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Fresh Fiction Favorite Mysteries of 2018!

Every day from now through the end of the year (and even a few days into 2019), we’ll be sharing our reviewers’ favorite reads of 2018. A different genre will be featured every day! We’ll share why these books were some of our favorites and what made them so special. We hope you’ll share yours in the comments, too!

Up first, our favorite mysteries, of all kinds - thriller, psychological, romantic suspense… Check back next week for cozy mysteries, though! Below they are listed in no particular order:


Jenny Willson 2

REVIEWER: Clare I recently read this and knew straight away it was my thriller of the year. A Canadian national park and nearby town try to fend off a big-money ski resort proposal. We learn so much about the get rich quick types behind this, the activists are driven to protect their park, the geology, and nature of the wilderness area, the work of police and journalists.

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Thriller Crime [Dundurn, On Sale: October 13, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 978145973983 / ]

An intelligent web of money, threats, townsfolk, and wilderness...

Buy NO PLACE FOR WOLVERINES : Amazon.com | Kindle

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REVIEWER: Svetlana I loved the mystery and seeing Russia as I remembered.

Suspense | Mystery | Thriller [Amazon Crossing, On Sale: September 26, 2017, Paperback / e-Book (reprint), ISBN: 9781477823460 / ]

One suicide can open up a Pandora's Box of possible murders and secrets

Buy MADNESS TREADS LIGHTLY: Amazon.com | Kindle | BN.com | Powell's Books | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Ripped Bodice | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR


DEATH BELOW STAIRS by Jennifer Ashley

Below Stairs #1

REVIEWER: Danielle I was completely enthralled with this historical mystery series. There was an ease about everything, probably because I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan, and these characters were so intriguing. Kat Holloway may present herself as a simple cook, but she's determined, resilient, and fiercely protective of the people she cares about. I hope there are many more books following Kat, and more descriptions of the delicious food she cooks each day!

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Historical [Berkley, On Sale: January 2, 2018, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9780399585517 / eISBN: 9780399585524]

A cook of many talents and her man of mystery save the day

A charming new mystery series sure to please!


BLOOD IS BLOOD by Will Thomas

Barker & Llewelyn #10

REVIEWER: Miranda An amazing historical mystery with a PI looking to avenge his injured partner and a plethora of psycho criminals to choose from…

Mystery Historical [Minotaur Books, On Sale: November 13, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250170385 / eISBN: 9781250170392]

A gripping bit of storytelling with a determined detective and a wide assortment of fiends!



In Death #47

REVIEWER: Debbie JD Robb is practically a given for this category as I love each and every book of hers. Leverage in Death stood out even more so because of the unique and horrifying nature of the murders. REVIEWER: Annetta I have read (and re-read a number of times) and own all of the books in this long-running series and always hate to wait for the next one once I’ve finished the current release. This one is no different!

Thriller Crime | Science Fiction Suspense/Thriller | Romance Suspense [St. Martin's Press, On Sale: September 4, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250161567 / eISBN: 9781250161581]

The fascination and thrills just keep coming.

The bodies are piling up in this stunning new installment...


IN SHADOWS by Sharon Sala

REVIEWER: Debbie The love between Jack and Shelly shines through the pages. Sharon Sala delves into some deep and painful real-life issues that break your heart, even as the love between Jack and Shelly warms it.

Romance Suspense | Thriller Crime [MIRA, On Sale: July 31, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780778369264 / eISBN: 9781488095191]

Can Jack keep Shelly safe by playing dead?


LOOK FOR ME by Lisa Gardner

D. D. Warren #9

REVIEWER: Sandra Within the story at the center of LOOK FOR ME there are so many possibilities – so many guilty possible parties – that as an armchair detective you will find yourself repeatedly claiming success. LOOK FOR ME provides a realistic look into the world of the foster system, which is very sad and disheartening. Gardner’s insight into this problem is noteworthy.

Thriller [Dutton, On Sale: February 6, 2018, Hardcover / e- Book, ISBN: 9781524742058 / eISBN: 9781524742065]

Inside look into the world of foster care.


FACE OFF by Brenda Novak

Dr. Evelyn Talbot #3

REVIEWER: Sandra The next installment in the Evelyn Talbot series is anything but a beautiful romance story. Once you start reading FACE OFF you realize you are in for the duration. So scary and unpredictable even if you are fully aware of who the bad guy is and what he is planning... Brenda Novak wrapped up every horrific trait she could fathom in this serial monster.

Romance Suspense [St. Martin's Paperbacks, On Sale: August 28, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250076588 / eISBN: 9781466888029]

Brace yourselves for the book you've been waiting for!

Can she win in a Face Off with the past?

Is Dr. Evelyn Talbot ready to finally Face Off with her past?



Charlie Parker #17

REVIEWER: Magdalena What more can I say that The Charlie Parker series is absolutely fabulous? This latest book is engrossing from the beginning until the end.

Thriller [Atria/Emily Bestler Books, On Sale: June 12, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781501171925 / eISBN: 9781501171949]

Charlie Parker has to stop a ruthless killer who leaves a trail of dead bodies after him...


ISLAND OF THE MAD by Laurie R. King

Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #15

REVIEWER: Magdalena My number one favorite historical mystery series. The latest book is a true gem. A must read series if you love Sherlock Holmes.

Thriller Historical | Mystery Historical [Bantam, On Sale: June 12, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780804177962 / eISBN: 9780804177979]

Mary and Sherlock travel to Venice to find a missing woman...


DAGGER'S EDGE by Lora Leigh

REVIEWER: Annetta Lora Leigh’s characters are larger than life and help take me away from the everyday humdrum.

Romance Military | Romance Suspense [St. Martin's Paperbacks, On Sale: August 28, 2018, Mass Market Paperback, ISBN: 9781250110343 / ]

How far will he go to protect the enemy?





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