Pick Your Poison with These Mystery Subgenre Suggestions
Comforting cozies, courtroom theatrics, and cold cases that warm back up...mystery and thriller subgenres are bigger and better than ever these days!
We're celebrating the myriad paths that authors can take on the way to revealing the whodunit (or howdunit). Of course, there are hundreds of possible books to recommend for each subgenre, so we focused on recent highly rated mysteries and thrillers that are available to read right now.
Don't forget to add any titles that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and be sure to share your favorite subgenre reads in the comments below!
Subgenre characteristics: Suddenly suspicious spouses, creepy kids, messed-up moms and dads. Sometimes that whole "till death do us part" thing gets a little nudge...
Subgenre characteristics: True-crime podcast investigations go quite awry, documentary filmmakers sleuthing unexplained happenings get way more than they bargained for.
Subgenre characteristics: Procedural theatrics, unreliable witnesses, the long arm of the law, and defendants who can't handle the truth. If only studying for the bar exam were this much fun!
Subgenre characteristics: Professional detectives or police inspectors are on the case! Follow along as they sleuth kidnappings, serial killers, and suspicious deaths.
Subgenre characteristics: Modern-day settings featuring Golden Age–style amateur detectives, quirky characters, and small towns. Mysteries with not a lot of blood but maybe a lot of knitting. And tea. Don't forget the tea.
Subgenre characteristics: New mysteries kick up all sorts of questions about old mysteries. Sleeping dogs just won't lie. After all, a sordid past is a terrible thing to waste.
Subgenre characteristics: Games of cat and mouse, tension you could cut with a knife, manipulation by unknown forces. Sometimes featuring actual psychologists!
Subgenre characteristics: Hard-boiled detectives, dames under duress, urban settings, and unsentimental looks at crime and murder. You might hear the descriptor "gritty" applied to these stories.
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