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Mystery & Thriller Series

Mystery & Thriller Series

Ready to solve a mystery? We've gathered a list of the first books from many beloved series to help get you started!

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Still Life

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #1

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

In Still Life, bestselling author Louise Penny introduces Monsieur L'Inspecteur Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec, a modern Poirot who anchors this beloved traditional mystery series

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of...

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Arsenic and Adobo

A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery: Book #1

By Mia P. Manansala
Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

A RUSA Award-winning novel!

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer....


When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant,... Read more »

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One for the Money - Abridged

A Stephanie Plum Novel

By Janet Evanovich
Narrated by: Lori Petty
Length: 2 hours 53 minutes

Discover where it all began—#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s first “snappily written, fast-paced, and witty” (USA TODAY) novel in the beloved Stephanie Plum series featuring a feisty and funny heroine who “comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air” (The Washington Post).

Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with... Read more »

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The Bangalore Detectives Club

The Kaveri and Ramu Series: Book #1

By Harini Nagendra
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

The first in a charming, joyful cozy crime series set in 1920s Bangalore, featuring sari-wearing detective Kaveri and her husband, Ramu. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

When clever, headstrong Kaveri moves to Bangalore to marry handsome young doctor Ramu, she’s resigned herself to a quiet life.

But...

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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

The Thursday Murder Club

“A perfect book to cozy up to by the fire, especially while it's cold and dark outside. Terrific light read! Great fun with lots of humor, warmth and charm, and quirky, improbable elderly folks 'helping' the police solve a crime that happened on their doorstep. I want to live in a retirement home like this one when that time comes!!”

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Murder in G Major

Gethsemane Brown Mysteries

By Alexia Gordon
Narrated by: Jessica Carroll
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none. The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The... Read more »

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In the Woods

A Novel
Dublin Murder Squad: Book #1

By Tana French
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 20 hours 26 minutes

The bestselling debut, with over a million copies sold, that launched Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher and “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post). 

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times

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The Widows of Malabar Hill

Perveen Mistry Mysteries: Book #1

By Sujata Massey
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

The Widows of Malabar Hill

“I loved this novel! Sujata Massey is a strong, confident storyteller and this captivating mystery, set in 1920s Bombay, features superb world-building, a riveting plot, and great characters. Perveen Mistry is a richly written protagonist: By turns confident and conflicted, she strives to do the right thing and is more than capable of getting herself out of trouble. Highly recommended for a fresh take on the mystery genre.”

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Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs: Book #1

By Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Maisie Dobbs got her start as a maid in an aristocratic London household whenshe was thirteen. Her employer, suffragette Lady Rowan Compton, soon became her patron, taking the remarkably bright youngster under her wing. Lady Rowan’s friend, Maurice Blanche, often retained as an investigator by the European elite, recognized Maisie’s intuitive... Read more »

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Blackwater Falls

Detective Inaya Rahman: Book #1

By Ausma Zehanat Khan
Narrated by: Fareeda Pasha
Length: 11 hours 39 minutes

Blackwater Falls

“I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and really enjoyed it. Inaya, her coworkers and family make for a great cast of characters. Some aspects of the story were stronger than others, but overall this new series is off to a great start and I look forward to the next book.”

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Book #1

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

Hercule Poirot solves his first case in the Agatha Christie novel that started it all, now in a fully restored edition that features a “missing chapter” along with commentary from Christie expert John Curran.

Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorp and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Suspects abound in the...

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Death By Dumpling

A Noodle Shop Mystery
A Noodle Shop Mystery

By Vivien Chien
Narrated by: Cheryl May
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having... Read more »

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A Study in Scarlet

Sherlock Holmes Mysteries: Book #1

By Arthur Conan Doyle
Narrated by: Peter Mesney
Length: 4 hours 5 minutes

A Study in Scarlet is the novel that introduced Arthur Conan Doyle's eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes, as well as his faithful associate Dr. Watson, to the literary world. Read more »

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw

By Stephen Graham Jones
Narrated by: Cara Gee
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

My Heart Is a Chainsaw

“This frequently amusing and ultimately satisfying meta-horror novel follows Jade, a Native high-schooler with no friends, no extant future outside her janitorial job, and a deep love for slasher flicks, which are her coping mechanism in the face of an alcoholic father and absentee mom. Film trivia pervade the narration at every turn, but slasher newbies (like myself) will find the references easier to follow thanks to Jade's essays, presented in between chapters. Soon enough, a series of deaths convince Jade that a real slasher cycle is starting. Is this the overactive imagination of a struggling teen? And if not, what is it? My Heart Is A Chainsaw balances its obligations to both developing real characters of the sort not seen in pulp films, and functioning as a slasher itself, one that will keep you guessing until the end. On the way there, horror tropes are used to examine Native American identity, economic inequity, and childhood trauma. If you're into slashers, this is one you can't afford to miss; otherwise I would suggest listening to a sample to see if the narrational style is up your alley.”

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide To Murder: Book #1

By Holly Jackson
Narrated by: Bailey Carr, Marisa Calin, Michael Crouch, Gopal Divan, Robert Fass, Kevin R. Free, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Carol Monda, Patricia Santomasso, Shezi Sardar, Amanda Thickpenny & Various
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

“A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is an addictive, impossible to put down crime thriller. Jackson’s debut is tightly plotted and filled with wonderful twists. The format of the novel allows you to feel like you are part of the investigation, alongside the great cast of characters. This is a very fun listen start to finish.”

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Jade City

The Green Bone Saga: Book #1

By Fonda Lee
Narrated by: Andrew Kishino
Length: 19 hours 6 minutes

Jade City

“A slow burn with frequent bursts of action. For fans of mafia dramas and martial arts action. The Green Bone culture & mythology are unique & captivating. This book and its characters got better and better as the story progressed. Lee writes like a watchmaker, and this book ticks away like a finely-tuned machine.”

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Memory Man

Memory Man Series: Book #1

By David Baldacci
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 13 hours 16 minutes

This "impossible to put down" #1 New York Times bestseller introduces Amos Decker, a gifted police detective with a perfect memory who must solve a mystery he wishes he could forget: his family's murder (Washington Post).

Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person... Read more »

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These Violent Delights

These Violent Delights: Book #1

By Chloe Gong
Narrated by: Cindy Kay
Length: 14 hours 14 minutes

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above... Read more »

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A Study in Scarlet Women

The Lady Sherlock Series: Book #1

By Sherry Thomas
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 11 hours

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down.

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on...

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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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