by Alexandra Abraham, Bookseller

It’s probably an understatement to say that life’s been strange. Everyone is spending a lot more time indoors and at home, but the good news is that nothing passes the time like a good, page-turning mystery. You may not be able to browse our shelves, but you can still find recommendations from the very best. Here are some of our booksellers' very favorite mystery/thriller titles.

Below, find some recommendations from veteran Bookseller Nick (steward of the Mystery shelves), Bookseller Jordan (combining her eye for glamour and flare with a little bit of murder); and Head Buyer Alie (queen of the heart-racing book picks)!

That’s all for now, but stay tuned here and across our social media accounts for daily updates and book recs. We’re still here—just at a safe social distance :)

The Bottoms

The Bottoms

"Finally back in print! One of my all time favorites! The South - a young boy - a mysterious man - and a gruesome murder.

No one does it quite as well as Joe R. Landsdale." -- Alie

The Ice Princess

The Ice Princess

"For those looking for a Swedish mystery with lots of complex and varied characters, and an intriguing plot. A perfect fit for those looking for a book to read after the Stieg Larsson trilogy. (This book is one of a trilogy - The Preacher is book two.)" -- Alie
Killing Floor

Killing Floor

"Book one in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child is quite a ride. Intense, fast-paced, violent and complicated--an awesome ride!" -- Alie
River of Darkness

River of Darkness

"This is the first book in a series featuring John Madden. I loved the slightly slower pacec of a book set in the early part of the 20th century...before cell phones and computers etc. Madden is unforgettable as a damaged Inspector recently home from the trenches of World War I and trying to cope with a devastating personal tragedy while also trying to solve the mystery of a mass killing at a country home in England." -- Alie
Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

"Picture old school spy story a la Alan Furst or Robert Ludlum. Set it in the 21st century. Add a dash of glamour. A touch of romantic intrigue.

THEN ADD THE BLACK WIDOW (or her non Marvel universe alter-ego)." -- Jordan

Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

"Lucas Davenport is one of the rogue/maverick types. A sometimes law officer/detective/marshal who gets it done." -- Jordan
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

"Young Flavia de Luce sets out to solve murder with a chemistry set, a passion for poison, and a bicycle named Gladys. With that sort of 6th sense + persistence only literary British children seem to have." -- Jordan
Mystic River

Mystic River

"All of Lehane’s books are terrific, but for my money, MYSTIC RIVER is his best. All of his novels are love letters to Boston, and this has it all. A tragic crime, conflicted characters, and the pulse of the city felt on every page." -- Nick
The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1)

The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1)

"Michael Connelly is best known for his novels with Harry Bosch, but his best novel, THE POET, is the first one to not feature that detective. A reporter is told of his twin’s suicide, but the more he examines the circumstances, the more he’s certain his brother was murdered. The twists and turns are exquisite, Edgar Allan Poe gets quoted - truly, THE POET is an embarrassment of riches. Did I mention it’s Connelly’s best?" -- Nick
The Alienist

The Alienist

"My favorite mystery from the last 30 years. Evocative details from Turn of the Century NY, a mysterious killer, horrible crimes, a special investigative unit - remarkable." -- Nick
A Perfect Spy

A Perfect Spy

"So many of John le Carré’s novels are terrific - the Smiley stories merit a read not because they’re fantastic thrillers but because they are fantastic books. But his A PERFECT SPY is especially good and my favorite of his works. It’s also his most personal - the model for Magnus Pym is le Carré’s own father. In this story, the perfect spy, Magnus himself, vanishes. Why did he disappear? Where did he go? And why does this cause the Secret Service to turn over every stone to find him? Take home this PERFECT SPY to find out." -- Nick
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