey

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This twisty and fast-paced mystery is narrated by Matt Godfrey, whose well-paced narration keeps the plot moving. Mace Reid is a dog trainer specializing in training cadaver dogs to assist the police. Listeners join him as the latest addition to his canine household turns out to have special skills. An incident at the dog's first assignment kicks off a series of events in which... Read More

FORTUNE AND GLORY

FORTUNE AND GLORY Stephanie Plum, Book 27

by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelei King

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Lorelei King is back narrating the latest in the Stephanie Plum series. For the first time, the audiobook is deemed "A Novel," with no installment number in its subtitle. (It's #27.) But not much else has changed in the bounty hunter's world. Fans will find it comforting to revisit Stephanie, Lulu, Morelli, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Connie, and Stephanie's mother, all masterfully... Read More

FORTUNE FAVORS THE DEAD

FORTUNE FAVORS THE DEAD

by Stephen Spotswood | Read by Kirsten Potter

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kirsten Potter evokes the ambiance of 1945 New York City in this historical mystery. On Halloween, Abigail Collins locks herself alone in a room at a party to commune with the spirit of her late husband, who has supposedly been summoned by a noted psychic. When the other guests break down the door, Abigail has been murdered, and some think the ghost of her husband did... Read More

GATORS AND GARTERS

GATORS AND GARTERS Miss Fortune, Book 18

Earphones Award Winner

by Jana DeLeon | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In an exceptional performance, narrator Cassandra Campbell embodies the character of former CIA assassin Fortune Redding and her two best friends, seniors Ida Belle and Gertie. The trio lead what is known as the Swamp Team 3, of Sinful, Louisiana. As Ida Belle prepares for her wedding, the caterer, former cage fighter Miss Molly, disappears, leading the team to take on an... Read More

THE GEOMETRY OF HOLDING HANDS

THE GEOMETRY OF HOLDING HANDS Isabel Dalhousie Series, Book 13

by Alexander McCall Smith | Read by Davina Porter

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Hearing celebrated narrator Davina Porter narrate this gentle, thoughtful novel is like being invited to tea by some truly likable Scottish friends. The listener will hear charming chitchat, erudite discussions of situational ethics, and a generous concern for those in need of help. All the characters have evocative Scottish accents that seem authentic and are pleasantly... Read More

GHOST UPS HER GAME

GHOST UPS HER GAME Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Book 9

by Carolyn Hart | Read by Ann Marie Lee

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ann Marie Lee returns to narrate the ninth book in Carolyn Hart's delightfully quirky Bailey Ruth Raeburn series. Ghostly detective Bailey Ruth, from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, is back, once again intent on righting wrongs and helping those in need. Bailey Ruth revisits her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, where she finds Professor Iris Gallagher, knife in hand,... Read More

THE GIFT OF THE MAGPIE

THE GIFT OF THE MAGPIE Meg Langslow, Book 28

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna Andrews | Read by Bernadette Dunne

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Bernadette Dunne takes listeners to the Virginia town of Caerphilly at Christmastime as Meg Langslow organizes Helping Hands for the Holidays. First, she must talk Harvey the Hoarder into letting the group clean up his house. The excitement listeners share with Meg, however, dissipates when she finds Harvey's body and realizes he's been murdered. As Meg helps the... Read More

GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL

GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL

Earphones Award Winner

by Aimee Molloy | Read by Val Toomey, George Newbern, Marin Ireland, Joel Froomkin

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Think of a mash-up of GONE GIRL and MISERY. Listeners may suspect this mystery has an unreliable narrator due to the mismatch between the voice introducing the story and their assumptions about who is speaking. Revealing more would spoil the experience. Hang in there for this wild ride of a psychological thriller with expertly crafted twists and turns. Narrators Val Toomey,... Read More

HANGING FALLS

HANGING FALLS Timber Creek K-9, Book 6

by Margaret Mizushima | Read by Nancy Wu

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Nancy Wu returns for Book 6 of the Timber Creek K-9 series as Colorado deputy Mattie Cobb and her canine sidekick, Robo, investigate a murder. Maddie herself finds the body while hiking near Hanging Falls. Then, Robo's tracking abilities lead her through the woods to a vagabond who may have witnessed more than he wants to admit. Wu's portrayal of Maddie--gentle toned... Read More

THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS

by Robert Masello | Read by Steve West

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Steve West superbly delivers Masello's latest historical imaginings. Here he takes on an alternate WWI in which H.G. Wells is sent to the trenches to research the validity of an alleged miracle. Wells is overwhelmed by the horrors surrounding him both above ground--mustard gas, phosgene, operations performed without anesthesia--and underground--where deserters (ghouls)... Read More

