I know we’re seeing all the “Best Of 2018” lists and all the “What To Look Forward To In 2019” lists right now, but the year hasn’t finished yet and we have new mystery and thriller releases for December! So here are some mystery and thrillers to pair with your favorite warm drink and cozy reading spot while you await the New Year.
Maybe you need some thrills with your procedural in order to keep your blood pumpin’ and keep you warm regardless of the outside chill! When a child is brutally murdered in a home invasion, the detectives are obviously heartbroken for the family but also can’t help but wonder why a witness was left alive…
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I’ve become a huge fan of Australian crime novels the last couple of years, and I can’t pass up a procedural one! The second in the series, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock has recently moved to Melbourne and is struggling to adjust—including with her new partner who is difficult, to say the least. What would the deaths of a homeless man and an upcoming action star have in common? Well murder for one, the rest Woodstock is going to have to figure out…
Lawyer Stone Barrington finds himself arranging for a powerful Mafia man’s safe to be opened on behalf of his daughter. The millions of dollars are the least of what is in the safe—there are criminal histories created by mob bosses who are all deceased except for one. Stone teaming up with a reporter to find out how this leads to a congressman is bound to end badly for at least some people. But who?
Imagine a healthy young woman dropping dead. Then on the autopsy table, it seems not only was she a heart transplant recipient but her DNA is now a match for her organ donor. New York medical examiner Dr. Jack Stapleton clearly has some sleuthing to do. Hope he can stay safe…
Abby L. Vandiver
This is the second in a new cozy mystery series that is fun, has a zany side character, and is perfect to curl up with if the holidays are stressing you out. Maybe it is a bad idea to have a wedding at a funeral home because the groom ends up dropping dead! But, I guess, if you’re going to die somewhere, a funeral home is probably the best place—especially if the owner can’t help herself from investigating things and dragging her niece into ill-advised situations.
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Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor 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.