Summer reading: 5 mysteries and thrillers

Vannessa Cronin on June 09, 2020
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Summer reading: 5 mysteries and thrillers

Whether you like intense historical detective novels or fast-paced, Bourne-like thrillers; whether you're in the mood for rural noir, or a tense, psychological suburban thriller, there's a mystery or thriller to suit all tastes among our Summer Reading picks. You'll find all of these, plus book club picks, summer reads in Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading, and even a sweepstakes.


He Started It by Samantha Downing

If uncomfortable road trips with your siblings were a staple of your childhood vacations, stop reading now. He Started It may be triggering. Three siblings, two of their spouses, and the ashes of the sibling's grandfather are in a car, recreating a cross-country road trip they made with their grandfather as kids. Except now they're adults, their grandfather is dead, and making this trip is a stipulation of his will: no trip, no inheritance money. Except Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan have not gotten together for years, with very goodand very violentreason. Secrets, suspicion, duplicity, and murder: claustrophobia is just a fun extra in this delightfully dark novel.


The End of Her by Shari Lapena

Stephanie and Patrick have a happy marriage, complete with newborn twin baby girls they adore (the colic: not so much). But sleepless nights are a piece of cake compared to what's about to happen when Erica, a woman Patrick used to know back in Colorado when he was married to his late first wife, shows up for a job interview and stays to make a shocking allegation about how Patrick's first wife died. All the hallmarks of a Lapena novel are here: drama, suspense, secrets, lies, blackmail, and murder. Don't read this one with a margarita in hand; make sure you have a pitcher.


Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Beauregard "Bug" Montage has settled down with a wife, a couple of kids, and his very own auto body shop. It's a long way from the days when he was known as the best getaway driver on the east coast. But the economy, the rent on the garage, and his son's braces put him in a tight spot, financially. Both lyrical and unflinching, Blacktop Wasteland shows a man trying to decide between the straight life or the diamond heist, between poverty or wealth, between being the father he wants to be or the father he himself had. Whip smart and heart stopping, this is one of our favorite summer thrillers.


The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz

Twenty years ago, a series of ritualistic murders terrified the citizens of Vitoria, until a local archaeologist was convicted of the crimes and sent to prison. Now, eerily similar murders have occurred and Inspector Unai López de Ayala, known as "Kraken," is tasked with investigating. Did the killer have an accomplice or has the wrong man been in prison all these years? A major bestseller in Spain and Latin America, The Silence of the White City is both a superb historical novel, and a sophisticated police procedural with a shocking conclusion.


Near Dark by Brad Thor

Don't let the fact that this is the 20th book in Brad Thor's Scot Horvath series put you off: each one is written like a standalone with all the details readers need from previous books to get up to speed. America's top spy can't even get the time he needs to grieve for his late wife: the world's largest bounty has just been placed on his head. And with many of those closest to him already dead following earlier missions, his list of allies is shrinking and he can't tell who he can trust. Enter Norwegian intelligence operative Sølvi Kolstad. Readers will get two smart and deadly spies for the price of one in this tense, action-packed thriller.


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