Peek Ahead at the Biggest Mysteries and Thrillers for the Rest of the Year

Posted by Sharon on August 18, 2021

Craving a wily whodunit or suspenseful story right now? You're in luck, because we have all the clues to lead you to some seriously spectacular mysteries and thrillers coming out in the next few months!

We looked at Want to Read shelves and early reviews from your fellow Goodreads members to determine these picks. Additionally, we removed any books that fell below a 3.5-star average rating from readers who've been lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

Here's what fans can expect: Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead switches genres to write a historical Harlem heist, Lianne Moriarty dials up the family drama, and a whole handful of highly anticipated debuts will hit shelves. Also keep your eyes peeled for new books by old faves like John Grisham, James Patterson, and more!

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

Which upcoming mysteries and thrillers are you most looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Predvil Man these all look good lol

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow, a great selection.

message 3: by Öykü (new)

Öykü Cries in international reader :(

message 4: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Wow they all sound so good!! Super great list!

message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan I’m literally adding every one of these to my tbr!

message 6: by Kara (new)

Kara I cannot wait for A History of Wild Places

message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Richard Osman’s. This is the 2nd in a series and I can’t wait. The first one was laugh out loud funny, kinda’ heartbreaking and a fine (if maybe a little obvious) whodunit.

message 8: by Lisa of Troy (new)

Lisa of Troy Where is A Slow Fire Burning?

message 9: by Leo (new)

Leo Looks promesing. Hope I will able to read and enjoy some of them :)

message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa I'm looking forward to The Heron's Cry

message 11: by Toni (new)

Toni What an amazing list!

message 12: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Lisa of Troy wrote: "Where is A Slow Fire Burning?"

I'll be picking it up because we all need a popcorn thriller every once in a while, but I really don't have high hopes. An average of 3.6 on here from ARC reviews only, which tend to be inflated, doesn't sound very promising.

message 13: by Dei (new)

Dei I read other books from some writers on the list, but many others are waiting for me. I hope to be able to fit at least two books by the end of the year. Interesting list, by the way.

message 14: by Cosmic (new)

Cosmic Butterfly Wow, a great selection. So many added to my TBR

message 15: by Aleena (new)

Aleena 😯 some of these sound so good

message 16: by Lena (new)

Lena Can't wait to read Liane Moriarty's Apples Never Fall

message 17: by Connie (new)

Connie Oh my, so many more to add to my tbr!

message 18: by Kersten (new)

Kersten Can't wat to read Never Saw Me Coming and The Ballerinas

message 19: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Definitely looking forward to the next in Sherry Thomas's Charlotte Holmes series, and even more, #2 in Osman's Thurs. Murder Club series [the first book of which gave me the most reading joy in a long & painful pandemic year]

message 20: by laura8759 (new)

laura8759 I love a good mystery.

message 21: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I'm tickled there is another Grisham novel. I've read all of them, listened to most of them, definitely have my favorites. Be glad to see where this latest one rates in my list!

message 22: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Looking forward to all the new Scandinavian mysteries and detective fiction you DIDN’T mention!

message 23: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Bowers Liane Moriarty never fails. Apples never fall is on my list already.

message 24: by Kadi (new)

Kadi Rae WHY isn't Louise Penny on this list?
Her 16th book (The Madness of Crowds) is being released today, to acclaim... again.
And yet she's not on this list...

message 25: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Thorpe Can't wait for the next installment of Jeffrey Archer's new series!

message 26: by Joanna Rutter (new)

Joanna Rutter Formula writing☹️

message 27: by Mary (new)

Mary Why no mention of Louise Penny?

message 28: by Pamela (new)

Pamela North Received the Ann Cleeves today. Yippee!

message 29: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Just reading A Traitor to His Blood by MP Wright. If you don't know him, get on the bus before the forthcoming TV series hits.

message 30: by John (new)

John Hume Lisa Lawler is one o the best, only three books, just brilliant.

message 31: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Gibbon CHASING THE BOOGEYMAN Richard Chizmar Ten stars!!!!!!

message 32: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Great selection, some author's I don't know but will be reading.

message 33: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Reading "Madness of Crowds" by Louise Penny, definitely should be on your list....
Nice Girls & My Sweet Girl are also intriguing.

message 34: by Joan (new)

Joan Devlin Great list!

message 35: by Jo Ann (new)

Jo Ann Why do you never list Michael Connelly's Fall book releases. His new book being released on 11-9-2021 is "The Dark Hours" & I know all his fans (which are in huge numbers )will be reading it!!

message 36: by Gladys (new)

Gladys This is a great list! I just got in the mail 'These Toxic Things' by Rachel Howzell Hall -- can't wait to start it tonight.

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