HE STARTED IT

HE STARTED IT

by Samantha Downing | Read by Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Karissa Vacker narrates a wickedly fun thriller about three estranged siblings who re-create a cross-country road trip they took with their grandfather 20 years earlier. Not only are Beth, Eddie, and Portia Morgan forced to drive across the U.S. together, but their grandfather's will has a specific itinerary they must follow or they risk losing their inheritance. The presence... Read More

HIS & HERS

HIS & HERS

by Alice Feeney | Read by Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine give an arresting performance of this dark psychological thriller. Many stories have multiple perspectives, but how do we know who is telling the truth? This multilayered work is told from three perspectives--his, hers, and the killer's. "His" is Detective Jack Harper's point of view, voiced by Armitage. "Hers" is newsreader Anna Andrews's,... Read More

HOME BEFORE DARK

HOME BEFORE DARK

by Riley Sager | Read by Cady McClain, Jon Lindstrom

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The best horror audiobooks hook listeners from the start and never loosen their grip. Riley Singer's latest novel is such a book, and it benefits from the excellent performances of Cady McClain and Jon Lindstrom. The central character is Maggie Holt, whose family fled their Vermont home after living there for three weeks. Maggie inherits the property 25 years later and returns... Read More

HURRY HOME

HURRY HOME

by Roz Nay | Read by Hillary Huber

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Siblings often share secrets that they promise never to reveal, yet this audiobook, narrated adeptly by Hillary Huber, demonstrates how even the best plans can go awry. The novel focuses on Alexandra Van Ness, whose life seems perfect in every way. But when her sister, Ruth, appears, Alexandra's perfect life becomes anything but. Huber's delivery is ideal, complementing... Read More

IN A MIDNIGHT WOOD

IN A MIDNIGHT WOOD Jane Lawless, Book 27

by Ellen Hart | Read by Christina Moore

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Christina Moore deftly depicts a weekend in Castle Lake, Minnesota. P.I. Jane Lawless and her best friend, Cordelia, are attending the town's art festival. Listeners will have fun meeting the diverse locals. Then a shocking event unfolds. The body of high school senior Sam Romilly is discovered, making clear that his disappearance 20 years earlier was foul play.... Read More

JUST MAKE BELIEVE

JUST MAKE BELIEVE

by Maggie Robinson | Read by Gemma Dawson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Gemma Dawson delivers this audiobook in a smooth, gentle voice that belies its paranormal element. When Lady Adelaide attends a house party, she is distressed to see the ghost of Rupert, her late husband. Rupert appears only when a murder is about to occur, so Addy expresses no surprise when her hostess is poisoned. As more bodies appear, Addy involves Scotland Yard's... Read More

THE KILLINGS AT KINGFISHER HILL

THE KILLINGS AT KINGFISHER HILL New Hercule Poirot Mysteries, Book 4

by Sophie Hannah | Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt's clear and stylish narration helps bring this story, part of a new Hercule Poirot mystery series, alive. Poirot is invited by Richard Devonport to visit his estate and prove that his fiancée is innocent of the murder of his brother. Along with his sidekick, Catchpool, Poirot finds himself drawn into a series of mysteries amid a flawed family that is... Read More

KNOCKED FOR A LOOP

KNOCKED FOR A LOOP John J. Malone, Book 10

by Craig Rice | Read by Johnny Heller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In the tenth book of a classic series featuring Attorney John J. Malone, Johnny Heller's narration is characterized by an arched tone. The body of a Chicago investor/activist turns up in Malone's office, and he can't remember if he did the deed. Heller adds empathy to his narration as Malone realizes he's not the culprit and proceeds to investigate the murder and the subsequent... Read More

A LADY'S GUIDE TO MISCHIEF AND MURDER

A LADY'S GUIDE TO MISCHIEF AND MURDER Countess of Harleigh, Book 3

by Dianne Freeman | Read by Karen Cass

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Karen Cass helps listeners connect with the social world of the aristocracy in Victorian England. Lily and Leo schedule their wedding at the family estate of George Hazleton, the man whom Lily's sister plans to marry. Immediately, strange accidents begin to happen to numerous people who are standing near George or Leo. Someone seems to be trying to kill either the... Read More

