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BACKLASH

BACKLASH Scot Harvath, Book 19

by Brad Thor | Read by Armand Schultz

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath's most gripping adventure yet is given a jaw-dropping and pulse-pounding narration by Armand Schultz. Harvath is the lone survivor of a plane crash in a hostile environment. When he learns the crash was no accident, he's on his own in seeking revenge against his enemies. Harvath's distinct voice coupled with a smattering of lively accents populates the... Read More

BARK OF NIGHT

BARK OF NIGHT Andy Carpenter, Book 19

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listening to Grover Gardner narrating a David Rosenfelt novel is like sliding into favorite slippers at the end of a long day: One feels the joyful gratification of a perfect fit. This 19th installment in the Andy Carpenter whodunit series will not disappoint fans. Gardner injects the famous defense lawyer with chipper determination and plenty of self-deprecating humor as he is... Read More

BEIJING PAYBACK

BEIJING PAYBACK

by Daniel Nieh | Read by Ewan Chung

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This is a listen for anyone who likes a great crime novel performed by a truly talented narrator, Ewan Chung. A Chinese-American college student's immigrant father, a restaurateur, is found murdered. Soon, his son discovers his father's life was about more than restaurants--he was involved in a crime syndicate in China. Anyone who listens to this audiobook will not be surprised... Read More

A BETTER MAN

A BETTER MAN Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 15

Earphones Award Winner

by Louise Penny | Read by Robert Bathurst

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Bathurst's intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny's subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines. A woman is missing, her father is frantic, and her abusive husband is the prime suspect. Raging spring flooding threatens the village, and, on his first day back to work after his suspension... Read More

BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT

BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT

by Malin Persson Giolito, Rachel Willson-Broyles [Trans.] | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld breathes life into the conflicted soul of defense attorney Sophia Weber as she takes on the case of Dr. Stig Ahlin, who has been convicted and imprisoned for the murder of a 15-year-old girl. Maarleveld carefully reveals Weber's thought processes. Should she let Ahlin serve his time or accept his claim of innocence and try to get him off? The more she... Read More

THE BITTERROOTS

THE BITTERROOTS The Highway Quartet, Book 5

by C.J. Box | Read by Christina Delaine

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

What happens when you combine an acclaimed C.J. Box novel with a terrific narration? A stellar audiobook like this one, narrated by Christina Delaine. Box is adept at creating memorable characters, and this audiobook is no exception. Delaine's deft ability to use subtle changes in tone and inflection give credibility to the story, which centers on former sheriff's investigator... Read More

THE BLACK JERSEY

THE BLACK JERSEY

by Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Achy Obejas [Trans.] | Read by Henry Levya

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Henry Leyva gives this unusual mystery a gritty, deep-voiced narration that mimics the grueling nature of the Tour de France itself. He brings listeners the action-packed race, including the increasingly violent events that are preventing riders like ex-serviceman Marc Moreau from completing it. Leyva has to deliver a long list of cycling definitions before the story begins.... Read More

BLACK SOULS

BLACK SOULS

by Gioacchino Criaco, Hillary Gulley [Trans.] | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Three friends, thick as thieves, grow up in a life of crime as narrator Edoardo Ballerini keeps step with their exploits. Their criminal enterprise evolves from growing up in the mountains of southern Italy through their matriculation to petty and then serious crimes and finally to organized crime. Much of the audiobook is first-person narrative with limited dialogue, but... Read More

THE BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL

THE BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL Bruno, Chief of Police, Book 12

by Martin Walker | Read by Robert Ian Mackenzie

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Robert Ian MacKenzie's performance of this Bruno Chief of Police mystery is strangely inert, as if he doesn't understand that lovers of fiction hope to experience the characters as believable fellow humans, not just to receive information. Outstanding as usual, though, is Walker's knowledge of the art world, the people and customs of the Perigord, and the extremely complex... Read More

THE BODY LIES

THE BODY LIES

by Jo Baker | Read by Imogen Church, Deborah McBride, Sam Woolf, Simon Ludders, Julie Maisey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church leads a cast of five gifted narrators in this gripping psychological thriller in which an unnamed Englishwoman--a professor of creative writing--confronts the inner workings of the mind of a male student. The student, Nicholas, archly portrayed by Sam Woolf, reveals bit by bit through his sexually violent stories that he carries a horrible secret from his past.... Read More

THE CHESTNUT MAN

THE CHESTNUT MAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Søren Sveistrup, Caroline Waight [Trans.] | Read by Peter Noble

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This superlatively good audio thriller, a first novel by the accomplished screenwriter Søren Sveistrup, is made almost unbearably vivid by narrator Peter Noble. The story hits all the usual gory marks of the genre but is also something more, psychologically richer, better written, and surprisingly moving. A chestnut man is a doll made in autumn by Danish schoolchildren, used... Read More

COLD STORAGE

COLD STORAGE

by David Koepp | Read by Rupert Friend

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

British actor Rupert Friend narrates this bio-thriller in an easy-to-listen-to American tone and accent. The debut novel from David Koepp, well known as the screenwriter of JURASSIC PARK and other megahits, delivers on cinematic tension, action, and well-placed humor. Think smart, unstoppable human-destroying fungi discovered in a remote area of Australia and then contained by... Read More

