Unusual Suspects

Holiday Money? Here Are Tons of Mystery Recs!

Hello fellow mystery lovers! Happy Kwanzaa! Hope you had a merry Christmas/Nochebuena! And happy almost new year—don’t let the door hit you on the way out, 2017! First, if you want to opine on this here newsletter: Here’s What I Think About Unusual Suspects (quick questionnaire). And now, if you’ve gotten some money, or just need some retail therapy to survive the end of the year, I’ve collected a bunch of suggestions for all types of reading preferences. Oh, and if you missed it Book Riot is giving away 20 (TWENTY!) of the books we picked as best of 2017! Good luck!

Sponsored by Home Sweet Home by April Smith, new in paperback from Vintage Books.

This riveting epic drama follows the Kusek family from New York City to America’s heartland, where their dream life turns into a nightmare, as they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a smear campaign, a sensational trial, and, ultimately, murder. From the widely praised author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series and A Star for Mrs. Blake.

If you’re looking for cozy mysteries here are Rioter Sarah Nicolas’ 25 Absolute Best picks.

Or you want some noir to read: Liberty has 9 recommendations for you! And I’d also add Steph Cha’s Juniper series which starts with Follow Her Home.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil FerrisIf you’re looking for a great graphic novel with gorgeous art and a wonderfully unique detective My Favorite Thing is Monsters was one of Book Riot’s Best of 2017 picks. Plus, the second part comes out next year so now’s the perfect time to read the first volume.

If queer ladies solving crime is your jam, Rioter Trizah Price has great recommendations for you.

If mystery and thriller audiobooks is your thing, Amanda Nelson has 10 excellent picks for you and Kristy Pasquariello has 8 thrilling recommendations revolving around a missing person.

Love How to Get Away With Murder? Mya Nunnally has recommendations for you. I also recommend Marcia Clark’s newest series that starts with Blood Defense and follows criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman.

There’s also my 9 picks for Best Mystery & Thrillers published this year. And here’s my 13 picks for 2016.

I also listed 5 Japanese crime writers that should be on your radar.

If paperbacks is your preferred reading choice Swapna Krishna has 5 picks for you.

(Sherlock season 4 spoilers) Deepali Agarwal put together a list of female sleuths to read in response to Sherlock’s season 4.

If quiet, personal mysteries sounds interesting Beth O’Brien has some recommendations.

If you love psychological thrillers but not the usual formulas Rabeea Saleem has 5 suggestions for you.

Kindle Deals:

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac is $1.99 (thriller with TV producer MC)

Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) by Harry Kemelman is $1.99 (cozy mystery)




Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And if you like to put a pin in things here’s an Unusual Suspects board.

Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.