20 Big Mysteries & Thrillers of Spring

Posted by Cybil on April 2, 2018
Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week 2018

Mystery & Thriller Week is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio. Enjoy the suspense on audio.

Picking a new release doesn't have to be a mystery! We've rounded up the top 20 new mysteries and thrillers of the season, from the gothic to the comedic—with tons of suspense and red herrings. These page-turners are guaranteed to keep you riveted.

To identify the biggest new mysteries and thrillers, we focused on the books Goodreads members are most anticipating as well as reactions from early reviewers. We measured anticipation by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. Then we only included books that are coming out between March and June and that have at least a 3.95-star rating. (If you're curious how you can read pre-published books and be among the first to rate them, check out our book giveaways.)

We know the suspense is killing you! So here are the season's buzziest new books for thrills and chills, in order of reader anticipation. How many will you be checking out?

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What new mysteries and thrillers are you excited to add to your Want to Read shelves? Let us know in the comments.


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message 1: by Danjal (new)

Danjal Of those I only have Stephen King on my to read-list.


message 2: by Lance (new)

Lance Bonner I might check out Bone music(Rice) I have been wondering about his writing for some time.


message 3: by Anissa (new)

Anissa For this list, I'm looking forward to reading Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney & I've already read Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall.

I'm looking forward to She Was the Quiet One & The Banker’s Wife in July.


elizabeth b. hollins Loved broken girls. Bone music was interesting start to series


message 5: by Mia (new)

Mia Sparks I am very excited for Ruth Ware's new book!


message 6: by Missi (new)

Missi I noticed the new Martha Grimes mystery that comes out this month is MISSING...😑


message 7: by Kay (new)

Kay I completely agree. I am dying to read Martha Grimes latest, "The Knowledge." London taxi drivers are so interesting, and they are deeply challenged by competition from Uber drivers--who are totally lacking in the "Knowledge" that makes London cabbies a legend.


message 8: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Oxier I have three of these on my list. Will have to check out the others.


message 9: by Kit (new)

Kit I finished an advanced reader copy of The Knowledge last week and it was great! Love love love Martha Grimes (and Richard Jury, Melrose and the gang)!


message 10: by Bleached. (new)

Bleached. I am currently reading (still) Caleb Carr's "Angel of Darkness", a murder mystery that occurred in the late 1800's New York City. It is the sequel to Caleb's first novel "The Alienist".


message 11: by Melissa (new)

Melissa The Echo Killing is fabulous! I just finished reading it and recommend it highly. An engrossing read!


message 12: by Jayna (new)

Jayna I wish you would separate traditional mysteries (like To Die But Once, which I just finished) from so-called thrillers. I love the first and mostly dislike the second, especially the 'unreliable narrator' books.


message 13: by Larry (new)

Larry Powell Where's Sebastian Rotella's Rip Crew or Donna Leon's new Brunetti, The Temptation of Forgiveness? !


message 14: by Larry (new)

Larry Swan True Fiction was a silly but fun read.


message 15: by Carol (new)

Carol Preece I like British police procedurals like those written by Elizabeth George in her Detective Lynlet series. Latest is "What She Deserves"


message 16: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Koz I selected quite a few on the list this time....Then Was Gone....Bone Music.....Trespassing...The Outsider...The Death of Mrs. Westaway.......The Perfect Mother....Crimson Lake.....A Brush with Shadows and Echo Killing. Guess I have my summer's reading list in place now......


message 17: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Broken Girls by Simone St. James was outstanding!


message 18: by Carol (new)

Carol Preece Sorry, I misspelled "Lynley", the British policeman Elizabeth George created.


message 19: by Carol (new)

Carol Bisig I have bought Anna Lee Huber's A Brush With Shawdow. I love her books! I am looking for more books like this. I am about to read C.S.Harris latest book! Finally! Yay! I have purchased some new Cozy Mysteries, and Tasha Alexandra's lastest book. I am in the mood for my mysteries, and will Review them here, a small amount, the rest will be on Carolintallahassee.wordpress.com. If anyone at Goodreads has suggestions, I would love to see them. Thanks! Have A Joyful Day!👒


message 20: by Becky (new)

Becky Patterson Ruth Ware's newest sounds intriguing!


message 21: by Lisa (new)

Lisa DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd! Starred reviews from Booklist & Library Journal.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 22: by Pat (new)

Pat I'm really looking forward to Michael Koryta's new book, 'How It Happened.'


message 23: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Where are the Scandinavian mysteries?


message 24: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Wendy wrote: "Where are the Scandinavian mysteries?"

yes, i agree! they are far and away the best. sorry, they make the rest look very dull and predictable.
joanne


message 25: by Amanda (new)

Amanda C Excited to check out Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell this month! It was in my BOTM box.


message 26: by Judith (new)

Judith Jayna wrote: "I wish you would separate traditional mysteries (like To Die But Once, which I just finished) from so-called thrillers. I love the first and mostly dislike the second, especially the 'unreliable na..."