CRACKERJACK

CRACKERJACK

by Peter Church | Read by Peter Noble

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Peter Nobel's pace and cadence complement well-developed characters and an unexpected, engaging story that pulls listeners into the intriguing world of cybercrime. In Cape Town, South Africa, Daniel Le Fleur has just managed to avoid prison time for computer hacking and is trying to keep a low profile when he's approached by Carla Vitale, a young engineer who is... Read More

CRISIS IN THE COTSWOLDS

CRISIS IN THE COTSWOLDS Cotswold, Book 16

by Rebecca Tope | Read by Caroline Lennon

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

After a year of marriage to undertaker Drew Slocombe, Thea becomes embroiled in yet another mystery when her special-needs friend, Juliet Wilson, is discovered murdered just outside the cemetery. In Book 16 of this audiobook series, Thea investigates the murder, and Drew deals with trying to hold a funeral for a man whose son knows little about his parents. With the performance... Read More

DACHSHUND THROUGH THE SNOW

DACHSHUND THROUGH THE SNOW Andy Carpenter Series, Book 20

by David Rosenfelt | Read by Grover Gardner

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Grover Gardner delivers an exciting performance as the character of Andy Carpenter, an eccentric lawyer who hates to work but gets roped by his wife into defending a man accused of a fourteen-year-old murder. With effective pacing and a sense of energy sometimes held back deliberately and at other times released with gusto, Gardner makes the experience of listening to... Read More

A DANGEROUS MAN

A DANGEROUS MAN Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, Book 18

by Robert Crais | Read by Luke Daniels

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Luke Daniels does a wonderful job of bringing the characters in this mystery alive. Strong and silent tough guy Joe Pike is not expecting to see a young woman being kidnapped and bundled into a car. His ex-cop, ex-Marine training kicks in as he rescues the woman, only to find this draws him and his partner, Elvis Cole, into a suspenseful investigation involving secrets... Read More

DECEPTION COVE

DECEPTION COVE Neah Bay, Book 1

by Owen Laukkanen | Read by Courtney Patterson, Kevin Stillwell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Courtney Patterson and Kevin Stillwell portray Mason Burke and Jess Winslow, two men whose lives cross because of a dog. Burke's first priority upon release from prison is to track down the service dog, Lucy, he trained as part of a prisoner program. Lucy is now residing with Jess, a newly widowed ex-marine with PTSD who finds himself in the midst of murder and... Read More

DEEP PAST

DEEP PAST

by Eugene Linden | Read by Gabra Zackman

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

For those anticipating the next JURASSIC PARK-like sci-fi--everyone, right?--look no further than Gabra Zackman's fine performance of Eugene Linden's anthropological adventure, set in remote Kazakhstan. This is science writer Linden's first foray into fiction, and he plunges in with a dramatic plot, academic and corporate skullduggery, a touch of romance, and a fascinating... Read More

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD

Earphones Award Winner

by Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Trans.] | Read by Beata Pozniak

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Polish actress Beata Pozniak does not merely narrate this ethereal new novel, she inhabits it, seamlessly becoming Janina, the main character and teller of the tale. The retired teacher, avid astrologer, and neighborhood eccentric lives in a sparsely populated village in the woods. She prefers the company of animals to people, giving her neighbors unflattering nicknames like... Read More

AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD

by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy [Trans.] | Read by Suzanne Toren

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

If you admire Miss Marple's cleverness but secretly wish she would embrace crime rather than solve it, you'll enjoy Suzanne Toren's narration of these five stories about 88-year-old Maud. Toren gives Maud's machinations a dignity and even righteous indignation that belie Maud's actions. Toren also perfectly conveys Maud's clever ability to play upon people's underestimation of... Read More

EMPIRE OF LIES

EMPIRE OF LIES

by Raymond Khoury | Read by Raphael Corkhill

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Raphael Corkhill's heart-thumping performance of Khoury's new time-travel thriller is just about perfect. This audiobook is that rare thing, a whiz-bang adventure with big ideas for our time, and it busts out of the gate with a doozy--the year is 1683, and the Ottomans are at the gates of Vienna. Then a couple of heavily loaded camels blow up (wait . . . what?), and the history... Read More

THE ESCAPE ROOM

THE ESCAPE ROOM

by Megan Goldin | Read by Ramon De Ocampo, January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Two storylines unfold in alternate chapters in this twisty psychological thriller on audio. The first features Sara Hall and is convincingly narrated by January LaVoy. An ambitious finance graduate, Sara gets the job of her dreams at an investment bank and seems at first to be doing well. The second storyline, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo, with LaVoy handling some of the voices,... Read More

FIRE STORM

FIRE STORM Kaely Quinn Profiler, Book 2

by Nancy Mehl | Read by Traci Odom

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Traci Odom's narration style is one of high-quality invisibility. Her performance is nicely paced, steady, and varied enough to let the listener know when different characters are speaking--but unobtrusive at the same time. Her technique is sort of like air--a crucial thing, but not something a person generally thinks about. In this story, FBI profiler Kaely Quinn heads home to... Read More

