If you’re already a mystery or thriller fan, you don’t need our help — this square is a freebie! But what if you don’t usually read crime novels? Not to worry — we have you covered: just find the kind of books you like below, and get reading!
- Classics: The Shooting Party, by Anton Chekhov. The great playwright and short story writer’s only novel revolves around the mysterious death of a young woman, and the tangled web of suspects surrounding her.
- Cookbooks: Recipes for Love and Murder, by Sally Andrew. This culinary cozy mystery set in dry rolling hills of South Africa’s Klein Karoo region comes complete with recipes!
- Fantasy: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. Seeking her father’s murderer, young Faith finds a tree that feeds on lies, and bears truthful fruit.
- Gaming: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, by Max Wirestone. In this offbeat series, our snarky heroine’s addiction to massively multiplayer online role-playing games draws her into a real life murder mystery.
- Graphic Novels: The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, volume 1: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbo, Russell Kick, editor. The title pretty much says it all: a fantastic collection of short graphic crime.
- Historical Fiction: Mycroft Holmes, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Already more brilliant than his brother Sherlock, young Mycroft heads to Trinidad following a trail of missing children.
- LGBTQIA Diverse: Always, by Nicola Griffith. Self-defense instructor Aud Torvingen goes up against a shady Seattle real estate manager.
- Literary Fiction: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues, by Nova Jacobs. A Seattle bookseller receives a cryptic letter from her mathematician grandfather, just before he kills himself – or does he?
- Memoir: Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton. Stories reveal how a master crime writer’s own life is revealed and reflected in her fictional alter-egos.
- Poetry: Once Were Cops, by Ken Bruen. This gritty noir about a bent Irish cop teamed with the NYPD’s worst is rendered in spare, poetic lines.
- Politics: Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, by Andrew Schaffer. Due in July, this fast paced whodunnit reunites a familiar dynamic duo.
- Romance: The Girl Who Knew Too Much, by Amanda Quick. Investigating the fate of an actress found at the bottom of a pool, rookie reporter Irene Glasson teams up with a former magician who casts a spell on her.
- Science Fiction: From Darkest Skies, by Sam Peters. In this high concept thriller, a disgraced spy teams up with an AI recreation of his wife to solve her murder.
- Sports: Off Side, by Manuel Vazquez Montalban. When Barcelona’s beloved soccer team receives a note reading “The center forward will be killed at dusk,” detective Pepe Carvalho is on the case.
- Travel: The Vintage Caper, by Peter Mayle. First of a series of gourmet globetrotting capers featuring connoisseur Sam Levitt is like a vacation in Provence.
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– Posted by David W.