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July Mystery Releases

Hello mystery fans! I have a roundup of July’s releases for you, which isn’t a huge list but still a mighty one. And it was not intentional, but there is definitely a theme of revenge running through many of these. Mmmm, revenge.

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The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams

Bienvenidos a Miami where one young woman finally learns the identity of the woman who ruined her life years before and sets out to destroy her and her perfect socialite world.

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Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Revenge, regret, and the dismantling of the hate we’re taught in a page-turning thriller reminiscent of the ’90s buddy action films where two opposites get paired together on a mission.

(TW child abuse/ racism, homophobia, transphobia, dead naming/ alcoholism/ ableism)

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A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones

If you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls and Stephanie Plum, this series is made for you! Start with A Bad Day For Sunshine (Review) if you don’t want the ending of the first book spoiled and want to be up to date with all the personal background info.

(TW mentions flasher/ mentions past child suicidal thought, detail/ backstory involves teen abduction and assumption of rape with no details)

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Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

I’ve been a fan of Miranda since I read her twisty mostly told backwards mystery All The Missing Girls and she always delivers for me with an entertaining mystery. This time around it’s a neighborhood where one member sent to prison is back and all the drama and secrets–and murder–are gonna come out.

(TW rumors of a statutory guy, not graphic)

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For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

If you’re a fan of revenge (so much revenge!), want something that unfolds a little differently, and like dark humor ,do not miss this page-turner! (Review)

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Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

The absolute very last bit of this book is my favorite–don’t worry, I won’t spoil it, I just love that level of “gonna get ya”! Anyhoo, if you are in the mood for a great murder mystery where you will spend the ENTIRE book accusing EVERY single person of being the murderer, plop yourself in your favorite place and enjoy!

(TW emotional abuse/ past child and domestic abuse, not graphic/ past suicide, detail)

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People Like Them by Samira Sedira, Lara Vergnaud (Translation)

Here’s a French novel partly based on a 2003 murder in the Alps region. You have a small French village and two different families that see tensions boil over when financial troubles arise…

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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb

For true crime and history readers, here’s the case of a doctor who poisoned people and his 1892 murder trial that also looks at the Victorian society.


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Heists Are So Much Fun To Read About!

Hello mystery fans! I’ve got excellent podcasts, roundups, news, adaptations, something to watch, and a few ebook deals for you.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

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Kim and Alice chat about why heists are so much fun to read about in the latest For Real!

Does Solving the Mystery Make a Difference?

Liberty and Tirzah chat new releases including For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing on the latest All The Books!

Your Guide To Techno Thriller Books

9 Gripping New Summer Thrillers to Add to Your Beach Bag

Check out Jimmy Fallon’s 2021 Summer Reads finalists and the book that got selected.

The Korean Literary Crime Wave: Jeong You-jeong’s The Good Son and Kim Un-su’s The Plotters

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David Heska Wanbli Weiden tweeted that his novel Winter Counts has been optioned for adaptation!

Our 5 Favorite Mystery Box Game Subscriptions

Fans of Sherlock Holmes: 15 Recommendations For Detective Book Lovers

‘One of Us Is Lying’ Teaser Trailer Released by Peacock

Death in Paradise – Danny John-Jules returning for Xmas special

Alma Katsu and Owen Matthews on Ideal Spies, Historical Fiction, and the Russia-West Divide

Megan Abbott’s virtual book tour for The Turnout has her chatting with other great authors!

Charlize Theron & the Muschietti’s developing The Final Girl HBO Max series

Read-Alikes for ‘The Cellist’ by Daniel Silva | LibraryReads

Watch Now

The Mysterious Benedict Society streaming on Disney Plus: Based on the same titled series by Trenton Lee Stewart, here’s a fun adventure show for the whole family. There are clues for kids to figure out along with the orphaned kids recruited to a boarding school because of course the world needs saving. Five episodes have already dropped in case you’re a marathoner.

Kindle Deals

The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles #3) by Tess Gerritsen

If you’re looking for backlist series you may have never gotten around to here’s a great time to start for $2.99!

The Looking Glass War (George Smiley #4) by John le Carré

Another backlist series you may have had on your TBR list that you can now jump in for $2.99!

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

If you’re looking for a sci-fi novel set in our world, just with some time travel, with a locked-room murder mystery here’s one for $1.99! (Review)


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Dark Academia

Hi mystery fans! I have two great mystery/thrillers mostly set in academic campuses. One YA and one adult, both perfect summer reads if you’re looking to get sucked into a book.

