21 Modern Mysteries You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

1 The Expats by Chris Pavone

“Refreshingly original. . . . Part Ludlum in the pacing, part Le Carré in the complexity of story and character, but mostly Chris Pavone. . . . A thriller so good that you wonder what other ideas [Pavone] has up his cloak, right alongside the obligatory dagger.” —The Star-Ledger. Read More
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2 Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran

A San Francisco-set new-age noir murder mystery with a sharp, highly flawed female detective as the lead. Read More
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3 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A precocious, chemistry-obsessed 11-year-old girl attempts to solve a murder in this charming mystery set in the English countryside. Read More
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4 The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

“Bristling with wicked humor and sharp-edged irony, The Vanishers explores the ways in which the dead can haunt the living and the often painful persistence of memory.”—Huffington Post. Read More
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5 Deja Deadby Kathy Reichs

This is the first in an ongoing series of books (No. 17 just came out this year) starring forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan as she solves murders alongside a cop love interest mostly in either Montreal, Canada, or Charlotte,NC. It also inspired the TV show Bones, although the characters and plots differ. Read More
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