THE FRIEND

THE FRIEND Klara Walldeen, Book 3

by Joakim Zander | Read by Hillary Huber, Josh Bloomberg

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this chilling audiobook, one man's choices during a clandestine affair lead to danger for those trying to help him. Narrator Josh Bloomberg voices Jacob Seger, a fledgling Swedish diplomat assigned to war-torn Beirut. The tentative Jacob quickly finds himself in over his head in his relationship with the exotic Yassim, whom Jacob falls for despite her mysterious... Read More

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE

THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE Millennium Series, Book 6

by David Lagercrantz | Read by Simon Vance

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance delivers the sixth Lisbeth Salander story, which began with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Salander has disappeared, leaving journalist Mikael Blomkvist to track her down. He desperately needs her help with another far-reaching conspiracy. Vance's stellar narration imbues the story with an engaging cadence and precise vocal inflection. A staggering number... Read More

A GOLDEN GRAVE

A GOLDEN GRAVE Rose Gallagher, Book 2

by Erin Lindsey | Read by Barrie Kreinik

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The year is 1886, and narrator Barrie Kreinik breathes life into the Gilded Age in Manhattan. Agents Rose Gallagher and Thomas Wiltshire of the Pinkerton Special Branch, dedicated to investigations related to the paranormal, get a new case that involves finding a man who plans to use his supernatural powers to assassinate 28-year-old mayoral candidate Theodore Roosevelt.... Read More

GONE TOO LONG

GONE TOO LONG

by Lori Roy | Read by Catherine Taber, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Chris Gebauer

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Part history lesson and part twisted family drama, this audiobook gets in your head and remains there. Narrating from three perspectives spanning three time periods, narrators Catherine Taber, Dorothy Blue, and Chris Gebauer introduce Imogene, Beth, and Tilly. Young Beth witnesses a shocking crime and then is abducted. Imogene, daughter of a KKK leader, has tried her whole life... Read More

HEART OF BARKNESS

HEART OF BARKNESS Chet and Bernie Mysteries, Book 9

by Spencer Quinn | Read by Jim Frangione

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jim Frangione reprises the voice of the Chet, canine sidekick at the Little Detective Agency, in the newest Chet and Bernie whodunit. Frangione's narration is energetic and straightforward, plausibly recounting events from the dog's point of view without excessive cuteness. Bernie is convinced that Lotty Pilgrim, a washed-up country singer, did not wield the knife that... Read More

HEAVEN, MY HOME

HEAVEN, MY HOME Highway 59, Book 2

by Attica Locke | Read by JD Jackson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

JD Jackson needs the range of a grand piano to do justice to Attica Locke's East Texas, and his skills and appealing baritone have it covered. Locke's protagonist, Darren Matthews, is an African-American Texas Ranger with a rocky marriage, a drinking problem, and a penchant for doing bad things for good reasons. In his morally messy world, 9-year-old Levi King has disappeared... Read More

HERE TO STAY

HERE TO STAY

by Mark Edwards | Read by James Langton

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners unfamiliar with Mark Edwards's previous titles will have no reason to suspect Elliot's good fortune when a bee sting and Gemma's fast action with an EpiPen turn into a whirlwind romance and marriage. However, when her parents, James and Lizzie Robinson, and sister arrive for an extended visit, listeners soon learn that narrator James Langton has the opportunity to... Read More

THE HOUSE ON TURNER LANE

THE HOUSE ON TURNER LANE

by James R. Nelson | Read by Jack de Golia

James Nelson | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Jack de Golia creates a delicious atmosphere of dread in this audiobook. The story begins when Olivia Thompson reluctantly leaves her sick mother to go hiking with her boyfriend. They end up in a small Michigan town filled with colorful townsfolk and a creepy hotel with oddball proprietors. Listeners will appreciate the vivid descriptions of the landscape and feel a... Read More

INSPECTION

INSPECTION

by Josh Malerman | Read by Michael Crouch, Brittany Pressley

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Malerman's dystopian fairy tale will not disappoint those who loved his earlier work, BIRD BOX. The two protagonists, J and K, are voiced expertly by Michael Crouch and Brittany Pressley. J is one of the adolescent Alphabet Boys, boys brought up together without knowledge of the opposite sex; K is a Letter Girl and is equally ignorant of males. Crouch's cadence perfectly... Read More

THE KILLER IN THE CHOIR

THE KILLER IN THE CHOIR Fethering Village Mysteries, Book 19

by Simon Brett | Read by Simon Brett

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simon Brett narrates his own audiobook, a mystery full of family drama and old grudges. At the funeral of her father, Alice Mallett accuses her stepmother, Heather, of having murdered him. Despite having been so accused, Heather immediately throws herself into planning the ideal wedding for Alice. Wondering why Heather would want to help a woman who maligned her publicly,... Read More

KILLING WITH CONFETTI

KILLING WITH CONFETTI Peter Diamond, Book 18

by Peter Lovesey | Read by Simon Prebble

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Author Peter Lovesey is the quintessential master of the English detective story, and narrator Simon Prebble is the epitome of a great English storytelling voice. He portrays Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, the protagonist of 17 earlier adventures in this series, as warm, intuitive, analytical, and occasionally cantankerous. There is a trace of gruffness in Prebble's... Read More

LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH FBI Thriller, Book 23

by Catherine Coulter | Read by Tim Campbell, Saskia Maarleveld

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The narration team of Tim Campbell and Saskia Maarleveld draws listeners into this mystery with voices that shape the characters in two related storylines. Agent Sherlock has an accident that gives her amnesia. Meanwhile, a colleague who has psychic abilities is on the trail of a suspected kidnapper in a nearby small town. As Sherlock helps the agent close in on the kidnapper... Read More

LADY IN THE LAKE

LADY IN THE LAKE

by Laura Lippman | Read by Susan Bennett

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners will be blown away by narrator Susan Bennett as they are transported to 1960s Baltimore in this fresh mystery. Bennett expertly transitions between Madeline Schwartz, Cleo Sherwood, and a wide range of supporting characters. Maddie, a pampered former housewife, has left her husband to chase a life of meaning. She's working as a reporter when the body of Cleo, a young... Read More

LAND OF WOLVES

LAND OF WOLVES Walt Longmire, Book 15

by Craig Johnson | Read by George Guidall

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

George Guidall's semi-rough, laid-back voice is a great fit for Walt Longmire, the tough, honest, sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. There is humor tucked in the corners of Guidall's voice, as there is in Longmire's recounting of his adventures, even when the situations he faces are extremely dangerous. In this story, a wolf may be guilty of killing sheep, and a dead Chilean... Read More

THE LAST ACT

THE LAST ACT The Last Act, Book 1

by Brad Parks | Read by Graham Halstead

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Graham Halstead is totally in his element portraying down-on-his-luck actor Tommy Jump, who is hired by the FBI to go undercover in a federal prison and get the goods on a banker who is serving time for money laundering for a drug cartel. Halstead presents the story conversationally, which is just the light touch the audiobook calls for. He is eminently likable as... Read More

THE LAST GOOD GUY

THE LAST GOOD GUY Roland Ford, Book 3

by T. Jefferson Parker | Read by Will Damron

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Will Damron returns to narrate the third book in the P.I. Roland Ford series. Damron's smooth, well-paced voice is a great match for the "last good guy," a thoughtful, justice-seeking investigator. Listeners new to the series will be able to pick up on the backstories and get right into the plot, which begins in typical noir fashion with a beautiful young woman walking... Read More

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST

by Megan Miranda | Read by Rebekkah Ross

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Rebekkah Ross does a solid job narrating this mystery featuring an apparent suicide, a skeptical friend, and a group of 20-somethings who summer in Littleport, Maine. Reformed local bad girl Avery Greer suspects that her best friend's death was not a suicide at all and begins her own private investigation. Her wealthy summer peers respond with frustration and cruelty, which... Read More

THE LAST WIDOW

THE LAST WIDOW

Earphones Award Winner

by Karin Slaughter | Read by Kathleen Early

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kathleen Early returns to bring listeners another addition to Karin Slaughter's series featuring Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent Will Trent and his colleague and lover, Dr. Sara Linton. The story kicks off with the abduction of an infectious disease specialist from the CDC; then Sara is kidnapped by a group of domestic terrorists. Slaughter takes an innovative... Read More

LAYOVER

LAYOVER

by David Bell | Read by Robbie Daymond

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Robbie Daymond is well matched to 20-something Joshua Fields, who meets and shares a drink and a brief, passionate kiss with the beautiful, enigmatic Morgan on a layover in Atlanta. After they part, Joshua abandons what he feels is his vacuous life to pursue--or some might say stalk--Morgan. The listening experience becomes somewhat challenging when the point of view... Read More

LOCK EVERY DOOR

LOCK EVERY DOOR

by Riley Sager | Read by Dylan Moore

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Dylan Moore's emotional narration delivers taut Hitchcockian suspense. After losing her job, apartment, and unfaithful boyfriend all in one day, 20-something Jules finds a well-paid apartment-sitting position in the storied Bartholomew building in Manhattan. As the story slips between the present and scant days before, Moore expresses the raw exhaustion and horror of the... Read More

THE LONG CALL

THE LONG CALL The Two Rivers, Book 1

by Ann Cleeves | Read by Ben Aldridge

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Ben Aldridge gives listeners the perfect introduction to Matthew Venn, a cool-headed DI in picturesque North Devon whose calm life is about to be shattered. Aldridge narrates at an easy pace and provides a subtle regional accent as Venn investigates the murder of a man with an albatross tattooed around his neck. Aldridge's smoothly shifting accents and warm tone draw... Read More

THE MAN IN THE WHITE LINEN SUIT

THE MAN IN THE WHITE LINEN SUIT A Stewart Hoag Mystery

by David Handler | Read by Peter Berkrot

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Peter Berkrot narrates the latest addition to the Stewart Hoag series, capturing all its wit, wisecracks, and warmth. Hoagy, a celebrity ghostwriter, hasn't written anything in ages, but he may finally have a handle on his second novel. Sylvia James, a much-despised editorial executive, wants him to investigate a client's missing manuscript. The client is Sylvia's aging father,... Read More

