Popular mystery series returning this winter

Vannessa Cronin on December 30, 2020
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Popular mystery series returning this winter

As 2020 winds down we can look back over the best mysteries and thrillers of the year, as well as the ones that were most read according to Amazon Charts.

But our favorite part of the year's end is looking ahead to the next year and anticipating happy reunions of the reading kind, with the newest entries in our favorite mystery and thriller series. Some of these reunions happen on schedule every year, some are harder to predict (which makes it all the more exciting when they do happen). Here, in order of publication date, is a long list of the reading reunions we're looking forward to in January through April, with notes from publishers on what we can expect.


Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz

Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed in the latest in the best-selling Orphan X series. (January)


The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman returns with an atmospheric, face-paced mystery set in bucolic upstate New York, full of unexpected twists and turns that build to a shocking and surprising end—the latest thrilling entry in her Decker/Lazarus series.


The Breaker by Nick Petrie

Peter Ash, a war veteran struggling with PTSD travels the United States, stumbling into mysteries that only a man with his unique skill set can solve; in the latest installment, he tangles with dangerous enemies and terrifying technology. (January)


Tropic of Stupid by Tim Dorsey

Serge A. Storms embarks on a tour to meet his long-lost relatives in this latest madcap entry in the bestselling series from the author the Boston Globe calls “Florida’s compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny” Tim Dorsey. (January)


American Traitor by Brad Taylor

Pike Logan must divert two world powers from engaging in a major conflict that could ignite a war in this pulse-pounding thriller from best-selling author and former Special Forces officer Brad Taylor. (January)


House of the Patriarch by Barbara Hambly

1840. When Eve Russell vanishes into thin air, her frantic parents call on free man of color Benjamin January to travel to distant New York for answers. But if January uncovers the truth, will he ever get home safely to tell it? (January)


An Extravagant Death by Charles Finch

Witty, complex, and tender, An Extravagant Death is Charles Finch's triumphant return to the main storyline of his beloved Charles Lenox series—a devilish mystery, a social drama, and an unforgettable first trip for an Englishman coming to America. (February)


Relentless by Mark Greaney

The Gray Man’s search for missing intelligence agents plunges him deep into a maelstrom of trouble in the latest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. (February)


Blood Grove by Walter Mosley

"Master of craft and narrative" Walter Mosley returns with this crowning achievement in the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective's loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California. (February)


Blink of an Eye by Roy Johansen and Iris Johansen

A #1 New York Times bestselling author and an Edgar Award winner team up to deliver this gripping new novel featuring investigator Kendra Michaels—whose observational skills are worthy of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. (February)


The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

The author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris is at her best in this third installment of the Gunnie Rose series, an alternate history of the United States where magic is an acknowledged but despised power. (February)


Smoke by Joe Ide

In this fifth installment of the IQ series, both Isaiah Quintabe—an unlicensed detective for all seasons—and his best friend and masterful sidekick, Juanell Dodson, are at a crossroads. This time, their lives may never be the same. (February)


The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry

From the mysterious Chilean lake district, to the dangerous mesas of South Africa, and finally into the secret vaults of Switzerland, former-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone discovers the truth about a mystery known as the Kaiser’s web. (February)


Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

In the newest installment of the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke, spring has sprung in Lake Eden, Minnesota, but Hannah doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not with hot cross buns to make, treats to bake, and a sister to exonerate! (February)


Slough House by Mick Herron

In his best and most ambitious novel yet, Mick Herron, the author the BBC calls “the le Carré of the future,” offers an unsparing look at the corrupt web of media, global finance, spycraft, and politics that power our modern world. (February)


Not Dark Yet by Peter Robinson

One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with the 27th novel featuring the legendary detective Alan Banks in the mystery series Stephen King calls “the best now on the market.” (March)


An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

A princess is missing and a peace treaty is on the verge of collapse in this new Veronica Speedwell adventure from the best-selling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn. (March)


Dark Sky by C.J. Box

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip—but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted—in the thrilling new novel from C. J. Box. (March)


The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear

As Europe buckles under Nazi occupation, Maisie Dobbs investigates a possible murder that threatens devastating repercussions for Britain's war efforts in this latest installment in the beloved mystery series. (March)


Double Jeopardy by Stuart Woods

A New York City cop turned rainmaker for a white-shoe Manhattan law firm, Stone Barrington handles the most sensitive cases of upper-crust intrigue and government intelligence. And he's facing down danger on all sides in Double Jeopardy (March).


Transient Desires by Donna Leon

In the landmark 30th installment of the bestselling series the New Yorker has called “an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event,” Guido Brunetti is forced to confront an unimaginable crime. (March)


A Matter of Life and Death by Phillip Margolin

An indigent man has been set up for the brutal murder of the wealthy wife of a prominent judge in best-seller Phillip Margolin's latest legal thriller featuring Robin Lockwood. (March)


The Devil's Hand by Jack Carr

The fourth in the series Brad Thor calls “so powerful, so pulse-pounding, so well-written,” the latest in the Terminal List series follows former Navy SEAL James Reece as he is entrusted with a top-secret CIA mission of retribution twenty years in the making. (April)


A Gambling Man by David Baldacci

Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting new thriller by author David Baldacci. (April)


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