THE LANTERN MEN

THE LANTERN MEN Ruth Galloway, Book 12

by Elly Griffiths | Read by Jane McDowell

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The twelfth installment of Elly Griffiths's character-driven Ruth Galloway series features Jane McDowell once again reprising her role as narrator. As Doctor Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, establishes a new life at Cambridge, the complications of her personal life in Norfolk, England, remain close. DCI Harry Nelson and Ruth reunite when convicted murderer Ivor March... Read More

LAST BREATH

LAST BREATH Cavendish & Walker Novel, Book 5

Earphones Award Winner

by Sally Rigby | Read by Clare Corbett

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Clare Corbett flawlessly creates the accents and setting of Lenchester, England, while introducing Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker and her polar opposite, psychologist Georgina Cavendish. Listeners will be intrigued by Corbett's portrayal of Walker, who is compassionate and skilled at questioning both timid witnesses and hardened suspects. The experienced... Read More

THE LAW OF INNOCENCE

THE LAW OF INNOCENCE Lincoln Lawyer, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Connelly | Read by Peter Giles

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Peter Giles, who has become the voice of Mickey Haller in Connelly's popular Lincoln Lawyer series, returns to take listeners on a legal roller-coaster ride. What could be more dramatic than Haller having to defend himself against a murder charge and prepare for his trial in prison? Giles masterfully conveys the fear and frustration that Haller experiences facing the prospect... Read More

THE LESS DEAD

THE LESS DEAD

by Denise Mina | Read by Katie Leung

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Katie Leung's Scottish burr adds atmosphere to this harrowing Tartan Noir. Driven by her pregnancy and the recent loss of her adoptive mother, Dr. Margo Dunlop searches for her birth mother. Instead she finds an aunt who drags her into the cold case of her mother's murder during a Glasgow crime wave. Leung's subdued delivery of the present-tense writing is mesmerizing.... Read More

MAKE THEM CRY

MAKE THEM CRY

by Smith Henderson, Jon Marc Smith | Read by Sophie Amoss

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of riveting audiobooks about good guys and bad guys, current events, and realistic characters are in luck. This mystery is a great listen narrated well by Sophie Amoss. The story centers on Diane Harbaugh, a DEA agent who is almost too good at her job. Then, a visit from a criminal turned informant disrupts everything Harbaugh thought she knew and believed. In pursuit of... Read More

MEET YOUR MAKER

MEET YOUR MAKER The Delta Devlin Novels, Book 2

by Matthew Mather | Read by January LaVoy

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This chilling science-based mystery is beautifully performed by one of AUDIOFILE's newest Golden Voices, January LaVoy. LaVoy expertly delivers this convoluted, artfully constructed plot, which includes a body squashed into a ventilation duct in a Kiev hotel, several assassination attempts, and 3D printers that can kill. Delta Devlin's father is the unintended victim of a... Read More

MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE

MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE

Earphones Award Winner

by Vaseem Khan | Read by Maya Saroya

Vaseem Khan Limited | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

It is December 31,1949. In Bombay, Sir James Harriot, a prominent Englishman who is assisting with India's transition to having its own constitution, is murdered. Narrator Maya Saroya makes listeners experience the sights, sounds, and scents of Bombay as Persis Wadia, the only woman police detective in India, handles the tricky job of navigating the case. It is fraught with... Read More

MOONFLOWER MURDERS

MOONFLOWER MURDERS Magpie Murders, Book 2

by Anthony Horowitz | Read by Lesley Manville, Allan Corduner

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this second outing for editor-turned-sleuth Susan Ryeland, narrators Lesley Manville and Allan Corduner deliver pleasures galore in this book within a book full of sleight of hand and red herrings. Manville's crisp, warm voice is engaging, and her emotionally attentive performance nicely differentiates between characters in the Ryeland investigation of a hotelier's... Read More

MORE BETTER DEALS

MORE BETTER DEALS

by Joe R. Lansdale | Read by Brad Sanders

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Brad Sanders's bass pitch and intimate storytelling skills make him an excellent choice to read this noirish story of crime and punishment. Narrating in the first person, Sanders portrays Ed Edwards, an African-American used-car salesman who passes for white. Edwards, seduced by a femme fatale, plans a get-rich-quick scheme for acquiring a drive-in movie theater and a pet... Read More

MOURNING IN MALMO

MOURNING IN MALMO Inspector Anita Sundstrom, Book 7

by Torquil MacLeod | Read by Marguerite Gavin

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Marguerite Gavin returns to narrate Book 7 in MacLeod's Inspector Anita Sundstrom series. Gavin portrays Anita and the many Swedish and foreign-born characters in a neutral American accent. She successfully differentiates the characters, male and female, by varying her tempo and inflections. For Anita's British love interest, Kevin, Gavin uses a rather unconvincing English... Read More

