August 16 Mystery, Thriller, True Crime Books to read
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Whether you’re braving the heat and mosquitoes outdoors (flip-flops make great fly swatters, just to say) or staying indoors and watching nature from the windows, you’ll need a book in hand. And I have a great roundup of August releases for mysteries, thrillers, and true crime readers as we all (in the US) begin to say goodbye to summer. We may not be in the flood of January or fall publications, but the summer continues to heat up producing plenty of detective books to read.
I aimed to hit as many reading tastes as possible so that there’s something here for everyone – and if you’re reading them all, you’ll want to beef up your TBR shelf. There’s a non-violent true crime for Corruption readers with a boss always loved by employees, a distant mystery where family members die one by one Agatha Christie-style, revenge and a hunt for hidden money, a translated Japanese crime, a thriller filled with woodland horror tropes, an Australian missing persons mystery, the start of a new intimate mystery series, two historical mysteries, a sequel to a procedural series, a thriller # metoo, an unsolved campus murder, and more.
What Happens to Me by Francesca Padilla
Minerva Gutiérrez would love to quit her job at an ice cream shop, but her mother has a chronic illness, she was kicked out of school for fighting and she needs the money. When the store is robbed, with her and other employees there, she’s not looking to be a hero. But then there’s talk of money hidden away where her job is and, well, she needs the money and she’s sure her boss is awful, so she teams up with a neighbor to find that money. What could go wrong?
You are invited by Amanda Jayatissa
Imagine that your former best friend invites you to his wedding. Then learn that she is marrying your ex-boyfriend. Could it get worse? You go to the wedding with the intention of stopping it and instead your friend disappears, presumed dead, and all eyes are on you as the culprit. They say weddings are stressful, this one can be deadly! (Sorry not sorry.)
The Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao
Starting college and moving into the dorms can be a lot. Anna Xu has added even more stress to this with a murder investigation: she is determined to find out who murdered her childhood babysitter. Since succeeding in school and solving a murder on campus aren’t enough, life throws other obstacles at her: her childhood rival, whose family also owns her family’s rival business…
Two Parts of Sugar, One Part of Murder (Baker Street Mystery #1) by Valerie Burns
For fans of cozy mystery! Maddy Montgomery was left at the altar, so she definitely accepted the inheritance offer to leave town and run her late great-aunt’s bakery and live in her Michigan home – with a 200-pound dog ! What could go wrong? It’s a cozy mystery so the mayor is murdered and Maddy’s fingerprints are on the knife…
Kismet by Amina Akhtar
The author of #FashionVictim is back with a new novel billed as viciously funny, which to me is a big SOLD OUT. Supported by a wellness guru, Ronnie Khan moves from Queens to Arizona and fully embraces the new wellness lifestyle – juice cleanses, hiking, yoga. That’s until the gurus start getting murdered… For audiobook fans, you get multicast narration: Dilshad Vadsaria, Kimberly Woods, and Rhett Samuel Price.
Murder at Westminster (Lady Worthington Mysteries #1) by Vanessa Riley
For fans of Regency era historical mystery! Lady Abigail Worthing finds her neighbor Juliet Henderson dead on her property. She is sure to be accused and although she has a solid alibi, she cannot say that she was at a secret pro-abolition meeting. Surprisingly, Juliet’s husband wants to help Worthing and not only offers him an alibi, but would like to know what really happened to his wife…
Shutter by Ramona Emerson
Next up is a crossover of genres for fans of crime thrillers, forensic trails, and supernatural horror. Rita Todacheene works for the Albuquerque police as a forensic photographer and keeps a secret: the ghosts of crime victims help her uncover the clues needed to catch the perpetrators. But that’s no fun gift for Todacheene, especially when a recent victim sets her on the path to revenge…
Three Assassins by Kōtarō Isaka, Sam Malissa (Translator)
Serially translated crime novels are often not translated in the order in which they were originally published. And that’s the case here: it’s the book originally published before Bullet Train in Japan. It’s the story of Suzuki as a math teacher who gives up his life to join the gang that murdered his wife. But this is an unusual gang of assassins and it won’t be easy to take them all down.
Accomplice by Winnie M Li
For fans of revenge, thrillers and stories past and present! Sarah Lai no longer works in Hollywood and is instead a university lecturer. She’s happy to keep the past where it is until a reporter shows up, wanting to know about Lai’s experience working with film producer Hugo North. Is it time for her story to come out?
Lady Joker, Volume Two by Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translator), Marie Iida (Translator)
The conclusion of the Lady Joker detective saga! This is Kaoru Takamura’s reimagining of a real case that terrorized Japan for two years. Readers follow five men in 1995 Tokyo who are distraught over the state of their lives and come together to kidnap the CEO of Japan’s largest beer conglomerate for cash.
Alice Feeney’s Daisy Darker
If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie’s plot about “a group of stranded people unable to leave as they are murdered one by one”, this is your book. What begins as a family reunion – a family with a complicated past – turns into a murder very quickly when the host (the grandmother!) is found dead. They may start out wondering if it could be murder, but a second body quickly answers that question – especially with clues left behind in nursery rhymes and tapes everyone can watch with friends. incidents from the past. Who is killing this family and will anyone be left to tell the tale?
Running Time by Catherine Ryan Howard
For fans of twisted thrillers, story-within-a-story and horror tropes. Adele Rafferty is living in Los Angeles after a bad experience on a film set in Ireland. She still hasn’t made it as an actress, so when she gets a call from home about a movie that wants her right now because the lead actress dropped out, she ignores all those red flags” something is wrong” and gets on a plane. But once she’s on the remote in the woods, filming a horror movie, strange things start to happen and maybe she’s the one in a horror…
Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor
For fans of Australian missing persons cases and mystery novels. In a rural Australian town, a 12-year-old girl, Esther, disappeared on her way home from school. We watch the investigation and get to know Esther, as we follow her best friend, mother, schoolmate, family friends and Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels who is brought in to investigate. It’s a great read for fans of small communities and secrets and who enjoy a mix of child and adult viewpoints.
Long Gone (Detective Annalisa Vega #2) by Joanna Schaffhausen
If you love page-turning how-tos, you can never go wrong with any of the Schaffhausen series. This book spoils the plot of the first so if you want to start from the beginning, go get Gone For Good and don’t read below. If you already have it ready and you’re excited for what’s next, Annalisa Vega is back! Ostracized by her family and colleagues, she thinks why not be the person who will investigate the death of a detective?
Retail Gangster: The Crazy Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie by Gary Weiss
For non-violent true crime fans looking for a scam now taught in business schools. Eddie Antar, “Crazy Eddie”, was a larger than life owner of a chain of electronics stores in the 70s who had an iconic ad campaign – you can see him in the movie Splash and SNL parodies. Here, journalist Gary Weiss tells the story of Eddie Antar, from the workers who love him forever to the massive corruption of his companies.
Death at the Manor (Lily Adler Mystery #3) by Katharine Schellman
For fans of cozy historical mysteries and locked room mysteries. Lily Adler may want to take a break from London and have a holiday in Hampshire, but with stories about a ghost and a woman suffocated to death in her sleep – in a locked room – she’s going to do a whole lot more than relax. Detective, she will be a detective of course! If you want to start at the beginning of the series, choose The Body In the Garden.
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