THE MARYLEBONE DROP

THE MARYLEBONE DROP

Earphones Award Winner

by Mick Herron | Read by Gerard Doyle

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The brevity of this elegant audiobook belies the size of its pleasures. It simultaneously manages to deliver just what we loved about le Carré and company--an insider's view of characters and events from the secret world of The Service--while doing a deadpan takeoff on Cold War spy novels. Here some old-timers are doing what they always did, but in a world that has moved on.... Read More

MELTWATER

MELTWATER Magnus Iceland, Book 3

by Michael Ridpath | Read by Seán Barrett

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Sean Barrett's cool narration is ideal for Ridpath's chilling addition to his Magnus Iceland Mystery series. This time, along with the usual political cover-ups and intrigues he must deal with, Magnus is called in to investigate the murder of a member of Freeflow, an organization similiar to WikiLeaks. The group received a video ostensibly showing U.N. observers being massacred... Read More

MURDER IN THE CITY OF LIBERTY

MURDER IN THE CITY OF LIBERTY Van Buren and DeLuca, Book 2

by Rachel McMillan | Read by Simona Chitescu-Welk

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Simona Chitescu-Welk narrates the second installment in a series set in the City of Liberty (Boston) in 1940. Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish DeLuca and Regina Van Buren to investigate hate crimes and the murder of his nephew. Chitescu-Welk reads in a bright, upbeat voice without a single regional accent. While the story is set in... Read More

THE MURDER LIST

THE MURDER LIST

by Hank Phillippi Ryan | Read by Angela Dawe

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This courtroom drama and murder mystery will delight listeners who enjoy a well-constructed story presented by a skilled narrator. The story involves a vicious competition between an ambitious prosecutor and a defense attorney who is determined to win every trial. Narrator Angela Dawe gives Martha, the prosecutor, a distinctive raw, scratchy voice that communicates power and... Read More

A MURDEROUS MALADY

A MURDEROUS MALADY Florence Nightingale, Book 2

by Christine Trent | Read by Lucy Rayner

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Lucy Rayner takes listeners on a thrilling journey, following the footsteps of Florence Nightingale as she learns to run a hospital just before her work in Crimea. In this meticulously researched mystery, the historical details of which are explained in the afterword, listeners feel that they are part of the story as Florence seeks to find the cause of one of the worst... Read More

NEVER HAVE I EVER

NEVER HAVE I EVER

by Joshilyn Jackson | Read by Joshilyn Jackson

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In a contemporary thriller expertly narrated by the author, suburban mom Amy is in a battle to keep her deepest, darkest secret. When a newcomer to the neighborhood blackmails her about a tragedy she caused as a teenager, Amy will do anything to keep her secret from destroying the life she has built. Joshilyn Jackson's skills as an author are rivaled by her talents as a... Read More

THE NEW GIRL

THE NEW GIRL Gabriel Allon, Book 19

Earphones Award Winner

by Daniel Silva | Read by George Guidall

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator George Guidall brings back the many characters we have come to know and appreciate in Silva's Gabriel Allon series. Once again, Silva leverages current headlines to engage listeners, this time taking them into the intrigues of the House of Saud and the political ramifications of shifting alliances within it. Gabriel Allon, now having two years under his belt as... Read More

THE NIGHT WINDOW

THE NIGHT WINDOW Jane Hawk, Book 5

by Dean Koontz | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners join rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk as she fights to save her own life and that of her son as she battles to expose an organization plotting to use nanotechnology to enslave millions of people. Elisabeth Rodgers's narration is perfectly matched to this fast-paced thriller and its female protagonist. Rodgers gives a variety of accents to a wide cast of diverse characters,... Read More

NOBODY'S ANGEL

NOBODY'S ANGEL Hard Case Crime, Book 65

by Jack Clark | Read by Peter Lerman

Jack Clark Ink | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this haunting audiobook, a noir gem, narrator Peter Lerman's gruff voice brings cab driver Eddie Miles to life. Eddie is a man who has been beaten down and who accepts the dangers of his job in the declining city of Chicago. Then he is pulled into two serial crimes. First, he rescues a young, mutilated prostitute, who calls him her angel. Soon after, his best friend is... Read More

NOTHING ELSE REMAINS

NOTHING ELSE REMAINS Porter and Styles, Book 2

by Robert Scragg | Read by David Thorpe

ISIS Audio Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator David Thorpe expertly tackles this complex police procedural featuring London's Detective Inspector Jake Porter and Detective Sergeant Nick Styles. Max Brennan, who was finally going to meet his absent father, is devastated to be stood up and then shocked when his girlfriend goes missing. Thorpe realistically portrays Brennan's friendship with DI Porter. Listeners... Read More

OLD BONES

OLD BONES

by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child | Read by Cynthia Farrell

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook launches a new series from the Preston-Child writing team but is a challenging listen. The opening chapters are disjointed, and the narration often lacks variation. Narrator Cynthia Farrell paces the story well but struggles with voicing the characters and injecting enough distinction in conversations. The premise is promising. Archaeologist Nora Kelly is... Read More