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

This is not a fantasy! No shade to the fantasy genre, which I love, but I think many readers assumed because of the cover that this was a fantasy novel and it is not. It is squarely a crime, mystery, thriller. I generally avoid comps for many reasons but this one seems to really fit nicely: Gossip Girl, with a dash of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and a dose of Get Out.

Chiamaka and Devon don’t have much in common, but they both attend Niveus Private Academy. Chiamaka is ultra wealthy and a queen bee and Devon is neither. Chiamaka is in love with her best friend, who is down for hookups, but she’s hoping for more soon. Devon is in a secret relationship and still not ready to tell his mom he’s gay, and struggling to watch how hard she works to try and provide for them.

What they do suddenly have in common is that a person referring to themselves as Aces has decided to mess with both of them by slowly texting out private things about each of them to the whole school. Who is behind this? And what could Chiamaka and Devon have ever done to suddenly be targeted?…

This is told in alternating POV between Chiamaka and Devon, taking you both into their different experiences in school and their private lives, and the audiobook has dual narrators (Jeanette Illidge, Tapiwa Mugweni) which paired really nicely. If you want a bit of fun drama with some very real social commentary, pick this one up. I will absolutely pick up Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s next book no questions asked.

(TW homophobia, hate crime/ gaslighting/ alludes to date rape/ mentions past suicide attempt, brief detail)

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

The genius of this book for me was in its delivery. Basically, the way it unfolds. Most thrillers or crime books wait for a moment to throw a twist at you that’s meant to either shock or feel out of left field. This is twisty but in a totally different way.

Imagine sitting in front of a long stage and only the center is lit as actors perform their story. Then as they come to the end of their performance, another part of the stage is lit and suddenly you see a much larger picture of this story. That’s the brilliance of what reading this was like. Plus, revenge!

Because I’m a big fan of the feeling of a fun surprise that this genre can deliver, I’m going to be light on the actual plot points beside how it starts: Teddy Crutcher teaches English Lit at Belmont Academy. He’s finally reached his goal of being awarded Teacher of the Year but it’s just not enough for him. You see, Teddy is the kind of person who thinks he always knows better and no one else is ever behaving the way he would approve. And so between secret wars with teachers, students, and parents, he finds ways to “correct” their behavior or just punish them. But a body at the school throws a wrench in his plans…

It’s twisty and sharp with a dark thread of humor packaged in a way that feels fresh. Absolutely one of my favorite reads this year, and I love that Downing’s three books have all felt written by her while also all being completely different. Count me as a fan always awaiting her next release.

(TW past suicide mentioned, brief detail/ diet culture)

From Book Riot’s Crime Vault

10 Funny Mystery Authors Like Janet Evanovich


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Paula Hawkins’ New Audiobook Narrated By GONE GIRL Star

Hello mystery fans! Time to catch up on mystery news, roundups, and get some great ebook deals!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Looking Sharp: Announcing the 2021 CWA Dagger Award Winners

Liberty and Vanessa discuss new releases including The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix and The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb on the latest All The Books!

Book Riot’s Best Books Of 2021 So Far (Of course there’s a mystery/thriller section.)

Well played, publishing: Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike is narrating Paula Hawkins’ new audiobook — here’s a first listen.

Capturing the Thrills of Thrillerfest

Meet the Authors of Summer’s Biggest Mysteries

Obamas Readying Film and TV Event ‘Blackout’ for Netflix (Tiffany D. Jackson is attached as a writer!)

Why Dolores Hitchens’ Less-Than-Glamorous Detective Is the Quiet Hero We Need

Aussie thriller The Dry proves that you don’t need 10 episodes to tell a good small-town mystery

With the Borden Murder House in New Hands, Will Real History Get the Hatchet?

‘Get Out’ Meets Deadly Prep School Ghost in This Debut YA Thriller

The Best Thrillers on Netflix Right Now

Giveaway: Win a Kindle Paperwhite! – July 2021

Kindle Deals

TWs can be found in review links.