MR CAMPION'S FAREWELL

MR CAMPION'S FAREWELL

by Mike Ripley | Read by David Thorpe

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

David Thorpe splendidly narrates this mystery, the last in Margery Allingham's classic series, splendidly completed by Mike Ripley from a fragment left by the author. It stays true to the author's wit and its protagonist Albert Campion's likable, very British character. It's 1969 in Lindsay Carfax, England, when Campion combines a visit to his niece with looking into some... Read More

MURDER AT AN IRISH CHRISTMAS

MURDER AT AN IRISH CHRISTMAS Irish Village, Book 6

Earphones Award Winner

by Carlene O'Connor | Read by Caroline Lennon

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Caroline Lennon's performance will have listeners imagining a Christmas tree decorated with items from nature--like the O'Sullivan family's. They are spending Christmas in West Cork with the family of renowned orchestra conductor Enda Elliot. When Siobhán discovers Enda dead under a harp, she and her fiancé, fellow Garda officer Macdara Flannery, end up on the case, which they... Read More

MURDER AT QUEEN'S LANDING

MURDER AT QUEEN'S LANDING Wrexford and Sloane, Book 4

by Andrea Penrose | Read by James Cameron Stewart

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator James Cameron Stewart puts great effort and energy into his performance of this Regency-era murder mystery. It is the fourth in a series featuring Wrexford, an earl/chemist who solves crimes alongside his friend (and soul mate), Lady Charlotte, a successful caricaturist. While this novel is well researched and richly descriptive, it has a superfluity of characters, and... Read More

MURDER AT ST. POLYCARP

MURDER AT ST. POLYCARP St. Polycarp School, Book 1

by Marianna Heusler | Read by Dee Hill

Hilliard & Harris | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dee Hill exuberantly presents the pupils, principal, and lovably eccentric teachers of St. Polycarp Elementary School. Listeners will be pleased--then surprised--to visit the school and learn about stolen cookie money, two murder victims, and a killer on the loose. It's difficult to select a favorite character from the lineup, which includes long-suffering Father... Read More

MURDER AT THE PTA

MURDER AT THE PTA Maya & Sandra, Book 1

by Lee Hollis | Read by Emily Durante

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this delightful performance, narrator Emily Durante connects listeners with the horror of the scandal-mongering website called Dirty Laundry, which keeps viciously attacking people at South Portland (Maine) High School. Durante builds the suspense when the person writing the page is found dead, supposedly of suicide. Private investigator Maya Kendrick, an overworked but... Read More

MURDER COMES TO CALL

MURDER COMES TO CALL

Earphones Award Winner

by Jessica Ellicott | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Barbara Rosenblat once again demonstrates her well-earned reputation for being a top-notch narrator as she reunites listeners with proper Edwina and adventurous Beryl. When the 1921 census forms are stolen amid a rash of local thefts, the detective agency run by the pair of friends gets a call. Then two cases merge when the women's new assistant gardener is arrested for the... Read More

MURDER ON COLD STREET

MURDER ON COLD STREET Lady Sherlock, Book 5

by Sherry Thomas | Read by Kate Reading

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Nefarious deeds are afoot in the latest Lady Charlotte Holmes mystery, beautifully narrated by Kate Reading. In this case, Inspector Treadles has been caught holding a revolver in a room with two men who were shot dead. Both men worked for the company recently inherited by Treadles's wife. Surely, Lady Charlotte's collaborator isn't guilty of murder? Reading is in fine voice,... Read More

NAPOLEON'S ROSEBUD

NAPOLEON'S ROSEBUD

by Humphry Knipe | Read by Mary Jane Wells

Haaren Enterprises | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Mary Jane Wells uses a cheery voice to perform this story of Napoleon's exile (1815-1821) on the British island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Napoleon convinces the naïve 19-year-old Charlotte Knipe, nicknamed "Rosebud," to help him send secret messages to his supporters, including Lord Byron, and escape the isle. Wells uses a broad range of accents,... Read More

NEXT TO LAST STAND

NEXT TO LAST STAND Walt Longmire, Book 16

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

George Guidall returns to portray Sheriff Walt Longmire and the rest of Johnson's characters, whom fans have come to love. Guidall's voice is perfectly matched to Longmire, who is called into a complicated situation involving paintings from the time of Custer, suspicious Russians, and an art heist. Guidall masterfully performs the featured characters of this audiobook, a group... Read More