ONE GOOD DEED

ONE GOOD DEED

by David Baldacci | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

In this post-WWII crime noir, a stand-alone, narrator Edoardo Ballerini takes us into the life of recently released ex-convict Aloysius Archer. Listeners will find Archer, as performed by Ballerini, an appealing character. Archer moves to a fictional city in the Midwest, where he encounters, not just one, but two femme fatales, and a host of other good and bad folks. Ballerini... Read More

OUTFOX

OUTFOX

by Sandra Brown | Read by Victor Slezak

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Victor Slezak maneuvers listeners through the cat-and-mouse game being played by FBI agent Drex Easton and the serial killer who murdered his mother. When Drex was a child, his mother went missing without a trace. Now an adult, he's devoted all of his resources to finding her killer and finally catching him when the rest of the Bureau can't. Easton's surprising romance... Read More

PAPER SON

PAPER SON Lydia Chin/Bill Smith, Book 12

Earphones Award Winner

by S.J. Rozan | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller masterfully voices New York Chinese and Mississippi Delta Chinese, as well as Southern black and Caucasian characters, in this long-awaited addition to the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series. At her mother's insistence, P.I. Chin and her partner travel to the Mississippi Delta to establish the innocence of a cousin who is accused of having murdered his... Read More

THE PAWFUL TRUTH

THE PAWFUL TRUTH Cat in the Stacks, Book 11

by Miranda James | Read by Erin Bennett

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Erin Bennett energetically depicts Athena, Mississippi, a small town filled with endearing and eccentric residents, including librarian Charlie Harris. It's also a place with murders aplenty. Harris decides to indulge his interest in medieval history by auditing a class taught by the charismatic and handsome Carey Warriner. While at school, Harris overhears a heated... Read More

THE PEARL DAGGER

THE PEARL DAGGER An Art Deco Mystery, Book 3

by L.A. Chandlar | Read by Emma Lysy

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listening to this audiobook takes one back to New York City's privileged social scene of the 1930s, a world of parties, dance clubs, politics, and, of course, crime. This crime novel is the third in the Art Deco mysteries, featuring crime fighter Lane Sanders, who is also an aide to Governor Fiorello La Guardia. Narrator Emma Lysy radiates energy and enthusiasm as she presents... Read More

THE PERFECT WIFE

THE PERFECT WIFE

by JP Delaney | Read by Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, Euan Morton, JP Delaney [Note]

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Saskia Maarleveld, Graham Halstead, and Euan Morton narrate this domestic thriller featuring Tim, a robotics specialist who builds a perfect replica of his perfect wife, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances five years earlier. Maarleveld performs the majority of the audiobook, taking on the parts told from Abbie's perspective, clearly signaling the empathetic,... Read More

A PLAIN VANILLA MURDER

A PLAIN VANILLA MURDER China Bayles, Book 27

by Susan Wittig Albert | Read by Julia Gibson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Julia Gibson introduces listeners to the sordid world of orchid laundering in this mystery involving the murder of a professor who specializes in the vanilla orchid. As police chief Sheila Dawson investigates the crime, listeners learn much about the growing, processing, and use of vanilla, mostly through the eyes of China Bayles, a former criminal lawyer and now the... Read More

THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER

THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER

Earphones Award Winner

by T.J. Martinson | Read by L.J. Ganser

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Tension and suspense are maintained on high with L.J. Ganser's narration of this Chicago mystery, the author's debut. Hostages have been taken to try to force the police to come clean about the death of the Kingfisher, a superhero or vigilante, depending on your point of view, 30 years after the police claim he was murdered. From the start, Ganser sets a strong pace in a style... Read More

THE REUNION

THE REUNION

by Guillaume Musso | Read by Samuel West, Cassie Layton, Clare Wille, David Rintoul

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Samuel West's cultured British voice is tinged with nostalgic angst in his portrayal of Thomas in this translated French thriller. Thomas's twenty-five-year reunion brings him to the Côte d'Azur for a chance to see friends and check on the skeleton in his closet, which is related to the disappearance of his unrequited teen love, Vinca, during his last year of school.... Read More

THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN

THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN

by Allison Montclair | Read by Sarah Nichols

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Sarah Nichols immerses listeners in London in the year 1946, a post-WWII world of rationing that creates daily challenges faced by both ex-soldiers and civilians. Gwen Bainbridge and Iris Sparks are the owners of The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. When they learn that one of their clients, Dickie Trower, has been arrested for murdering the woman they matched him with,... Read More

THE SCENT OF MURDER

THE SCENT OF MURDER

by Kylie Logan | Read by Emily Pike Stewart

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

When one of Jazz Ramsey's cadaver dogs finds the body of a young woman in a Cleveland condo development, investigators must find out who killed the victim and why. Narrator Emily Pike Stewart handles the variety of voices, relying on a range of tones for male and female characters who include suspects, Jazz's brothers, unsavory business types, and the victim's parents.... Read More

THE SECRETS WE KEPT

THE SECRETS WE KEPT

Earphones Award Winner

by Lara Prescott | Read by Cynthia Farrell, Mozhan Marno, Carlotta Brentan, Saskia Maarleveld, Jonathan Davis, David Pittu, James Fouhey