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The Black Jersey by Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Achy Obejas (Translation)

Agatha Christie meets a Tour de France memoir in this interesting novel you can snag for $4.99! (Review)

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Grave robbing! Suspicious deaths! And an author with a great backlist to read! Pick this one up for $1.99. (Review)

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Flowers Over the Inferno (A Teresa Battaglia Novel Book 1) by Ilaria Tuti, Ekin Oklap (Translation)

Want to start a great Italian police procedural trilogy with a lead in her sixties hiding early signs of dementia? You can for $2.99! (Review)


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Best Of 2021 So Far Awards!

Hello mystery fans! We’ve passed the halfway mark of 2021 and I decided to take a look at the books that published January through June of this year– plus backlist books I read during those months–to highlight some favorites. And by favorites I mean if I was handing out awards—someone should really give me this power—these are the awards I would give. This list will be standalone books, or the first in a series that just started, but don’t worry: a list of ongoing series that are my favorites will be forthcoming. I’m also thinking of doing a nonfiction list of the year which explains the almost all fiction here. But for now, here’s to finding your next favorite read!

I Should Have Read This Sooner, It’s Fantastic Award

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K. Barnett

I recently reviewed this true crime memoir, beautifully written with a constant spirit of hope, action, and determination. Brittany K. Barnett shares her experience growing up with a loving family, her first career, and her decision to go to law school. After discovering cases of people imprisoned for lengths of time that were grossly disproportionate to the crimes, Barnett took many of those cases on and examined the laws and systemic flaws that emerged from the war on drugs. This also gets my Must Read Now Award. (Review)

Page-Turner Award

I’ve got two in this category for books that I inhaled–staying up past my bedtime reading–because I was completely absorbed. Coincidentally they both also have fictional serial killers. And if you’re a fan of true crime podcasts in your books the second will deliver that.

The first is None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney (Review); the second is Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke (Review).

If I Was Running Reese’s Book Club I would Have Picked It Too Award

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The voice of this book is fantastic and while I am always here for unlikeable women characters, I also love a character that is a beautiful human who I’m fiercely rooting for. Daunis Fontaine is absolutely the latter. (Review)

Mysteries Based On Classics Award

There were three books this year that were based on classics, all in different subgenres, and widely different from each other that fans of the original source will especially love but remain great reads for anyone.

If you’re a fan of revenge, dark tales, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, you’re going to want to read The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis. (Review)

For Pride and Prejudice fans (I am not particularly a fan of the original source and yet loved this), enjoy Lizzie and Darcy solving a crime and delightfully bickering in this historical mystery series starter which I need the sequel to STAT: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. (Review)

If a remote mystery with some Sherlock love, is what you’re always after with your mystery readings, this Japanese ode to Agatha Christie is for you: The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji, Ho-Ling Wong (Translator). (Review)

Fun, Murder, More Fun Award

If you’re a fan of ridiculous entertainment while crimes are committed I have two great voices that will have you laughing out loud.

Wrap a crime novel around a rom-com and sprinkle in Weekend At Bernies and you have this comedy of errors novel about an accidental/self-defense murder and a wedding planner family trying to hide the body at a lavish wedding: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto. This better be a movie or series! (Review)

For fans of Stephanie Plum-type funny inner monologue, I present you hotmess Finlay Donovan, who accidentally takes on a murder for hire when a coffee house patron mistakes her book proposal to her agent as a real life tale. All this in Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano. (Review)

The Character I Love To Pieces Award

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

I loved Ophelia (Ophie) Harrison so much that I still find myself many months later thinking about her. She’s smart and thoughtful and can see ghosts, no biggie. Although biggie being that she does not understand how to navigate not only the difficult situations she’s in, but also how to help a ghost figure out how, why, and by who she was murdered. Your next favorite child character may also be Ophie, so go pick up this book! It’s a fantastic standalone but if Ireland ever wanted to turn this into a series, she could have all my money. (Review)

Most Anticipated That Totally Delivered Award

I have two books that I was seriously gimme-gimme-hands over and sometimes being that excited about something starts you from a place that nothing can really live up to. This was not the case with these two books. They’re so good, I wish I could experience reading them for the first time again: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (Review) and The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson. I know I said no ongoing series, but this book starts after the trilogy and it is written as a standalone so I’m allowing it. (Review)

Great Book And Audiobook Narration Award

When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris

This is a great coming-of-age meets missing person mystery that did not get the attention it deserved–put this on your TBR immediately–and the audiobook has an excellent narrator. That’s a lot of wins for a book! (Review)


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DEFENDING JACOB Is First Apple TV+ Show To Get A DVD And Blu Ray Release

Hi mystery fans! It’s been a strangely quiet week again in the world of entertainment news but I still found you great things to listen to, read, and watch. Plus, great ebook deals for different reading moods.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

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Tirzah recommends two great backlist summer thrillers on All The Backlist!

