Gambian Pouched Rats, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hercule Poirot: Fall 2016 Mysteries and Thrillers

Gambian Pouched Rats, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hercule Poirot: Fall 2016 Mysteries and Thrillers

With Halloween, a change in the weather, and long dark nights ahead, fall is definitely the season of thrills and chills. This also means it’s the perfect time of year to pick up a new mystery or thriller. This season, readers have a wide range of exhilarating books to choose from, including a psychological thriller about longing, a crazy ride with Carl Hiaasen, and the tale of a sex-crimes division police officer taking matters into her own hands. No matter what kind of spine-tingling, shiver-inducing, sleep-destroying novels you prefer, there’s something here for everyone.

Closed Casket

Little grey cells

After the successful Monogram Murders, Sophie Hannah is back with another new Hercule Poirot novel modeled on the works of beloved mystery author Agatha Christie. In this sequel, Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool have been summoned to the home of Lady Athelinda Playford. Poirot and Catchpool aren’t exactly sure why. But then, Lady Athelinda makes an unexpected announcement to her family and close friends, and shortly thereafter, one of her guests is murdered. Poirot and Catchpool will solve the crime, but not before the investigation takes a few twists and turns. According to Publishers Weekly, “this endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime’s legacy is in capable hands.”

On shelves: September 6

Razor Girl

Razor sharp wit

Carl Hiaasen, as fans already know, doesn’t deal in “quiet” or “subtle” fiction. His antics are big, borderline-absurd, and a whole lot of fun. In his newest novel, Razor Girl (which is a sequel to Bad Monkey), Hiaasen takes readers to Florida where a talent agent, a scammer, and a reality show cast member are up to no good. Long story short, a murder case develops in the midst of all of this chaos, and solving it won’t be easy or straightforward amidst all of Hiaasen’s entertaining shenanigans. Let us also say this: There will be Gambian pouched rats. Kirkus says it best: “Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention.”

On shelves: September 6

Red Right Hand


If you’ve been dying for a sequel to 2015’s The Killing Kind by Chris Holm, then September 13 is your lucky day. In Red Right Hand, Holm takes readers to San Francisco, where a terrorist attack is being carried out on one of the country’s most iconic pieces of infrastructure: the Golden Gate Bridge. A tourist visiting the bridge happens to snap a picture of the incident that gives authorities some vital information about the crime, and the implications of the photo will have broad repercussions for the investigation. Fan-favorite Michael Hendricks is back in this gripping novel, and reader–you don’t want to miss this.

On shelves: September 13

Black Water

Secret agent man

Louise Doughty is back with another thriller that fans won’t be able to put down. John Harper, a black-ops agent, begins the novel in Bali, where he is supposed to be keeping a low profile. But Harper, who has a pretty good sense about these things, becomes fairly sure that something is not quite right. He thinks his bosses might send someone to murder him. A budding relationship with a beautiful Belgian woman named Rita isn’t enough to keep Harper from ruminating and revisiting some of the horrific events of his past as he mulls over his own future. For readers who love non-linear timelines and globe-hopping, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect thriller, although, reader be warned: This one is dark.

On shelves: September 13

Sun, Sand, Murder

Island in the sun

Teddy Creque is an important man on the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. He’s a constable in the local police force, a customs officer, and he’s in charge of the island’s supply of electricity. He gets another job, however, when a murderer strikes on the small, beautiful, Caribbean haven: investigator. This is a hat Creque hasn’t worn in a while (more specifically, ever), because island history states that the last murder on Anegada was in 1681. Readers will love the exotic setting and thrilling drama in this mystery that Kirkus is calling “spectacular as a Caribbean sunset.”

On shelves: September 13

The Gloaming

Far from home

In Melanie Finn’s new thriller, Pilgrim Jones’ world is falling apart. Her husband has been cheating on her, and shaken by this news, she gets into a deadly car accident that kills three children. Unable to cope with the horror of what she has done, she moves to Tanzania, hoping to escape. There, she settles in Magulu. Before long, however, she attracts attention from some of the village’s inhabitants. There are other transplants in Magulu, and each of them has a reason for having run away. But Tanzania isn’t without its own dark secrets, and Pilgrim finds herself drawn into a strange and lethal situation that will keep readers up reading long into the night.

