Summer Reading from Mystery & Thriller Authors

Posted by Cybil on May 20, 2019
Who better to suggest a perfect summer read than some of the biggest names in the mystery & thriller genre? Obviously, no one can solve a mystery like the crew we've rounded up here. When it comes to figuring out what to read next, they've cracked the code.

Their mission was simple.

We asked each writer: Which three books would you recommend to your readers this summer?

Browse their picks below and add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf.

 
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The writing duo first appeared on the scene with last year's domestic suspense The Wife Between Us. Their follow-up, An Anonymous Girl, is a favorite of Goodreads members this year.

Here are their summer reading picks:


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Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. Since then, he's written dozens of thrillers, and several have been adapted for TV and film. His latest, One Good Deed, arrives in July.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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The Australian writer’s bestselling debut, The Dry, is currently being adapted into a movie. And this year Harper's back with her third book, the standalone mystery The Lost Man, about an unusual death in the isolated Outback.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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The crime writer who brought readers noir blockbusters, including The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential, is back in bookstores this June with This Storm, set in the U.S. in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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The former family law attorney is making quite a name for herself with hit books, including All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night. Her new book, The Night Before, arrives in May.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Since her 2016 bestselling debut, Behind Closed Doors, hit shelves, Paris has quickly established herself as a rising star in the thriller genre. In fact, all three of her books have been Goodreads Choice Award nominees.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Nesbø is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with hits such as The Snowman and The Redbreast. His latest Harry Hole novel, Knife, arrives this summer.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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Her debut thriller, Sometimes I Lie, is currently being adapted into a TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. This spring Feeney is keeping readers guessing with I Know Who You Are.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Her debut, Baby Teeth, about a possibly evil child, is part thriller, part horror, and 100 percent disturbing. Last year it nabbed a Goodreads Choice Award nomination.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Which recommendations will you be reading this summer? Let's talk books in the comments!

Check out the complete guide to Summer Reading, including:
Summer Reading from Romance Authors
Summer Reading from Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors
Summer Reading from YA Authors

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message 1: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Gah! There’s so many books on this list that I want to read! Thank you authors for your recommendations!


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol Bisig Many of these are in my TBR Pile, which is huge! I also have many books to read for Netgalley. I am amazed these nice authors could narrow their list to three! Amazing! So many books, so little time!


message 3: by Jezzy (new)

Jezzy I still have to read these authors' books & now they chose their own recommendations. my TBR pile is gonna explode, hehe!


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Goodness! Some of the author's picks are already on my TBR and hold list at the library and on my kindle. I'll save this email for future reference.
thanks!


message 5: by Dion (new)

Dion Santiago Wow!! Awesome list! Most are on my “To Read” 💕💕💕


message 6: by Rose (new)

Rose Saving this, and adding one book at a time.


message 7: by Donna172 (new)

Donna172 What a great list! There are some fantastic authors here!


message 8: by Casey (new)

Casey What an amazing list of authors. I have added some to my list to read.


message 9: by Debra (new)

Debra Jennings Great list! I already have some Of these On my want to read list! Cant wait to read them!!!


message 10: by Allie (new)

Allie So many great selections!


message 11: by Tara (new)

Tara Lendin Long Some I have read already! But so many more I still need to read! Thank you so much for the recommendations.


message 12: by Mary (new)

Mary Garrett We clearly need to live forever . . . so many books!


message 13: by Cyndi (new)

Cyndi Love these suggestions from my favorite authors!


message 14: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Crawford Looking forward to crossing a few of these books off my 'to read' list this year.


message 15: by Mercy (new)

Mercy Sakes Many I’ve read and then added a few more. Thanks


message 16: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Great suggestions.