Katie and Nusrah talk about mysteries that work great on audio for Audiobook Appreciation Month on the latest Read or Dead.

4 Great Mystery and Thriller Books That Blend Genres

Humorous Murder Mysteries Like KNIVES OUT (More so than a direct comp for the film, this is a good list if you’re looking for great cozy mysteries full of humor and hijinks.)

Get a Look at the Comic Book World of Alex Segura’s Neo-Noir Secret Identity (Super excited for this one!)

Good news if you don’t have Apple TV+ and have been wanting to watch the adaptation of Defending Jacob, starring Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery: Defending Jacob is first Apple TV+ show to get a DVD and Blu Ray release. (Now do Home and Ted Lasso!)

Aya de Leon—author of A Spy in the Struggle—is interviewed by Robert Justice.

‘Bosch’ Author Michael Connelly Reveals the Book the Spin-off Is Based On

14 Works Of Literature That Authors Really Regretted Publishing (Poirot and Holmes made the list.)

Actor Allison Mack Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For NXIVM Case

Don Winslow has a book club and he has a video for his July picks.

Giveaway: Win a $250 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble! – July 2021

Watch Now (Almost)

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Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes on HBO and HBO Max premiering on July 12th: This six-part, half-hour docuseries expands on the true crime book (Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators) and the podcast (The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow) with never-before-seen footage. This is Ronan Farrow’s story about how when he started looking into Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior and spoke to women who’d been attacked, he didn’t get the support a journalist would normally. He instead was asked to stop working on the story. It shows how no one operates alone and how systems and our culture not only enable but protect this kind of behavior.

Kindle Deals

TWs can be found in review links.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

If you’re a fan of historical mysteries and want a time period most likely knew to you, you can travel to 1800, Joseon (Korea) for $2.99! (Review)

The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club #1) by Richard Osman

If you’re looking for community, murder-mystery, and an elderly group of amateur sleuths, start this series now for $2.99 in anticipation of the sequel, The Man Who Died Twice, releasing in fall. (Review)

August Snow (August Snow #1) by Stephen Mack Jones

If you’re a fan of PIs, action films, and communities playing a big part in stories, start this series for $2.99!


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Must Read Criminal Narrative Nonfiction

Hello mystery fans! I have two narrative nonfiction titles for you that are many things rolled into each book from history to legal cases, both urgently current. I can not recommend these two books enough, especially the first for its exceptional writing and both for the information.

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K. Barnett

A Knock At Midnight reminded me of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy and Chanel Miller’s Know My Name in that it is exceptionally written about difficult topics while managing to somehow always keep a level of hope. So much so that I usually have to pace myself on this type of nonfiction, but I instead listened to the audiobook over two days; the narrator, Karen Chilton, is fantastic.

Brittany K. Barnett tells the story of growing up with a loving family, including her mom who dealt with drug addiction, her first career, deciding to go to law school, and then discovering cases of people imprisoned for lengths of time that were grossly disproportionate to the crimes. The war on drugs created a war against Black and brown communities disproportionate to white ones by creating a fixed sentencing that was different for powder cocaine to crack cocaine. This left many people with life sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Not only does Barnett take us through the cases that crossed her path and those she took on, but she also takes a look at the system and laws that were created during the war on drugs and also where things stand now.

Reading the cases in this book and how addiction was treated cruelly and criminally is heartbreaking, but Barnett always has hope and leads with action. A Knock At Midnight is a fantastic mix of memoir, history, law, legal cases, a love letter to Black communities, and how to turn outrage into action for change. I can’t recommend this book enough and have been kicking myself for taking so long to get to it.

(TW addiction/ partner abuse/ malpractice pregnancy loss/ brief suicide mention, detail/ racism/ prison abuse)

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The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt by Audrey Clare Farley

This is a shocking story to start with about a mother, Maryon Cooper Hewitt, who had her daughter, Ann Cooper Hewitt, sterilized without her consent or knowledge for an inheritance. It gives you the story of Maryon and Ann along with the court case that followed when Ann realized what had been done to her. But the book has a much wider and horrifying scope because laws that allowed this to happen are still in place and still function to control mostly people with uteruses by controlling their reproductive rights. Think of Britney Spears saying in court that she’s being forced to keep an IUD (it is worth the time to read Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare) and women coming forward last year to say hysterectomies were performed on them while in immigration custody.

