Spring's Most Anticipated Mysteries & Thrillers

Posted by Cybil on April 1, 2019
Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week 2019

Get ready for a new season of murder, intrigue, snooping neighbors, suspicious relatives, and all-around nefarious goings-on! Yep, it's time to look ahead at the season's most anticipated mysteries and thrillers.

From the domestic suspense thriller The Mother-in-Law to the fantasy-meets-noir debut Magic for Liars, these books will keep you guessing whodunit—and turning the pages—all night long. We also added in the most anticipated true crime of the season!

To find our must-read list, we focused on the books being published in the U.S. between April and early June that Goodreads members can't wait to read. We measured that anticipation by taking a look at how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. We then organized the books by publication date.

Be sure to add the novels that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf.


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Which upcoming mysteries and thrillers are you most excited to read? Share them with us in the comments!

Check out the complete coverage of Mystery & Thriller Week:
Top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers on Goodreads
My Favorite Murder Podcast Hosts Share Their Favorite True-Crime Reads
Spring's Most Anticipated Mysteries & Thrillers


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message 1: by Richard (new)

Richard Dominguez They all sounds exciting, but Dean always goes to the top of my list


message 2: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Thorpe C.S. Harris - "Who Slays the Wicked" is at the top of my April reading list. Sebastian St. Cyr never disappoints!


message 3: by Alyssa (last edited Apr 01, 2019 12:04PM) (new)

Alyssa Wendy WalkerGreer Hendricks & Sarah PekkanenJason ReynoldsLisa Schroeder They are really good book writers and you people should read their books!!!

-Alyssa Mowen


message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Rogers Definitely not a complete list of upcoming Spring Mystery releases - An Artless Demise (Anna Lee Huber) isn't on there - nor is Triple Jeopardy (Anne Perry), The Loch Ness Papers (Paige Shelton), With a Kiss I Die (J.A. Hennrikus), Amber Affairs (Patricia Rice), Death in Kew Gardens (Jennifer Ashley), The Book Supremacy (Kate Carlisle) == that is all I can think of through the end of June.


message 5: by Lila (new)

Lila Erin Kelly's Stone Mothers and Wendy Walker's The Night Before are the ones I can't wait to read.


message 6: by Cathy (new)

Cathy MacCloud Miracle Creek because I love court room dramas.


message 7: by Sue (new)

Sue Stull I love court room dramas too!!! Any recommendations, my favorite so far is Defending Jacob.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Apr 23/19 A Deceptive Devotion (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 6)
by Iona Whishaw

May 4/19 None So Deadly: A Cullen and Cobb Mystery by
David A. Poulsen


May 11 /19 Turning Secrets: A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery by
Brenda Chapman


message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark Missing in that list are certainly "Metropolis" the last novel from the late Philip Kerr where his policeman Bernie Gunther has a last adventure in a late 20' Berlin. And of course the new Charlie Parker by John Connolly. Both books arriving this April.


message 10: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Who Slays the Wicked by CS Harris and audio releases of When Good Ghosts Get the Blues by Danielle Garrett, The Final Toll and Lost Innocents Denise Domning.


message 11: by Kimberly (last edited Apr 02, 2019 06:39AM) (new)

Kimberly Thorpe I have a number of differnt authors to add to this list. I have read other books by these authors and have found them to be very engaging with surprises along way.

I am also looking forward to "Burning issue of the Day" by T.E. Kinsey (April 18th), "The Glenister Papers" by Tracy Grant (May 15th), "Edinburgh Midnight" by Carole Lawrence (June 9th), and "The Mortal Blow" by Elizabeth Bailey, (April 13th).


message 12: by Samadhee (new)

Samadhee Ismail The Mother In Law
Missing Years
Night Before


message 13: by Betty (new)

Betty Burrier while all of the books sound really interesting the one I want to read the most is "No Exit", I have the other two in this category and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, especially, The Wife Between Us. So i am looking forward to reading this book.


Dorie  - Cats&Books :) I read some of these, so far "Little Darlings" was the best of the lot for me :) Very unique and intertwined with folk lore!


Dorie  - Cats&Books :) Richard wrote: "They all sounds exciting, but Dean always goes to the top of my list"

Did you read all of the other Jane Hawk books? I read the first two and thought they were just mediocre, but that's just me :) Will be reading this one to see how it all ends up :)


message 16: by Gdrag (new)

Gdrag Mark wrote: "Missing in that list are certainly "Metropolis" the last novel from the late Philip Kerr where his policeman Bernie Gunther has a last adventure in a late 20' Berlin. And of course the new Charlie ..."