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This ensemble performance of Laura Prescott's novel, told from multiple points of view, reimagines from a female perspective one of the great Cold War coups--the smuggling into the West and publication in 1958 of Boris Pasternak's DR. ZHIVAGO. In Washington, the narrators include "The Typists" at CIA headquarters, a young Russian-speaking agent, and a glamorous senior agent... Read More

SHAMED

SHAMED Kate Burkholder, Book 11

by Linda Castillo | Read by Kathleen McInerney

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kathleen McInerney's narration takes listeners into the simple and plain world of the Amish. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is in a race against time to find an abducted child and stop a series of brutal murders within the community. As a former community member, Kate has knowledge and experience that helps her untangle the events that have led to the murders, which are... Read More

A SHAMEFUL MURDER

A SHAMEFUL MURDER Reverend Mother Mystery Series, Book 1

by Cora Harrison | Read by Rosalyn Landor

Alison Larkin Presents | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Rosalyn Landor's warm and stately voice is colored with a lilting Irish accent for this first of the Reverend Mother mysteries, a new series by Cora Harrison, author of the popular Burren and Gaslight historical mysteries. Set in 1923 in Cork, Ireland, in the midst of the Civil War, the story begins on a chilly morning when Reverend Mother Aquinas discovers the body of... Read More

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT

by Tess Gerritsen | Read by Hillary Huber

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Ava Collette runs from a secret in her past to a Maine summer home, where she discovers her new town is not as idyllic as it seems. Hillary Huber does a fine job with the narration, changing the pacing of voices to create the characters around Ava. Huber doesn't camp up a New England accent, which would have been so tempting and easy. Instead she offers subtle touches for the... Read More

SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE

SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE

by A.M. Stuart | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Upon the deaths of her husband and son in 1910, Harriet Gordon moves to Singapore from India in this eventful audiobook. When she shows up for the second day of her job as a typist, she finds Sir Oswald Newbold, her client, brutally murdered and his house ransacked. The crime introduces Harriet to the intriguing Inspector Curran and plunges her into its investigation. Narrator... Read More

SOHO ANGEL

SOHO ANGEL The Soho, Book 3

by Greg Keen | Read by Simon Vance

Brilliance Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Simon Vance creates diverse characters who range from the toughest of London's underworld to a grieving mother. P.I. Kenny Gabriel stalks the seedy side of London as he investigates the disappearance of a rock star and his girlfriend 20 years earlier. Vance's portrayals of both male and female characters are strong, and his pacing helps build the tension as the plot... Read More

A STRANGER ON THE BEACH

A STRANGER ON THE BEACH

by Michele Campbell | Read by January LaVoy

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook, artfully narrated by January LaVoy, purports to tell the story of Caroline Stark and her torrid affair with young Aiden, a bartender at a restaurant near her weekend house in the Hamptons. As her husband appears to be having his own affair, her impulsive desire seems understandable. But who's betraying whom, and to what end? Though the listener is privy to both... Read More

THE SUMMER OF ELLEN

THE SUMMER OF ELLEN

by Agnete Friis | Read by Victor Bevine

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Unless you're a Danish speaker, you will appreciate this powerful novel more if you listen to the audiobook. Narrator Victor Bevine offers an atmospheric mystery while displaying an impressive facility with Danish place and character names. Jacob, wallowing in self-pity and alcohol after his divorce, is called by his 90-year-old great-uncles to come to their rural farm. When he... Read More

THIS MORTAL BOY

THIS MORTAL BOY

by Fiona Kidman | Read by Simon London

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

With a New Zealand accent, impeccable pacing, and distinctive characterizations, narrator Simon London evokes New Zealand in the 1950s. This was a time when the Irish were regarded suspiciously, the death penalty as a deterrent was hotly debated, and a government report alleging wild teenage behavior ignited a moral panic. Fiona Kidman reimagines the story of Albert Black, an... Read More

THIS SIDE OF NIGHT

THIS SIDE OF NIGHT

by J. Todd Scott | Read by T. Ryder Smith

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook dramatizes the power of Mexican drug cartels. The author's background as a DEA agent is obvious in the novel, which also benefits from the direct and well-paced delivery of narrator T. Ryder Smith. The story focuses on a brutal assault on two busloads of young teachers who are training to work in remote areas of Mexico, but the motive for the attack is unclear.... Read More

THOSE PEOPLE

THOSE PEOPLE

by Louise Candlish | Read by Katharine Lee McEwan, Jonathan Cowley, Jayne Entwistle, Andrew Fallaize, Paul Fox, Billie JD Porter, Moira Quirk

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Katharine McEwan delivers the main narrative of this mystery, which explores the sometimes incendiary dynamics of community relations. Police interview tapes, performed by various narrators, provide insight into the personalities of a group of neighbors who are suspected of committing serious crimes in their formerly idyllic community. As the novel's title suggests--and as they... Read More

TIGHTROPE

TIGHTROPE Burning Cove, Book 3

by Amanda Quick | Read by Nina Alvamar

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

This audiobook features a 1930s setting. Listeners immediately feel the tension as a crazed murderer chases trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn, forcing her to climb to her near death. After escaping, Amalie ends up in the small town of Burning Cove, where she owns a bed-and-breakfast with her aunt. Narrator Nina Alvamar gives Amalie a steely voice that reflects her determination to... Read More