On shelves: September 20

The Kept Woman

Scene of the crime

It’s no secret that here at Bookish, we love Karin Slaughter. We’ve been waiting for The Kept Woman ever since the publication of Pretty Girls last year, and couldn’t be happier that Slaughter has returned to her popular Will Trent series with an 8th installment. In this chilling novel, Will Trent takes a case that hits a little too close to home. The facts seem simple enough, at first: A corpse turns up in a warehouse in Georgia. But the crime scene isn’t quite right, and it’s not just any warehouse—it belongs to a major figure in town who has the means to defend himself legally, and who Will has already investigated on rape charges. This case quickly becomes stranger and stranger, and very personal. Fans of the Will Trent series should run, not walk, to their nearest bookstore.

On shelves: September 20

The Trespasser

Taken too soon

Tana French super fans (Kelly Gallucci, Bookish editor, I’m looking at you) have been waiting for this new installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series ever since 2014, and French doesn’t disappoint. This book follows Detective Antoinette Conway (who readers will recognize from The Secret Place) as she works to find the killer who murdered a young woman named Aislinn Murray. Of course, one of the first suspects is Murray’s boyfriend. As Conway digs into Murray’s past, however, she learns that the victim changed a great deal in the years and months leading up to her death, particularly in her interactions with men. We don’t think you’ll be able to put this book down until you’ve turned the final page.

On shelves: October 4

Every Man a Menace

Feeling ecstatic

The ecstasy market in San Francisco is darkly entertaining in this new noir from Patrick Hoffman. Readers will meet Raymond Gaspar, who is fresh out of prison and ready to get back to his old life. Gaspar takes a job working for a local drug dealer named Gloria Ocampo, and quickly gets drawn into the dangerous and fast-paced world of international drug sales. Hoffman himself has a background as a private investigator, so he knows his stuff. Multiple perspectives intertwine to make up this drug-fueled tale.This book isn’t for the weak of heart or stomach, but for readers who love crime fiction that keeps them up all night, this book is absolutely perfect.

On shelves: October 4


The Lost Boy

Lucky number seven

Nathalie and her son, Sam, are moving to an island known as “Ghost Island.” Nathalie knows that it’s the best way to get away from her past, which is something she desperately needs to do after the death of her husband. But life on Ghost Island isn’t the fresh start that she hoped it would be, and Nathalie finds her world closing in on her. The finance officer in her town (who happens to be an ex-boyfriend of Nathalie’s) is shot to death, and the investigation begins to turn up information that Nathalie hoped would stay a secret forever. Fans of the Scandinavian thriller genre will devour this psychologically astute tale about families, secrets, and the impossibility of leaving the past entirely.

On shelves: October 11


Livia Lone

Settling the score

Livia Lone has a day job: She works in the sex-crimes division of the Seattle police department, but she does some extracurricular work, too. That extracurricular work is letting men pick her up in bars, and then killing them. Livia was sold into sex work when she was just a child, and has no tolerance for the kind of man who mistreated her back then and never suffered the consequences. Readers may be reminded of Stieg Larsson’s beloved Lisbeth Salander when they meet Livia Lone, and will be totally riveted by the story of this woman on a mission to right the wrongs in her past. Kirkus raves, “Filled with raw power, this may be the darkest thriller of the year.”

On shelves: October 25

The Long Room

The spy who loved me

Even spies fall in love, and when they do, it certainly makes things more complicated. This novel from Francesca Kay follows the story of Stephen Donaldson, who makes the grave error of falling in love with the wife of the man he is supposed to be spying on. Donaldson is living in London, and amidst the cold, gray drizzle, he imagines what life with his target’s wife—Helen—would be like. There are obvious obstacles to the relationship, but Donaldson’s yearning will leap off of the pages and into the hearts of readers. This is an interesting twist on the usual spy thriller, and readers just might want to have a box of Kleenex handy.

On shelves: November 1



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