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Best Mysteries to Listen to

These are my favorite mysteries that I have listened to. Some books don't always make the best listening material, but these are ones I can say are great!

Playlist Tags: Once Upon A Crime genre: Mystery & Thriller mood: spooky

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Big Sky

Jackson Brodie: Book #5

By Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes

Big Sky

“ I listened to Big Sky with ever-increasing delight. Until now I was a stranger to Kate Atkinson and her fictional private eye, Jackson Brodie, and had no idea what was in store for me. The various threads of the story were laid out in the early chapters, leisurely, each character so clear and compelling, the narrative sparkling and even funny. Then, with the deftest of touches, Atkinson weaves the threads into an un-put-down-able suspense novel of the highest literary caliber and with the most satisfying of resolutions imaginable. The reading by Jason Isaacs was fabulously done. I thoroughly and joyfully loved it and am now a devoted Atkinson fan.”

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Conviction

By Denise Mina
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

Conviction

“ Why did I wait so long to read Denise Mina?! Conviction is a fast listen made faster by the fact that the plot takes place over the course of just a couple of days. Anna is as explosively fascinating character (literally and figuratively, considering her temper!) Cathleen McCarron was such a wonderful narrator that I am actively seeking out more of her stuff. If you are looking for a quick and incredibly thrilling listen, I highly recommend this one. ”

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What Rose Forgot

A Novel

By Nevada Barr
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

What Rose Forgot

“Rose is a fit and feisty 68. She is at home, meditating. Her heart open. Her mind clear. She sets her intentions for a good day. Remembering to be present, aware of being aware. Deep cleansing breath. Rose opens her eyes. She is in a Memory Care Unit. What the…. Forget her intentions for a good day… she just wants to know where she is, and why. Rose is hopelessly lost. And pissed. Really, really pissed. And I am hooked. Really, really hooked.”

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Heaven, My Home

A Highway 59 Novel: Book #2

By Attica Locke
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

In this "captivating" crime novel (People), Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is on the hunt for a missing child -- but it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target.
9-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; now he's alone in the darkness of vast Caddo Lake, in a boat whose motor just died. A sudden noise... Read more »

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Bluebird, Bluebird

A Highway 59 Novel: Book #1

By Attica Locke
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes

Bluebird, Bluebird

“Loved this audiobook. Darren Matthews is such a compelling protagonist, and the cast of characters, pacing, etc of this novel is terrific. Also thought the reader did an excellent job. Now on to Heaven My Home!”

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Lady in the Lake

A Novel

By Laura Lippman
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Lady in the Lake

“I continue to be in awe of Laura Lippman’s ability to write novels that are so much more than mysteries. Lady in the Lake is, of course, a wonderful mystery with twists and turns and surprises —nothing is predictable. But it is also a beautiful character study and a sensitive look at the desire to have a meaningful life and how ambition can be motivating but also blinding. I loved the multiple voices in the novel— Laura’s characters are never perfect and therefore come across as real people with real needs. I have no doubt that Lady in the Lake will be a huge success.”

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The Word is Murder

A Novel

By Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
Length: 9 hours 2 minutes

The Word is Murder

“When a healthy 60-year-old woman is found strangled in her London home the very day she had organized and paid for her own funeral, former police detective—now consultant—Daniel Hawthorne convinces author Anthony Horowitz to shadow his investigation to eventually publish this very story. Imagine sitting in a darkened English pub listening to Horowitz bemoaning his involvement as he tells the story of the unlikeable but captivating Hawthorne. Readers will quickly join in playing detective as characters, plot twists, clues, and red herrings escalate while enjoying the old-fashioned feel of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting. Delicious!”

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

A Novel in Clues

By Nova Jacobs
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track down-and protect-before others can get their hands on it.Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of... Read more »

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A Better Man

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #15

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes

"Robert Bathurst's intelligent narration captures every nuance, every emotion, and each of Louise Penny's subtle revelations about the unique, completely engaging residents of Three Pines." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief... Read more »

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The Lost Man

By Jane Harper
Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
Length: 10 hours 59 minutes

The Lost Man

“Jane Harper has created yet another masterpiece, this one a standalone set in the outback region of Queensland Australia. It is a beautifully written character driven novel where the extreme hardship of living and surviving in the outback is one of the major characters. It is the story of the Bright brothers told from the perspective of Nathan – the oldest of the three – as he tries to make sense of how his middle brother, Cameron, ended up alone in the middle of the desert dead of dehydration when he had a well-stocked and working car not far away. Was it something sinister or was it suicide as the authorities seem to believe. If suicide, what might have driven this charismatic well liked young man with a wife and two young daughters to take his life. The Lost Man is a story of family dynamics, of abuse and of lots of what ifs. The descriptions of the scenery and life in the outback would be enough alone to keep up your interest, but added to that is a cast of characters who you feel like you know intimately by the end of the book. A cast of characters who all have secrets and who make you wonder did Cameron kill himself or did one of them do the unspeakable.”

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Your House Will Pay

A Novel

By Steph Cha
Narrated by: Greta Jung & Glenn Davis
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

Your House Will Pay

“Riveting story of two families struggles as racial violence has forever bound them together.”

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