Whether you’re a fan of thrillers, true crime, suspense novels, or mysteries, there’s something on this list of fall releasing crime books for you! So you know the drill, get your favorite fall drink and treat, blanket, and curl up for some excellent reading.
by Ian Rankin
For Inspector Rebus fans, here’s your latest! John Rebus gets a call in the middle of the night, which, even if he didn’t spend his life solving crime, he would still know is a signal that something is wrong. And sure enough, it’s his daughter saying that her husband has been missing for two days. He’s obviously going to help but he can’t turn his detective brain off and knows she’s a suspect. He’s also not sure where the line between father and detective is for him in this case.
Aya de Leon
Yolanda Vance is a Type A personality whose entire career derails when the firm she works for gets raided by the FBI and she doesn’t destroy evidence, but instead gives them what they need, making her persona non grata in the legal field. So she takes a job as a lawyer for the FBI, but before she can settle in, they decide to send her undercover into a teen activist group the FBI has labeled as extremist. But Vance is about to find out nothing is what it seems, and she'll have to question everything she’s ever believed...
by Becky Cooper
Here’s your must-read true crime for fans of memoir mixed with true crime. During her undergrad at Harvard, Becky Cooper heard whispers about a crime from 1969. Harvard had been merging with its all-women sister school, Radcliffe, and Jane Britton, daughter of Radcliffe's vice president, was bludgeoned to death in her apartment. The versions of the stories Cooper heard weren’t all accurate, and it set her on a ten-year path of searching for the truth. She shares that journey in this book.
Raise your hand if you're up for a thriller with a global conspiracy? Okay, put your hand down and get Daylight, which follows Atlee Pine, an FBI Agent who has never stopped searching for her twin sister, who was kidnapped when they were six. Now, Pine finally gets a lead to find her sister, but that ends up leading her into accidentally blowing a drug ring investigation that has far reaches into global democracy.
Lee Child; Andrew Child
Jack Reacher fans get more Reacher this fall! And there's plenty action, as Reacher is outside Nashville minding his own business as always when he saves a stranger from an abduction. But of course, that’s just the beginning, so you know there is a whole conspiracy can that gets opened and Reacher (of course) will have to save more days.
by Shan Serafin
Anthony Costello is a mob accountant who has been stabbed to death in his home. The three women from the book title are in fact Costello’s wife, maid, and personal chef. Their disappearance opens the door for one of them being the murderer. And you know they all had reasons to want him dead. Making it more complicated is that the chef is married to the detective on this case.
Here’s a hell of a setup: defense attorney Mickey Haller is arrested because there’s a dead guy in his trunk, whose death he claims he’s being framed for. He gets to investigate his own case from prison because he can’t pay the $5 million bail–-there are no paddles in this river! So Haller has to not only try and stay alive in prison, but he also has to figure out who is framing him and prove it. I’d say good luck, buddy, but ya know the day is gonna be saved, right? It’s the romance HEA equivalent in thrillers.
If you were a fan of the very satisfying mystery-within-a-mystery book Magpie Murders, great news, there is now a sequel! Moonflower Murders is also perfect for fans of bookish books and island life since the main character Susan Ryeland has retired from publishing and moved to a Greek island to run a hotel. When guests retell a murder story that connects to Ryeland’s former life as a writer, we’re back in a story within a story full of connections. Can Horowitz pull off another clever mystery? You’ll have to read and find out.
by Marshall Karp
Put on your fanciest attire because we’re going to a wedding A reality star's extravagant wedding! But the bride isn’t going to have her perfect day...seeing as she disappears, leaving behind a wedding dress covered in blood and a dressing room where a struggle clearly occurred. Good thing Detective Kylie MacDonald from the NYPD’s elite task force happened to be attending as a plus-one. But she’s going to have her work cut out for her since the “proof of life” video goes live and all the guests become suspects or potential victims.
Detective Alex Cross is back, and this time it’s a double murder. Not only does he need to figure out why the vice president’s ex-wife was sitting behind a private school with its principal in the middle of the night, but who would murder them both? He’ll have to team up with FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney and take a trip to Alabama to start to get some answers...
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Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and can hold a conversation using only gifs.Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.