36 of the Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021

Posted by Cybil on January 4, 2021


Twists, turns, red herrings, the usual suspects: These books have it all...and more. If you love mysteries and thrillers, get ready for dozens of books that will keep you reading long past your bedtime.

We excavated our data to uncover the 2021 whodunits with the most early buzz among your fellow readers, because it's never too early to solve the case of what to read next!

Of course, many of our favorite authors are back, including Jane Harper, Joshilyn Jackson, Harlan Coben, and Riley Sager. And then there are the first-time novelists to discover, such as Every Last Fear's Alex Finlay and Who Is Maud Dixon?'s Alexandra Andrews.

Scroll over the book covers to learn more about each novel, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!

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Which new mysteries and thrillers are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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message 1: by Ted (new)

Ted Goldbergh Saving Grace by Debbie Babitt. Pub date March 16, 2021


message 2: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Lindquist Dead By Dawn by Paul Doiron, pub date 6/29/21


message 3: by Chazzie (new)

Chazzie Medley Every Waking Hour by Joanna Schaffhausen, Survive The Night by Riley Sager, Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens, For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing.


message 4: by Alistair (new)

Alistair Water Rituals by EVA GARCÍA SÁENZ.


message 5: by Rick (new)

Rick Treon DOWN RANGE by Taylor Moore!


message 6: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Turbin Hunted, Antony Dunford


message 7: by John (new)

John Cupper Nighthawking. Russ Thomas


message 8: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Stotts A Caller's Game by J.D. Barker!


Sarahʕ•ᴥ•ʔ Survive the Night by Riley Sager


message 10: by Joanne (last edited Jan 05, 2021 06:46AM) (new)

Joanne Louise Penny's coming in August...no title yet


message 11: by Burma (new)

Burma Turner Survive The Night!


message 12: by David (new)

David Prothero “Nothing Comes After Z” by Ana Manwaring


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol The Unwilling by John Hart.


message 14: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Rendahl Arsenic and Adobo!!


message 15: by Amy (new)

Amy The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn


message 16: by Melody (new)

Melody Engel Elizabeth George sometime in 2021, title unknown (at least to me).


message 17: by Robert (new)

Robert The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry, Kingdom of Bones by James Rollins, The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton & James Patterson, and The Maze by Nelson DeMille.


message 18: by Karen (new)

Karen Peter James - Wish You Were Dead - due in May


message 19: by Ellen W. Martin (new)

Ellen W. Martin INTO THE DEVIL'S DEN - Snared by Their Own Lies by Ellen W. Martin


message 20: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Le brasse Wow! Great choices for 2021! Can’t wait until my local library get some!


message 21: by Dean (new)

Dean Harrington Nearly 30 of the 36 named here are by female authors. Do men not write books anymore or is there a built-in bias to female authors/readers? Serious question. I like female authors but......


message 22: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Dean wrote: "Nearly 30 of the 36 named here are by female authors. Do men not write books anymore or is there a built-in bias to female authors/readers? Serious question. I like female authors but......"

It is a list based on "early buzz," basically they are books that people have shelved. It just so happens that female authors have been shelved more often in this case.


message 23: by Dean (new)

Dean Harrington Cindy wrote: "Dean wrote: "Nearly 30 of the 36 named here are by female authors. Do men not write books anymore or is there a built-in bias to female authors/readers? Serious question. I like female authors but...."

Good to know. Thank you.


message 24: by Jen (new)

Jen OMG! I want to read all of these. I love mystery books. They keep me up all night wondering who killed whom. So excited for these books to come out. Libraries rock.


Jasa (Lost in Plots) The one I’m most looking forward to is “The Pact”, by Sharon Bolton (who is, for me, the bees knees when it comes to thrillers, alongside with Tana French), which comes out in May, but I’ll admit that “The Lost Apothecary” and “Who is Maud Dixon?” also sound great!


message 26: by Eva (new)

Eva The third book from Andrea Bartz, a thriller called “We Were Never Here” will be published on July 13th 2021 by Ballantine Books. Can’t wait!!


message 27: by Jim (new)

Jim Nice list! Added a few to my shelves :)


message 28: by Tone (new)

Tone Melody wrote: "Elizabeth George sometime in 2021, title unknown (at least to me)."

The title is "Something to Hide", with publication date 11 May 2021.


message 29: by 如意 (last edited Jan 14, 2021 05:57PM) (new)

如意 These are surely promising, but I'm looking forward to read some already released mysteries set in Regency era: Sebastian St. Cyr, Lady Sherlock and Veronica Speedwell series.
(I just need to decide which one I want to read first.. Σ(-᷅_-᷄๑) )


message 30: by Cat (new)

Cat Stunning covers!
I usually don't read thrillers, but some sounds very intriguing.


message 31: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Lisa Gardner - when she disappeared. 19/1.


message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann Deep into the Dark by PJ Tracey


message 33: by Joe (new)

Joe Avallone The maidens !!!


message 34: by Makaela (new)

Makaela Survive the Night by Riley Sager! I’m (not so) patiently waiting 😅


message 35: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Stackpole Can’t wait for “Something to Hide” by Elizabeth George. Coming in May, I think!


message 36: by DeeAnn (new)

DeeAnn Myres-Magboul Do no harm! By Christina McDonald


message 37: by Tony (new)

Tony da Napoli Would have liked to see some Scandinavian / Euro / UK material... for a refreshing change


message 38: by Ashley (new)

Ashley All of them! But survive the night and the burning girls are at the top of my list.


message 39: by Ando (new)

Ando Mando The Prank by L V Matthews


message 40: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Garcia The Maiden - Michaelides and Win - Harlen Coben


message 41: by Tim (new)

Tim Parr Lots of great ideas. I've currently gone to ground writing a sequel to my murder mystery. I love crime thrillers but avoid reading similar genre when writing, so I have picked Kafka on the Shore for my "to read" bookshelf.


message 42: by rita k andis (new)

rita k andis WIN - Harlen Coben


message 43: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Shaw Excepting Jane Harper and Lisa Jewel, the line up of new books is not very interesting.


message 44: by Liz Bellamy (new)

Liz Bellamy I'm afraid that in the present situation, and having family members covid positive, I cannot concentrate on serious reading of my usual historical crime fiction so I have moved to the cozy mystery genre. Shortish, lightweight and sometimes have grammatical and factual errors, but still crime mysteries, and often highly entertaining. I'm currently waiting for Steve Higgs 'Wonderful Weddings and Deadly Divorces' due in February. He writes four series but I only read three as I'm not into Urban Fantasy.


message 45: by Beth (new)

Beth Joe Ide's IQ series has new one - Smoke !


message 46: by Reva (last edited Jan 28, 2021 08:33AM) (new)

Reva B. The Family Tree by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry!! SO GOOD! It should be on this list. So unique and thrilling!


message 47: by Pat (new)

Pat Where is 'Never Far Away' by Michael Koryta? Looking forward to his latest coming in February!


message 48: by Sheila (new)

Sheila The Therapist by B. A. Paris


message 49: by Kkaadesheets (new)

Kkaadesheets Louise Penny’s book to be released 08/26/21


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Beckwith We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. March 2021 🙌🏻


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