Many aspects of life have changed in the past few months, but the number of clever mysteries and addictive thrillers out there has not lessened one bit (thank goodness). Here are the 10 titles that have staked out a place at the top of our list of favorites.
This dark, twisty tribute to unreliable narrators and tenacious women is what every thriller wants to be: smart, surprising and unnerving.
This rollicking trip through Ghana’s criminal underworld introduces readers to stalwart sleuth Emma Djan, who will hopefully have many more cases to come.
Somehow, Todd’s long-running series starring the complicated, haunted Inspector Ian Rutledge just keeps getting better and better.
Moore’s smart and intense courtroom drama is a pretty much perfect blend of entertainment and social commentary.
A wickedly clever thriller that also serves as a love letter to the golden age of mysteries, Swanson’s mystery is a treat for all readers, but especially diehard whodunit fans.
Schellman’s cozy Regency mystery handles issues of class and race with sensitivity and depth, and is smashingly entertaining to boot.
Sligar’s haunting debut is rife with fascinating dichotomies, examining the legacies we leave behind and the infuriating difficulties of being a female artist.
There are no high concepts or rhetorical tricks to be found in Clark’s mystery—just former Chicago cop-turned-PI Cass Raines and a particularly compelling case, told through Clark’s refreshing, lived-in, no-frills prose.
The suspense is slow and steady in this meditative, artistic novel, which is as much a murder mystery as it is a contemplation of place.
Sexy, sad and stylish, Knecht’s 1960s-set series starring Vera Kelly finds the former CIA agent trying to set up shop as s PI, which is difficult enough for a woman even before you get to the fact that she’s gay.