The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of April

Chris Schluep on April 23, 2019
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I've picked out a few key titles from the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of April. You can see them below. And you'll see from the first two titles that, when it comes to domestic thrillers, April may indeed be the cruelest month. You'll also find a book by a death row lawyer about a man wrongfully convicted--and sentenced to death--for killing his billionaire girlfriend. And finally a nail-biting thriller set in Russia. 

And that's not mentioning Angie Kim's debut mystery Miracle Creek, which was a top 10 Best of the Month pick--or Metropolis, the Bernie Gunther mystery (#14) that Philip Kerr finished just before his untimely death. As always, you can see all of our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the Month here.


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The Better Sister by Alafair Burke - Burke's latest is both a domestic thriller and a courtroom drama. It's about two sisters who had very different experiences growing up in the same home. Eventually, they grew estranged and went off to live good lives far away from one another--but a murder in the family brings them back together. The subtitle of this novel should be Appearances Can Be Deceiving.


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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth - Can you guess that this is a domestic thriller as well? What gave it away? Was it the title? Or maybe the shadowy female figure in the window on the cover? You can't have a domestic thriller without some dark, hidden secrets, and The Mother-in-Law has lots of secrets, including the question of who killed Diana, the daughter-in-law. Another twisty read full of thrills and surprises.  


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Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Dow - I will defer to John Grisham here, who has this to say about Dow's novel: "Every person wrongfully convicted of a crime at some point dreams of getting revenge against the system. In  Confessions of an Innocent Man, the dream comes true and in a spectacular way."


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The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni - It should be thrilling enough that Charles Jenkins, who is in his early sixties, has a newborn baby coming. But his security consulting business is on the brink of bankruptcy--and now his former bureau chief has shown up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow to locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Does he accept the mission and the chance to set his affairs back in order? Of course he does. Does it go well? You'll have to see for yourself.


Again, you can see all of our Best Mysteries & Thrillers of the Month here.


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