THE NIGHT SWIM

THE NIGHT SWIM

by Megan Goldin | Read by Bailey Carr, Samantha Desz, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Bailey Carr, Samantha Desz, and January LaVoy are the perfect trio to narrate Megan Goldin's latest thriller involving a true- crime podcaster and her coverage of a rape trial in a North Carolina town. Desz and LaVoy ensure that Rachel Krall and her podcast unfold in an authentic manner that depicts her as powerful and tenacious. Desz delivers the third-person... Read More

ON DEADLY TIDES

ON DEADLY TIDES

by Elizabeth J. Duncan | Read by Anne Flosnik

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this audiobook, Penny Brannigan goes on a painter's retreat on an island off North Wales. All is well until she goes to paint a scenic lighthouse and spies a body on the beach below. A journalist from New Zealand who came to Wales to investigate the case of a missing man from her country is believed to have fallen down the cliff. However, Penny suspects that Jessica Graham... Read More

ONCE TWO SISTERS

ONCE TWO SISTERS

by Sarah Warburton | Read by Wendy Tremont King, Chelsea Stephens

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Wendy Tremont King keeps listeners on edge as she portrays Zoe Hallet, sister of the infamous bestselling thriller novelist Ava Hallet. Zoe has done her best to change her name and disappear from her sister's life forever following a series of books in which Ava clearly had based characters on her sister. When Ava goes missing, Zoe's carefully crafted new life crumbles... Read More

ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR

ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR Roxane Weary, Book 4

by Kristen Lepionka | Read by Allyson Ryan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Allyson Ryan capably narrates this contemporary mystery set in Ohio. While jogging in the park, PI Roxanne Weary stumbles upon a murder staged to look like an accident. This is the fourth mystery featuring the hard-bitten, hard-drinking, hardworking sleuth, who is bisexual. Ryan captures both her bravado and her vulnerability as she discovers one clue after another. Secondary... Read More

ONE BY ONE

ONE BY ONE

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church's extraordinary narration of Ruth Ware's newest suspense novel will keep listeners glued to their earbuds, unable to do anything else but listen wide-eyed and rapt. In an homage to Agatha Christie (AND THEN THERE WERE NONE), Ware has taken the premise of people trapped in an isolated house with an unidentified killer; cleverly adapted the who, where, and what to... Read More

ONE FOR THE BOOKS

ONE FOR THE BOOKS Library Lover's Mysteries, Book 11

by Jenn McKinlay | Read by Allyson Ryan

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will share Lindsey and Sully's consternation as, a mere two weeks before their wedding, they learn they have accidentally invited the whole of Briar Creek to the ceremony instead of the 30 guests they'd planned. Narrator Allyson Ryan cultivates a strong sense of empathy among listeners as they quickly identify with Lindsey's anxiety over the details of her big day.... Read More

ONE LAST CHILD

ONE LAST CHILD Tallman's Valley Detectives, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Anni Taylor | Read by Caroline Lee

Podium Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Caroline Lee inhabits this mystery set in Katoomba, Australia. Teachers are setting up a picnic for 19 kindergarteners when five of them, including the granddaughter of homicide detective Kate Wakeland, mysteriously vanish. Lee's delivery of both the narrative and the dialogue is flawless--diverse emotions and local, Indian, and Chinese accents are spot-on. Listeners... Read More

OUT OF TIME

OUT OF TIME

by David Klass | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This thought-provoking novel for our time will have listeners torn between siding with the hero or the villain. Edoardo Ballerini plays his narrator role straight down the middle as he portrays an ecoterrorist who believes he is saving the planet and a young FBI agent who is using his genius to stop him. Ballerini's pitch-perfect performance is intense, making this audiobook... Read More

A PATCHWORK OF CLUES

A PATCHWORK OF CLUES

by Sally Goldenbaum | Read by Stephanie Dillard

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

At the beginning of this audiobook, Portia Paltrow aims to take her morning run, only to discover the body of local college professor Owen Hill in the doorway of the town's fabric shop. It soon becomes apparent that Owen must have been killed intentionally. The ladies of the weekly quilting bee in Crestwood, Kansas, decide to solve the case by sorting through the clues piece by... Read More

A PRETTY DECEIT

A PRETTY DECEIT Verity Kent, Book 4

by Anna Lee Huber | Read by Heather Wilds

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In 1919, Verity Kent is plunged into two cases that reach back to the Great War and her days as an intelligence agent. One case will also reach into the future, causing murders unless Verity and her husband, Sydney, can stop them. Narrator Heather Wilds keeps listeners engaged with the exciting story. She excels at giving reality to the horrors of the war. In particular, she... Read More