The book takes a dive into the history of eugenics and how these laws were devised, the tests used to determine who was “unfit” to have children, and how certain communities—including disabled people and people of color—were targeted because white wealthy women went from having six children to three. This is not a history that we’re far removed from, this is a horrifying and terrifying practice in the here and now.

(TW child abuse/ suicide, detail/ attempted suicide treated as criminal case/ ableism/ eugenics–racism, misogyny, homophobia)

From The Book Riot Vault

Bolder and Wiser: 3 Shows About Older Women Writer-Detectives


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Robert Downey Jr., Greg Berlanti Team for HBO Max Drama FOR YOUR OWN GOOD

Hi mystery fans! It was a quiet week in the world of entertainment news so this week’s newsletter will feel light, but there’s still great things to click and fantastic Kindle reads!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

7 Crime and Mystery Books By Latinx Authors

2 Recent Historical Mystery Series Starters

July Book-Ahead: What We’re Excited To Read Next Month

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

Elon Green Looks Beyond the ‘Last Call’ Killer

So excited! Robert Downey Jr., Greg Berlanti Team for HBO Max Drama ‘For Your Own Good’

Cover reveal for Deanna Raybourn’s 7th release in the Veronica Speedwell series: An Impossible Impostor (I love this series to bits!)

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo won the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award!

12 LGBTQ+ Characters in Crime Fiction

Nadine Matheson Talks The Jigsaw Man

Apple TV+ lights a torch under City on Fire crime drama series

‘Bones’ writer Kathy Reichs answers your questions about her famed series

Heist is the wild new true crime docuseries we’ve all been waiting for

June’s Bookseller-Recommended Audiobooks

Giveaway: Enter to Win a Waterproof Kobo: Canada Only!

Kindle Deals

TWs can be found in review links.

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

For readers of memoir mixed with true crime, this is Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey’s story, including the murder of her mother after her mother had left her second husband. You can pick it up for $2.99 right now. (Review)

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A Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series Book 2) by Sherry Thomas

If you’ve yet to pick up the sequel in the fantastic Lady Sherlock series, you can now read it for $1.99! (Review)

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

If you’re looking for a thriller where a girl raised by a con-artist finds herself in a bank hostage situation, and those hostage takers are about to regret all their life’s decisions, RUN to this book. It’s currently $2.99! (Review)

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams

And I leave you with a nonviolent true crime book that looks at the question: who exactly owns dinosaur bones? Currently $3.99. (Review)


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June Mystery Releases

Hello mystery fans! Another month is in the books and it’s time to roundup mysteries, thrillers, and crime books that have just released and are thus ready for you to go forth and read them. (TWs are in review links)

Warn Me When It’s Time (Charlie Mack Motown Mystery #6) by Cheryl A. Head

Here’s a great series for detective fans, which just released the sixth installment and follows a team of investigators in Detroit. You get not just one PI but a whole team! If you want to start at the beginning check out Bury Me When I’m Dead (Review).

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

If you’re a fan of dark academia, private school settings, secret societies, social thrillers, and twisty reads this is a great pickup. Bonus: the audiobook narrators, Jeanette Illidge and Tapiwa Mugweni, are excellent.

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Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1) by Nekesa Afia

If you’re looking to start a new historical mystery series, like fictional serial killers, noir-ish, and want a Harlem Renaissance setting here’s your next read. (Review)

The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson

This is a rare case where this is the fourth book in a series but it is a standalone because the first three were written as a contained trilogy. The Box In The Woods is perfect for fans of the mystery genre and horror tropes as you race to try and solve the mystery! This book is the experience I’m always looking for when reading mysteries. (Review) If you want to read the trilogy start with Truly Devious.

The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway #13) by Elly Griffiths

For fans of Ruth Galloway’s series there’s a new release! The series follows a forensic archaeologist who lives near Norfolk in a salt marsh. If you want to start at the beginning pick up The Crossing Places, where Ruth helps with a missing child case and finds herself and her remote life put in grave danger. Griffiths is also the author of The Stranger Diaries (Review) and The Postscript Murders (Review) so there is plenty of great mysteries to read in her catalog.

