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13 Page-Turning Murder Mysteries Recommended by Off the Shelf Readers

Tolani Osan joined Simon & Schuster’s Associate’s Program in 2015 where she spent her first rotation in S&S publicity. She recently earned a Master’s in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. A daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Tolani enjoys literary fiction about the tensions between cultures and classes. Her favorite book is Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which she’s made a pact with herself to revisit every three years. She also founded and runs women’s interest blog,, and writes on topics such as fashion, food, perpetual “singledom”, and feminism. You can enjoy her musings about pop culture, fashion, and literature on twitter @dresscapades  

Plot twist! Today’s list of page-turning murder mysteries is straight off the shelves of our very own Off the Shelf readers. We asked you on Facebook about your favorite mystery books and were overwhelmed (and delighted) with your responses. We sifted through your picks and here are just a few of the spine-tingling books we can’t wait to dive into.

Thanks for the recommendations!

The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz

With its white-knuckled plot and unforeseeable twists, it’s no wonder Off the Shelf readers consider this Lisa Lutz thriller a must-read. After leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya flees town and meets an ally, Blue, along the way. From heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, readers are left to wonder: can she possibly outrun her past?

Good as Gone
by Amy Gentry

Years after 13-year-old Julie was kidnapped from her bedroom, she turns up on the doorstep of her family’s home. But is this young woman the real Julie? Propulsive and suspenseful, GOOD AS GONE will keep readers guessing until the final pages.

The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens

Looking for an interview subject for a college assignment, Joe Talbert finds himself unwittingly interviewing convicted murder Carl, who has been medically paroled to a nursing home. Thread by thread, Joe digs deeper into the circumstances of Carl’s conviction and the crime. But will he discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny

It’s Christmastime in the village of Three Pines and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has received a missing person report for an unnamed woman. But as Gamache is drawn into the investigation, he soon discovers that the missing woman was once one of the most famous people in the world.

by Patricia Cornwell

Many of you agreed Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series, which begins with POSTMORTEM, was essential for avid mystery readers. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst when a gruesome trail of stranglings paralyzes Richmond, Virginia. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman.

Evil Under the Sun
by Agatha Christie

Of course, no list of murder mysteries worth its salt can leave out legendary writer Agatha Christie. In EVIL UNDER THE SUN, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the trail of the killer of a sun-bronzed beauty whose death brings some rather shocking secrets to light.

Find Her
by Lisa Gardner

Seven years ago, Flora Dane was abducted When a Boston detective learns that she has been connected to murder suspects since her return to society 5 years ago, he must determine if Flora is a victim or a vigilante.

You Belong To Me
by Mary Higgins Clark

Pick up any Mary Higgins Clark suspense novel and we promise that you’ll be dazzled by it. With more than 50 books under her belt, Clark is an authority in the genre. Off the Shelf readers recommend Clark’s YOU BELONG TO ME, a page-turning mystery about a killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships.

The Black Echo
by Michael Connelly
A Michael Connelly thriller—namely a Detective Harry Bosch one—is a staple for the contemporary thrill-seeking reader. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

Missing Pieces
by Heather Gudenkauf

Sarah’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother. When his beloved Aunt Julia suffers an accident, they return to the childhood home Jack has avoided for years. As facts about Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about this family is what it seems and that her husband’s past is actually a puzzling rabbit hole.

Behind Closed Doors
by B. A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. But some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

Gaudy Night
by Dorothy L. Sayers

In the classic mystery GAUDY NIGHT, Harriet and her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey, head to her alma mater, Oxford University, for a reunion, only to find themselves the targets of harassment and mysterious, murderous threats.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with 3 mesmerizing stories about a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. In this classic mystery, Dupin solves the brutal murder of two women in Paris—and the murderer does not appear to be human.

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