Private Eye July

Explore 15 thrilling new releases in our annual celebration of suspense and true crime.
Book jacket image for Bellies by Nicola Dinan


By recognizing imperfection and refusing to shy away from struggles—including the stigmas surrounding queer love and identity—Bellies soothes the imperfect, struggling parts of ourselves.

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Waiting to Be Arrested at Night

Author Tahir Hamut Izgil and narrator Greg Watanabe give a voice to a silenced community and, together, call for listeners to bear witness to the persecution of the Uyghur people.

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Book jacket image for Underworlds by Stephen Ellcock


In the dreamlike Underworlds, Stephen Ellcock pulls off an impressive feat in gathering material from sources as diverse and multifaceted as an underground ecosystem.

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Book jacket image for The Magicians by Blexbolex

The Magicians

Elevated word choice and spirited phrasing give a timeless quality to Blexbolex’s fantastic graphic novel, which muses upon mercy, change and possibility.

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Book jacket image for The Ferris Wheel by Tu¨lin Kozikoglu

The Ferris Wheel

A beautifully profound yet subtle story about refugees and global connection, The Ferris Wheel engages its text and illustrations in conversation, capturing the essence of what a picture book should be.

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Book jacket image for The New Brownies' Book by Karida L. Brown

The New Brownies’ Book

This treasury inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois acknowledges the past while celebrating modern times with illustrations throughout that are eye-catching in color, theme and style.

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Book jacket image for A Stolen Child by Sarah Stewart Taylor

A Stolen Child

A Stolen Child is a nicely done police procedural, but it also offers an insightful look at a rapidly gentrifying part of Dublin.

Book jacket image for Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez

Before She Finds Me

In Heather Chavez’s fresh and surprising new thriller, a botany professor is nearly as lethal as the assassin she’s evading.

Book jacket image for Dead Man's Wake by Paul Doiron

Dead Man’s Wake

Paul Doiron packs in lots of twists and turns, and enough suspense to keep you reading well past bedtime, in his 14th Mike Bowditch mystery.

Book jacket image for Evidence of Things Seen by Sarah Weinman

Evidence of Things Seen

Sarah Weinman’s second true crime anthology confronts how social media, misogyny, racism and classism shape how we perceive crime.

Book jacket image for I Know Who You Are by Barbara Rae-Venter

I Know Who You Are

Some retirees quilt; others fish. And then there’s Barbara Rae-Venter, who identified the Golden State Killer using investigative genetic genealogy and sparked a forensic revolution.

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Little, Crazy Children

In his latest true crime investigation, James Renner refuses to let the murder of Shaker Heights, Ohio, teenager Lisa Pruett be washed away by the tide of time.

Book jacket image for The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief

Stéphane Breitwieser stole more than 300 irreplaceable artworks. Journalist Michael Finkel now attempts to understand why this criminal aesthete hoarded those treasures in his attic.

Book jacket image for The Devil's Playground by Craig Russell

The Devil’s Playground

With its fascinating investigation of the dark underbelly of Old Hollywood and an extremely creative twist ending, The Devil’s Playground is one of the best mysteries of the year.

Book jacket image for The Guest Room by Tasha Sylva

The Guest Room

Tasha Sylva’s debut novel, The Guest Room, is a creepy, character-driven psychodrama with some truly excellent twists.

Book jacket image for The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

The Housekeepers

Alex Hay’s The Housekeepers is mischievous, suspenseful and just plain fun as it follows a gang of female thieves in Edwardian England.

Book jacket image for What the Dead Know by Barbara Butcher

What the Dead Know

Writing in a fast-paced and precise style, Barbara Butcher shares a treasure trove of stories from her 22 years as a death investigator in New York City.

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