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Mystery and Thriller staff picks from The Purple Couch Bookshop!

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A Novel

By: Lucy Foley
Narrated by: Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens & Rich Keeble
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

“The wild Irish setting was perfect for this Christie-esque whodunit that will keep you guessing until the end! This is a great listening experience as the cast of talented voice actors help tell the story from varied perspectives. Read more

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American Spy

A Novel

By: Lauren Wilkinson
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

“Part literary fiction, part spy novel, punctuated by black American history, Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel crosses time periods and genres. This unflinching portrayal of a young black woman who becomes a Fed during the height of the Cold War is based on the true story of Thomas Sankara, known as “Africa’s Che Guevara.” Politics, illicit... Read more

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 4 hours 14 minutes

My Sister, the Serial Killer is one of the best books to come along in quite a while — fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose... Read more

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The Thursday Murder Club

A Novel

A Thursday Murder Club Mystery: Book #1

By: Richard Osman
Narrated by: Lesley Manville
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

“This is the coziest book I read all year. The characters are so kindly written, and their voices are funny and strong. I'm tempted to reread it for the good vibes alone. Read more

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Not a Happy Family

A Novel

By: Shari Lapena
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“Lapena is a master of manipulation. With her latest page-turning thriller… she is once again at the top of her game.” —USA Today

“In this fast-paced, twisted family saga, Shari Lapena keeps you... Read more

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The Verifiers

By: Jane Pek
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S BEST MYSTERY BOOKS OF THE YEAR Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing....

“The world of social...
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The Violin Conspiracy

A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club)

By: Brendan Slocumb
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Brendan Slocumb
Length: 12 hours 4 minutes

“I listened to the audiobook of Brendan Slocumb's The Violin Conspiracy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Though it is a mystery novel about a missing violin, and the mystery is pretty engaging, the primary appeal for me was a window into the life of a Black classical musician. Also loved learning, after I finished the audiobook, that Slocumb is not... Read more

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The Silent Patient

By: Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Jack Hawkins & Louise Brealey
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

“The Silent Patient is a suspenseful story that reads like a Greek tragedy, bursting with unknowns and sprinkled with exciting twists. It is a brilliant novel written by a man that certainly knows how to write something gripping and dramatic, perfect for readers that liked 'The Woman in the Window". At the center of the story is the mystery that... Read more

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Hidden Pictures

A Novel

By: Jason Rekulak
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Hidden Pictures is reminiscent of the John Saul books I loved in the late 70s and 80s. As his usually did, this story includes a child and some unexplained happenings that may or may not have a rational explanation. Mallory is a 20-year-old just recently out of rehab and a halfway house for drug abuse. Her sponsor finds her a job as a nanny to... Read more

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Two Nights in Lisbon

A Novel

By: Chris Pavone
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

Tautly wound and expertly crafted, Two Nights in Lisbon is a riveting thriller about a woman under pressure, and how far she will go when everything is on the line. The audiobook is read by AudioFile Golden Voice and Audie Award winning narrator January LaVoy.

“I defy anyone to read the first twenty pages of this breakneck novel, then try to put... Read more

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Sometimes I Lie

A Novel

By: Alice Feeney
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

“I feel messed up after finishing this, which is what I look for in a thriller. The twists and turns are dizzying, leading to an ending you won't see coming. Amber is recovering from a car crash, and since she's not quite out of her coma, we get to see flashbacks of her life and the events that brought her to where she is today. Everything - her... Read more

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Iron Lake (20th Anniversary Edition)

Cork O'Connor Mysteries: Book #1

By: William Kent Krueger
Narrated by: David Chandler
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town's ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O'Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the... Read more

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

By: Theodora Goss
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 13 hours 38 minutes

Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this “tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their... Read more

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The Trees

A Novel

By: Percival Everett
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 7 hours 42 minutes

An uncanny literary thriller addressing the painful legacy of lynching in the US, by the author of Telephone

Percival Everett's The Trees is a must-listen that opens with a series of brutal murders in the rural town of Money, Mississippi. When a pair of detectives from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrive, they meet expected... Read more

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Clark and Division

Japantown Mysteries: Book #1

By: Naomi Hirahara
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Clark and Division is a propulsive mystery and a heart-wrenching examination of Japanese internment and relocation in the 1940s. Hirahara beautifully weaves history and injustice into this fascinating and compelling crime novel. Read more

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In Five Years

A Novel

By: Rebecca Serle
Narrated by: Megan Hilty
Length: 6 hours 44 minutes

“Sometimes a book comes along that is exactly what you need at the moment. That's what “In Five Years” was for me last week. Partly because it’s a love story with a bit of magic. Partly because I adored the friendship between the two very different main characters: pragmatic Dannie and whimsical Dannie. This book gave me all the feels, a few... Read more

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Three Hours in Paris

A Kate Rees WWII Novel: Book #1

By: Cara Black
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

“I couldn’t put down this well-written and fast-paced thriller. This is the story of Kate Rees, an American female spy, and her tragedies and triumphs during WWII. Cara creates a captivating story around Hitler’s three-hour visit to Paris, to which he never returned again, and takes you on a wild ride through the city that day. Each piece of the... Read more

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