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue J Thanks for the information. Something to look forward to.


message 18: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia So many books, so little time. Thank you for the suggestions.


message 19: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Thank you as I will save for my future reading. So many to choose from.


message 20: by Janita (new)

Janita So many books I want to read......Great suggestions!!!!!Thanks for posting......


message 21: by Carla (new)

Carla Johnson-Hicks I have a new summer reading list now.


message 22: by Kate (new)

Kate So many books to keep in mind for this summer. Tops on my list will be David Baldacci - One Good Deed. I can always count on him for a book that I can't put down once I have started.


message 23: by Dianne (last edited May 21, 2019 12:46PM) (new)

Dianne Thanks for great suggestions. My recommendation would be Missing Daughter by Rick Mofina (and any other of his books you haven't read yet.) Twists and turns you never see coming!


message 24: by Louise (new)

Louise Wilson So many good books. Some I have read but there is a couple I will have to get!!


message 25: by Robert (new)

Robert Overwhelming list! As a friend recently asked me: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Substitute “book” and you have my reaction to this list.


message 26: by [deleted user] (last edited May 21, 2019 01:34PM) (new)

Dianne wrote: "Thanks for great suggestions. My recommendation would be Missing Daughter by Rick Mofina (and any other of his books you haven't read yet.) Twists and turns you never see coming!"

Rick Mofina is arguably the best and most underrated Thriller writer actively writing in the world today. All his books are good but my favourites are the Reed-Sydowski series with Kate Page a close second. Missing Daughter is superb!


message 27: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Tomasso I'm disappointed nobody picked Denise Mina's Convictionwhich is an ideal summer read with multiple European locations and fun characters.


message 28: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Thanks!


message 29: by May (new)

May I’m going to need more summer!! Awesome list! Thank you


message 30: by Linda (new)

Linda Great list - thanks!


message 31: by Helen (new)

Helen Thank you! So many books to read!


message 32: by Chris (new)

Chris Phipps Talk about timely! I've been looking for good books to recommend to my own readers. This is a huge help.


message 33: by Karin (new)

Karin Hendrickson Dillman Thank you to all the authors. I can't wait to get started.


message 34: by Annette (new)

Annette Mordec I'd like to thank Cybill for emails me about this great book selection. Thanks again Cybill.


message 35: by Deb (new)

Deb My TBR just increased! Thank you, authors!


message 36: by Anabella (new)

Anabella Didn't like Anonymous Girl.


message 37: by Ljohnston (new)

Ljohnston My TBR list is already too big but I added some these anyways


message 38: by Knute (new)

Knute Great list! Thank you Goodreads


message 39: by Amanda (new)

Amanda So many books, so little time! Sigh! On the bright side, I have already read some of them though!


message 40: by Sonny (new)

Sonny Yuen Great list . I want to David Baldacii and Agatha Christie’s


message 41: by Lisbeth (new)

Lisbeth So many interesting books to read. I always feel I am behind reading new books. I still have far too many unread books on my shelves. When the books are recommended by your favourite authors, you feel even more incline to read them.


message 42: by Marian (new)

Marian This House of Grief looks good and I put it on my TBR list:)


message 43: by Linda (new)

Linda Thank you quite a good selection, just wish I had multiple pairs of eyes so that I could read as many books as I liked all at the same time. I need to get a bigger bedside cabinet, second thoughts a bigger house!!!


message 44: by William (new)

William Richardson This is a good list and I will save it. I've read some of the books on this list but lot more I have not. Thank you Goodreads and authors.


message 45: by Frances (new)

Frances Interesting picks. Can’t wait to start reading.


message 46: by William (last edited May 22, 2019 10:05AM) (new)

William The single best noir in the last 20 years
*In my rarely humble opinion*

Sirens by Joseph Knox


message 47: by Jan (new)

Jan Jackson Ah... a new Ellroy... a birthday treat to me 😀


message 48: by Helen Holt (new)

Helen Holt Here are my three favourite reads:
The Kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
The Optician’s Wife by Betsy Reavley
The Proposal by S E Lyons
All superb and guaranteed to keep you up till all hours reading.


message 49: by Ada (new)

Ada Lavin My TBR list grows by the minute. 😁 This is a great list and I'll be adding many of these to it. Thanks for the list.


message 50: by Ana (new)

Ana Marchildon My TBR list is already so big but I added some more from this great list. Some I already read. Thank you authors:)


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