RED STATION

RED STATION Harry Tate, Book 1

by Adrian Magson | Read by John Telfer

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Originally published in 2010, this is the first of six books in the Harry Tate series. Narrator John Telfer captures the brooding quality of his protagonist, an MI5 operative who oversees a drug raid that goes horribly awry. Harry is shipped off to the little-known Red Station outpost on the Russian border to join a group who are troublemakers, according to their MI5 and MI6... Read More

THE REVELATORS

THE REVELATORS Quinn Colson, Book 10

by Ace Atkins | Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sheriff Quinn Colson would like nothing more than to take down a notorious madam's operation blessed by the governor and his cronies. This Western crime novel--which encompasses issues relating to human trafficking, immigration, and exploitation--is a gripping listen. MacLeod Andrews's narration and author Ace Atkins's turns of phrase are outstanding. Colorful language abounds... Read More

RIVIERA GOLD

RIVIERA GOLD Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 16

Earphones Award Winner

by Laurie R. King | Read by Jenny Sterlin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Jennie Sterlin narrates this 17th Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure, which begins immediately after ISLAND OF THE MAD ends. Holmes's landlady/housekeeper and Mary's dear friend, Clarissa Hudson, has disappeared. Months later, while on holiday on the French Riviera, Mary spots Mrs. Hudson, who deliberately avoids her. This piques Mary's detecting instincts; she suspects... Read More

THE ROOMMATE

THE ROOMMATE The Cormac Reilly Series, Book 0.7

by Dervla McTiernan | Read by Aoife McMahon

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audio novella is a prequel to McTiernan's Cormac Reilly series. Narrator Aiofe McMahon, with her command of Irish accents, masterfully delivers this gem of a mini-thriller. Young school teacher Niamh Turley's dramatic dark turn begins early one morning when she discovers that her missing roommate has been murdered. The story is told through Niamh's point of view, with... Read More

A ROYAL AFFAIR

A ROYAL AFFAIR Sparks & Bainbridge, Book 2

by Allison Montclair | Read by Sarah Nichols

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Through the sterling performance of Sarah Nichols, listeners will immerse themselves in both the seedy and the high-society worlds of 1946 London. Iris Sparks and Gwen Bainbridge, owners of the Right Sort Marriage Bureau, are hired for their most important job ever--vetting the potential bridegroom of Crown Princess Elizabeth. Someone has sent a letter to Elizabeth that could... Read More

THE SEARCHER

THE SEARCHER

Earphones Award Winner

by Tana French | Read by Roger Clark

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Roger Clark's American-Irish-British background makes him uniquely qualified to narrate Tana French's tense story of a Chicago cop who is trying to solve a mystery far outside his jurisdiction. Divorced and weary with police work, Cal wants nothing more than a quiet retirement in the Irish countryside, fishing and renovating an old cottage. But against his will, he's drawn into... Read More

THE SENTINEL

THE SENTINEL Jack Reacher, Book 25

by Lee Child, Andrew Child | Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Scott Brick returns to portray Jack Reacher in this first-time collaboration between author Lee Child and his brother, Andrew. Reacher--usually the strong, silent type--is still the defender of the underdog and seeker of justice who travels the country with just a toothbrush in his pocket, engaging in multiple incidents of well-choreographed violence as necessary.... Read More

THE SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK

THE SHOOTING AT CHATEAU ROCK Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 13

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie returns to perform the 13th entry in this mystery series set in Dordogne, France. Bruno is more than the chief of police--he's a friend, a good neighbor, an animal lover, and a gourmet cook. In this outing, he investigates a shady retirement community, the possible murder of a local sheep farmer, and a questionable insurance company, all of which... Read More

THE SILENCE OF THE WHITE CITY

THE SILENCE OF THE WHITE CITY nspector Unai Lopez de Ayala, Book 1

by Eva Garcia Sáenz | Read by Henry Leyva

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Henry Leyva's comfort with Spanish builds a strong sense of place in this mystery set in the Basque country. Detective Kraken López de Ayala is tapped to investigate a ritualistic double murder that copies the crimes of a serial killer who's been imprisoned for 20 years. The clues and crime scenes in this well-constructed police procedural give listeners a peek at... Read More

SILENT BITE

SILENT BITE Andy Carpenter, Book 22

Earphones Award Winner

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners' favorite lazy, dog-loving lawyer returns. This time, Andy Carpenter gets dragooned into defending a convicted felon when the man is charged with murder. Narrator Grover Gardner performs the first-person narration. Listeners will be convinced they're hearing the wisecracking Andy himself and find themselves chuckling throughout the story. When Andy has to face the... Read More

