Our Top Five Picks For Best Mystery & Suspense of 2020

TheBestofMysterySuspense2020_NovelSuspectsIt’s the time of year when Best Of lists start popping up everywhere. And while 2020 has absolutely not been a year one thinks of with the word “best,” it has been a year of reading great books while trying to find a break from, well, the rest of 2020. The way I judged this year’s list was rather simple: what are the thriller books and mystery books published this year that I read and am I still thinking about? In a year that felt a decade long, it seemed like a good way to set the bar. So here are our best thriller books and mystery books for 2020.


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.