Bring on the April showers because I am ready to curl up indoors with a good new mystery release. Here’s a look at the five best new crime novels coming out this month!
Back when he was a rookie detective, Amos Decker may have made a mistake, one that could have put an innocent man in prison for over a decade. A man who even now, while terminally ill, still claims his innocence. While visiting his hometown in Ohio, Decker will have to face whether he did originally make a mistake because it’s the only way he can possibly, hopefully, stop another crime… I love the-past-is-coming-to-get-you mysteries!
Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel Howzell Hall writes one of my favorite detective series, so I could not have been more excited to see she’s also written a standalone mystery with one of my favorite tropes: strangers on a remote island! This is a modern take on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None starring Miriam Macy, an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, and a young widow who are all lured to a mansion on an island under false pretenses. And as the title, and its classic origin, implies, they’re gonna start dying one by one. I’m so excited!
If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the next Women’s Murder Club novel, happy reading to you! Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case of San Francisco schoolteachers who’ve gone missing when the case becomes a murder investigation. Boxer’s husband Joe is dealing with a strange encounter with an informant who swears she’s seen a war criminal from her home country. When she too disappears it’s clear that Boxer, Joe, and the Women's Murder Club are going to have to figure out what is happening to save the women in San Fransisco.
Need a good legal thriller? Angie Kim wrote one for you! After an explosion during a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) session leaves two dead and others wounded, a mother is on trial for the murder of her autistic son, who died in the fire. The owners of the facility with the HBOT now must testify. As this courtroom drama unfolds, and everyone’s lies and secrets are revealed, who will be behind this horrible explosion?
Here’s a historical mystery that not only sounds bonkers good but wins for its gorgeous cover alone. Set in 1615, and based on true events, the novel is set in the court of King James I. Husband and wife, Frances Howard and Robert Carr, are accused of murdering Sir Thomas Overbury by poisoning. How, why, and who?! I’m gonna have to leave you to go find out!
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Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations Coordinator who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.