6 mysteries and thrillers in audio



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Although I have been a longtime audiobook listener, I only really got into detective novels quite recently. But once I took novels like Missing girl, The woman in white, and The cutting season, I realized that I had missed an incredible genre! Since then, I have loved exploring the different subgenres of mysteries and thrillers. Here are some of my more recent favorites!

A graphic from the cover of Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Quicksands by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

Half courtroom drama, half confessional, Quicksands follows Maja, a high school student accused of helping her boyfriend in a mass shooting at her school. We meet her at the start of the trial, then come back to her memories as she tells us listeners how she ended up in that classroom with a gun. The translation transparently presents Maja’s story to English-speaking listeners, and Saskia Maarleveld perfectly embodies Maja’s narrative voice.

A cover graphic of Natsuo Kirino's Out

Outside by Natsuo Kirino, translated by Stephen Snyder, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Outside was on my TBR for almost five years before I finally found the courage to pick it up. And oh my stars, what a ride it is! The novel begins slowly, like going up a hill on a roller coaster, and then it falls back. All hell breaks loose when we learn that a factory woman kills her abusive husband and enlists her friend and fellow workers to get rid of the body. Stephen Snyder’s skills as a translator are found on every page, and star narrator Emily Woo Zeller performs the audiobook with her usual skills.

A graphic from the cover of The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The worried dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan, narrated by Peter Ganim

I discovered for the first time that of Ausma Zehanat Khan The worried dead many years ago, but I could never help but think about it. Esa Khattack is a Muslim police detective in Canada, and he and his partner Rachel Ghetty are asked to investigate the death of a man in what appears to be suicide. They quickly find out that a criminal act is going on, but this man was also not who he claimed to be. With his excellent audiobook narration, Peter Ganim sets the perfect mood for this police proceeding.

A graphic from the cover of Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Slow fire burn by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike has narrated several audiobooks and I have loved all of her work so far. So when I heard she was playing Paula Hawkins’ latest thriller, I knew I had to listen to her. Slow fire burn revolves around the murder of a man whom the police discover dead on his barge. The man’s aunt, neighbor, and romantic relationship are all suspected. Hawkins has this ability to get into the heads of his characters, which makes you just as interested in finding out about each character’s past as you try to find out who the murderer is.

A cover design for Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Death by dumpling by Vivien Chien, narrated by Cheryl May

Last winter I discovered cozy mysteries for the first time while reading Death by dumpling by Vivien Chien. The novel begins when a local businessman dies after eating at our protagonist’s noodle shop. What initially appears to be an accident is quickly discovered as murder. This mystery turned out to be a delightful introduction to the series, and Cheryl May performs the audiobook with the perfect balance of suspense and humor required for any comfortable mystery.

A graphic from the cover of Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious

Really sneaky by Maureen Johnson, narrated by Kate Rudd

I LOVE Really sneaky, a mystery for young adults centered on a teenage girl accepted into a prestigious boarding school. The trap ? She must solve an almost 100-year-old mystery to keep her place in school. But when a student is murdered while carrying out her investigation, the whole school is devastated. Kate Rudd narrates the audiobook edition, giving listeners an incredible performance as she narrates both the flashback and the contemporary storyline.


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