I really like our picks for the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of May. The books I've listed below are all iconic in their own way, representative of different trends in the genre. And they are all standouts (one of them also made our top 10 Best of the Month list). If you feel like reading a mystery or thriller, but you're not sure what kind, take a look below. They're all so different, I'm tempted to say there's something for everyone.
As always, you can see all of our Best Mystery & Thriller picks here.
Cari Mora: A Novel by Thomas Harris
Thirty-eight years ago, Thomas Harris introduced Hannibal Lecter in his novel Red Dragon (Silence of the Lambs followed in 1988). Lecter does not appear in Cari Mora. Instead, Cari Mora is the name of a young caretaker at the center of the new book, which was a top 10 Best of the Month pick for us. You should come for Cari Mora, but stay for Harris's latest human monster, Hans-Peter Schneider, flesh peddler and otherwise terrible-but-fascinating guy.
The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel) by Sujata Massey
One of the most compelling new names in mystery is the author Sujata Massey. That could also be said of her protagonist Perveen Mistry, who--in 1920s Bombay--happens to be the city's only female lawyer. Mistry is based upon a real-life historical character, and this is one of the best new series to come along in a few years.
Like Lions: A Novel by Brian Panowich
Brian Panowich's debut Bull Mountain was published in 2015. That book introduced Clayton Burroughs, who came from a long line of outlaws in North Georgia. Clayton distanced himself from the family by becoming a sheriff. But when you're related to outlaws running a crime syndicate worthy of The Godfather, you're never totally out of reach. Now, in Like Lions Clayton has the events of that past novel (if you're at all interested, you should read it) behind him--but the pull of family, and the danger presented by other criminal elements, are drawing him out of the life he sought as refuge.
The Night Before: A Novel by Wendy Walker
Two sisters whose lives are headed different directions. A date with a man one of the sisters met on an internet dating site. A disappearance. Dark secrets. These tropes have shown up in a lot of books recently, but Wendy Walker does a fantastic job of keeping the pages turning and the reader caring. Which is what an author is supposed to do. And yes, there is a twist ending.
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