The weather is getting colder and the nights are getting longer—it’s the perfect time to grab some great new mystery or crime books and hunker down. Here’s a round-up of the best November thriller and suspense books by Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, and more. Add them to your TBR, and if you can’t get to them all, make sure you put them on your holiday wishlists!
In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier, with little to read but newspapers. The case that catches Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university's clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by the widower of one of the victims—his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide—Jim approaches the Framjis and is hired by the Parsee family to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon. But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Jim's investigation disturbs the shadows that seem to follow the Framji family and triggers an ominous chain of events.
In The Law of Innocence, a new Lincoln Lawyer novel, Mickey Haller is feeling great after winning a case—until he's pulled over by the police and they pop his trunk and discover the body of a former client. It doesn't matter that it's a set-up. Mickey is thrown into jail and given an impossibly high bail amount, forcing him to phone in his half brother Harry Bosch to help him figure out who exactly wanted him framed for murder.
Kay Willingham was the ex-wife of the Vice President and an influential person in Washington D.C., so everyone is shocked when she's murdered right outside of a private school, along with the school's headmaster. Alex Cross and Ned Mahoney are on the case in the 28th Alex Cross novel, an investigation that sends Cross to Alabama, where Kay lived before she arrived in DC, and where she left a lot of secrets behind.
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In 1969, Harvard was in the process of merging with Radcliffe, it's all-female sister school when a graduate student named Jane Britton was bludgeoned to death in her apartment. Her murder captured the imaginations of undergrads for decades, until Becky Cooper arrived at Harvard and began looking into the case, sorting fact from rumor in order to tell a tale of misogyny and dark academia.
FBI Atlee Pine has long been haunted by what really happened to her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted when they were children. Now, she finally has a breakthrough in her case: the identity of her sister's kidnapper. Yet when she pursues this lead, she walks right into military investigator John Puller's drug ring investigation. As Puller struggles to salvage his case, a connection between the mysteries is made, and Atlee must reckon with the shocking truth about her sister's disappearance.
Susan Ryeland has retired from publishing and is running an inn on a Greek island, but secretly longs for the literary world and the bustle of London. Then, a most intriguing family comes to stay at her inn. The Trehearnes have a story about a murder that took place in a hotel their daughter was married in—and that murder has connections to Alan Conway, Susan's author. And when the Trehearnes's daughter goes missing, Susan knows that something is afoot.
Sheriff’s Detective Clayton Istee is surprised when he catches a murder case that could lead to much bigger fish. A couple are murdered in their hotel room, but some digging reveals that they're involved in a drug case and high-stakes gambling, all part of a larger DEA case. Suddenly Clayton is in over his head, tracking down a dangerous hitman.
Leon Rozental is just a child when his father dies and his mother is arrested in Stalin's purges. He's hiding from the NKVD in the House on the Embankment when he meets an old man named Koba, who knows an awful lot about the Soviet Union's dictators. Soon, Leon is trapped in a dangerous web involving the personal lives of high-ranking Society officials, which could very well get him killed.
John E. Douglas; Mark Olshaker
Jospeh Paul Franklin was the most dangerous type of killer: A white supremacist who targeted people seemingly at random, although his kills were always racially motivated. His three year crime spree across the U.S. was devastating, and he was hunted but John E. Douglas, an FBI criminal profiler, who also studied his behavior to understand how someone could be radicalized into a homegrown terrorist. This is a perfect follow up for fans of Mindhunter and The Third Rainbow Girl.
Clive Cussler; Boyd Morrison
Juan Cabrillo and his are aboard the Oregon are the only ones who can stop a deadly terrorist attack in the form of a bioweapon—a poison that a dying billionaire gave them access to. With their lives on the line, Juan and his crew must race against the clock to find an antidote before it's too late.
Jo Nesbo; Robert Ferguson (Translator)
Roy and Karl are brothers bonded by a dark past, but as adults they couldn't be more different. Roy never left their small town, but Karl ran as soon as he could. Now Karl is back, with a new wife and a new business, but it's not long before old trouble resurfaces. As Roy cleans up Karl's messes, he has to wonder just how long before his loyalty to his little brother runs out.
C. J. Box (Editor); Otto Penzler (Editor)
It's that time of the year! The annual Best American Mystery Stories anthology is here, and the 2020 edition features short stories selected by the bestselling author C.J. Box.
Stephanie Plum's grandmother's new husband has just died, and he leaves behind a scavenger hunt to an unimaginable fortune. As Stephanie and her grandmother begin tracking down the treasure, they find that two enemies and a new adversary are also hot on their trail, and they're playing to kill.
Kennedy and Carter are just teens in 1993 when a night of partying goes too far, and Kennedy's best friend Haley is murdered. The police zero in on Kennedy and she pleads guilty to the murder, only to finally be released in 2008 to a completely different world. As she returns home and tries to pick up the pieces of her life, a crime show host begins asking questions, not convinced the murder panned out as Kennedy described.
Jo is a profesional blackmailer, targeting the worst, most lecherous men of LA and working for the mysterious Lady Upstairs. When one of her jobs results in the death of her mark, Jo takes a lot of heat—but decides to double down and pull off a bigger con in order to clear her name. But secrets and twists throw off her plans, and she might not be able to pull through this one.
Gregor Demarkian, FBI agent and consultant, has one last case to solve before he can retire: A mysterious van suspected to be ICE drive through an immigrant neighborhood, and dumps a body—still alive. The elderly woman who was kidnapped can't tell the police anything about what happened to her, but her super is dead in her apartment and clearly something is very wrong.
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Murder of Innocence: It's impossible to resist Andrew Luster. He's rich, charming, and good-looking, and dozens of women have fallen under his spell. But Andrew is no mere womanizer. He's a predator, and it'll take a global effort to put him behind bars. (with Max DiLallo)
A Murderous Affair: Mark Putnam is a rookie FBI agent given his first assignment in a remote part of Kentucky, a land of coal miners and meth dealers. Within his first months on the job, a young female informant named Susan Smith helps him make a big break in an important case. Rumors begin circulating that the agent and his informant are having an affair. After Susan starts telling people that she is pregnant with the FBI agent's baby, she suddenly disappears. (with Andrew Bourelle)