Summer Mysteries

8 Beach Reads for Thriller and Mystery Lovers

Elly Griffiths

In the 11th Ruth Galloway Mystery, the past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

"This superb series never disappoints." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

Howard Norman

A haunting novel set in a Vermont village featuring a mission child, a newly married private detective, and a highly relatable ghost.

"Howard Norman . . . has reinvented the ghost story." — Jhumpa Lahiri

Norway's Queen of Crime returns with a tense and twisty tale of a lonely woman turned killer–or is she?

"A truly great writer and explorer of the human mind." — Jo Nesbo

Amy Gentry

A brilliant and timely novel now in paperback: Strangers on a Train by way of Thelma and Louise

"A twisty and engrossing thriller that will  keep you guessing until the very end." — Karin Slaughter

Jonathan Moore

A new thriller from a writer who's been compared to Michael Crichton, Alfred Hitchcock, Raymond Chandler, Blake Crouch, and David Cronenberg.

"Noir fans who don't know Moore have some catching up to do." — Booklist, starred review

Jonathan Moore

The Poison Artist spins a thrilling tale of obsession, damage, a man unmoored by an unspeakable past, and a woman who offers the ultimate escape. 

“An electrifying read . . . I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.” — Stephen King 

Jonathan Moore

“With an Edgar Allan Poe feel to it, this book leaves an uncomfortable, indelible impression . . . San Francisco has never been so menacing.” — Kirkus, starred review 

Jonathan Moore

A mind-bending, masterfully plotted thriller, “like Blade Runner if it were written by Charles de Lint or Neil Gaiman” — Publishers Weekly, starred review