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The Best New Crime Fiction: March 2019

New mystery book releases for March are here, and of course I’ve got thrillers for you, too. Actually, let’s say I’ve rounded up great crime fiction new releases, since I have a little bit for a lot of different reading tastes under the crime umbrella: historical mysteries, thrillers, cat-and-mouse, spy, and a small-town mystery.



Jamie Canavés is Tailored Book Recommendations Coordinator. She writes Book Riot’s Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, always has a book in one hand, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.

The Best Unreliable Narrators in Suspense Novels

By Laura Benedict, the Edgar- and Thriller-nominated author of The Stranger Inside

Isn’t it fun to be fooled by a good book? Some of my favorite novels are deliciously unsettling at the beginning, then ask, in a slow, sly way, “What do think is really going on here?” That’s where first-person, unreliable narrators come in. They lie, they obfuscate, they show you only what they can, or want you to see. Sometimes they don’t even understand what they’re experiencing until the end of the book. These four books each have a narrator that is unreliable in a different, bold way.


From a writer’s point of view, these types of books are challenging to write. But as a reader, I find myself clamoring for more, more, more. I don’t mind at all being fooled if it’s done cleverly and with a sense of respect for the reader’s credulity. What about you? Do you dare to be fooled?


About Laura Benedict 

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award-nominated author of eight novels of mystery and suspense, including The Stranger Inside, and the Bliss House gothic trilogy.

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Brilliant Crime Fiction Detectives With Disabilities

At Novel Suspects, we are in constant admiration of fantastic crime fiction blogs that celebrate the wide range and diversity of sleuths in the genre—and provide us with endless reading recommendations. We recently stumbled across a gem of a post called “Crime Fiction Book List: Disabled isn’t Unable” on a blog called Beyond Rivalry. The list features characters “whose physical, emotional or mental limitations figure in the plot or character development of the stories or series” and we highly recommend that you check it out! Reading that list inspired us to put together a few of our own favorite (and totally brilliant) detectives with disabilities.

Michael Connelly’s Five Favorite Crime Novels of All Time

Michael Connelly is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series and has sold more than sixty million copies worldwide.

When he isn’t writing novels, Connelly is the executive producer of Bosch, the Amazon Prime Original series starring Titus Welliver. He is also the creator and host of the brand-new true crime podcast, Murder Book.

It should come as no surprise that Connelly has excellent taste in crime fiction, so we’re thrilled to share what he told us about his five favorite mysteries and thrillers of all time.



Related: Thomas Harris is about to publish his first standalone thriller in 13 years.


The Best Locked-Room Mysteries

For mystery readers, there are few things better than an unsolvable case. It’s what keeps us turning the page, attempting to deduce what, in the tangled web of clues and testimony, will tell us who did it, and why.

Locked room mysteries are the ultimate unsolvable crime. When it seems like the only possible solution is that the killer walked through the wall, the best writers tease out tiny pieces of evidence until the impossible seems incredibly obvious.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best locked-room mysteries that will keep you guessing until the very end.



Elizabeth Venere is a marketing manager at Hachette Book Group. You can usually find her reading (a mystery novel, obviously) or at yoga, trying to re-center after reading about too many murders.

December’s Best New Mysteries & Thrillers


I know we’re seeing all the “Best Of 2018” lists and all the “What To Look Forward To In 2019” lists right now, but the year hasn’t finished yet and we have new mystery and thriller releases for December! So here are some mystery and thrillers to pair with your favorite warm drink and cozy reading spot while you await the New Year.



Here’s to ringing in the New Year with great mysteries!

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.


How to Develop Characters in Crime Fiction

By Joe Ide, author of the IQ series and winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards


The Best Crime Fiction of 2018

Looking for the best crime fiction of the year?  We’ve lined up our favorite award-winning mysteries and thrillers of 2018 just for you! If you haven’t read these yet, we recommend adding them to your 2019 reading lists, too.


2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel and 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel

2018 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

2018 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and 2018 Anthony Award Winner for Best First Novel



2018 Lamda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery

2018 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel


2018 Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Young Adult


Enjoy these award-winning mystery and thrillers!


8 New Mysteries & Thrillers to Curl Up with This November

I hope you have your favorite warm drink, coziest sweater, and comfy reading spot because I’ve got a bunch of mysteries and thrillers releasing this month that are perfect for curled-up fall reading. From fantastic debut crime to super long-running series favorites, your blood will be keeping you warm from all these heart-pumping thrills and mysteries that need solving.



Here’s to some excellent fall reading!

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.

All the New Mysteries & Thrillers You Need to Know About

The pumpkins are carved, the ghosts are hanging, and the new books giving us chills are all right here.