I’ve been waiting for the final Bernie Gunther book with a mixture of sadness and excitement. The quality of Mr. Kerr's books has never slipped.


message 17: by Glory (new)

Glory Dey Many interesting Titles in the list, I have added a few of them. My favorite pick first is Redemption by David Baldacci. I have always enjoyed his books. I like detective crime investigation stories. Also, the Title - The Night Before seems interesting, a psychological thriller about two sisters! A good way to heat up the spring season! Will check on the other books later!


message 18: by Pat (new)

Pat How could you not include 'If She Wakes' by Michael Koryta? He never fails to deliver a great story!


message 19: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Berkey Thought I would find Becky Masterman’s new one. Thought it was coming out June -.


message 20: by Anne (new)

Anne Let me add "The East End", the newest suspense thriller in the series of books by Webb Hubbell. I've loved each of his books. They grab you in the first five minutes and don't let go until the very end. I can't wait to see what adventures befall Jack Patterson this time.


message 21: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Logan C.S. Harris - "Who Slays the Wicked is on my Holds list at the library.
Sebastian St. Cyr is always a good read.


message 22: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Kennedy Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide, a thriller set on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain where a woman has disappeared. Wholly original concept getting a lot of positive advance reviews. Due out in the summer.


message 23: by Megan (new)

Megan The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


message 24: by C.S. (new)

C.S. O’Cinneide Petra's GhostMarcus wrote: "Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide, a thriller set on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain where a woman has disappeared. Wholly original concept getting a lot of positive advance reviews. Due ..."


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan I don’t know if I can trust this list seeing that The Night Before is on it...


message 26: by Rebel (new)

Rebel Definitely!!


message 27: by William (new)

William Richardson I already had marked several of them as to read and just added a bunch more. Happy sleuthing to all.


message 28: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Barbara wrote: "Definitely not a complete list of upcoming Spring Mystery releases..."
Aside from the fact that it was never intended to be a complete list, to-read lists were used to compile it, so it is probably also heavily weighted towards books that had give-aways because more of those books get added to to-read lists.


message 29: by Diana (new)

Diana W On the Dean Koontz Jane Hawk series, the first book was good, second was dumb, didn't even try the third. Won't be trying this one either. His books are hit and miss. Some are excellent while others are awful.


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Matthew's Wells Sue wrote: "I love court room dramas too!!! Any recommendations, my favorite so far is Defending Jacob."

Have you read "We, The Jury" by Robert Rotstein? It's an interesting look at a trial through multiple personalities from the Jury to the judge, attorneys and many more.


message 31: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Richard wrote: "They all sounds exciting, but Dean always goes to the top of my list"
Oh gosh mine too, I have read everything he has ever written!! Can't wait until this one comes out, enjoy!


message 32: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Lila wrote: "Erin Kelly's Stone Mothers and Wendy Walker's The Night Before are the ones I can't wait to read."

Reading stone mothers now, slow start but it grows on you!! Enjoy! I got this as arc.


message 33: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Dorie - Traveling Sister :) wrote: "Richard wrote: "They all sounds exciting, but Dean always goes to the top of my list"

Did you read all of the other Jane Hawk books? I read the first two and thought they were just mediocre, but t..."


I read all the other ones and can't wait to find out what happens to Jane Hawk and her son and the rest of the crew, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Koontz and what a nice man he is!!!


message 34: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Diana wrote: "On the Dean Koontz Jane Hawk series, the first book was good, second was dumb, didn't even try the third. Won't be trying this one either. His books are hit and miss. Some are excellent while other..."
Oh gosh I loved them, oh well we both love reading no matter what!


message 35: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Can't wait for Thomas Harris, God I hope it is good!!


message 36: by scarletnoir (new)

scarletnoir Gdrag wrote: "Mark wrote: "Missing in that list are certainly "Metropolis" the last novel from the late Philip Kerr where his policeman Bernie Gunther has a last adventure in a late 20' Berlin. And of course the..."

Philip Kerr and his Gunther series were excellent - a sad loss. I have to admit that the writers on the list proposed are either people I've never heard of, or authors who have failed to impress... sorry.


message 37: by Shelise (new)

Shelise Black Sue wrote: "I love court room dramas too!!! Any recommendations, my favorite so far is Defending Jacob."

John Grisham!


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