Sometimes there’s nothing like a mystery or thriller to get your book club talking. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mysteries and thrillers written by women. Read on for some recommendations–some brand new, some from years past–for what your book club might enjoy. Pro tip: You might want to leave the lights on when you pick up these chilling reads!
Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth got a staggering five starred reviews when it came out in the fall of 2018, and we bet your book club will devour it. You’ll encounter a murderous young girl named Hanna who is on a mission to kill her mother, Suzette. Meanwhile, Suzette’s husband isn’t sure what the problem is since Hanna is so well-behaved with him. Eek!
Does your book club have a thing for Sherlock Holmes? If so, Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series is the perfect way to mix things up. In this first installment, you’ll meet Charlotte Holmes, an upper-class woman living in Victorian London. Three people have died, and rumors are swirling that the Holmes family had something to do with it. Charlotte will work to find the killer and prove her family’s innocence.
In Oyinkan Braithwaite’s buzzed-about novel, Korede’s sister Ayoola is on a killing spree. What makes matters even more complicated is that Korede has somehow wound up covering for her, and she is not happy about it. Your club will love following the story of these two sisters living in Nigeria, and we bet you’ll enjoy taking in the darkly funny tone of this murder mystery.
If your book club isn’t already addicted to the novels of Tana French, then you will be soon. Detective Cassie Maddox is about to go undercover as a murder victim who bears a striking resemblance to Cassie herself. Your club will be spellbound as Cassie moves into a house full of murder suspects to try and determine which one might have the capacity to kill… and the motive.
Attica Locke’s novel takes readers to a Louisiana plantation house named Belle Vie during Obama’s presidency. There, the body of a young female migrant worker turns up early one morning. Caren, who manages Belle Vie, digs further into the question of who the girl was and what happened to her, and encounters some deeply upsetting truths. This literary thriller will prompt fascinating conversations.
Dive into the world fo Sara Gran’s Claire DeWitt series. Claire is juggling a few things at once, the most pressing of which is that someone is trying to kill her. In an attempt to keep from being murdered, Claire must delve into her own dark past, including the disappearance of a friend and a suspicious death from the 1990s. Your club won’t be able to put this one down.