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Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020

  • FICTION

    FAIR WARNING

    MAY 26, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

FAIR WARNING

by Michael Connelly

Darkly essential reading for every genre fan who’s ever considered sending a swab to a mail-order DNA testing service. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE GOLDEN CAGE

    JULY 7, 2020

FICTION

THE GOLDEN CAGE

by Camilla Läckberg ; translated by Neil Smith

A deliciously inventive thriller brimming with sex, secrets, and scandal. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PRECIOUS YOU

    MARCH 10, 2020

  • FICTION

    ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

    SEPT. 1, 2020

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

by Louise Penny

If you're new to Penny's world, this would be a great place to jump in. Then go back and start the series from the beginning. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE EVOLUTION

    JULY 28, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE EVOLUTION

by Brian Freeman

Freeman’s first Jason Bourne thriller is a treat for fans of the late Robert Ludlum. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE KINGDOM

    NOV. 10, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE KINGDOM

by Jo Nesbø ; translated by Robert Ferguson

The illusions of a family and its close-knit town constructed and demolished on a truly epic scale. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DEAD LAND

    APRIL 21, 2020

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

DEAD LAND

by Sara Paretsky

So fierce, ambitious, and far-reaching that it makes most other mysteries seem like so many petit fours. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS

    MARCH 3, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS

by Peter Swanson

The perfect gift for well-read mystery mavens who complain that they don’t write them like they used to. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ONE BY ONE

    SEPT. 8, 2020

FICTION

ONE BY ONE

by Ruth Ware

The solution is maddeningly simple but the construction, simply masterful. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A SHADOW INTELLIGENCE

    APRIL 14, 2020

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

A SHADOW INTELLIGENCE

by Oliver Harris

An absorbing, superbly written novel likely to stand as one of the best spy novels of the year. Full review >

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