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIE

by Sara Lövestam | Read by Neil Shah, Laura Jennings

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrators Neil Shah and Laura Jennings deliver the story of an unusual private investigator, a young Iranian refugee who is living illegally in Stockholm. Kouplan is hired by Pernilla to find her 6-year-old daughter, who was kidnapped while they were walking in the rain on a crowded street. Pernilla and Kouplan, both living secret lives, help each other. Shah portrays Kouplan... Read More

THE TURN OF THE KEY

THE TURN OF THE KEY

Earphones Award Winner

by Ruth Ware | Read by Imogen Church

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Imogen Church narrates Ruth Ware’s unsettling update of Henry James’s TURN OF THE SCREW. Nanny Rowan Caine arrives for her first day at what seems like a dream job to find that things are not as perfect as they first seemed. The house’s “smart” system malfunctions in the middle of the night, and the children hate her for no apparent reason. Church ably handles the children’s... Read More

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SKY

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SKY

by Anna Romer | Read by Eloise Oxer

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Eloise Oxer provides an exceptional narration of this mystery. Trauma has long-lasting effects, including flashbacks, physical symptoms, and nightmares. In this tragic story of kidnapping and murder, Australian author Anna Romer chillingly examines the effect of those events over time. Twenty years ago, 12-year old Abby was kidnapped but managed to escape. Three other girls... Read More

THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE

by Felicity McLean | Read by Cat Gould

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The unsolved disappearance of three girls from their small town in Australia is recounted by 11-year-old Tikka Malloy, portrayed by Cat Gould. In a time shift, the adult Tikka remains haunted by guilt, as she and her older sister knew the girls were planning to run away yet never told anyone. Gould's native Australian accent lends a useful authenticity to the narrative, but the... Read More

VENDETTA IN DEATH

VENDETTA IN DEATH In Death, Book 49

by J.D. Robb | Read by Susan Ericksen

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrating the 49th book in this series, Susan Ericksen is abundantly familiar with its heroine and wide cast of characters. In the mid-21st century, a self-proclaimed Lady Justice seeks to right wrongs committed against women by murdering the perpetrators in the most brutal ways. Lieutenant Eve Dallas from the New York Police and Security Department (NYPSD) must discover who is... Read More

THE WALKER ON THE CAPE

THE WALKER ON THE CAPE Sgt. Windflower, Book 1

by Mike Martin | Read by Francis G. Kearney

Mike Martin | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

The first in a series of mysteries is narrated by Francis G. Kearney, with believable Canadian intonations. Sergeant Winston Windflower is a full-blooded Cree transplant who has taken a post in the small fishing town of Grand Bank. When a widower's body is discovered, Windflower learns there is much more to the investigation than initially meets the eye. Along with portraying a... Read More

WE WERE KILLERS ONCE

WE WERE KILLERS ONCE Brigid Quinn, Book 4

by Becky Masterman | Read by Kate Harper

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Kate Harper is the new voice of the Brigid Quinn mysteries. In this thriller, which can be listened to as a stand-alone, two storylines converge. The first involves the relationship between ex-FBI agent Brigid and her husband, a professor, and the second follows a drug dealer just released from prison. This is no ordinary ex-con, however; when Jerry was a teen, he... Read More

WHAT ROSE FORGOT

WHAT ROSE FORGOT

by Nevada Barr | Read by Kate Burton

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Fans of Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series will find this stand-alone audiobook a totally different listening experience. Narrator Kate Burton portrays Rose, a woman in her 60s who has escaped an institution's Memory Unit. Rose is convinced that she has been falsely committed for dementia. Burton dramatically portrays Rose's metamorphosis as the drugs that have fogged her brain... Read More

WHISKERS IN THE DARK

WHISKERS IN THE DARK Mrs. Murphy, Book 28

by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown | Read by Kate Forbes

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Kate Forbes narrates an audio mystery that alternates between 2018 and 1787. In the midst of hunting trials held by the Hounds for Heroes charity for wounded veterans, a former Foreign Service officer gets his throat slit. Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen investigates this death while also looking into the discovery of a murdered African-American woman wearing a necklace worth... Read More

THE WHISPER MAN

THE WHISPER MAN

by Alex North | Read by Christopher Eccleston

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Listeners looking for creepy will find it in full force in Alex North's dark thriller, narrated by British actor Christopher Eccleston. The "whisper man" was the moniker given to Frank Carter, a serial murderer who sought vulnerable boys and whispered to them outside their windows at night. Although Carter was captured and incarcerated years ago, similar crimes are once again... Read More

THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES

THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES

by Ruth Hogan | Read by Elaine Claxton

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Mystery & Suspense

Elaine Claxton narrates the hopeful story of Masha, a grieving mother starting to learn to live again with the help of some strange and wonderful people in her life. After losing her son 12 earlier, Masha spends her time at the local pool, practicing drowning and reading the history of mourning so that someday she can lead tours in a local cemetery. It will take a strange opera... Read More

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