STARRED REVIEW
December 2021

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
STARRED REVIEW

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

December 2021
We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
STARRED REVIEW
December 2021

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

December 2021
We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
STARRED REVIEW
December 2021

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
STARRED REVIEW
December 2021

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
December 2021

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2021

We’re calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age.
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We're calling it now: The mystery and suspense genre is on the cusp of a golden age. From psychological thrillers to procedurals to cozies, these books reached new heights and brought new perspectives to the forefront in 2021. 


10. Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes

Mango, Mambo, and Murder has everything readers look for in a cozy mystery but also feels like a breath of fresh air thanks to its funny, grounded characters and lovingly detailed setting.

9. Bad Moon Rising by John Galligan

John Galligan's trademark dark humor and clear-sighted social commentary are in fine form as he follows Sheriff Heidi Kick, one of the most complex yet lovable heroes in current crime fiction, on her latest investigation. 

8. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

This cozy mystery is even better than Richard Osman's utterly charming debut, The Thursday Murder Club.

7. The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

No one can pull off a twist like Louise Candlish. This gorgeous, meticulous nail-biter is a smooth work of narrative criminality. 

6. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Having reached a pinnacle of critical and commercial success that most authors only dream of, Louise Penny still somehow manages to top herself with the latest Inspector Gamache mystery.

5. Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The genre-hopping Silvia Moreno-­Garcia (Mexican Gothic) moves into pulp adventure territory with a novel set in 1970s Mexico City that evokes the best conspiracy thrillers.

4. Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

The Jazz Age setting infuses this mystery with a crackling feeling of possibility. Readers will unequivocally root for Nekesa Afia's amateur sleuth.

3. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

Razorblade Tears transcends genre boundaries and is a must-read for anyone looking for a mystery that provokes and thrills in equal measure.

2. Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

Set in a Japanese American neighborhood during World War II, Clark and Division is as much an exposé of communal trauma as it is a mystery.

1. Silverview by John le Carré

Master of espionage John le Carré's final novel is one of his most impressive accomplishments. A gift for the devoted readers mourning his loss, it looks back and comments on his unparalleled body of work.

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