The Bombay Prince (Perveen Mistry #3) by Sujata Massey

If you like historical mysteries, this is a series you should absolutely be reading. Set in the early 1900s, it follows Perveen Mistry, India’s only female lawyer. If you want to start at the beginning, mostly for full character backstory, pick up The Widows of Malabar Hill. (Review)

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Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

For domestic thriller fans, here’s a page-turner that follows Oliver and Nathan and a night gone terribly wrong for Oliver at a bathhouse, and the need to keep Nathan from finding out, which only creates more problems and tension… The book has alternating narrations between Oliver and Nathan, and the audiobook selected two narrators, Michael Crouch and Daniel Henning, to portray them so if you audio pick up that format.

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

If you’re looking for a thriller and aren’t afraid to fly here’s a twisty one about a flight attendant on an inaugural groundbreaking flight who ends up having to choose between saving her daughter or everyone on the plane when she finds a threatening note…

Homegrown Hero (Jay Qasim #2) by Khurrum Rahman

Here’s the sequel to East of Hounslow (Review), which picks up after the cliffhanger ending and follows Jay Qasim, the most reluctant spy–because MI5 forced him into helping. If you want a character to root for and love, grab this series–it reminds me a lot in tone to a show I really enjoy, Man Like Mobeen.

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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

Lippman has an extensive catalog to dive into–including a PI series and recent standalone releases Lady in the Lake (Review) and Sunburn (Review)–and has a new psychological suspense starring a novelist, which has some Misery vibes…

Runner (Cass Raines #4) by Tracy Clark

If you’re a fan of PI mysteries, this is the fourth in a Chicago set series you should absolutely be reading. If you want to start at the beginning, pick up Broken Places (Review), and if you want to jump into the series with Runner here’s my review.

Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams

The author of No Exit (Review) is back with a new thriller! (TW suicide) Lena Nguyen doesn’t believe that her estranged twin sister died by suicide, so she’s shown up to interview the state trooper whose story doesn’t seem to line up with the bit of facts that are known.

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

Here’s a fascinating read about the language of cults and how it’s used to not only get and keep power for cult purposes, but also how the language is used throughout our society, including in marketing. (Review)


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Hello mystery fans! Time for mystery book roundups, news, ebook deals, and something to stream if you watch docu-series and true crime.

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Katie and Nusrah celebrate Pride Month by talking about books by authors who identify as LGBTQ+ or have written amazing stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters on the latest Read or Dead!

9 Riveting Memoirs About Crime Families

Liberty talks about a couple of fabulous backlist titles related to the week’s new releases including thrillers on All The Backlist!

Netflix’s creepy ‘The Chestnut Man’ teaser looks like a must-watch for fans of ‘The Killing’

15 of the Best Upcoming Cozy Mysteries for the Second Half of 2021

Queer Crime Fiction: A Roundtable Discussion

7 Best Shows Like Lucifer to Watch While You Wait for Season 6

True crime is one of TV’s top genres. Critics say it’s failing us

Mystery book-lover at Waterstones Yarm gives £100 of vouchers to shoppers

Summer Reading: The Hottest New Books of the Season

From ‘Bridgerton’ to ‘The Flight Attendant,’ 5 Writers Detail Book-to-Screen Adaptation Journeys

Laura Lippman’s sharp and timely thriller ‘Dream Girl’ sticks the landing

The Sherlock Holmes Universe, Explained

10 Flight-Themed Crime Novels I Read While Writing Hostage

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I’ll Be Gone In the Dark bonus episode on HBO Max: The six-episode docu-series about Michelle McNamara’s search to identify the Golden State Killer, with the same title as her true crime memoir, now has a bonus episode titled Show Us Your Face, which mostly focuses on the sentencing and time after for the victims.

Kindle Deals

Spy x Family Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo

I recently decided to actually try out a manga, and I absolutely loved it and now have a whole new world of reading opened up to me. This was my first and it’s a fun spy story with an assassin and a mind reader that create a “fake” family, but none know the others’ real identities. It’s $4.99 and I highly recommend it. (Review)

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

If you’re craving a cozy historical mystery smashed with a romance novel ,here’s a series starter that is currently $2.99! (Review)


Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. See upcoming 2021 releases. Check out this Unusual Suspects Pinterest board and get Tailored Book Recommendations!

Until next time, keep investigating! In the meantime, come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canavés.

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