Best mysteries and thrillers 2022
STARRED REVIEW
December 2022

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2022

2022 was a year marked by meta mysteries, Cold War thrillers and complicated women.
STARRED REVIEW
December 2022

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2022

2022 was a year marked by meta mysteries, Cold War thrillers and complicated women.
December 2022

Best Mystery & Suspense of 2022

2022 was a year marked by meta mysteries, Cold War thrillers and complicated women.
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Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

Promising Young Woman meets “Dexter” in this highly suspenseful and strangely empowering thriller from an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.

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The Cage by Bonnie Kistler

Part locked-room mystery, part legal thriller, The Cage is tailor-made to be read in one breathless session.

The Cage jacket

Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman

Geiger is a truly excellent first novel: deeply researched, painstakingly crafted and thrilling on every page.

Geiger jacket

The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley

With unexpected twists, a paranoid atmosphere and a fascinating narrator, The Half Life of Valery K is a superb work of historical fiction and an excellent mystery.

The Half Life of Valery K jacket

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen

Mystery lovers will be thoroughly entertained by this thoughtful noir that examines midcentury LGBTQ+ life through a cast of dynamic characters.

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Little Sister by Gytha Lodge

A teenage girl covered in blood interrupts Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens’ afternoon pint—and Gytha Lodge’s mystery only gets more unpredictable from there.

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Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson

Simon Stephenson’s darkly hilarious Sometimes People Die harks back to classic English satire a la Kingsley Amis or Evelyn Waugh—just with more murder.

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Winter Work by Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman’s intense post-Cold War mystery savvily addresses both the personal and political pressures facing an East German spy.

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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Readers are treated to an inventive and expertly crafted mystery-within-a-mystery in Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library.

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You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa

This thoroughly satisfying and beautifully plotted thriller deconstructs the trope of the crazy ex-girlfriend.

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Blood Sugar

Blood Sugar

By Sascha Rothchild
Putnam
ISBN 9780593331545
The Cage

The Cage

By Bonnie Kistler
Harper
ISBN 9780063089143
Geiger

Geiger

By Gustaf Skördeman
Grand Central
ISBN 9781538754375
The Half Life of Valery K

The Half Life of Valery K

By Natasha Pulley
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781635573275
Lavender House

Lavender House

By Lev AC Rosen
Forge
ISBN 9781250834225
Little Sister

Little Sister

By Gytha Lodge
Random House
ISBN 9780593242919
Sometimes People Die

Sometimes People Die

Hanover Square
ISBN 9781335429254
Winter Work

Winter Work

By Dan Fesperman
Knopf
ISBN 9780593321607
The Woman in the Library

The Woman in the Library

By Sulari Gentill
Poisoned Pen
ISBN 9781464215872
You’re Invited

You’re Invited

By Amanda Jayatissa
Berkley
ISBN 9780593335123

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