Popular mystery series returning this fall

Vannessa Cronin on July 02, 2020
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20 popular mystery series returning this fall

We're reviewing the new fall mysteries and thrillers and there's always that pull between diving back into the series you know and love, and exploring that exciting, new, standalone discovery. This fall is especially crowded after many spring titles were moved into later months, so we’re breaking up our list of the most anticipated mysteries and thrillers into two parts so we can include all the can’t-miss titles coming our way.

From British cozies to historical mysteries, from military thrillers to everyone's favorite knight errant (hint: it's Jack Reacher), the books below are all the latest entries in a series—some long running, some fairly recent—and are favorites among the Amazon book editors, publishers, and Amazon customers. They're listed in publication order with a plot summary by the publisher.


All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

The 16th novel by #1 best-selling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light. (September 1)


The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

As best seller Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series explodes in popularity in print and on TV, the ninth book sees Vera investigating a murder at her estranged family's home during a snowstorm. (September 8)


Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

In the new novel in the best-selling series, Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past. (September 8)


Total Power by Vince Flynn

In the next thriller in the blockbuster Mitch Rapp series, it’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos. (September 15)


The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett

A thrilling and addictive new novel—a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth—set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages. (September 15)


Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood is the next thrilling installment in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. (September 15)


The Last Agent by Robert Dugoni

An American operative in Russia is on the run for his life in a thriller of heart-stopping betrayal and international intrigue by the author of The Eighth Sister. (September 22)


Next to Last Stand by Craig Johnson

A piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars send the good sheriff, Walt Longmire, on the trail of a dangerous art heist. (September 22)


The Orphan's Guilt by Archer Mayor

A simple DUI arrest snowballs into a homicide investigation, as Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team peel back layers of history to learn the long-hidden truth. (September 29)


A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Jake Brigance, the protagonist of John Grisham’s classic legal thriller, A Time to Kill, is back. This time he’s at the epicenter of a sensational murder trial that bitterly divides the citizens of Clanton, MS. (October 13)


The Gift of the Magpie by Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written "firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie's Christmas books" (Toronto Globe and Mail). (October 13)


The Dirty South by John Connolly

The author Harlan Coben calls “one of the best thriller writers we have” goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker’s astonishing career with his first terrifying case.


The Sentinel by Lee Child

The series The New York Times calls “utterly addictive” continues as best-selling author Lee Child teams up with his brother—and fellow thriller writer—Andrew Child. (October 27)


Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition - Last Call by Darwyn Cooke

The long-awaited companion to Martini Edition is finally here, collecting The Score and Slayground in a beautiful oversized slipcase edition. (October 27)


The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is back in the heart-stopping new thriller from best-selling author Michael Connelly. (November 10)


Marauder by Clive Cussler

Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon are back with a new adventure in Clive Cussler’s latest thrilling suspense novel. (November 10)


Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich

When Stephanie’s beloved Grandma's new husband died on their wedding night, the only thing he left her was a beat-up old easy chair…and the keys to a life-changing fortune. (November 10)


Daylight by David Baldacci

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with John Puller's high-stakes investigation in the latest installment of David Baldacci's blockbuster Atlee Pine series. (November 17)


Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton

Cranky, crafty Agatha Raisin—now the star of a hit TV show—is back on the case again, this time investigating the murder of Mary, the woman engaged to Agatha's friend and one-time lover Charles Fraith. (November 17)


Murder She Wrote: Murder in Season by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land

Christmas has come to Cabot Cove, but a peaceful holiday season is not in the cards after Jessica Fletcher is pulled into a centuries-old mystery. (November 24)


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