My feelings exactly!


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message 28: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Jamison Mia wrote: "I am very excited for Ruth Ware's new book!"
Me too!


message 29: by Kate (new)

Kate Mason I’m loving The Murder List - it’s a debut thriller by Chris Merritt!! Not published by Penguin though, hope that’s ok for a recommendation for this list? 🥇


message 30: by Joanna (new)

Joanna I am reading the new Le Carre and Seance. I love these lists, makes me want to read, read, read.


message 31: by Toni (new)

Toni Just finished the new Charles Todd, The Gatekeeper, which was terrific. Looking forward to the new CS Harris and Anne Perry this month and May has Barbara Cleverley, Vaseem Kahn, Elly Griffiths, and Andrea Penrose to look forward to!!


message 32: by Esther (new)

Esther I have 14 of these on my list. Happy to see a new Terry Hayes since I loved I Am Pilgrim.


message 33: by Gail (new)

Gail Price I look forward to any new novel by John Verdon. His work is so good and gripping. Gail


message 34: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Oxier Gail wrote: "I look forward to any new novel by John Verdon. His work is so good and gripping. Gail"

Love his books!!


message 35: by Christina (new)

Christina I read Close to Home by Cara Hunter about two months ago and was obsessed with it!! I love books where it's so hard for readers to figure out what happened too. I can't wait for the second book of the series!


message 36: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Mccarthy NEED TO KNOW -- author, Karen Cleveland

Author's first novel -- excellent, could not put it down. Read it in one day!


Marcia L. Gartzke I put several on my list based on people’s comments. Currently reading True Fiction. Silly. Wouldn’t recommend.


message 38: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Sometimes I Lie & True Fiction.


message 39: by Miss M (new)

Miss M I would highly recommend Resurrection Bay which is out this week from Pushkin Vertigo.


message 40: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I just finished The Broken Girls. The Death of Mrs. Westaway looks interesting.


message 41: by Becky (new)

Becky Just finished Sometimes I Lie.....great suspense!!! Looking forward to Ruth Ware....


message 42: by Mauricio (new)

Mauricio Pinheiro Mia wrote: "I am very excited for Ruth Ware's new book!"
Meee tooo!


message 43: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi Rigoulot I have been anxiously awaiting Ruth ware’s new book!


message 44: by Michael (new)

Michael Donoway I'm waiting patiently for the new Elizabeth George, The Punishment She Deserves. I enjoy her Inspector Lynley and Detective Inspector Barbara Havers adventures.


message 45: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Lambert I read Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Dan Brown - no sign of them!


message 46: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Doyle It seems to be mainly women writer's on show
I find that their stories start well but fall apart as the story
goes on After trying several i have given up on them
I am not misogynistic in any way


message 47: by Anabella (last edited Apr 04, 2018 11:50AM) (new)

Anabella No more Ruth Ware books for me. Her characters are too cliched and pretentious.

I'm inclined to read the next Simone St. James book though.


message 48: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Lambert Kevin wrote: "It seems to be mainly women writer's on show
I find that their stories start well but fall apart as the story
goes on After trying several i have given up on them
I am not misogynistic in any way"
It pains me but for the most part, I have to agree with you. I have been an addicted reader since before grade school - that was 70 years ago - there are a few women writers who do not let their stories fall apart - Nora Roberts is one of them and she is capable in any genre. Cussler and Clancy are still my favs with Brett Arquette closing in.


message 49: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Lambert Anna wrote: "No more Ruth Ware books for me. Her characters are too cliched and pretentious.

I'm inclined to read the next Simone St. James book though."
I haven't read any of Ware's books - they simply didn't appeal to me. Let me know how you like St. James. My personal favourite female author is Nora Roberts. I love her style, characters and that she doesn't leave you feeling like you missed something along the way.


message 50: by Livia (new)

Livia Come and Find MeSarah Hilary
one of the best book I've read lately Sarah Hilary Come and Find Me (DI Marnie Rome #5) by Sarah Hilary


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