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I have a confession to make. *sigh* My name is Dorothy and I am a mystery/thriller junkie. I have several favorite authors and my family laughs at my frustration as I tackle the bibliophile’s conundrum: Make the book last as long as possible while reading constantly to find out what happens next. The latest audiobook releases in the genre are tempting me now. Which ones? I thought you’d never ask.

The great thing about mysteries and thrillers is that they are so diverse. Amateur detectives, private eyes, forensic specialists, and unwitting bystanders are all fair game for the genre. Five new releases are calling to me from the shelves – all for different reasons. Here is what I know so far… I think you’ll see why I am so anxious to start listening.

New Audiobook Releases

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly Audio BookThe Scarecrow is the latest from Michael Connelly (narrated by Peter Giles). It features returning character Jack McEvoy as a newspaperman risking everything to bring in the biggest story of his career before being laid off. Mystery, murder, and mayhem – the three “M”s of a great thriller.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (read by Lorelei King) is the latest installment in the Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich is the master of using comedy in her mysteries. This one will be great to listen to while watching the kids in the pool.

The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (narrated by Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, and Kirsten Potter) promises to be a wild ride. A media magnet missing persons case pulls Gardner’s Det. D.D. Warren into a twisted look beyond the surface of a seemingly perfect family. Gardner does a fantastic job of creating suspense; I must have this one.

More a Thriller Then a Mystery

Relentless by Dean Koontz (Dan John Miller narrator) is more thriller than mystery. Koontz always delivers fast paced action laced with supernatural elements. His dry wit and dark humor contrast with the terror being unleashed on his characters.

Still On My Wishlist

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (read by Dick Hill) is the 13th entry in the Jack Reacher series. Honestly, I haven’t read any of them yet, but this one caught my eye. Reacher is a former Army MP who is now a wanderer with a passion for justice. This outing is full of topical themes: terrorism, secretive government agencies, and misinformation.

Okay… Now that I have my wish list assembled, how will I decide where to start?

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