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Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2018

  • FICTION

    EIGHTEEN BELOW

    DEC. 4, 2018

FICTION

EIGHTEEN BELOW

by Stefan Ahnhem ; translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Hats off to Ahnhem for creating a villain more powerful than the franchise team charged with bringing him in. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SAFE HOUSES

    JULY 3, 2018

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

SAFE HOUSES

by Dan Fesperman

Prolific spy novelist Fesperman delivers another winner, this one as fiendishly clever as it is richly entertaining. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE STRANGER GAME

    OCT. 2, 2018

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE STRANGER GAME

by Peter Gadol

Beautiful, thoughtful meditation on the invisible ties that bind us—even to strangers. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS

    AUG. 28, 2018

FICTION

THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS

by Sophie Hannah

As in her two earlier Agatha Christie pastiches (Closed Casket, 2016, etc.), Hannah is content to supply boundless ingenuity... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NEWCOMER

    NOV. 20, 2018

FICTION

NEWCOMER

by Keigo Higashino ; translated by Giles Murray

Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HOW IT HAPPENED

    MAY 15, 2018

  • FICTION

    SUNBURN

    FEB. 20, 2018

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

SUNBURN

by Laura Lippman

Plotty, page-turning pleasure plus instructions on how to make a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and how to stab a man in... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PERFECT MOTHER

    MAY 1, 2018

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE PERFECT MOTHER

by Aimee Molloy

Molloy, a master of clever misdirection, deftly explores the expectations, insecurities, and endless judgement that... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW

    MARCH 6, 2018

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW

by Brad Parks

Parks (Say Nothing, 2017, etc.) dishes out another irresistible descent into hell for a heroine who regards her harrowing... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KINGDOM OF THE BLIND

    NOV. 27, 2018

FICTION

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND

by Louise Penny

This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to–pain... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    RIP CREW

    MARCH 13, 2018

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

RIP CREW

by Sebastian Rotella

Rotella's latest is a tense, gritty thriller—perfectly seedy when it needs to be and near-perfect in its overall execution. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE OTHER WOMAN

    JULY 17, 2018

  • FICTION

    MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR

    NOV. 7, 2018

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR

by Olga Wojtas

Wojtas’ debut is every bit as lighthearted, levelheaded, inventive, hilarious, and altogether enchanting as its heroine, who... Full review >

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