Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers by Diverse Authors

MysterySuspensebydiverseauthors_novelsuspectsWhile crime books, and all the subgenres they contain, have a long way to go regarding representation, we have been getting some amazing books by marginalized authors and authors of color that you should not miss. So I’m going to highlight some in different genres and subgenres, from thriller books to cozies, to hopefully satisfy a wide range of reading moods. And this is obviously not an exhaustive list but rather a great place to find your next read! We hope you’ll take it as inspiration to dive into the author’s back-catalog, explore adjacent authors in the genre, and expand your reading horizons.


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.