THE SILENT WIFE

THE SILENT WIFE Will Trent, Book 10

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

A series of horrific rapes has authorities mystified. Investigator Will Trent and Medical Examiner Sara Linton dig deep into the case, examining clues as well as their love life. Kathleen Early delivers the story, which is set in the South and jumps between two timeframes. She shines mostly with the accents of several secondary characters. A medical examiner is given a slow,... Read More

SNOW

SNOW

by John Banville | Read by John Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This devilish mystery is set in southeast Ireland in 1957. British narrator John Lee does a masterful job with Irish accents. He provides pitch-perfect renditions of the locals and brings to life the Protestant gentry's upper-crust speech, especially that of Detective Inspector Strafford. But Lee's most memorable and affecting portrayals are those of the local police, the... Read More

SNOWFLAKES

SNOWFLAKES Hush Collection

by Ruth Ware | Read by Jess Nahikian

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

For a compelling short listen, look no further than bestselling author Ruth Ware's SNOWFLAKES, her contribution to Amazon's Hush audiobook collection. Narrator Jess Nahikian uses a delicate and meek voice to portray young Leah, who for years was kept isolated on a remote island with her paranoid and obsessed father. Nahikian describes the compulsive thoughts of Leah's father... Read More

A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

by Ian Rankin | Read by James Macpherson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When retired police inspector John Rebus gets a phone call from his daughter, Samantha, to say her husband is missing, he makes the journey to the north coast of Scotland to support her. Things quickly get complicated when Samantha becomes a suspect in the disappearance and another murder enquiry is being investigated by his old team in Edinburgh. James Macpherson is the... Read More

THE SOUL KILLER

THE SOUL KILLER DI Barton, Book 2

by Ross Greenwood | Read by David Thorpe

Boldwood Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ross Greenwood's sublime writing is enhanced by David Thorpe's outstanding narration. The Soul Killer had a horrific childhood--his overzealous mother punished him severely and taught him to "repent in this life, rejoice in the next." Listeners will be engrossed in alternating chapters told from the perspectives of the ruthless killer and the police who are searching for him.... Read More

THEN SHE VANISHED

THEN SHE VANISHED Roland Ford, Book 4

by T. Jefferson Parker | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Will Damron lends his deep voice and impeccable pacing to this thriller involving racial and gender politics and the kidnapping of the wife of a California assemblyman. Roland Ford is assigned to find the woman by former Marine and rising politician Dalton Strait. Damron infuses his portrayal of Ford with an edge of skepticism after he delves into the candidate's... Read More

THEY NEVER LEARN

THEY NEVER LEARN

by Layne Fargo | Read by Lameece Isaaq, Eileen Stevens

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lameece Isaaq brings calculating serial killer Scarlett Clark to life in this new audiobook. The English professor at Gorman University uses her power and the fact she is mostly overlooked to plan and carry out the brutal murders of sexual predators on campus. Eileen Stevens portrays Carly Schiller, a shy student who is desperately trying to survive her first year on... Read More

THICK AS THIEVES

THICK AS THIEVES

by Sandra Brown | Read by Kyf Brewer

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kyf Brewer meets the challenge of voicing a full cast of characters over two time periods. Twenty years ago, three individuals, who were being manipulated by a bully, committed a robbery. By the end of that night, one of the thieves was dead, one was in jail, and one disappeared with a half-million dollars and was accused of murder. Now the younger daughter of the... Read More

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

by Richard Osman | Read by Leslie Manville

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Four residents of the Coopers Chase retirement village meet regularly in this audiobook to try to solve cold cases until a real murder happens at the village. The septuagenarians then pit their detecting skills against those of the police. Narrator Leslie Manville captures the humor that arises organically from the very real characters she voices, making this audiobook fun to... Read More

A TIME FOR MERCY

A TIME FOR MERCY Jake Brigance, Book 3

Earphones Award Winner

by John Grisham | Read by Michael Beck

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The venerable author's latest legal thriller brings back attorney Jake Brigance, this time defending a teen accused of killing a sheriff's deputy. Grisham starkly lays out how the deck is stacked against the poor in small-town Mississippi as they struggle with closed minds, mounting financial challenges, and other obstacles. Narrator Michael Beck is superb. He is a vocal... Read More

