The Best Mysteries and Thrillers of June

Chris Schluep on June 06, 2017

PartyThere's something for everyone in our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of June, from a slumber party gone bad to an author who, time and again, raises the bar. I've singled out three of our selections below, but be sure to check out our full list. 



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This mystery within a mystery begins with editor Susan Ryeland sitting down to read the latest manuscript by best-selling author Alan Conway. As we read the manuscript alongside her, we are drawn into a 1950s murder mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie (detective Atticus Pünd will remind Poirot lovers of their hero). Then a curious death in the present arises, and it appears that Conway's manuscript might hold clues. In the words of Amazon's Vannessa Cronin, "Two novels for the price of one means double the fun for readers: two mysteries, two detectives, and possibly two murderers. Paying homage to the vintage British manor house mysteries, Magpie Murders is a masterfully dark, twisty thriller with only one down side: reading it will make you wish there really was a series of Atticus Pünd thrillers. "

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Usually when we talk about John Grisham we're talking about a legal thriller. Not in this case. Camino Island is a caper set mostly on an island in Florida; and it's a story that involves writers, book sellers, and rare manuscripts. When F. Scott Fitzgerald's original manuscripts are stolen from Princeton, the thieves have to find a way to offload the priceless pages. Certain interested parties think they might wind up at a book store on Camino Island, run by the popular owner and (on the side) rare books dealer Bruce Cable. A young writer who has just lost her teaching job and hasn't finished writing her book is recruited to go undercover to find out. If you're a fan of stories about writers and books, and a fan of Grisham, you'll find a little piece of heaven on Camino Island.

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The Marsh King's Daughter is a psychological suspense novel by Karen Dionne, and it has a memorably creepy set-up. Dionne's protagonist, Helena, is the product of a disturbing union. Her mother was abducted at the age of 14 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and her father-- known by the media as "the marsh king" -- was her mother's abductor. When her mother was 28 and Helena was 12, they managed to escape and the marsh king was captured and incarcerated. Although it was a sensation at the time, Helena has managed to keep her past a secret, even from her husband and kids (let's face it, we don't know where Jaycee Dugard is, do we?). But now her father has escaped from prison and the police are asking questions. Using flashbacks to tell the story of her past, along with the present tense effort to help hunt down her father, you can see why this one is getting some good attention.
 =>> See all of the Best Mystery & Thrillers of June.

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