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 A. 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 Mystery (new)

Mystery  Reader 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 😅


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