THE TRIAL OF CONNOR PADGET

THE TRIAL OF CONNOR PADGET A Lawyer's Gamble

by Carl Roberts | Read by Kevin Stillwell

ListenUp Audiobooks | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners hearing this courtroom drama will feel like members of the jury that is evaluating the arguments of Louisiana attorney Jack Carney, as brought to life by narrator Kevin Stillwell. He delivers a perfect interpretation of a Louisiana drawl and flawlessly conveys the tonal patterns of that region. All the other characters are carefully portrayed as well; old men sound... Read More

UNDER PRESSURE

UNDER PRESSURE Lucas Page, Book 2

by Robert Pobi | Read by Will Damron

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This knotty thriller is all the more absorbing because of narrator Will Damron, who captures the quirkiness and humor of its brilliant protagonist, Dr. Lucas Page. An astrophysicist who helps the FBI on unsolvable cases, Lucas has to uncover the mastermind and motive behind multiple seemingly unconnected explosions before more people die. He himself comes close to death--and in... Read More

THE UNLOCKING SEASON

THE UNLOCKING SEASON Joanne Kilbourn, Book 19

by Gail Bowen | Read by Athena Karkanis

ECW Press | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners follow detective Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, whose life story is being made into a documentary. However, when the scriptwriter is found crazed with terror during a scouting trip and then dies, she realizes there is more than the production at risk. Narrator Athena Karkanis brings the story to life in a clear and concise way, giving just the right amount of personality to... Read More

THE UNSPOKEN

THE UNSPOKEN Ashe Cayne, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Ian K. Smith | Read by Amir Abdullah

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Amir Abdullah depicts Chicago's wealthy enclaves, struggling neighborhoods, and mouthwatering foods while introducing former-cop-turned-PI Ashe Cayne. Listeners join him as he interviews aloof billionaire Violet Gerrigan, who wants him to find her missing 25-year-old daughter, Tinsley. As Cayne focuses on the secretive family, he learns that Tinsley is kind, generous,... Read More

V2

V2

by Robert Harris | Read by David Rintoul

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fact and fiction are interwoven in this historical novel about Wernher von Braun and his team of rocket scientists, who in this thriller are on the verge of defection to the U.S. David Rintoul, who narrates with a plummy English accent and a detached air, presents characters on both sides of WWII with equanimity. The story traces the impact of Hitler's decision to unleash... Read More

VANISHING FALLS

VANISHING FALLS

by Poppy Gee | Read by Caroline Lee

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Atmospheric and engaging, this audio mystery features compelling family histories, small-town secrets, and a wide cast of interconnected characters. Narrator Caroline Lee's pacing adds to the multilayered story, set in Vanishing Falls, a small town in Tasmania. Lee particularly shines as Joelle Smithton, a young mother who is dismissed by many as simpleminded. But she is... Read More

VEILED IN DEATH

VEILED IN DEATH Wedding Planner, Book 6

by Stephanie Blackmoore | Read by Christa Lewis

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

At the beginning of this audiobook, when Mallory Shepard discovers a lace veil purported to have been made by Betsy Ross, it sets off a chain of violence in Port Quincy, Pennsylvania, that culminates in murder. Mallory, a professional wedding planner, finds herself in the middle of the investigation, which threatens to get in the way of planning her own wedding. It is hard to... Read More

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

by Alyssa Cole | Read by Susan Dalian, Jay Aaseng

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Susan Dalian's and Jay Aaseng's skilled vocal ranges complement witty prose and a plot that cleverly dramatizes racial injustices. Sydney creates a walking tour to retain her Brooklyn neighborhood's history during an unsettlingly fast gentrification. When new neighbor Theo joins the effort, and the pair uncover horrors that are more than historical, they're catapulted into a... Read More

WHEN YOU SEE ME

WHEN YOU SEE ME A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel, Book 11

by Lisa Gardner | Read by Kirsten Potter

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners follow a newly formed task force that is sent to a small town in Georgia to investigate what is believed to be a serial killing. The team--consisting of Flora, a kidnap survivor; FBI agent Kimberly Quincy; and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren--soon find there's more to this town than meets the eye. Narrator Kirsten Potter rises to the challenge of bringing this diverse... Read More

A WITNESS TO MURDER

A WITNESS TO MURDER Lady Eleanor Swift, Book 3

by Verity Bright | Read by Karen Cass

Hachette Audio UK | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When the local member of Parliament dies under suspicious circumstances in this audiobook set in 1920, Lady Eleanor Swift finds herself with two significant projects. She investigates the possible murder on behalf of the accused cook while, at the same time, running to replace the dead man in Parliament. As Karen Cass performs the audiobook, listeners connect strongly to the... Read More

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