Forget the Usual Suspects: 24 Debut Mysteries to Read Now

Posted by Cybil on April 5, 2021


When it comes to your mystery and thriller reading, do you tend to go for the known culprits or the whodunit? While there's nothing wrong with returning to a beloved author, there's something so suspenseful about discovering a new author in this genre.

We looked at some of the buzziest mysteries and thrillers of the last year for this article, and you'll see some of 2021's top mysteries so far well represented here, including The PushEvery Last FearThe Sanatorium, and Girl A. But don't forget some of last year's debuts you need to catch up with, including the U.K.-megahit The Thursday Murder Club and the groundbreaking thriller Winter Counts

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 name in the genre would you recommend to your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments!
 

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message 1: by Lisa of Troy (new)

Lisa of Troy Didn't know that Mystery/Thriller had its own week but I'm more excited than my birthday! I LOVE mystery/thrillers!!!!!!!!! TBR is increasing at a new rate (as if that was possible)!


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Gomez Lisa of Troy wrote: "Didn't know that Mystery/Thriller had its own week but I'm more excited than my birthday! I LOVE mystery/thrillers!!!!!!!!! TBR is increasing at a new rate (as if that was possible)!"

Totally agree with you!


message 3: by Didu (new)

Didu Was excited until all the recs became cozy thrillers...


message 4: by Jay (new)

Jay As soon as it comes out in paperback, I plan to get that WINTER COUNTS book by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.


message 5: by TMR (new)

TMR I want all of them, they loook so damn interesting.


message 6: by Angi (new)

Angi Plant Chris McDonald


message 7: by Carl (new)

Carl Mills Junction: times ticking by LA Evans is a piercing and riveting suspense thriller, with more twists and turns then a drunken Rollercoaster. The many cliffhangers keep you engaged and is perfectly penned. Just when you think you have figured something out, this story takes you into a different direction.


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul Backalenick When her older sister is taken by force before her eyes, 14 year old Carrie is forced to hide what she saw. Now, one year later and nearly suicidal from keeping this secret, she enters a mental hospital where the abductor happens to work.
Kirkus Reviews called the mystery "surprising" and "compelling." Carrie's Secret: https://www.amazon.com/%20dp/B08C97TFSP/


message 9: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Please, make Mystery & Thriller week a regular addition to Goodreads. I would so sign up for this newsletter. Well done, great recs, please x 3 make it a regular feature.


message 10: by A Home Library (new)

A Home Library @pamela I agree!!! Really loving these resources


message 11: by Jess (new)

Jess Cole Didu wrote: "Was excited until all the recs became cozy thrillers..."

Even all the genres recs like Psychological thrillers, New Noir, Cold Cases, etc??


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