June marks the full onset of summer reading. While a great mystery or thriller is a pleasure to read during the long dark evenings of winter, it's also fun to pick up a mystery and dedicate one's self to a warm sunny hour, or even a day, of summer reading. With that in mind, here are four books selected from our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of June. Have a look. And be sure to check out the entire list.
Murder in Bel-Air (An Aimée Leduc Investigation) by Cara Black
This is the 19th installment in Cara Black's series about the Paris private investigator Aimée Leduc, which means she has been writing this series for 20 years. You don't need to have read the other books in the series to read this one. So if you feel like taking a quick literary trip to Paris, check it out.
Recursion: A Novel by Blake Crouch
This was a top 10 Best of the Month selection for us. Here is Amazon senior editor Adrian Liang's review: "The mind-bending thrillers of Blake Crouch (Dark Matter, Pines) remind me of Michael Crichton at the top of his game, but peopled with more complex characters. After New York City detective Barry Sutton sees a woman jump off a ledge because she’s a victim of FMS—False Memory Syndrome—he decides to track down her story of suddenly remembering a whole life she apparently lived instead of her “real” one. The strangest aspect of FMS is that friends and family of the afflicted also remember portions of the false lives. Motivated by a tragedy in his own past he wishes he could change, Sutton is determined to find out whether FMS is truly false or the gate to a new, better life. Alternate-reality stories are tough to maintain while suspending the reader’s disbelief, but Crouch’s cinematic style makes every moment vibrant, suspenseful, and convincing as his heroes struggle to untangle an impossible solution."
Joe Country (Slough House) by Mick Herron
I've been a fan of Mich Herron's Slough House series ever since a publisher (not Mick Herron's publisher) recommended him to me. Why do I like him? Because the Slough House novels are great British thrillers--but they are about a disgraced group of MI5 agents. Which means they aren't the typical perfect, robot-like agents we read so often. Not only must they overcome the enemy, they must overcome parts of themselves.
Keep You Close: A Novel by Karen Cleveland
Stephanie Maddox is a seasoned FBI professional. She's worked hard to get where she is; sometimes she's concerned that her career has caused her to miss too much of her son's life growing. One day she discovers a gun in his room. Then an fellow FBI agent shows up at her door. Now Stephanie has to ask herself: is her son Zachary a criminal? And what does she do now?
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